Bánh Mì Sandwich Store Comes to Eagle Rock

Yum-Me Baguette brings French-style bánh mì to a neighborhood where many residents take their sandwiches seriously.

Here’s a piece of good news for foodies: Eagle Rock’s newest gourmet venue specializes in sandwiches and smoothies of a kind that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the neighborhood.

Located on the south side of Colorado Boulevard, in a shopping mall between Glen Iris Avenue and Highland View Avenue, the store’s name offers an unsubtle hint about what to expect: Yum ♥ Me Baguette.

The shop opened Monday and is the brainchild of Julian Pham, a Vietnamese American restaurateur from Orange County. Yum-Me’s business concept is simple: Although meant to be a to-go store, “people can come and sit down as well—like Starbucks,” Pham says.

But does Colorado Boulevard really need another sandwich shop, given that is just three and a half blocks west and has quite a following in the neighborhood?

Yum-Me sandwiches are “more French style,” says Pham, explaining that she makes bánh mì, the popular French-Vietnamese baguette filled with thin slices of seasoned meat and plenty of marinated vegetables and such ingredients as lentils and tofu.

On Monday afternoon, Pham had one helper in the shop. By 3:30 pm, some 30 customers had stopped by to sample the spicy-savory sandwiches from the East. Given that bánh mì is one of the most popular street foods in the world, it was only a matter of time before such a venue set up shop in Eagle Rock, where residents take their food seriously.

Yum-Me Baguette, 1916 Colorado Blvd., Suite B, (323) 259-6499.

Editor's Note: A small portion of this article as it originally appeared has been edited at the request of Julian Pham to avoid any misunderstanding between her store and Dave's Chillin-n-Grillin, as reflected in some of the readers' comments.

Jason August 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Kind of silly and classless to trash a competitor that has been well-established in the neighborhood for years. Maybe she should try focusing more on what she does well than on what she thinks others don't do well.
Shirley August 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Weird I stopped by to see what was going in there a month ago and saw on the window that the operating permit states "take away only customers may not sit inside".
geoduck August 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Seems like the interviewer set her up to create a conflict that really doesn't exist. Banh mi are completely different than the sandwiches at Dave's and there's no need to review this place by comparing the two. The reference to the owner's "broken English" is rude and unnecessary, not to mention obvious since the reporter rendered her statements in pidgin. I hate to think a new business would suffer because of some manufactured rivalry. I'm stoked to have banh mi in the neighborhood! It's a delicious, cheap lunch. Dave's is great but most of us can't eat a belly bomb like that every day.
Suzanne August 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Once again, Ajay, you've manufactured a controversy that doesn't exist, and inserted your own bias ('Dave's is the undisputed sandwich king in Eagle Rock'). You could have asked how the owner would distinguish herself from other sandwich makers, giving him the chance, in her 'broken' English, to talk about differences without singling out competitors. Hopefully, Dave will be gracious in response. (And, for the record, while I love Dave's sandwiches and am a huge fan of the place, there are other great sandwiches in ER as well - like the ER Italian Bakery, for instance. It will be nice to have some less-meaty alternatives.)
Lynda August 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Yes, there is room in Eagle Rock for another restaurant featuring "sandwiches." What concerns me is the approach taken by interviewer and his obvious bias (an attempt to start a sandwich war?). I was also distressed by the comments made by the newbie restaurant owner - how unwise to criticize an establish and popular eatery.
Diane McDonald August 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Friends and I love Dave's tomato/hummus sandwich. It's not all about the meat!
MtnManMike August 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
What's with the conflict? Comparing Dave's to a Banh mi joint would be like wondering if Pete's would eclipse some of Casa Bianca's business. There are already two places that currently sell Banh mi sandwiches on the boulevard, and they are much closer to this new place than Dave's. Julian, I know this is an election year, but don't start slinging mud at one of our community's favorite places, it shows very little class. There are enough foodies to sustain twice as many eateries as we have today. I actually ran into Dave at Lemongrass a while back, and he told me they have a great Banh mi sandwich! Imagine that! I think he understands that we all have to live together, we might as well eat together too!
Sophia August 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
OMG! Thrilled we now have a bahn mi place in the 'hood. I'm sure I'll get sandwiches from both Yum-Me (love the name!) and Dave's. I personally don't think there's any need for rivalry -- plenty of sandwich lovers around these parts. But it would be neat if Dave and YumMe could host a sandwich cook off and create some new east-west recipes.
mark August 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I agree that this poor woman was led into making statements against Dave's sandwiches by Patch inventing a controversy. It's like they pointedly tell us English is her second language, but they quote her probably out of context to make her statements seem unduly critical of Dave's. I also agree that ER Italian deli is super delicious. I love Vietnamese sandwiches though and am so happy I won't have to drive to Alhambra. I hope they aren't too overpriced and I hope they have several vegetarian options. Oh and Dave is a super friendly and fun character.
Tim Ryder August 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Competition is the foundation of our capitalist free market society. The customers will inevitably decide the success of any business on the boulevard and considering that 90% of all small businesses unfortunately fail within the first five years of operation, it's not going to be easy. I wish Yum-Me Baguettes the best of luck for success here in the great community of Eagle Rock.
Marcus August 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Best of luck with this new business. Always good to see someone taking a risk with a much needed product.
Julian pham August 21, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I am very sad and upset at how my comments appeared in the article. I honestly meant no harm to Dave or the people that enjoy his food. I did not think I said thst. He has worked very hard to get his reputation and deserves it. I work hard and just want to start my new business and,not in this unfriendly way. Also, our sandwiches are a different style. Julian Pham
Andrew Hindes August 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I agree with most of the eloquent posts here. No need for a sandwich war--there are plenty of hungry people in Eagle Rock and surrounding neighborhoods to support another good, inexpensive eatery on Colorado. Not sure why the interviewee chose to go negative on Dave's, obviously a lot of people like his meaty sandwiches and trashing a beloved place several blocks away is unnecessary and not going to win any fans. That said, I'm looking forward to giving this place a try--and also to getting a delicious meatball sub at Daves'--in the near future.
Andrew Hindes August 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Nicely put. I look forward to trying your place, Julian.
Barbara Strunin August 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I agree with other commenters. The tone of this article, or is it a "review" is poor journalism. To trash talk Dave's Chillin & Grillin is poor behavior for new restaurant. If comments were taken out of context, then I feel for the person who said them. But nonetheless...not a good start in the business community OR with long standing patrons of the wonderful Dave...he serves Wicked Good Food!!!
Oz August 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Sorry, it's hard to believe you, when you are quoted as saying, "The sandwich there is not healthy", and " It’s not worth it.". Those ARE harmful statements. You can say you didn't mean harm, but if you didn't, you wouldn't have said it. If you feel you were not presented right, how about telling us THAT, so we can ask the writer of the piece why he decided to make you look bad.
Sophia August 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think Asian food typically has less meat and more vegetables (and noodles and bread) than American food. So maybe Julian was just making a simple observation. Her cuisine, being Vietnamese, has less meat than an American sandwich. Everyone loves Dave's -- me included. So I don't think someone commenting that his food is different from her own is going to kill his biz. We love Dave's and now we get to love YumMe, too. Well, as long as the food delivers. Vive le sandwich!
Janet August 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Who even monitors the patch and let's the patch decide what is good or not to try...shame on people who are lead by others who write an article....conflict sells and you all fell for it. Now some will try cause you feel bad..some won't because they were offended....TOO MUCH ...Daves is Daves..and YUM ME is YUM ME..CASA is CASA and CAPRI is CAPRI....figure what is a better sandwich place for yourselves.....be in control!
Janet August 21, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@ OZ...really???? who are u to judge if someone is sincere or not...are u a specialist on cultures and how one expresses themselves and what they TRULY MEANT..I hear this all day..everyday...my job is dealing in a multi cultural circle and individuals know what they mean to say but the words available to them in their personal vocabulary book is different than those who use English as a primary language...u were just as rude as what u claimed Pham to be
Gene Martin August 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I don't understand what the point of bringing Dave's in to this discussion was. Why not compare it to Subway or Quiznos? Or why not write a good article that discusses the vision of the owner and the types of food that will be served and give us a decent review of the food. The whole tone of the article sounds like a juvenile attempt to polarize people.
L August 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I agree!
Sam August 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Yes, the non-editing of the owner's statement is quite unprofessional
Sam August 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
didn't she say that she did not think she said that, Oz?
Aimee Chee August 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Not sure why you decided to write an article that pitted one business against the other, I bit highschool don't you think and from the response it's obvious that it was written in bad taste? Even if it wasn't meant to "harm" anyone, it's still irresponsible journalism, especially from someone who lives and writes for our community. Disappointing, since I generally enjoy reading the article from the ERP.
Mark August 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I'm stoked to see a sandwich shop like this come to ER. Now I don't even have to drive to Pasadena for Lee's Sandwiches. Hooray!
Lynda August 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thank you for your reply! The media can be manipulative!
Lynda August 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Thanks, Janet. Great comments! And conflict does make an impact. I would not have known of YumMe if it weren't for the Patch article.
Scott Martin-Rowe August 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I agree. Dave is a great guy and he makes a GREAT sandwich.
Scott Martin-Rowe August 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The ER Italian Bakery makes AMAZING sandwiches!


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