Kim's Cafe, Albany

I stopped in at Kim’s Cafe on Solano in Albany for the first time in ages, looking for a bahn mi. I found that they’ve greatly expanded their menu to include vermicelli or rice bowls, salads and soups, and a variety of spring rolls. The bowls looked great at other tables, and my pork and pate bahn mi was excellent, made with Acme rustic baguette instead of those softer rolls you get at other bahn mi places.Dirt cheap, with the 9-inch bahn mi at $6.50 (6-inch versions were $4.00), and none of the other dishes were over $9.00. It quickly filled up with high school students while I was there, say around 1:15.

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Yup. I love Kim’s. I especially like things with the grilled pork. The grilled pork (cold) rolls make a decent lighter lunch. The only dish type I haven’t tried is soup.

I do avoid the place like the plague during school lunchtime when Albany High is in session. I also have made a habit of calling ahead, as I usually get my food to take away.