This week, loyal SND reader, Rudy Balch brings back a special report from beautiful San Diego, California, where scantily clad, sculpted bodies stroll the boardwalks, and dine at food trucks in between slathering on the tanning oil. Rudy attended the Food Trucks Rally for Birney Elementary Fire Relief at the New Vision Christian Fellowship in San Diego, where he happened upon the Hoangie’s Banh Mi On Wheels Food Truck, bringing San Diegans delicious Vietnamese sandwiches with a unique gourmet twist.

Birney Elementary School lost the use of its cafeteria and auditorium after an arsonist set fire to the buildings on January 17th. Since then, food trucks, as well as other local businesses have stepped up to raise $50,000 to rebuild the facilities.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the Food Trucks Rally were donated to the fund.

On Thrillist San Diego’s Best of the Best list, Hoangie’s was one of four food trucks participating in the rally, and is the creation of three siblings of the Hoang family. They combined their last name with “hoagie” to come up with their inventive namesake. Hoangie’s serves a variety of banh mi sandwiches, and Vietnamese egg rolls.

Hoangie Doodle-do!

The menu consists of three meat-based banh mi “Hoangies,” the Hoangie MOOO!, Hoangie-Doodle-do!, and the Hoangie Oink (beef, chicken, or pork) and a vegan option, the Hoangie Tofu. All Hoangies are served on a airy French baguette with a spicy aioli sauce, French butter, pickled daikon radish, carrots, cilantro, sliced jalapenos and cucumbers. The Hoangie Tofu is made with Panko crusted deep fried tofu steaks on a warm, airy French baguette and a special mushroom pate, pickled Daikon radish, carrots, cilantro, sliced jalapenos and cucumber.

Jenny Hoang and her brothers at Hoangie's truck

This is a family run operation, and Jenny who works the window was full of smiles and information, and it was obvious that she believes in the product. Her brothers worked the kitchen. These guys are fast, and their passion shows as well.

I ordered the Hoangie-Doodle-do! which, all told only took about four minutes from the time I placed my order to the time I received my food. Mai Pham has nothing on this garlic marinated free range chicken breast banh mi. The chicken had an excellent flavor, but was still moist. And, the vegetables had that classic pickled tang, but it was very well balanced – not too sweet or tangy. The bread was spot on, light with a nice crunch on the outside. In short it was perfect! $7.50 for a foot long Banh Mi. When I go back to San Diego, I will look this truck team up again.

Hoangie’s also serves French pressed Vietnamese iced coffee, Vietnamese Cafe Sua Da, Thai iced tea, and assorted soft drinks.

You can also add an egg to any Hoangie.

Find Hoangie’s on the web at

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Service: 4.5
Menu Selection: 5
Quality: 4
Creativity: 4
Price: 5

Overall Impression: 4.5 Plates!

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Chris Ford is the founder of Stitches 'n Dishes and editor in chief with a passion for food, photography and travel. Chris is a Media Correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St, a syndicated blogger, seasoned event organizer and promoter, a food critic, a marketing consultant and Social Media Marketing expert. Chris is also a fashion and entertainment photographer. When he's not dining on the sidewalk, he's snapping photos on the catwalk.