There's been a rash of new food trucks rolling out recently, and we'll be profiling them all week long.
First up is AutoBanh, a truck that specializes in — you guessed it — banh mi sandwiches.
Jeanine Cofaro, co-truckster with Thomas Howell, says these Vietnamese sandwiches are the perfect street food. "There weren't any around for a while, but now it looks like some of us are having the same idea at the same time," she laughs.
The sandwiches are made with baguettes from Normandy Farm that are dug out to create the right balance between ingredients and bread, says Cofaro. Toppings on each sandwich typically include pickled carrot and daikon slaw, spicy sriracha garlic mayo, cilantro, jalapeño, a little cabbage for crunch, and a Vietnamese vinaigrette for good measure.
Currently, the proteins include a grilled-then-fried garlic pork, a low-and-slow pork, lemongrass grilled chicken, and a curry fried tofu that Cofaro, an avowed carnivore, says is pretty awesome. In the future, they plan to do some Southern twists, like a fried chicken with okra and honey drizzle. Sandwiches cost $7 (including tax).
Other items on the menu include spring rolls ($3, two for $5), sesame citrus cole slaw ($2), Vietnamese iced coffee ($3), and flavored iced green teas ($2).
Autobanh will be parked at 622 Meeting St. on Tuesday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and at the Lowcountry Scooter Shop at 844 Savannah Hwy. on Thursday afternoon. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date location information, and if you get a chance to try them out, come back and let us know what you thought.