Chefs and Restaurants

Chad Newton and Gracie Nguyen on What Makes a Real-Deal Banh Mi

Caroline Hatchett

Over the years, Chad Newton and Gracie Nguyen, chef/owners of Nashville’s East Side Banh Mi, have formed particular ideas around what the Vietnamese sandwich is and can be. “I’ve seen a lot of banh mi on menus, but there are certain factors that really make a true banh mi,” says Nguyen, who grew up in a Vietnamese family in Houston. “I mean,...