Kimlan Sandwiches is yum yum yum

The Kimlan No. 6.

Last week, my co-workers and I took a Friday lunch field trip to the new Kimlan Sandwiches, the banh mi place at 1035 N. Broadway.

YUM.

It was so good, we went back again this week. Just look at the beautiful colors in that sandwich.

We tried the No. 3, made with pork that’d been marinated in a lemongrass-soy dressing, and the No. 6, made with sliced Chinese barbecue pork and topped with mayo.

Both were fabulous. The sandwiches are served in cute little sub sandwich bags with just the meat stuffed into the crusty French bread. The beautiful toppings, which include pickled carrots, jalapenos, cucumber and cilantro, come on the side in a tiny plastic bag, and the sandwich eater is responsible for piling them on.

Kimlan doesn’t have many side options, but we tried their spring rolls, which are giant and delicious, and they serve egg rolls, too. The best part — everything is so cheap. Our Friday to-go order, which included three sandwiches, an order of spring rolls and two egg rolls, was just $15.

Kimlan has altered its hours slightly since opening. They’renow open from1 0 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Me with two of my conversants, Tim McKee, center, and Tad Patton.

Incidentally, I gave Kimlan and my other favorite Vietnamese restaurants lots of lavish praise at last night’s Great Conversation, a neat event put on by Friends University. It was at the Wichita Scottish Rite, and it included a catered dinner served to about 15 tables of 10 people each. The tables all had moderators and assigned topics, and those assembled at the tables spent a couple of hours conversing about the topic.

I was the moderator at my table, where the topic was dining out in Wichita. I met several nice people, including a trio of lawyers and their wives from the law firm of Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC. I’ve now been invited to their office Thanskgiving lunch, where they promise me a hunk of homemade goat cheese. Now THAT was a conversation worth having.

The Great Conversation is an annual event, so look for it again next year.

A look at the Kimlan Sandwiches menu

It’s open! It’s open!

Kimlan Sandwiches, the new banh mi place at 1035 N. Broadway, is now open and serving a big menu of Vietnamese sandwiches, stuffed with bbq pork, meatballs, ham, headcheese, veggies and more.

(My co-worker is calling it “Middle Saigon,” a nod to its location in between Saigon at 1103 N. Broadway and Little Saigon at 1015 N. Broadway.)

I dropped by to pick up a menu today, which you can see here. The menu has 15 different sandwiches, and all include pickled carrots, jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber and mayo. The best part: They all cost between $3.50 and $3.75.

The restaurant also has a daily stir-fry lunch, which is available with fried rice, lo mein and an egg roll for $5.50. There are also spring rolls, puddings, boba tea, and cafe sua da, which is iced French coffee.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. For more information, call 316-558-5137.