Belly Deli on South U
Banh mi from the No Thai! empire
With the No Thai! empire going strong--three locations at last count--Eric Joh, a friend of the founders, kicked around an idea: How about a restaurant inspired by the banh mi sandwich craze? And that's how Belly Deli, which offers gourmet Asian sandwiches and salads, was born. "I'd been watching cooking shows and following trends and had seen from visiting L.A. and New York City that this was big," says Joh, twenty-six, who is part owner and operational manager of the restaurant, which opened in April on South University.