This tiny hole in the wall carry out spot, located on 1st Avenue between 1st and 2nd street, is a not so talked about gem. At first glance most would just speed past it, unaware of the delicious traditional Vietnamese fare that is served inside. Classics like the Banh-Mi sandwiches varying from curried sunfish to the more traditional pork pate with pickled daikon radish, carrots, jalapeños and heaping handfuls of cilantro all nestled into a toasted baguette leave you with a satisfying heat to crunch ratio. The sandwich came to be during France’s colonialism and it was then that the baguette was introduced to their cuisine. Unlike the French version, Vietnamese baguettes incorporate rice flour, which yields an airier, lighter texture as opposed to their crunchy counterpart.
Another note worthy dish here are their Pho’s. Pho is all about the broth, and V-Nam’s broths are delicious. Oxtail and marrow slowly simmered for a full day yield a deeply complex, rich and fulfilling broth. This is then poured over vermicelli noodles, thinly sliced vegetables and shredded beef or chicken. Our personal favorites are the Beef Pho, filled with raw crunchy red onion, heaps of chopped scallion and cilantro, bean sprouts and paper thin slices of raw beef is everything you want in a bowl of broth.
There are a few tables inside if you do decide to sit and eat, which I also recommend. The staff there are always personable and the dimly lit space is welcoming and quiet, and if you live even remotely in the neighborhood, they deliver too! Plus at a price point of ten dollars or less, you really have all to gain and nothing to lose