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Namese Review, New Orleans

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namese review new orleansI lived in New Orleans for a long time, and while it has always had some of the greatest restaurants in the country, there was not a great deal of diversity in menus; translation –  very few ethnic places.  Except for the Vietnamese blocks in New Orleans, it was tough to enjoy these Southeast Asian delicacies, but I’m delighted to say, “fusion Louisiana/Vietnamese” has spread around the city.  Couple months ago, I was in one Mo Pho, which I really enjoyed.

This time around it was “namese”  (as in VIETnamese, get it?) at Tulane and Carrolton, just up the street from the giant new hospital complex.  A smallish restaurant, the food is reminiscent of street vendors and markets in the SE Asian country, with a lot of soup (Pho), small plates (rolls), and Banh Mi sandwiches (which in New Orleans, are commonly known as “Po Boys.”

I went with the latter, fried shrimp for innards, and spring rolls in a rice wrapper to start.  Both were excellent. New Orleans is blessed with some really great bakers of French bread (including Vietnamese French), and they surely do make a sandwich.  The main difference between a traditional po boy and banh mi is the vegetables, with the latter taking on a cool and refreshing air with the addition of cilantro and peppers.

The food is really superb, wait staff is strong. Give it a try.

Open Monday – Saturday, 11AM – 10PM

Full menu.  Order online for delivery.

Namese Review

Namese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Portland, OR – Julie’s Vietnamese (Food Cart)

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Julie's Vietnamese Portland

Julie's Vietnamese Portland

In the middle of the 5th/Oak/Stark pod, is a nondescript trailer which I wouldn’t have known the name of, save for the sign board on the sidewalk. For me, this place would be an odd choice for my noontime repast, but Mrs. BDB and I had out of town guests, and we were trying desperately to all order from one stand, to facilitate payment.

I went with a Bahn Mi. For those of you not familiar with this, it’s basically the Vietnamese version of a sub/hoagie/grinder/poboy, featuring pickled vegetables, a couple (at least) kinds of pork, on a French baguette. The French influence in the Vietnamese culture, came from their 100 year adventure in Vietnam, (prior to our little adventure). A lot of the French culture, language, cuisine, stayed behind, and is now filtering its way through the US, thanks to the large number of emigres.

The Banh Mi is getting a lot of publicity lately, in particular, due to the success some purveyors from Los Angeles, the Nom Nom truck, are having on the “Great American Food Truck Race” on one of the food networks. Check them out, if you are in L.A, because the servers are certainly as delicious as the sandwiches!

Julie’s banh mi didn’t precisely follow the traditional recipe, she had substituted some vegetables and only had a couple kinds of pork, but the sandwich was fresh, the bread great, and it packed a wallop from some large jalapeno slices (which normally I would eschew).

A bargain on the block at five bucks.

Julie's Vietnamese Food Cart

Julie's Vietnamese Food CartPortland Banh Mi

Portland Banh Mi

Portland Banh Mi

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