Loyal readers know of my fondness for “No Reservations,” Bourdain’s television show. Remember how I bit my knuckles watching him eat grilled caviar at Etxebarri in Spain? Or how I gripped the couch as he forked the chorizo at that restaurant?
Well, with his recent episode about Vietnam, he tempted me again:
Since watching that show a few weeks ago, I’ve had a serious craving for bÃ¡nh mÃ¬. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this sandwich and its lovely Vietnamese-French flavors.
Given the Valley’s large Southeast Asian population, might it be possible to find one nearly as good as this? I probably won’t get the fried egg (sigh), but please, give me a good baguette stuffed with pork, cilantro, jalapeÃ±os, picked carrots and daikon, cucumber, pÃ¢tÃ© and mayonnaise.
May Cafe To Go
2327 N. Fresno St. # 102
Paradise Restaurant (also known as Pho Paradise)
1848 N. 1st St.
Anyone else have a tried-and-true source in the Valley?