Put a couple of these recs into operation today, so I thought I’d do a quick summary for posterity–though I’m still looking for tips as I’ll be going back soon. (I also just read about the Euromart Polish deli that I’ll go to next time, and there’s a Sicilian style sandwich shop that sounds good). After stopping at the winter farmer’s market (which is small, but ok), we headed to Greenhill’s Irish bakery to pick up some bread. The place was packed! Got some good looking batch bread and a scone, and I’m thinking that items here like the chicken pot pie and corned beef hash might well be worth a shot. (this might be a place that makes their own corned beef for the hash!). Also poked our head in across the street at Adams Fish Market, which seemed pretty nice and might be good for a fried fish fix.
Headed to King Do from there to pick up bahn mi for dinner. Haven’t eaten these yet, but I loved the spot–bahn mi and shakes and lots of other takeaway Vietnamese foodstuffs. Things on the buffet looked good (there was a crab thing that looked fantastic) and I guess they make other entrees and such that you can order and eat at the tables. The place was super clean and the people were really friendly and I would def. come back here to explore more.
The plan was to go to Pho So 1, but as mentioned elsewhere Google maps put a kibosh on that by saying that it’s closed forever. Sigh. Decided to head to Pho 2000 instead, which was mostly fine though I wasn’t really blown away by the pho there. It was fine and a good sized portion for 8 bucks, but not super exciting. Broth was OK but it didn’t have a lot of depth to it. Fresh rolls were good but the bahn xeo was a little greasy and lacked salt. It did come with pickled radish and a big pile of greens–iceberg lettuce, lots of asian basil and even some giấp cá (aka fish mint) which was cool. Might be there’s better stuff on the menu, the beef seven ways looked good.
Last stop was Coco Leaf (since it’s a couple minutes walk from Pho 2000) and it’s really nice! Has a beautiful interior with great looking desserts and lots of choices of chè. Got a matcha donut that was excellent, probably made with some rice flour and with a great low level of sweetness. I would absolutely be interested in trying out some more of the stuff on the menu here, and it seems like a really comfortable place to hang out.
So that’s the first report. Likely there will be more, so if there’s other spots then let me know.