When we first got to Big Daddy's on Saturday afternoon we were told it would be a 15-minute wait for ribs. That gave us a chance to explore a little bit on University Avenue. Good thing! Last week I had driven by the Brownstone Building, a couple blocks down from Big Daddy's near Chatsworth, and I noticed a new Vietnamese place that looked nice. So my wife and I decided what better way to wait for ribs than to have a little bahn mi to go.
We went into Que Nha and really liked the vibe. It was very crowded and the clientele was almost entirely Vietnamese. The family that owned the restaurant could not have been friendlier. Everything smelled very good.
We ordered a bahn mi with grilled beef which was off the menu. The woman helping us came back out of the kitchen to apologize that they would have to charge us $3 instead of their regular bahn mi price of $2 because grilled beef is more expensive. I have to say this is one of the best $3 sandwiches I have ever had and was very generously sized.
The bread was fresh and perfectly toasted. The grilled beef was made to order and had the right combination of smokiness and sweetness. The vegetables and herbs, including jicama, pickled carrots, cilantro, and jalapenos, provided a great flavor and texture combination. It was excellent.
We also ordered the shrimp and pork spring rolls. They were good but not great. On the upside, the peanut dipping sauce was very good and they were quite large. On the downside, there was a little too much noodle and lettuce and not enough herbs.
The sandwich and the smells left us wanting to try more, but we had to save room for ig Daddy's ribs. Que Nha had the standard selection of pho, bun, and bahn mi, but then there were a lot of other interesting sounding dishes as well. I would definitely go back here to check out more of the menu.
It is located at 849 University Avenue in St. Paul. The phone number is 651-290-8552. It has only been opened for 2 months.
Has anyone else been here? If so, what did you get and what did you think?
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