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Vietnamese Deli find in Rockville

Terrie | Oct 29, 2001 07:42 PM

After a little internal debate, I decided to stop at this little place called "Bale" (their logo has the Eiffel Tower through the center of the name), which is just around the corner of my new home in downtown Rockville (on Rockville Pike, just south of the Wooton Parkway intersection, across from Wintergreen Shopping Center). So glad I did!

They have lots of stuff ready to go - sticky rice with sausage, ubiquitous but good summer rolls and cha gio, and their house rolls with veggies, a bit of omelette, and sausage slices. They even package up their incredibly flavorful cooked lemongrass grilled pork and beef by the pound.

The menu lists many of the usual noodle and rice dishes, plus pho, and they are very well priced - TOP price is $7.95. I haven't had a chance to try these, yet, nor the rice crepes that sound intriguing, because I've only had a chance to grab lunch here a few times.

My lunch has been outstanding - their Banh Mi sandwiches are incredible. I can barely tear myself away from the grilled lemongrass pork sandwich, to be honest. It is perfectly grilled sliced pork, topped with a carrot and daikon salad with cucumber, herbs and a chili kick, on a good 6" french roll -- for $3.00 (this is not a typo!). They also list the traditional pate, headcheese and ham sandwich at $2 (traditional according to "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" regarding "Hanoi Subs"). These sandwiches are so incredibly good.

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