Five restaurants taking An Xuyen Bakery bread way beyond banh mi
January 22, 2014
We love An Xuyen Bakery and our restaurants are proud to feature it on their menus. Both Lardo and Foster Burger were featured in this flattering round-up in The Oregonian. Check it out!
Bronx Bomber at Lardo Eastside
The original, Hawthorne Boulevard location of Rick Gencarelli’s over-the-top sandwich chain often has at least one sandwich on an An Xuyen baguette on the menu, though ironically not the restaurant’s take on bánh mì—that one’s on ciabatta. On a recent visit, Lardo offered the Bronx Bomber ($9), an overstuffed hero with a pile of minced beef, pickled peppers, caramelized onions, provolone and enough shredded lettuce to make you feel better about your choices. This is a take-a-nap-and-skip-dinner kind of sandwich, especially if you pair it with a pint or two from Lardo’s excellent tap list.
Kimcheese Burger at Foster Burger
Southeast Foster Road’s rock ‘n’ roll burger joint, which opened next door to An Xuyen in 2009, turned to its neighbor for buns from day one. The sturdy, sesame-seeded bun is the rock on which great burgers are built, tough enough to stand up to a juicy patty with a pleasant but unobtrusive flavor. For proof, look no further than the Kimcheese Burger ($9), a sloppy mutant with Sriracha mayonnaise and and kimchee added to a standard bacon cheeseburger. It’s impossible to eat without covering your hands in cabbage/mayo/hot sauce juice, but the bun holds on until the last slippery bite. If you want to try it, though, you’d better hurry—Foster Burger’s owner, Kurt Huffman, plans to replace the bun with a leavened brioche when his restaurant group, ChefStable, opens its first bakery this spring.