Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Beer is the Answer.

Today is the long awaited opening of An Bui's new venture.  And there is no surprise that beer is at the center of his "The Answer BrewPub."

I had a chance to visit last week and sample some goodies.  In addition to 36 beers on tap, listed on high tech digital screens above the bar ( an interesting counterpart to Mekong's whiteboard technology next door), the Answer will be serving some tasty food, perfect Vietnamese bar food to accompany the beer.

I sampled a Vietnamese Tamale and a Bahn Mi and was pleased with both:

The tamale was a nice riff on the Mexican classic; a banana leaf replaces the corn husk and the traditional masa is bumped for a smooth and creamy rice. Cut open the top and drizzle some spicy sauce into the meat and mushroom stuffing.

The Bahn mi comes in a variety of flavors and is the perfect bar food, with just the right mix of crusty bread, various meats, pickled veggies, and heat. The hangover special comes with the addition of
two fried eggs. Boardwalk style fries with onions and cilantro complete the platter.

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