Good Morning Vietnam: Duc’s Place
What does a Yale scientist do when he dreams of a Vietnamese street-food take-out spot? Lucky for us, he built Duc’s Place on Orange! From Bánh mì sandwiches to Ca Ri Ga (a chicken curry soup), to Bun dishes (rice noodles), to smoothies like Durian and Soursop (I had to google it), to their Friday night Pho, this place is a breath of fast-food fresh-air.
I grabbed two sandwiches: Grilled Lemongrass Pork and the vegetarian Yuba & Shitaki. Both included the fresh cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon that are the base of every Bánh mì. The contrasts of spicy and savory, cold and crispy with blasts of floral lemongrass, cilantro, and lime, make every bite a party. Add some fresh jalapenos, fold it all up in a made-fresh on-premise baguette and you can kiss Subway goodbye.
I’ve always wanted to go to Viet Nam, for now, I’ll go to Duc’s. Nothing will cost more than $10, and it’s worth every penny. Your beach picnic will never be the same.
Thưởng thức! (translation: Enjoy!)
Find Duc’s Place and menu on Facebook here.
167 Orange Street, New Haven