So I spent some time trying to work out what my lunch options were. I even made a map!
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I only had $6 in cash, so the place needed to take credit cards. That left out Mandina's, which is close by, and a traditional Creole-Italian place I've been wanting to try. We also have a Living Social coupon for Crescent City Pie and Sausage, which I didn't have on me. Also, I needed to wait on Tom for that. I had Juan's Flying Burrito (on Magazine) for lunch yesterday. Parkway seemed too far away, plus, we'd already been there before.
After all these caveats and restrictions, I settled on the one closest, Cafe Minh. Vietnamese Fusion noms!
I started with the spring roll with minced chicken:
Then I had the grilled charcoal pork noodle soup:
This was exactly what I needed. I was freezing in the restaurant (as well as in my office) due to over-air-conditioning. It was dark outside and pouring buckets of rain- in fact, water started streaming in through the ceiling in the back, to the point that ceiling tiles started dropping to the floor. A real stormy day that was much improved by the presence of this smoky, chargrilled, intensely flavored soup. The pork was tender, there were deep brown caramelized onions in the bowl along with cilantro, vermicelli noodles, and chinese cabbage braised lightly in the heat and steam of the broth. Man, that was good.
Also of note: their unsweetened iced tea is served with a lime as opposed to a lemon.
Quick drive back to the office, with a belly fully of comfort food.