Cafe de Bella
- amysuehere Jul 18, 2008 10:36 AM
This place just opened up across from Din Ho and next door to the post office on 183, so I thought I'd give it a try today for lunch.
Cute little place with a few tables and a display case with a dizzying array of desserts, one was even a sugar-free chocolate torte that I'll have to try next time. They also have a large selection of fresh-squeezed juices (sugar cane juice?!).
They have sandwiches, bagels, wraps, salads and banh mi. I asked the girl behind the counter what she liked most and she suggested the Gourmet Banh Mi.
French bread had wonderfully crunchy crust with a soft, chewey center. Sandwich had thin slices of several types of meat, including pate and cured meats. It had all the typical toppings for a banh mi, including carrots, cilantro, jalapenos and a very tasty homemade mayo. The thing was easily a foot long, so I shared with a co-worker. We both agreed it was a really good sandwich...and a steal at under $4.
I will absolutely go back and try some of the more "american" sandwiches they offer and that chocolate torte has my name on it.
I am loving that place, too. I have tried the gourmet sandwich and it was quite good. I also tried the chicken sandwich was was a thinly sliced chicken lunchmeat and it wasn't bad. My favorites are the juices! They seem a little pricey at first, but they appear to be squeezed from actual, ripe fruit! Yeah! A friend had a watermelon juice that she absolutely loved and I had them blend mango and carrot juice for me and it was wonderful! I defintely recommend grabbing a juice if you're in the neighborhood!
I tried this place recently and I like it. There's something a little sweet in the grilled pork banh mi - maybe the bread, maybe the spread, maybe the marinade on the meat. The sandwiches are large - they serve them on a long & thin baguette. I think it was on par with the sandwich at Pho Van in the same shopping center. Pho Van has better pork, but Cafe de Bella has better bread.
I still think Baguette House in the Chinatown Center is the best in town. Tam Deli is a close second, and Thanh Mi, Pho Van, and Cafe de Bella are all worth a stop if you're nearby.
And they are open Sunday, familyof3.