Above is the vermicelli noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Below is the BBQ pork sandwich. I love it hate it love it when a reader tells me about a restaurant I’ve never heard of.
I love it because it often results in my discovering a fabulous restaurant. I hate it because, well, HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE?? (BTW, mean comment leavers, that was a rhetorical question.)
The latest restaurant I can’t believe I didn’t know about is To Chau, a Vietnamese restaurant at 4875 E. Pawnee. A reader told me about it during a recent dining chat.
I drove past it a couple of weeks ago while out searching for shaved ice booths, and earlier this week, I went to check it out.
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Apparently, To Chau has been open for about six years. It serves Vietnamese sandwiches, Pho, the popular vermicelli noodle dishes known as “bun” and more. I tried a BBQ pork sandwich, which featured crusty French bread stuffed with very flavorful and non-fatty meat, cucumber, cilantro, carrot and jalapeno. And it cost only $3.50.The To Chau interior. Photos courtesy of my lunch date, Jaime Green.I also sampled the bun noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Again, the meat was very flavorul and placed atop a mound of vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, cucumber and cilantro. It was $8.75 and came with a tasty quartered egg roll.
The restaurant was roomy and attractive, and the service was good. To Chau is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information, call 316-683-2428.