Culture / Foodie Events

Food Truck Morphs Into a Notable New Restaurant

Montrose Finally Has Worthy Vietnamese Grub

BY Faith Nguyen // 11.27.15
photography Faith Nguyen

What was originally a food truck is now an even better brick and mortar.

Les Ba’get, situated in a cozy building in Montrose, offers a traditional array of Vietnamese food. But what makes this place stand out from other Southeast Asian restaurants is its use of high-quality ingredients, and its location.

There are very few authentic Vietnamese places within the Loop, in my opinion, and one usually must hit Chinatown to find good Vietnamese cuisine. Now, there’s a winner in Montrose.

“We wanted to get back to our roots and started cooking traditional Vietnamese food,” Cat Huynh, owner of Les Ba’get says.

Les Ba’get serves breakfast all day, including Vietnamese steak and eggs with pâté and a buttered baguette. There’s also a steamed rice crepe stuffed with pork and ham (bánh cuốn). They also make their pandan soy milk in-house — a fragrant, traditional Asian drink made with pandan leaves.

There are six different types of phở, and the broth is slow-cooked for 24 hours. You can also order a poached egg with it, which is a fun twist.

Other notable dishes on the menu are the sandwiches (bánh mì), pancakes made of rice flower (bánh xèo), and seafood egg rolls.

What may have been the most notable aspect of the meal was the bread, which is somewhat expected, considering the restaurant’s name.

“We use the French baguette bread for all of our sandwiches. The name Les Ba’get derived from baguette. We changed the spelling, and Les Ba’get was formed,” Huynh said.

The restaurant has not set an official date for its grand opening, but is looking at December. For now, you can visit during soft opening hours from Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am to 7 pm.

For more updates, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.


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