Lafayette, Louisiana: Vietnamese street food will be available in Lafayette beginning next week at Do’s Deli in the South College Shopping Center.
Restaurant owner Son Do, 45, has hoped to open his own restaurant for about 15 years now and felt that Acadiana would be open to the concept because of an increase in local Vietnamese restaurants and grocery items.
“I noticed nobody was doing chargrilled meats,” Do said. “I picked up cooking from my mom as a good little pastime, and my family loves what I cook.”
Do, a retired University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor, plans to open the restaurant Monday, March 2.
The restaurant’s menu focuses on Banh Mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches. Proteins options include ginger chicken, clay-pot pulled pork, sesame steak, coconut shrimp and more. Sandwiches will be served on Poupart’s French bread, and flatbreads will use Whole Foods’ naan. The restaurant will also offer sides such as jasmine-fried rice, egg noodles, spring rolls, wontons and more.
Do’s favorite menu item is either the coconut shrimp or the five-spiced pork.
“There’s not too many freshly prepared, local sandwich shops around here,” he said. “We freshly prepare everything every day. We don’t freeze or reheat anything. We have a limited, healthy menu.”
Do will cater to the lunch crowd, opening from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, but he’ll also offer dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.