|Buckley's Restaurant & Bar|
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Buckley's Restaurant & Bar
Cuisine: American Bistro
By Brian West
Somewhat hidden on the not-too-often traveled intersection of Cass & Wells, but mere blocks from Cathedral Square, Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar does pretty much everything right. But most importantly, for this particular article at least, Buckley’s has the distinction of serving a sandwich I literally dream about—their bánh mì.
Interestingly, bánh mì is the Vietnamese word for “bread.” More specifically, it typically refers to the single-serving baguette, which was introduced to Vietnam by the French probably in the mid-late 19th century. The bánh mì sandwich developed as a fusion of French sandwich-making and Vietnamese flavors like cilantro, pickled veggies and peppers. Buckley’s version is pretty close to traditional, with just a few twists to make it their own: Vietnamese-style shaved BBQ pork, pickled carrots and daikon radish, cilantro, jalapeno, and chili sambal sauce on an Italian roll. The perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors and salty pork make the bánh mì one of my all-time favorite sandwiches and I’ve yet to find one I prefer over Buckley’s version. It is truly a work of art.
Lunch offerings at Buckley’s are plentiful, however (including several other sandwich options), so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention at least one more. Guinness-braised corned beef brisket, and house-made russian dressing combine with melted gruyere cheese all piled high on toasted marble rye to form Buckley’s delicious and juicy corned beef sandwich. For just a dollar more, you can make it a Reuben by adding some of their house-made sauerkraut, which, uh, why wouldn’t you?