Best Thing We Ate
Best Thing We Ate: Fried Chicken Banh Mi
The new counter-service restaurant on Market Square in Downtown Houston is exactly what it sounds like: Fusion Taco(s). However, there are some non-tortilla-encased items that might win you over as well. The fried chicken banh mi sure did it for us.
Two thick slices of crusty French bread are lightly slathered with paté and stuffed with a generous portion of flattened fried chicken that's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside - an undoubtedly essential quality. Brightening it up is an impeccably balanced slaw of shredded carrots, Napa cabbage and thinly sliced bell peppers. Smash it all together on a sandwich and you have the fried chicken banh mi. It might not be traditional, but authenticity doesn't really matter when the restaurant is based on the facets of fusion.
Before you balk at the nearly $9 price tag, know that it comes with a massive helping of their kale salad - tasty and nutritious - or a pile of sweet potato fries, and is enough to share if you're feeling generous. Chase it down with a glass of Hitachino Nest White Ale for optimal effect.
801 Congress Ave.; 713-422-2882