Anyway, I discovered bun in the 90s, when I lived in Arlington, VA and used to dine frequently at the now defunct Cafe Dalat. The chef-owner's many children helped her run the restaurant and several of her daughters were vegan, so the menu was decked out with tons of amazing vegan stuff.
All the cool vegetarian kids ate there back in the day, including Ian Mackaye, and the non-cool kids too. We're talking yum-city for everyone.
|Photo by Michael Horsley. Used by permission.|
I loved Cafe Dalat's bun so much, I named our dog Vee-Seven in its honor and ever since the restaurant closed, I've been chasing its tail trying to find another one just as good. I'll probably never succeed, but in the meantime, at least I'll have had more bun.
|Beach Bun by my brother.|
While no bun could ever fill the hole gouged in my heart by Cafe Dalat's V7, my stomach is still holding onto hope. Portland has been trying pretty hard, actually, and in the last little while, I've gleefully discovered some pretty decent attempts. Stay tuned!