Grace Nguyen and Chad Newton are the husband and wife duo behind East Side Bánh Mì. The eatery is officially open to the public today (Aug. 13), specializing in artisanal, locally-sourced bites and Vietnamese-style bánh mì sandwiches.
East Side Bánh Mì will offer “authentic cuisines with fresh, thoughtfully-sourced local ingredients.” Guests can expect flavorful food with unique herbs and spices. All bánh mì sandwiches are served on a fresh house-baked 10” baguette with fried shallot mayo, pickles, cilantro, jalapeños and Maggi.
According to a release, standout sandwiches are “the No. 1 (ham hock terrine, pate, and smoked bologna by Gifford’s Smoked Meats), the Impossible (“Xiu Mai” impossible meatballs, roasted and smashed) and the Brisket (slow-smoked Bear Creek Farm beef brisket) — with limited availability daily. In addition to traditional bánh mìs, the menu will include bowls served with a choice of crispy pork stick or crispy impossible stick and a choice of protein (roasted lemongrass chicken, roasted caramel pork, chopped steak, chili crisp tofu and roasted eggplant, and Albacore tuna with spicy tomato sauce). Guests can choose from three bowls: Gracie’s Big Salad (choice of protein, Bloomsbury Farm greens, green papaya, pickles, herbs, fried shallots, roasted peanuts, and citrus-soy vinaigrette), the Rice Noodle Bowl (choice of protein, chilled rice noodles, Bloomsbury Farm greens, pickles, herbs, fried shallots, roasted peanuts and spicy fish sauce), and the Broken Rice Bowl(choice of protein, jasmine rice, pickles, herbs, fried shallots, roasted peanuts and spicy fish sauce). East Side Bánh Mì will also be serving two types of spring rolls (Shrimp plus Tofu and Veggie). To complement a food menu full of diverse flavors, East Side Bánh Mì will also serve traditional Vietnamese beverages including Toasted Peanut Rice Milk and Vietnamese Iced Coffee by Nguyen Coffee Supply.”
Check out their full menu here.
For opening day, East Side Bánh Mì will donate 50% of sales to Hands on Nashville, a local non-profit that connects thousands of volunteers of all ages to more than 300 service projects each month. “The team at East Side Bánh Mì is excited to partner with Hands on Nashville in their efforts to create a stronger community. “
East Side Bánh Mì is located at 1000 Gallatin Avenue. They’ll be open Monday through Friday 11 AM to 8 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM. Find out more on their official website and follow them on Instagram.