I meant to write this post last Friday, but the day became crazy and my computer at work went down. So I’m posting it today instead.
My second Food Prowl story ran in the World-Herald on Friday. It’s about pho, Vietnamese noodle soup. I had the pleasure of eating with Trinh Tran, her daughter Thuy and freelance writer Niz Proskocil. We had a great time going to restaurants around Omaha, and I don’t think I could have asked for a better trio of judges. What’s your favorite pho in Omaha?
While I was writing the story last week, I saw a post come across Block 16’s Facebook page:
“Pho-que sandwich today! Vietnamese rubbed and smoked brisket on a bolillo roll with cilantro, basil, lime, radish and sprouts with Asian BBQ sauce. Come get a Pho-que!!!”
I already had a lunch scheduled that day. But there was no way I was missing this sandwich. (And if you pronounce the name correctly, well, you’ll get the joke.) I took a couple bites the first day, and then ate the rest the following afternoon for lunch. It had all the flavors of traditional Pho: crisp sprouts, bold cilantro and tangy lime, and also had a powerful spice and chewy, delicious brisket. I loved every bite, and it just goes to show that the simple flavors of Pho can translate in lots of amazing and surprising ways.
Chefs Jessica Joyce and Paul Urban run a pretty cool little hole-in-the-wall in downtown Omaha. I really like it.
The short form: The couple make street food with an upscale twist. The daily specials are not to be missed. And the creative, tasty vegan offerings appeal to former meatless folks like me but they’re good enough that meat eaters should give them a go, too. I can’t wait to watch this place turn into what its owners envision it to be.
Pictured above, Block 16. Photo by Corey Perrine/OWH.