Local eats: Hoàng Sandwich
Hoàng Sandwich is a Vietnamese eatery right off campus on the corner of Elgin and Scott streets, sandwiched between the short-lived Fish Place and Domino’s.
Despite its surroundings and miniature size, Hoàng Sandwich attracts waves of customers during lunch, which is the best time to go, since they specialize in sandwiches and soups.
The dense menu offers nearly 70 items consisting of sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and nearly 30 soup options. The beverage options are also vast, with selections of sodas, canned juices, coffee, lemonade and Thai tea.
Photos of some menu items are on a poster facing the counter, one of which is item 50, Hủ Tiẽu Bò Kho, or rice noodle in Vietnamese beef stew.
The stew is hearty with thick, oval-shaped carrot slices, chives, onions, clear rice noodles and fatty chunks of tender beef floating in a dark broth. The fat, which is not trimmed and hangs from the beef, produces a greasy broth. However, the stew is delectable.
It’s served in a wide, deep soup bowl. Alongside the stew are complimentary mint leaves, a lime and bean sprouts.
The sight of the stew can be alarming for those of us who are health-conscious, but the sandwiches and other options are also delicious.
Hoàng Sandwich has 10 sandwich options. The sandwiches are simple with few ingredients, including the fluffy French bread on which they are served. Besides the sandwiches, the rice plates are also a good option for a healthier lunch. Meatless, vegetarian options are also available for all categories.
No matter what the option, nothing is over $7, and a satisfied dining experience is a guarantee. The staff is friendly, and the decor is interesting and as varied as the menu. The walls are decorated with paintings of forestry, the Mona Lisa and the Virgin Mary alongside plants and paper lanterns.
Hoàng Sandwich, located at 3509 Elgin Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.