Nammi: Trickle at the Truck

You wanted food trucks? Here's one. Where are you?

Nammi is "cruisin' Vietnamese fusion." It's a food truck! Yay! We begged heaven and its opposite, City Hall, to let us have food trucks in Dallas, and we're so excited that they're here, and now that we have them...apparently none of you effers go to them unless it's opening day.

There were two other people in line with me when I went on Thursday. What's the deal, You? Why are you not filling your face hole with cheap and tasty banh mi and barbecue pork tacos?

What, is standwiching (duh, eating your sammie without sitting down) in a blacktop parking lot in 300-degree heat not appealing? Do you seriously expect ample seating and air conditioning with your food truck experience? Do you barely even have time for lunch since you spend most of your break shopping for Schlitz? Perfect. Nammi is the food truck you seek, you high-maintenance heat-intolerant boozer.

When the Nammi truck is in the Sigel's parking lot on 3209 N. Fitzhugh at lunch, order your food and then take it inside the air-conditioned Sigel's to chow down. There's a special break-room-y lookin' room in the back set up just for Nammi customers.

I ordered the $6 BBQ pork banh mi and a lemonade. (It's a Vietnamese sandwich. This one's on a 12-inch baguette with garlic mayo, cucumbers, pickled daikons and carrots, thinly sliced jalapeños, cilantro and the aforementioned barbecued pork.)

Took a quick sip of my lemonade and something immediately tasted funky. Like maybe something fancy was going on. When I got inside the Sigel's and started to recover from heat stroke, I asked my friend, Jack Daniel's, what he thought about the lemonade. He was all, "That shit is delicious, you idiot. It's basil mint lemonade. Get a palate. Jesus H."

Then, I tried a sip of the lemonade with my bahn mi and everything changed. It was like red wine meeting steak for the first time: Shit got delicious. The lemonade chilled out the spicy jalapeño in the sandwich, and the subtle mint and basil flavors in the drink totally third-based the barbecue pork.

 
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Titus Groan
Titus Groan

A food truck being located in an uptown liquor store's parking lot is beyond stupid. You need to be downtown where the office workers are. Dallas has such cool stuff, why can't we package it together properly?

G_David
G_David

"Why are you not filling your face hole with cheap and tasty banh mi and barbecue pork tacos"

Did you actually type that with a straight face? I've never in my life paid more than $3 for banh mi. I'm sure the fuck not going to do it in a liquor store parking lot.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Since it's a truck, it does move. They're at City Hall some days. Here's their schedule: http://nammitruck.com/ You should check them out and tell them where to park next week.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

No, I typed that with an angry face.

With a straight face, I type stuff like, "Where's this $3 banh mi you speak of?"

G_David
G_David

I replied, Alice, and listed a couple of random places that charge $3 for banh mi, but for some reason it disappeared. Short version: walk into any Vietnamese joint in town that's not on wheels.

G_David
G_David

Where's this $3 banh mi? Have you never even been to a Vietnamese restaurant? Here are the first 2 that came to mind, though every place I've ever gone to - including about a dozen places in Houston - have banh mi between $2.50 and $3.50. I would think it's MUCH harder to find it for $6, unless you're sweating your ass off in Sigel's parking lot!

http://www.vietnambarandgrill....

http://www.phoquehuong.com/mod...

Tahini
Tahini

Most the varieties at La Me are $2-$3 bucks.

G_David
G_David

Okay, you go try some of the cheap banh mi joints around town, and I promise to give the Nammi truck a try next time I see it. But you have to be there to eat the other half.

Tahini
Tahini

Yea, phoque off G_David

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

More food isn't necessarily good.

But, more good food is always good.

I'm excited about that second option you mentioned. I've had the banh mi at Vietnam. For me, wasn't as good as Nammi by far. And I'm completely OK with the fact that that might make me a Vietnamese food wuss. I need more practice. Ready to try that other Phoque-ing place you mentioned.

G_David
G_David

So in other words, the Nammi truck gives you twice as much food as a non-obese average American needs for lunch and charges you twice the price? In other words, it's a Vietnamese Cheesecake Factory on wheels. I'll pass.

P.S. If you haven't noticed, there's a Vietnamese joint on damn-near corner in the metroplex these days. No need to drive to Garland, though I often do.

Tahini
Tahini

To be fair G_David, the additional $3 Nammi charges is for the convenience of not having to drive far out if these places aren't close by. For me to drive from downtown to Garland and back would easily eat $3 in gas. Plus, the Nammi banh is a significantly larger sandwich, almost doubling the size of the aforementioned sandwiches. And the banh mi at Vietnam sucks. And you smell like pea soup.

 
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