The last time I was at Bac it was called La Tortilla Feliz. I was pretty drunk on sangrias if I recall. Or should I say, barely recall… So clearly it’s been awhile as la Tortilla Feliz hasn’t been happy in quite some time and Bac opened in 2010. Yes, I am late to the party.
While I’ve never been to Bac until last week, I have sampled chef Bac Nguyen’s food at various events around town. And nearly every time went back for seconds. He calls his food pan-asian fusion, combining classic elements of southeast Asian cuisine with his midwest roots. Right up my alley.
So I met a good friend on a perfect fall-ish summer day last week for lunch and sat on the patio. Just as I have done many nights during the previous owners two attempts at making a go of that nice little corner spot.
I was quickly impressed by the menu. Since I am the type that likes to sample a little bit of everything, the Bento Bac set up was ideal: 3 small items for $10 or 4 for $12. I went with the Tom Yum soup, summer roll with shrimp, and chicken satay. Nothing crazy but it satisfied my craving at the time.
The soup was perfect! Just the right amount of heat. The satay and roll were also nicely done and quite enjoyable. My friend Charity had the 1/2 banh mi sandwich which looked so good I made a mental note to try next time. The coconut milk crepe with shrimp and pork and the avocado green curry with tofu also caught my eye.
You know, I really shouldn’t post on this blog in the morning… now lunch seems too far away. Bottom line – I really enjoyed my first real trip to Bac and look forward to more patio outings in the very near future.