Tam Deli & Cafe

It’s hard to go wrong when ordering off of Tam Deli’s expansive menu filled with traditional Vietnamese dishes. From bahn cuon, or stuffed steamed rice paper wraps, bun, or rice vermicelli bowls, bahn mi sandwiches, and pho noodle soups, Tam Deli offers several different variations of each dish using different vegetables and proteins, all priced to move at under $10/dish.

Lunch started with two orders of spring rolls, one beef and one shrimp. Both varieties are worth the trek alone, but with its bold flavor, the grilled lemongrass beef version is hands down one of the best in town.

Shrimp Spring Rolls - $3.75/2

Shrimp Spring Rolls – $3.75/2

Next up was a steamed bun featuring ground pork and a hardboiled egg encased in airy, soft dough. While it’s a solid dish, the heavy dough to filling ratio makes it a tad dense, especially when attempting to save room for the main event. For my money, I’d recommend sticking to spring rolls or a cup of savory wonton soup.

Cup of Wonton Soup - $2.95

Cup of Wonton Soup – $2.95

Pork & Egg Stuffed Steamed Bun - $2.75

Pork & Egg Stuffed Steamed Bun – $2.75

When it comes to entrée choices, one will always pick a winner by ordering a bahn mi. To make what is easily one of the best versions in town, Tam Deli starts with French bread that is flaky and crunchy on the outside, yet soft and supple enough to sink one’s teeth through. There are a number of bahn mi options from which to choose, but my personal preference is #14, which features tender, flavorful char-grilled pork and crunchy vegetables layered between two pieces of bread lined with a delicious housemade mayo. For those hungry for spice, I recommend asking for extra jalapeno as some sandwiches are a little light on spice.

#14 Grilled Pork Bahn Mi - $4.95

#14 Grilled Pork Bahn Mi – $4.95

Bun fans will hardly be disappointed with Tam Deli’s version of the classic dish. The generously portioned bowl of goodness features fresh vermicelli noodles topped with greens, egg rolls, crushed peanuts, and, in this case, char-grilled pork. The egg rolls are a bit too thick to be crave-worthy, and the dish wouldn’t hurt from a bit more heat, but overall, it is a comforting, satisfying entrée worth ordering time and time again.

#25 Grilled Pork Bun w/Egg Rolls - $7.45

#25 Grilled Pork Bun w/Egg Rolls – $7.45

Overall, Tam Deli continues to prove why it’s often referenced as one of the best places to find traditional Vietnamese food in Austin. It’s North Lamar store front is a bit of a trek for those of us south of the river, but Tam Deli is worth the commute any day of the week (expect for Tuesday).

Tam Deli Austin, 8222 North Lamar, Suite D-33, Austin, TX. 512.834.6458. Open daily from 10am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.

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