Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(almost) wordless wednesday
lily's sandwich, austin


With nothing but pocket change to do my bidding, I showed up, hungry, at the North Austin Chinatown location of Lily's.

I'd heard of the place for years, and hoped that the bread, which I was promised would be the closest approximation to New Orlean's poboy-style bread I'd find in town, would meet my bread-picky standards.  It did.  In spades.


What a delightful place I found.  Rows and rows of all kinds of condiments for sale, the likes of which I've never tried.  If it weren't for the fact that loose change was all I had, considering Lily's does not take debit cards, I'd have tried everything in sight.  That's just how I roll.  Like I'm going to have to have some of that Grass Jelly some day. And a few of the other odds and ends sitting about.

And I was delighted with my bahn mi, too!  Fresh ingredients--herbs including cilantro, pickled vegetables, and some other stuff that I'm not sure I know--because my English was met with vacant stares, but hey, I'm an adventurer!  So a #3 it was.


Though there was a communication breakdown, there was no shortage of hospitality.  Or value!  I received a bright, fresh, tasty foot-longish sandwich, on that glorious crusty bread, along with a glass of iced jasmine tea, on the house, and with exchanged smiles and nods, I got down to the business at hand.


Having spent half of the cost of a standard fast food value(?) meal, I left satisfied, with a tad more pep in my step than greasy burgers and fries would have me, and looking forward to many happy returns.

I happily recommend a visit to Lily's, at 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753.


Happy Trails!


7 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh I stumbled in there one day while I was shopping at the asian market. It's such a great little deli. I too was blown away by the condiments and just like you when I realized they only took cash or check. I quickly scrounged 5 bucks out of my purse and bought a #3 too. If I recall they were super nice and that sandwich was so big! I LOVE this post! I don't think I got free tea so it must have been that winning smile you have :)

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    1. That was a fine sandwich, and cheap, too, huh? I think there is another sandwich place in Chinatown that is their competition, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the nasty reviews I read, which really surprised me, weren't somehow related to the rivalry among them. Nevertheless, they've got a customer in me!

      Let's go back together and test the smile theory! Hahahaha.

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  2. Love that place! This sounds weird, but I absolutely love their Vietnamese yogurt.

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    1. Weird? Then I HAVE to try it! Thanks for dropping by, Meredith! Happy Holidays!

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  3. I get my eyebrows done by this sweet little Vietnamese lady who SWEARS by that place. I need to get up there and check it out! And thanks for the tip for those of us who never carry cash.

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    1. I still can't believe that sandwich was 3.50! lol

      Thanks for dropping in, friend!

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  4. YUM! I love a good bahn mi sandwich. This one looks fabulous! You can't go wrong with free tea:)

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