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.