To Chau: A solid reader recommendation

Above is the vermicelli noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Below is the BBQ pork sandwich.

I love it hate it love it when a reader tells me about a restaurant I’ve never heard of.

I love it because it often results in my discovering a fabulous restaurant. I hate it because, well, HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE?? (BTW, mean comment leavers, that was a rhetorical question.)

The latest restaurant I can’t believe I didn’t know about is To Chau, a Vietnamese restaurant at 4875 E. Pawnee. A reader told me about it during a recent dining chat.

I drove past it a couple of weeks ago while out searching for shaved ice booths, and earlier this week, I went to check it out.

Apparently, To Chau has been open for about six years. It serves Vietnamese sandwiches, Pho, the popular vermicelli noodle dishes known as “bun” and more. I tried a BBQ pork sandwich, which featured crusty French bread stuffed with very flavorful and non-fatty meat, cucumber, cilantro, carrot and jalapeno. And it cost only $3.50.

The To Chau interior. Photos courtesy of my lunch date, Jaime Green.

I also sampled the bun noodle dish with grilled pork strips. Again, the meat was very flavorul and placed atop a mound of vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, cucumber and cilantro. It was $8.75 and came with a tasty quartered egg roll.

The restaurant was roomy and attractive, and the service was good. To Chau is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, call 316-683-2428.