Take Bahn Mi

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A ha! Caught your attention like a live-action pencil sketch video from the 80s. Today’s MoFo is all about super secret finds. I ventured all the way to San Antonio’s west side in order to find some banging vegetarian Vietnamese food.

BobaTea Garden opened up sometime in early 2017 from what I could gather. I was deep in an internet search for boba tea, when I happened upon this 100% vegetarian restaurant that piqued my interest. My hesistance to try it before yesterday was solely based on distance. I’m telling you now: I would absolutely drive to another city to get in on this deliciousness. Ryan and I were both seriously suprised at how good and fresh everything was.

   #121 Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi

#121 Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi

When you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by the delightful smells of lemongrass and spicy peppers. The locations is super clean and very bright with storefront floor to ceiling windows. The decor is very minimalist, finished with a few simple portraits and live plants. It’s a very calming effect. Customer service was very friendly and the owners were welcoming as guests entered.

   #107 Spring roll vermicelli with grilled lemongrass “beef”

#107 Spring roll vermicelli with grilled lemongrass “beef”

Ryan and I got a few items to try. Ryan opted for his usual: spring rolls with vermicelli and a lemongrass “beef.” The ingredients look so vibrant and are incredibly fresh! I wanted to try a few items to give a decent review. I ordered a Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi, which was a delight! It had vegan pork, ham, cucumber, jalapeno, sweet and sour carrot daikon pickle, pate, and mayo on a deliciously soft and crusty baguette. Duuuuudes. The most amazing sandwich. I also tried the grilled lemongrass “chicken” that came with broken rice and fresh veggies. Super good. I even ate this cold and it tasted just as good. Yummy! I also got a pina colada boba tea…made with fresh fruit!

   #121 Grilled lemongrass “chicken”

#121 Grilled lemongrass “chicken”

WINS

Flavor: Lemongrass, peppers, cilantro. Bold and flavorful.

Price: The most expensive thing on the menu is $12. Most items are less than 10 bucks.

Ingredients: Everything is fresh and vibrant. Beautifully plated.

Cleanliness: Eat in restaurant for a bright and cheery experience.

How vegan-friendly is it? 4 out of 5 nooches for the food menu/3 out of 5 nooches for boba drinks. This restaurant is 100% vegetarian and about 90% vegan. There are only three dishes that are not vegan (as they contain eggs). Less than half of the drinks are vegan-friendly, but all of the toppings are. Overall, an impressive and unique spread.

Please go out and support this vegetarian and small local business. The owners are super nice and the food is absolutely amazing.

   Close up of lemongrass “chicken”

Close up of lemongrass “chicken”

BOBATEA GARDEN

8333 Culebra Rd, Ste 204A, San Antonio, Texas 78251, United States

210-592-1885

Mon-Sat: 11a-8:30p Sun: Closed