To earn real street cred, authenticity is important, although it is annoying to have to carry around those certificates all the time. For a more than credible take on authentic Vietnamese street food you'll be much happier to carry around, hit Ba Bar, open today
Opening in the former Watertown Coffee space, this boozed-up 50-seater boasts numerous industrial touches (opaque loft-style windows, raw wood-clad columns supporting its towering ceiling, etc.) plus a noodle-heavy menu with "street-food credibility" (traditional dishes, no jasmine rice, etc.), and is the culmination of a decade-old dream from the dude behind Baguette Box, and Monsoon, presumably also what he told people impatient for the opening. All-day fare includes French-inspired dishes (Cote de Boeuf prime rib for two w/ satay Chinese mustard greens & fingerling potatoes); traditional rice-based Com Tam (spicy Berkshire pork belly w/ lemongrass, bird's eye pepper & shrimp sauce); and cold noodle offerings like Vermicelli w/ a crispy imperial roll & chicken from the Draper Valley farm, where every morning, roosters wake you up at Don. BB's also doing breakfast dishes ranging from traditional Congee w/ pork belly & a house-made Deep Fried Devil (a Chinese-style donut also called Dau Chao Quay), to coconut milk/brown sugar-based Sweet Forbidden Rice Porridge; to a scrambled egg/ green onion/ bacon-stuffed Vietnamese Fry Bread, as opposed to Stephen Fry bread, which is mostly just made In America.
They're also doing small plates (Steamed Clams, w/ dry shrimp, jalapeno & Saigon beer), plus a selection of Asian-style suds, and a bevy of 'tails all mixed by a guy who used to be at Bar Agricole, a drink spot with crazy street cred in SF -- all the more impressive when you consider most of the people there are already authentically nuts.