Back by popular demand, one-time pop-up Phuc Yea is here to stay with this mid-century-designed brick-and-mortar. The Vietnamese-Cajun concept from the team behind The Federal is serving up soulful food with 90s hip hop blaring from the speakers. Expect traditional noodle dishes like Banh Cuon -- dry shrimp rice noodles, pork, vegetables, finished with flavors from the Thai spice pantry -- and more fusion plates like the Caja China Cola Duck, served in lettuce wraps and topped with Coca Cola hoisin sauce. You can enjoy offerings from the raw bar (oysters on the half shell, of course) and create your own Cajun-flavored wok, or stop by for the dim sum-style weekend brunch (if you can reserve a spot… in which case, don’t miss the famous Federal buttermilk biscuits).
Perhaps South America’s most celebrated hangover cure is Sancocho, a hearty stew of meat, potatoes, tubers, and other vegetables best experienced the morning after a rough night down south. Cesar Zapata puts his spin on it as part of Phuc Yea’s brunch setup with a Sancocho Pho, harnessing the traditional Vietnamese broth along with Sriracha, rice noodles, and other Asian influences. There’s also a fantastic Fried Chicken Banh Mi and a coconut rum-drizzled Croissant French Toast, if you’re feeling like something more substantial than soup.