Our collaboration of local influencers, foodies and bloggers, The Neighborhood, had our first big restaurant meetup as a larger group. It was our chance to formally meet most of the group, chat food, share stories and talk about the dining scene in Wichita. During the first 8½ years of blogging, I’ve mostly shied away from any sort of blog related gatherings outside of friends and family. This was one of the few times I’ve stepped out with others I barely knew who shared a similar passion. I walked away having a great time.
For this meetup, we were hosted by Vietnom Nom. They are a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant located at 8641 W. 13th St. known for their classic Vietnamese dishes along with a selection of fusion creations with strong Vietnamese influences.
Eight of us met up to try a variety of their dishes, take pictures, and share our experiences through our various social channels. If you love following along with food adventures, here’s what all we had along with a description of each dish!
Telehue Food (by Lisa Nguyen)
Dish: Phở – Made with fresh bones from stroot, or chicken. (available in a vegan or gluten free version)
Fert The Foodie
Dish: P.K.G (Phở king good) Banh Mi – Using the main components of phở, Vietnom Nom sautees them in a wok, stuffs it in a baguette from Bagatelle and serves it with a side of phở broth for dipping. You can also choose your spice levels.
Live Local (by Troy Trussell & Darin Hackney)
Dishes: Bún bò Huế – A dish best served spicy; it’s a lemongrass beef broth. They serve the dish with pork and brisket. While traditional Bún bò Huế is served with pork feet or blood, Vietnom Nom’s version is not served that way.
Nominator Loaded Fries – Choice of grilled meats, pickled vegetables, cilantro, scallion oil, jalapeños and topped with their signature Nom sauce.
Just Try it
Dishes: Bún thịt nướng – You know this dish well. One thing that makes Vietnom Nom’s different from the others is they grill all of their meats fresh to order vs. charbroil.
Flat Noodles Stir Fry (The official name is TBD!) – In Vietnam, this dish is commonly referred to as phở áp chảo. It includes thinly sliced eye of round steak, scallions, onions, bean sprouts, Thai basil. You are also welcome to choose your spice levels.
Dish: PheNOMenal Burger – 1/2 lb. beef patty, sous vide pork belly, sautéed onions, pickled veggies, garlic aioli, toasted brioche
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Dish: Anomaly Burger – Vietnom Nom’s vegan burger using the Beyond Patty, sautéed onions, Thai basil, pickled vegetables, Vegan mayo, and their secret sauce over toasted brioche.
It’s crazy how far along Vegan burgers have come along. I remember sitting there, eating, talking, throwing down their delicious fries while dipping them in their sauce I love, and completely forgetting that I was eating a Vegan burger. You could really taste a bit of the Vietnamese influence with the pickled veggies and Thai basil tossed in. The patty itself was tender and surprisingly juicy. It’s pretty cool to see Vegans getting some love from restaurants all over town expanding items on their menu to include everyone besides carnivores.
Vietnom Nom Details
8641 W 13th St. N Suite 103, Wichita, KS 67212
Monday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Sunday
Eight of us with eight different dishes. One of the things I always advocate for when eating with others is to order different foods to get a good sampling of what’s on the menu. I want to thank everybody who joined me for The Neighborhood’s first big meet up. We have some more things planned and can’t wait to share more of those adventures with you.
For the foodies, I’m looking to expand and have a second wave of Neighborhood members. If you’re interested, you can apply here.
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