Yum! Brands — which is behind Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut — is testing a new concept called Banh Shop in Dallas. As Eater Dallas confirms, the Vietnamese sandwich shop-cum-fast casual counter restaurant will serve a menu filled with Southeast Asian-style salads and sandwiches. Wisely, Yum! sought out the talents of local chefs while putting the menu together. Dallas chefs Braden and Yasmin Wages of Malai assisted in the creation of several different kinds of banh mi as well as salad, sandwich, side dish, and beverage options. This isn't the first time Yum! Brands decided to test a new concept in Dallas: Earlier this year, the company opened SuperChix in Dallas, a chicken concept meant to compete with Chick-fil-A.
The menu includes grilled pork meatball with Vietnamese caramel glaze and cilantro aioli; the American, with ham, salami, and mortadella; a grilled tofu version with chili-coconut glaze; and one with grilled steak and eggs for breakfast. There's also a fun twist on elotes topped with "Saigon sauce" (coconut milk, butter, and nuoc mam) and green onions, red pepper, and cheese. Soups, salads, and "Wok'd Bowls" fill out the rest of the menu.
Banh Shop's first location opens this Friday and will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. A second location is planned for the DFW Airport.
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