Dang’s Vietnamese – Bend Oregon

2013/08/06

Dang’s Vietnamese

Bend Oregon is finally on the map. We now have three Vietnamese restaurants in town. Dang’s Vietnamese restaurant is the newest and I was an instant fan. I have been to Dang’s a ton this summer for Pho and other dishes not easily found in Bend.

There were two other Vietnamese restaurants already in town. I do love Tan – the owner of Pho Viet and Sweet Saigon. But Dang’s is solid and cheaper by around a buck a dish.

Located over by “how is it still in business” Outback Steakhouse, Dang’s offers some great food for a really great price. @SonofaBOR loves to get what is basically a kids pho – Beef soup with rice noodles. No meat included and its only $5.50 for a huge portion. Below is what we’d get on a typical visit.

Lean Brisket Pho (P9) $7.95

dangs-vietnamese-beef-pho

I’ve written up my process for eating Pho for you white boys before:

For you white breads out there, here’s how I doctor this sucker up. I shred up the basil and toss it in along with a couple slices of the jalapenos even though I don’t intend to actually eat the peppers.

Then I squirt in a little Siracha (hot sauce) and some of the stuff in the red bottle that looks like red chili flake sauce. I really don’t know what it is but its hot. The Wife adds in Hoisin sauce which makes the broth a little sweeter. Most people will throw in the bean sprouts but I don’t normally, I just want to get to the noodles and the beef and the sprouts get in my way. A little squirt of lime and its time to dive in.

Now that you have the goods in the bowl you have to use your chopsticks (or more likely a fork for you) to loosen up the stick noodles which will most likely be sort of stuck together at the bottom of the bowl.

Then its time to dig in. Get your face in there and slurp it up. You don’t have to be polite about it, slurp away, get after it.

The Banh mi with tofu is only $3.95. Banh mi is like a baguette stuffed with zero ingredients found at Subway. Too many veggies for me so I have nothing to say about it, but it looks and smells amazing.

dangs-vietnamese-bahn-mi

The wife is always adventurous and will often get something off a specials menu. On one of our many visits she got this crazy ass omelette stuffed with prawns and everything I hate. Actually that’s not true, its basically all of the ingredients you get in a simple bowl of Pho, wrapped up in an omelette.

dangs-vietnamese-omlette

And then there is the Vermicelli plate (which really should be served in a bowl) – Whatever meat (we get pork) served with rice vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, a bunch of other veggies, peanuts and some crazy sauce.

dangs-vietnamese-bend-oregon

Dang’s gets a top recommendation from me. You should find a friendly staff, quick service, large portions of great food at an awesome price. I highly recommend everything you see here PHO sho!

Dang’s Vietnamese Restaurant

1180 Se 3rd St
Ste C1
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 385-8888

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

mrscamacho August 13, 2013 at 3:29 am

We’ve been to Dang’s twice now. I think it is superior in quality and taste to Pho Viet (sad to say, because I ADORE Tan and his wife!). There is a fresher, lighter feeling to the food at Dang’s. And bonus, it’s cheaper!

Last time we had the…dancing beef? Verb-something beef. It was like Vietnamese fajita mix. SO good. The kids always share the sunrise pork plate – $8 and more than enough for them. Ironically, I haven’t even tasted the pho here, because there’s been something on the specials menu that catches our eye!

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Ben Mod September 1, 2013 at 4:35 am

Dang’s the best place and the only place in town where we’ll eat. Having lived in San Francisco bay area and having had access to good Pho, this was sorely needed. We’d visited both Pho Viet and Sweet Saigon once each and never went back. Their flavor is too saturated or too salty.

Dang’s a win all around.

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Tr182md October 30, 2013 at 12:27 am

Vermicelli plate should be served with rice paper so you can wrap it up and dip in a peanut sauce. If you put it in a bowl it becomes a different dish which I love. Bun thit nuong. This you pour fish sauce over and eat.

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Bo January 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

We stopped by at Dang’s the other day and we were pleasantly surprised .
By far the BEST vietnamese restaurant in the area and very close to what you would get in the SF Bay Area or even Vietnam .
His Banh Xeo was just excellent ! it came out crispy, with the right color and texture. What can I say… two thumbs up !
The banh Mi were also very appetizing (so much that we bought 4 to go 🙂 )
The service was good and Dang himself very welcoming and friendly .

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