The nine-item menu will feature dishes including goi cuon, (spring rolls with pork, shrimp, mint, cilantro and vermicelli rolled up in rice paper with a peanut dipping sauce), banh mi xiu mai, (pork ball and shrimp steamed with vegetables served with French bread), canh ga chien nuoc mam (chicken wings with fish sauce) and bun thit nuong (grilled pork with mint, lemongrass, vermicelli and vegetables).
Ethnic and eclectic eateries in the Allentown Farmer's Market have had mixed success. Foods of the Mediterranean (east side) and Sweets Grill and More (Mexican) have been mainstays. And for good reasons: quality and authenticity. A Cuban place across from Dan's BBQ, Fan's Sushi and Balasia (vegan) didn't last as long, though the owner of Fan's needed to move for family reasons. I'll do my part to support Loan's and will report on the food.
Additionally, tonight I have the privilege to check out Sangria, the new restaurant at 9th and Hamilton in the Butz building in downtown Allentown. I don't know what to expect: there's no website on the invitation to preview the menu, no Twitter presence or Facebook page, very little publicity. I did sneak a peak at the interior on Monday. It design looks striking and modern. Looking forward to checking it out. Allentown needs another nice restaurant downtown to complement Bay Leaf, Robata and Made in Brazil. With the BrewWorks doing well and Island in the Sun (Jamaican) moving in 1/2 block to the West, the city is developing a nice core of diverse restaurants.