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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lee's Sandwiches!

11210 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 113 @ Boone Road

In the heat of battle that is the normal workday, there comes a time in any peon's Tuesday (or Monday or Wednesday) when it becomes necessary for one people to throw off the shackles of Community Coffee and seek the darker, richer pastures of outrageous and expensive coffee. Such was the injustice of today's heat, workload, and exhaustion, that I not only threw off the chains of office coffee... nay, I launched that lame weak coffee straight into the bowels of the stainless steel sink.

And for more caffeinated pastures, I sought the lustful, addictive nectar of Lee's Iced Coffee aka Vietnamese Coffee. Vietnamese coffee is usually made by dripping dark strong coffee through a metal filter into a small coffee mug filled with 3-5 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. When the cup is half full with equal parts coffee and condensed milk, the concoction is stirred before getting poured over a tall glass of ice. The result is a dark brown liquid that can palpitate the heart of any mortal.

Lee's Coffee is prepared differently. At the counter, they hand you a plastic cup filled with ice and the brown liquid: no waiting for the coffee to filter into anything. All an exhausted traveller need do is stick a straw in and imbibe. Like any good drug, you can't just stop at the first sip. I usually don't make it back to work with any Lee's Coffee left in the cup.

Nothing else is good at this place except the coffee. Nothing else matters. At night, Vietnamese people sit around, drink in the good stuff and talk about life. It's the absinthe of my parent's generation. It kills the braincells and inspires creativity all at once. There is no better drug today. Drink some. Join the dark brown side of the force.


Blogger Alice said...

But how are their sandwiches?

June 06, 2007

Blogger maxine said...

So, Huan, where is it?

June 06, 2007

Blogger Huan said...

The sandwiches are not good. There are two locations that I know of. The larger more frequented one is across the street from the Hong Kong Market on Bellaire outside the Beltway. The other is in the Southwest Corner shopping complex at Beechnut and Beltway 8.

June 07, 2007

Anonymous lennie said...

Well written... you can't describe Vietnamese ice coffee any better. Beats even a Starbucks caramel macchiato anyday.

June 23, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this treat, Huan. If anyone craves strong coffee, yet sweetened, smooth and satisfyingly cold, this is it. This truly beats Starbucks!


June 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Huan, I'm somewhat addicted to their coffee and don't care much for the sandwiches. But lately I've been disappointed with Lee's Sandwiches' quality of food and beverages served. Their smoothies no longer have decent flavors, the "hot baguette" sign is still on but I could not buy one at either the Bellaire or Beechnut location on 2 consecutive afternoon (my toddler likes to chew on the baguette in her carseat on the way home). And BTW, prices go up every so often, which I do not mind - only wish that quality has stayed the same with the price increases. I've been a loyal customer since the Bellaire location openned in 2006, and can tell very quickly of the decline in quality...

July 26, 2007

Blogger Arada said...

Agree with Huan, their sandwiches are not good, which is a shame considering it's their namesake, not thier coffee.

July 21, 2009

Anonymous sheeren said...

These sandwiches might taste pretty good.

August 14, 2009

Blogger hrushing said...

I was at the Beechnut one last night for a coffee, and the place was a ghost town. The parisian in that same center has way better sandwiches. Tried the Olympic bakery place in that center. I think it used to be something else. Food was great. However, they still have the "bakery" sign up, but there is no bread made there, or banh mi. Great noodles though.

September 17, 2009


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