These days, food trucks are all that’s occupying Dewey Square. The stone expanse across from South Station is a mecca of temporary eating outlets, the first of which I went to being the Vietnamese-style Bon Me.
They know they aren’t really very Vietnamese. Their website even claims that their bahn mi sandwich is “decidedly non-authentic,” a commendable admission. That being said, for $6 one can also get a noodle salad or rice bowl with toasted sesame, Vietnamese vinaigrette or spicy peanut dressing and a choice of BBQ pork, organic tofu/shittake mushroom or spice-rubbed all-natural chicken. Naturalness marketing aside, it is fun to select something unique from whoever you’re with. The menu also features an “Et cetera” sections with Deviled Tea Eggs for the more adventurous truck-goer. When they handed me the noodle-box laden with daikon, carrot and cilantro I knew it needed something. And there before my eyes, like magic, was a single condiment – the obvious choice – Sriracha. Wonderful.