The Dish: Bon Me Food Truck Arrives in Providence

Pay what you wish on March 27, and all proceeds will benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

A Chinese barbecue pork banh mi sandwich from Bon Me food truck.

The Bon Me food truck is a new name in Providence this March, serving signature banh mi sandwiches. The grand opening is March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza, when customers will be asked to pay what they wish for their food, with all proceeds benefiting the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Bon Me was founded in Boston in 2010, following a victory at the City of Boston’s Food Truck Contest. Its name is a play on words based on the Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi (traditionally made with a crusty baguette, some form of pork, cucumber slices, cilantro, pickled carrots, white radishes and one of many sauces such as spicy chili or mayonnaise). Bon Me’s version is a playful take on the sandwich, made with a housemade spicy mayo, and there’s an option to make it vegetarian or vegan with vegan walnut spread instead of pork pate.

The options include salads, rice bowls, and, of course, banh mi sandwiches. Dishes come with a variety of protein choices including spice-rubbed chicken, Chinese barbecue pork, miso-braised pulled pork, roasted soy and paprika tofu and the “protein of the day,” which varies by time and location.

Soba noodle salad with spicy sesame chickpeas.

All the meals served by Bon Me feature flavors of the Far East, house made dressings and fresh vegetables, and there are even a few gluten free and vegetarian options to satisfy eaters of every style. Bon Me also seeks to improve the communities where it operates by providing living wages to employees and following sustainable business practices.

Specialty drinks include a new addition exclusive to and inspired by Rhode Island, the Dirty Chai, produced in collaboration with Rhode Island’s New Harvest Coffee Roasters. Other fun beverages include Thai iced tea, Vietnamese iced coffee, spicy ginger lemonade, Thai basil limeade and bubble tea.

Stop by to try Bon Me on Waterman Street by Brown University on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and at Kennedy Plaza on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.



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