Another new hot spot in North park, Shank and Bone is a modern Vietnamese eatery serving up traditional Vietnamese cuisine, as well as specialty items such as bone marrow pho, Vietnamese style beef carpaccio, surf and turf pho, and many more delicious options!
It’s no secret that I love Vietnamese food.
I love all the bright fresh flavors, the noodles, rice and droolworthy spices and seasonings.
You know I love anything with fish sauce. And garlic. And lemongrass.
All the amazing flavors.
So it’s no surprise that I get excited when I find new interesting Vietnamese restaurants.
I recently wrote a post about my favorite Vietnamese restaurants Phuong Trang (read more about it here). Any time we have a real hankering for some awesome Vietnamese food, this is where we head.
When Shank and Bone opened up in North Park, the boyfriend and I were both super excited. There haven’t been a lot of Vietnamese options in the North Park area, so we were due for one.
This isn’t your typical Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall restaurant. It’s a far trendier, more modern Vietnamese restaurant (I mean come on, we are in North Park guys).
So we took a trip to Shank and Bone to see what it’s all about.
The restaurant itself has a new modern feel to it.
They serve lunch and dinner every day, and even have a brunch on Sunday.
They also serve locally brewed craft beer, sake and soju based cocktails.
Almost all North Park based.
The restaurant is open to the street so you can watch the passersby. I prefer to sit away from people ogling your food.
The Food at Shank and Bone
They have a wide selection of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including pho, banh mi, vermicelli noodle bowls, rice dishes and spring rolls.
They also have some specialty dishes, which is what I was most excited about.
For starters, they have a beef carpaccio with Vietnamese vinaigrette, lotus salad with shrimp and calamari, roasted bone marrow, Vietnamese tacos, scallops and a whole grilled calamari as well as your typical spring rolls and egg rolls.
The boyfriend ordered the Surf and Turf Grilled Shrimp and Pork vermicelli noodles bowl. It was pretty damn awesome. The noodles were perfectly cooked, and shrimp were deliciously fresh, and the pork came served 2 ways: in a pork loaf form and grilled pork form. Both were absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed the flavor in the grilled pork loaf pieces. It came with an egg roll which was delicious.
Note to self, next time get a full order of egg rolls. My bite of his was just not enough.
They also serve the vermicelli noodle bowls with grilled chicken or lemongrass tofu.
I ordered the Signature Pho S&B. I balked a little at first at the $17 price tag. Like, I’m used to paying $7-8 for a bowl of pho.
But I’m willing to pay for deliciousness. And boy was this pho the best I’ve ever eaten. Totally worth the steep price IMO.
It literally came with a whole marrow bone. And a whole oxtail.
And if those weren’t enough, it also came with beef shank, flank steak, round steak and brisket. It was a meat lovers paradise.
When the bowl arrived, it had no broth in it. The waitress carries around a carafe of hot broth and pours in on right there at the table. So fun.
The broth was so flavorful, I barely added any of the seasonings they offered on the table. Except just a touch of fish sauce because, well, you know how I feel about the stuff.
The waitress also brought out some chili oil (you’ll need to ask for this) that I fell in love with. It had the perfect amount of spice and flavor.
They also offer a surf and turf pho with filet mignon and half a lobster, as we well as meatball, chicken, seafood and vegan options.
Banh mi’s are served every day until 4 PM, and include grilled pork, chicken or tofu options.
This has quickly become my new favorite Vietnamese restaurant, even with the higher price tag.
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