A friend of mine has been telling me about the Banh Mi at Dickson Wine Bar for a while now. Well, I finally gave in last week and invited a few friends. We went to Dickson Wine Bar this past Sunday and really enjoyed it! When I walked in, the bar immediately gave the sense that I was walking into a Brooklyn, New York bar. Something about the exposed brick walls, wine bottles displayed along the ledge, and the dim lighting brought back pleasant memories of fun nights in Brooklyn.
Once we got in we were greeted by a server and shown to our table. The tables were very similar to picnic tables but higher, although they were actually pretty comfortable. Onto the food and drinks! As we sat down the server informed us that happy hour was about to be over. We quickly ordered a few of their awesome mixed drinks and the meat and cheese sampler. We all ordered different drinks and they were all good, my favorite drink was the jalapeños margarita. It had just the right amount of spice after the kick from the chilled tequilla, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shortly after our Banh Mi came out one after another. I want to start off by saying that the Banh Mi Sandwiches range from 10 to 13 dollars which is much more than the 3 for 4 deal in Eden Center. That being said Dickson Wine Bar offers the Banh Mi aka Vietnamese Sandwich with a twist and in a desirable location. Everyone in our party ordered a different Banh Mi, so we got to taste every sandwich they had to offer. Dickson Wine Bar offers three types of Banh Mi which was chicken, pork belly, and ribeye. With the original Vietnamese Banh Mi the bread is key and Dickson Wine Bar did not fail. It seems that it is fresh baked as it has a crispy outside with a soft chewy inside. The chicken was, well damn good, it had moist and flavorful chicken mixed with the original flavors of a Banh Mi sandwich. The pork belly was good too, I only got one bite of it and it was moist and flavorful. The last and my favorite of the bunch was the ribeye, it was out of this world. I ended up trading half of my chicken for the rib-eye. The steak pieces were so juicy and flavorful and went really well with the pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, and jalepenos. I left thinking “Why did I never think to put steak on Banh Mi?”. I will say that these were not your typical Vietnamese sandwiches, they had all the ingredients (probably not made the Vietnamese way), but were quite hearty.
Overall Dickson Wine Bar is a cool place to hangout and grab a bite to eat. If you love New York , Dickson Wine Bar will bring back memories, if you hate it you will get some good drinks and an even better Banh Mi.
Dickson Wine Bar
903 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001