Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Avoid wedging cloth between teeth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Vietnamese fare and drinks at Twilight Cafe.
The culinary craftspeople at Twilight Cafe take taste buds on cultural journeys with a menu of Vietnamese classics made from fresh ingredients with a Cajun twist. The banh mi dac biet—a Vietnamese po boy sandwich—cuddles ham, pork, and fresh vegetables within a french bread sleeping bag to keep them from freezing away from their natural grill-top habitat ($4.50). Bowls sequester the flavors of the bun thit nuong cha gio by separating the rice vermicelli, grilled pork, and egg rolls into three tasty factions ($9.95). Two types of noodles, the pho bo vien's rice noodles topped in meatballs ($7.95) and the mi dac biet's egg noodles topped with barbecue pork and shrimp ($9.95), take leisurely swims in savory soup broth. To cool off Cajun tang, diners can gulp cool glasses of soda or draft or bottled beer ($3–$3.50) or lick a fire extinguisher.
Twilight Cafe welcomes gourmands with clean white tables spangled throughout the restaurant like stars on an American flag T-shirt. A neon-lined counter highlights the full-service bar, which shimmers under the luminous glow of a flat-panel TV. Between bites, diners can kick up impromptu games of shuffleboard across the eatery's slick wood floors or signal to forks that they're ready for another bite by waving the tables' embellishing red napkins.
10605 Airline Hwy.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816