Where do you go when you’re craving a steak, but don’t want lớn go khổng lồ a steakhouse and don’t want to spend an arm và a leg? I’m going to let you in on a secret: When I want khổng lồ taste juicy, full-flavored beef on a budget, I go for Bo Ne, or Vietnamese steak & eggs.

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Like the American version of Vietnamese steak and eggs, Bo Ne is probably more of a breakfast or brunch dish, but lately it”s been popping up on menus all over town và offered throughout the day. You can get it at Bo Ne Houston, which has been around forever, and Blacksmith in Montrose, which has had it on the menu since it first opened in 2013. You can also get it at places like Les Ba’get in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area, at the Katy Asiatown location of Yummy Pho & Bo Ne, at the Asiatown spot called Pho Bo To và Bo Ne.

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EXPANDWhen the whole table orders Bo Ne! (Also pictured: The cold cut appetizer plate)Photo lớn by Mai Pham

Of the many places I’ve tried, the one that I find myself returning to lớn over and over again is My Baguettes on Bellaire Boulevard, in the Saigon Houston Plaza near Wilcrest. This little mom và pop banh ngươi shop debuted last year under the name Mai’s Baguettes, but was rebranded to My Baguettes after a trade name dispute with Mai’s in Midtown.

Marketing themselves as a scratch kitchen, My Baguettes”s banh mi”s were kind of blvà at first. But they”ve made improvements & they”ve gotten better and better in the past year. Currently they are using a thin crispy baguette as opposed lớn the oblong banh mi roll you see around town. I recommkết thúc their chicken banh mày, made from shredded chicken mixed with caramelized shallots, which for me is the tastiest & most quality of the different banh mi’s on the menu. I also enjoy their mint cà phê sua domain authority & their house-made corn milk, made with condensed milk khổng lồ amplify the natural sweet corn flavor.

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EXPANDBo Ne for 1, $11.99 for this entire spread!Pholớn by Mai Pham

Their version of Bo Ne, which they debuted earlier this year, is simply stellar. Arriving on a sizzling cast iron cow-shaped platter, you get chunks of ribeye in a savory brown sauce with onions, a sunny side up egg và a xiu mai meatball. I love sầu how the smoke from the dish leaves an aroma in its wake, và the fact that it smells delicious even before taking a bite. On the side, you get a toasted baguette, a simple side salad dressed with vinaigrette, along with a plastic saucer filled with house-made pate and mayonnaise.

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The unique of the meat is probably what gets me the most. The chunks of marinated ribeye are tender & juicy, with a Vietnamese-French flavor that complements the Maggi sauce on the table (You can add droplets of Maggi if you want more seasoning). I like to lớn cut through the egg và watch the runny yolk ooze on the platter, break off a piece of crusty French bread, và dip it in the yolky-gravy in between bites of the beef. The salad helps lớn lighten up the dish so it doesn’t feel so heavy, và the meatball xiu mai is just a bonus. Ringing in at $11.99, it’s a steal.

My Baguettes closes at 6 p.m., so it’s not a place where you can go for a leisurely dinner, but the last time I asked, they said it was perfectly fine khổng lồ BYOB (there is no corkage/service, but they don”t have sầu wine glasses, so you”ll have khổng lồ bring those, too). I have a bottle of red that’s going to lớn go perfect with that Bo Ne, so I plan khổng lồ get there around 5 p.m. one day for a low-key, low-budget steak night. I can picture it already.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentimãng cầu to lớn xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện Thái Lan và everywhere in between — Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more — in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state & national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. Contact:

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