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How it All started

818 S. Wolcott

© Burgers, Fries and Friends

1016 Main St,  |  Las Vegas, Nevada  |  89101  |  702.555.1212

Catering

We are committed to creating fresh, healthy, and authentic

Vietnamese foods for the modern palate!

As the owners of Lotus Cafe, we are dedicated to bringing our tasty yet affordable Banh Mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese specialties to the UIC Chicago area. We specialize in made-to-order, authentic and flavorful Vietnamese-style sandwiches called Banh Mi. Our menu was designed with nutrition and flavor in mind and our cafe was created with the vision of an inviting and warm yet modern space for students and local residents to gather.

We are former UIC students with degrees in biology/nutrition and civil engineering. During our years at UIC, we felt there was a lack of Vietnamese food in the area and that sparked the desire to open up our own Vietnamese sandwich shop. We emphasize freshness and authenticity by using ingredients and recipes with deep roots in Vietnamese culinary history. We have designed and built this cafe from the ground up and look forward to sharing our culinary experiences with you!

– Owners, Dao Nguyen and Kim Dao

10 years ago when we visited this lighthouse in Maine, we were young college students with a few hundred bucks and a trusty dark maroon accord, embarking on our first trip together. Our hotel was the back seat of the car, our entertainment, the trusty HP laptop, and our itinerary was whatever was in front of us. Unknown then was what the lighthouse would eventually come to symbolize; the recorder to the chapters of our lives.

We would stumble upon this place 5 years later, when on a whim we decided to escape Chicago for one last time, that last trip before we would put everything on the line to pursue Lotus, a name which had came, by the way, while at the lighthouse. An appropriate name whose attributes unwittingly came to characterize not only the struggles and perseverance of our business, but our journey through life.

In a blink of an eye, here we are again, 5 years past, at the lighthouse that not only holds the history of America, but of my family's. As we watch the kids roam the rollin foothills, blowing dandelion fuzz through the gentle ocean breeze, we become overwhelmed with all that life has given us. Under the shadows of this guiding light, we cherish the past, reap in the beauty of the moment, and wonder with cautious hope, what the future holds.

          Dao Nguyen

Let us know what you think lotusbanhmi@gmail.com