How it All started
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