SE Division's "Portland-style" banh mi shop Double Dragon (proudly run "by a white fellow from NJ") will soon expand its menu past sandwiches and ramen. According to chef/owner Rob Walls, a kitchen renovation (adding more equipment to the spot's current two induction burners) will "allow us to fully push beyond something that's basically a banh mi shop right now into a place that does all kinds of non-traditional renditions of dishes from all Asian cuisines." Per Walls, the new menu items "will be a mix of riffs on traditional dishes from all over Asia... other things that have little to do with Asian cuisine but that fit the feel and the flavors that we're putting out (Mexican-style grilled corn, Miso Disco Fries) and things that sort of fall in between (Kimchi moules-frites)."
The expansion also includes plans for a full bar, with focus on "more quaffable cocktails like punches, shandies, a Kimchi Bloody Mary and possibly a Tamarind Michelada," Walls says. During a one-year anniversary party tonight (from 6-9p.m.), Double Dragon will offer free bites from its new menu — like char siu pork buns, tamarind-glazed duck wings, and roasted mushroom congee — as well as free boozy punch by Central owner Dustin Knox (including rye, rum, and whiskey versions). The full renovation/revamp is scheduled to debut in January.
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