Crispy Baguette is located on the first floor of the midtown restaurant area, below Tatu.
The small restaurant has a few tables open in the back and others that were being used as a storage area for containers. They do not have outdoor seating.
The kitchen area was covered up with panels, which makes the front area seem smaller and more cramped. The restaurant also has those sticky floors characteristic of midtown restaurants, and there were some clubbers coming in to use the bathroom from the bar above. Despite all this, the restaurant seemed to be doing well as there was a steady stream of customers.
You place the order at the front, and then wait for your order. Our order took about 40-50 minutes since there were only two workers, so I suggest ordering ahead if you are in a hurry.
True to their name, Crispy Baguette offers a wide range of sandwiches, like the Traditional Vietnamese Cold Cut, Saigon Special Grilled Pork, and even Green Curry Sandwich!
You can get 8 inch (which range from $7-$10) or 12 inch sandwiches (which range from $12-14).
The Saigon Special Grilled Pork Sandwich ($12.49) was filled with grilled carrots, basil, cucumber, green onions, and BBQ pork in a toasted baguette.
The carrots did not have the pickled flavor (like the veggies Bánh mì) that I was expecting, but I liked the crispiness of the bread and how the ingredients complimented each other well. The portion was also large as well.
For the Vietnamese Yellow Coconut Tofu Curry Sandwich ($12.49), they give the toasted baguette separately from the curry. The baguette was not cut in half so it could have been tough to eat, but thankfully we had a knife! I imagined that the sandwich would come filled with the curry, but I actually liked how they gave the baguette separately so that it does not get soggy.
The curry was savory and slightly sweet, and filled with fried tofu, carrots, zucchini, and cilantro. You can dip the baguette into the curry, or fill the baguette with curry to make a curry sandwich!
They also offer Rice Bowls and Noodle Bowls!
I tried the Thai Spicy Green Curry with Tofu ($12.49). You had to pay $2 extra for Basil Fried Rice, but it was so worth it!
They give you a huge portion of fried rice, which had a crispy texture. It was very flavorful with scallions, basil, and tiny pieces of egg.
The Thai Green Curry was my favorite part of the meal! The crunchy texture of the fried tofu soaked up the spicy, savory curry perfectly and there were plenty of veggies as well.
I highly recommend the curry and fried rice combo!
They were having a deal for Thai Tea ($1.50), so I tried some as well. It was really good, with a strong flavor and sweetness to it.
Overall, I enjoyed the meal and I am happy to have another option for Thai and Vietnamese cuisine near campus!
Address: 1702 W University Ave E, Gainesville, FL 32603