Restaurant Review: Luc Lac

I cannot tell you how glorious it is to type, “Late Night Eats” into my Google search bar and achieve a list of results.

Not one or two dingy places serving greasy-spoon breakfast fare or soggy burgers. Oh, no. This is Portland.

When I first caught wind of a late-night Vietnamese joint, I knew there would be a visit in my near future. I can’t get enough of the strange plethora of Asian cuisine here in the Pacific Northwest.

Enter Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen.

Their website self-describes them as, ‘one big, pho sling’n, fish sauce cookin’, cocktail pourin’, Portland lovin’ family.’

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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.With a sleek interior décor that is both modern and tiny bit pretentious, they obviously do a lot of business, cramming plenty of hungry diners into their limited space.

They’re particular about seating. The evidence is, literally, written on the wall: no seating of incomplete parties, please order at the counter and, above all else, wait to be seated.

Luc Lac is open late, which is great once the dinner rush ebbs around nine. Deluging hungry audiences with bahn mi, vermicelli and more pho than you can imagine, Luc Lac takes evident pride in their fast-paced, high-quality food. Most days they remain open until midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 4 AM.

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To dine here late is a relief. You won’t get any greasy spoons, heavy midnight indulgences or snacks dripping in fryer oil. The atmosphere is sleek, a little indulgent and a warm, dimly-lit jewel among the grey rainy buildings.

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.Personally, I enjoyed the heck out of a vermicelli bowl. Laden with various samples of chicken, shrimp and pork, I somehow managed to consume the entire bowl.

They pride themselves on unique drinks, both virgin and alcoholic, of which I selected a coconut ginger ale concoction that was both pleasant and confusing to the palate.

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I can guarantee without a doubt this will become a regular late-night occurrence. Luc Lac has been praised by the likes of Bon Appetit and is obviously no stranger to floods of crowds.

If you’re in the mood for late-night eats (or any time, really!) this kitchen stands out among Portland’s sea of Vietnamese restaurants. Check them out here!

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