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Thirsty Thursday: Vietnamese coffee at 83 Vietnamese

A pint glass has a light brown liquid with big flat square ice cubes and a clear straw. The dining room has a white wall that says "I heart pho" and there is a bright green accent wall to the right.
Iced coffee at 83 Vietnamese; Photo by Alyssa Buckley

I swear if I don’t get extra caffeine on cloudy days, I’m going to be asleep. Let’s put some pep in our step this Thursday with iced Vietnamese coffee at 83 Vietnamese. The Champaign restaurant’s iced coffee ($5) has a bold and yummy coffee flavor mellowed with sweetened condensed milk. Because of the decadent milk and ice, the coffee didn’t taste bitter and was so easy to sip. Iced coffee is new-ish to 83’s menu — added last summer, and it’s a good drink to have when I’m feeling sluggish. But, honestly, I’ll take any reason to go to the Vietnamese restaurant because I am obsessed with their delicious food. I put the refreshing spring rolls in May’s things to eat, and I also love the pho, the wonton nachos, and the banh mi (so does Matt and also Xiaohui).

83 Vietnamese is located in Champaign near San Maru Korean restaurant and across from Just Yolkin’ and Jupiter’s. Before opening this location at The Crossing in 2022, 83 first served their banh mi (and more) at Urbana’s Broadway Food Hall.

A banh mi baguette with Italian pork and banh mi toppings with three shrimp chips and a metal knife on a white plate.
Porketta banh mi at 83 Vietnamese; Photo by Alyssa Buckley

Keep an eye on the restaurant’s socials for news about special dishes. Last week, they a cool collab with Baldarotta’s Porketta & Sicilian Sausage of the Lincoln Square Mall. For one day only, they swapped the banh mi sandwich’s Vietnamese pork for the Sicilian sandwich shop‘s porketta, and it was fire.

For more about the restaurant, follow on Instagram and Facebook, and check out 83’s website.

83 Vietnamese
2502 Village Green Pl
M-Sa 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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