First Bite: Messy and Worth It
Heritage Eats’ global “sandwiches” are hard to grasp.
Heritage Eats’ international menu may sacrifice authenticity for variety, but the result is bold-tasting fare with quick service, generous portions, and reasonable prices. Whatever sandwich, pita, bao, wrap, or taco you try, the myriad of options is a reminder of the Bay Area melting pot and could inspire you to explore the wealth of traditional family-run eateries.
This small NorCal chain’s understated blonde-wood design, including a chill patio, offers a respite in Broadway Plaza’s sea of come-hither boutiques. By devoting its back wall to an easy-to-grasp menu and a sidewall–turned–map of the world (with large colored pushpins marking countries of culinary inspiration), Heritage Eats invites diners to explore and relax. And the ordering counter where, say, your Boomtown Chicken Pita comes to life through a series of cooks, is as efficient and friendly as any assembly-line concept I’ve seen.
Go for what grabs you, but don’t miss the waffle-cut fries—a giant order of puffy, crispy, airy potatoes best eaten with a side of creamy, lightly spiced, Boom sauce. Our banh mi came on a freshly grilled roll with plenty of sweetly sauced pork, resulting in a heavy finish with none of the bright herbs and crackly crunch of the Vietnamese classic. The delicate steamed bun for our Reggae Chicken Bao practically disintegrated from its hot and juicy jerked “stuffing” and water-soaked condiments. So no matter what you order, grab a compostable fork.
While this is not a create-your-own concept, your (potentially messy) sandwich can be easily turned into a salad or rice bowl and can be paired with craft beers or house-made libations such as horchata and Vietnamese iced coffee.
12 Broadway Ln., Ste. 1006, Walnut Creek, (925) 475-5222, heritageeats.com. Lunch and dinner daily.