Put your foot on the brake as you’re nearing 59th and North. There’s a savory stop you need to make, at Mekong Café (5930 W. North Ave., 414-257-2228).
The 13-year-old Southeast Asian restaurant has widened its focus to include a marketplace carrying condiments, sauces, rice, dried goods and grab-and-go items. While the dining room was converted into the new retail area, delivery and carryout menu items are still available.
And about that menu – of Thai, Lao and Vietnamese specialties – there’s now a section of a dozen kinds of house-made bánh mi. And Mekong’s juice bar offers boba teas and shakes, Vietnamese coffee, Thai iced tea and more.