Last week, I was in Arlington and looking for something good for lunch. I had heard good things about Sauca, a food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant on Columbia Pike.
I went in the middle of the day, and it wasn’t crowded at all. There were a few tables occupied by a group of mom’s with their kids having lunch.
They had a nice outdoor patio, but it was too cold for people to be sitting outside.
Inside, the place is full of booths and also a long bar with stools.
I walked up to the bar and ordered my food to-go. They had a ton of different options. I was having trouble deciding, so I asked the staff which dishes were the most popular. They told me the Mumbai Butter Chicken, Mexicali Fish Tacos, and Pork Banh Mi were the best sellers.
I went with the Pork Banh Mi, described as “mouth-watering flavors of ginger, soy and chili with tender pork, pickled veggies and our Peanut and Thai Coconut sauces”. It came with a side and a drink, so I chose the curry potato salad.
The banh mi was pretty good, but not amazing. I was not a huge fan of the curry potato salad. It did not have much flavor. Overall, the meal was average. I’d be willing to give the place another shot, and I think next time I would try the Mumbai Butter Chicken. I think the issue may be that they are trying to offer too many varieties of food instead of sticking to 2-3 really strong items.
I would not make this place a destination, but I’d certainly try it again if I was in the area.