My office is moving to Garland and after driving around our facilities (S Jupiter and W Miller Rd) I didn't find many restaurants other than fast food. Are there any restaurants within a 10 minute drive that I should try? There are no guidelines, anything goes as long as it's close to S. Jupiter and W. Miller Rd.
luniz's suggestion is very good, OP is in a great position to try out many different Vietnamese restaurants in the area.
Doan is also good for Vietnamese, menu isn't too broad and there are some particular specialties that stand out. I switch off between their pho and Pho Bang's, and I also like their bun bo (vermicelli with grilled lemongrass beef), and hu tieu do bien (seafood noodle soup) has been on my to-try list from seeing it on other tables.
If it is bread then Ba Le in Arlington is up there. Someone also mentioned before that Saigon Cali Hot Bakery was also good they are literally about 300 feet door to door from each other on Browning Dr.. I know that Ba Le bakes and has been baking their bread at their location for a number of years. I am not sure if Saigon Cali bakes their own bread or buys bread from Ba Le.
I do know that the fillings are not that good at Ba Le. Sorry to get off topic but "air" started it!
Let me jump in this conversation since I live in the area and say that I have never eaten at any of these places. (Vietnamese, etc.) If I were to go in what am I looking to order? Seems like you are describing sandwiches? Might be a ethnic food I should try out. Give me a little guidance. Thanks
bahn mi is the sandwich to try. Order whatever you like. I like the one with cold cuts and pate (chicken). They generally always contain cilantro and carrot, usually daikon and/or cucumber. Some people like theirs with meatballs and grilled chicken. I think they're pointless without the pate. If they have one called "dac biet", get that one - it comes with a bunch of stuff.
Pate in banh mi ranges between pork, chicken, duck, or goose liver. I was pretty sure that La Me's is chicken but hey, we'll have confirmation.
I typically go for pate or dac biet, and if I'd eat it right then and there, I also like banh mi thit nuong (grilled pork) with an egg on top.
I will elaborate on the Bánh Mì topic also. Luniz forgot to mention there are usually jalapenos (if you are spicy adverse take them off yourself, it would be easier then trying to communicate) included on the Bánh Mì.
All sandwiches will be on a menu with the words Bánh Mì (bread) immediately followed by the meat or topping of you choice.
Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng
French Bread Sandwich with Grilled Pork (the most popular)
http://leesandwiches.com/2008/main.ph... (Gives you a visual picture of the sandwiches, unfortunately this place is in Garland but is the McDonalds of Bánh Mì, not good
Dac Biet = House Special
Ga (Chicken), Thit (Pork), Tom (Shrimp), Bi (Pork Skin), Bo (Beef) Xiu Mai (Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce) Pork Roll (Cha Lua)
Eggs Sunny Side Up (Op La)
Ot (Jalapenos), Sa (Lemongrass), Tau Hu Ky (Bean curd), Rau (Assorted veggies), Tau Hu (Tofu),
Nướng (Grilled), Xao (Stir fried), Kho (Stew)
Bun – Rice Noodle Vermicelli
Com - Rice
Just got back from my late lunch, and happy to report the banh mi and pho at La Me we ever bit as wonderful as ever. The young lady that usually works weekends is named Hi (pronounced 'Yee') and she said they use a pork pate, but as air mentioned, could have been any number of varieties of liver.
Some will be happy to note I got a new camera and I included one of today's fare.
Great picture. That and all this talk of pate makes me want a banh mi. I've usually seen the pate as chicken liver and to be honest never even thought about it being something else. Sure would like to have one (or half) of each to compare! And yes sometimes they come with a lot of jalapenos. So do watch out. However I disagree about starting off with grilled chicken or even pork. How dull. Hardly even worth the effort. Go for the gusto, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, eat some pate today!
I work down in that area; come across Miller to Plano road and head north to Rick's Burgers. They are a good joint and not far from you. they have great burgers and blue plate specials.
if you like Soul Food Michelle's just north of 635 on Skillman is supposed to be good. Never had it but I hear good things.
BoBo China is south on Plano road at the intersection of Plano and Church and it's pretty good.
There is a BBQ place just north on Jupiter that's not bad either. I can't think of the name of it but I want to say Rick's BBQ.
I work north of you in Plano and I've found the food happy region is in Richardson. Drive between 75 and Jupiter and Walnut and Campbell and there are several dozen (mostly ethnic) very good places to eat...
Afrah, Ali Baba : Great Mediterranean / Lebanese lunch buffets (~$10) Afrah has some great baklava. Ali Baba is the nicer place but Afrah has some food items that I crave.
Pho Bac, Nam Hua : My two favorite Vietnamese places. Of course there are another couple dozen in this area so you can make an adventure of checking them all out. La Me and Bistro B are a lot closer to where you are.
Kings Noodles, First Chinese BBQ, Kirin Court : Chinese. Same advice as Vietnamese. Plenty of options and other places to try out. FCBBQ is cash only.
Taqueria El Fuego, Casa Milagro : El Fuego is a stupidly good lunch deal for some of the best Mex north of Oak Cliff. Casa Milagro is pricier and more Tex Mex but has a few items I love (Chile Rellenos).
Besa's : Serves our Italian fix in the area. The football sized stromboli's seem to be popular within our crowd.
Cafe Max, Suma Veggie Garden : Cafe Max is one of those local eateries that caters to the daytime lunch crowd. The do mostly takeout/pickup of salads, soups, sandwiches and quiche. Suma is a small but fairly awesome veggie buffet (go early though). The food is just as hearty as a normal Chinese buffet but vegetarian.
Sawadika : Thai food fix.
A bit further into west Richardson is a Cuquita's location (Mex) and Noodle Wave (Thai).
There are some better chain options like Freebirds (burritos), Great Outdoors (sandwiches), Spring Creek BBQ, Pappadeaux, Pappasito's, TLC, along 75 as well.
There are MANY more Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean places. I'm steadily trying them out one by one.
I work in Richardson also and you mentioned some of my favorites. I went to lunch at Ali Baba and I love Noodle Wave and Bistro B. For some reason, the restaurants I go to now seem so far from my new location, maybe it's because I am use to having them right down the street. I will check out some of the new recomendations. Thanks!
Here is a big help for Nam Hua (I do not know if you are Viet or not) but this is the special menu at Nam Hua translated into English
Vietnamese - English
Vit Nuong Chao - Marinated Roasted Duck Gongee
Chem Chep Nuong Bo - Grilled Mussels
Goi Ngo Sen Vit/Ga - Lotus Root Salad with Duck/Chicken
Chau Ngot Thap Cam - Sweet & Sour Crispy Fish
Bo Luc Lac - Shaken Beef
Rau Tron Thit Bo - Three Beef Salad
Goi Gan Bo/Muc - Beef Jerky Salad/Squid Jerky Salad
Goi Da Truong/Bo Thai Lan - Thai Beef Salad
Bo Bop Thau/Tai Canh/La Lot - Lime Juice Cured Beef Salad with Star Fruit and Banana Flower/Lemon Juice Cured Beef/Grilled Wild Betel Leaf Wrapped Beef
Goi Cung Dinh - Royal Palace Salad
Tiet Canh Vit - Congealed Duck's Blood Cake With Herbs
Canh Ga Bay Qua Phan Thiet - Phan Tiet Fish Sauce Chicken Wings
Hen Xuc Banh Trang - Baby Clam Chip & Dip Appetizer with Seasame Cracker
Be Thui - Roast Beef with Ginger Sauce
Tom Ruong Me/Muoi - Sauteed Prawns with Tamarind Sauce and Peanuts/Fried Prawns with Salt
Heo Rung Hap/Xao Lan - Wild Boar with choice of Lemongrass/Coconut Curry Sauce
De Xao Lan/Xa Te - Goat with choice of Lemongrass/Sate Sauce
De Nuong Vy - Grilled Lemongrass Goat
Ca Nuong (Goi Truoc 2 Tieng) - Sweet & Sour Crispy Fish
I am not sure how it will post but let me know if you need any of the particular dishes translated.
I will get to the recommendations for Garland....it is an ethnic haven and right up my alley!
Hey; I also forgot and this might be a little weird; but on the corner of Jupiter and Plano is a gas station and in the back of that gas station is a little joint serving food; and it's not bad. I sometimes will drop by in the morning and get a burrito grande which is a HUGE breakfast burrito for about $2; it's one of those things you should not eat but about 3 times a year because of the fat content but it's a messy good meal.