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Best Vietnamese in the Dallas area?

Where is the best Vietnamese (restaurant) food in the Dallas area? And, what dishes do you like to eat there?
Some friends and I are wanting a good Vietnamese lunch this Saturday.

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  1. I would go with Nam Hua or La Me

    Here is the translated Special Menu at Nam Hua
    Special Menu
    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

    At Nam Hua they have a seafood soup (yes it has bones) that is outstanding. It is one of my favorite soups. I want to say it is the very last item on the menu (Ngoc Duong). Trust me this soup is a crowd pleaser!

    At La Me I would go with the Pate Banh Mi (I believe #1) or the Special (#2) with all the cold cuts and Pate. Also the bun cha ha noi is very good.

     
     
     
     
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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      If you are going with a group to La Me, I would order a side of the pate to share. I do not think its as pronounced on the banh mi as I would like.

      Love banh cuon (thin crepe stuffed with pork and mushroom) and bun gao (rice noodles with tofu, beef, egg and spinach).

      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Nam Hua would also be my recommendation if going with a group of people. The dishes LH mentions above are meant for sharing.

        Our favorites:

        Bánh xèo - Crispy coconut crepe stuffed with meat/veggies. Even newbies to Vietnamese food should enjoy this. Nam Hua so far has the best we've had in town.

        Roast Duck - LH, isn't that on the specials page? I don't see it listed above. Anyway - just ask for the roast duck. They should understand.

        Lotus Root Salad, Chicken Salad, or Beef salad. Any of these would be good bets.

        Grilled Mussels w/ cheese - sounds weird, but these are really good.

        Grilled goat is also good and comes with rice paper so you can make your own rolls.

        And definitely the soup LH mentioned.

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        Nam Hua Vietnamese Cusine
        3112 N Jupiter Rd Ste 305, Garland, TX 75044

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Thanks for posting those menus with translations. I have never tried either place and now I have to try both.

        2. Thanks, 'Hounder and 'Dude. I'm going to print the list and take it with us.

          1. Many thanks to you all. I think that will do it for now.

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            1. 'Dude, 'Hounder, and Webra1. What do you know about Ngoc Suong in Garland?

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              1. re: twinwillow

                It is fairly new so I have yet to try it out. I know that Webra has been and she can give you some pointers. If you are going for atmosphere then yes you probably should go to Ngoc Suong. If you are going purely based on food Nam Hua would be the better choice from what Webra has posted about Ngoc Suong on DallasFood.org

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Ngoc Suong does not have a great atmosphere. It is about the same as Nam Hua, just bigger.

                    Although Ngoc Suong has some good dishes, I would definitely recommend Nam Hua over it.

              2. Mai's on Bryan in old east Dallas. thai fried calamari with spicy dipping sauce and Yellow curry or lemongrass chicken with the vermicelli noodle triangles. other people love the shrimp clay pots, that's probably their most popular dish.

                its BYOB, the family that owns it is nice and we've never had a bad meal there.

                thanks for the 2 recs, looks like my next two meals out are planned!

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                1. re: JonFromTJs

                  I haven't been to Mai's in many years. It's not far from where I live in Uptown so, it might be worth another visit, soon.

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Perhaps I need to give Mai's another try, but last two times we went (about 3 years ago), it was really, really bad - burnt dry clay pot, bland salad, greasiest Bánh xèo I've ever had....

                    As for Lemongrass, it's virtually identical to East Wind in Dallas. I would probably only take someone there if they insisted on an upscale atmosphere. Expect to pay 2 to 3 times more what you normally would at other Vietnamese restaurants. I must note that everything is presented beautifully, but in our experience the food wasn't any better than Viet Nam on Bryan St.

                    1. re: Webra1

                      personally that's why i don't like the clay pot. but i love the lemongrass and coconut curry dishes.