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.
I would go with Nam Hua or La Me
Here is the translated Special Menu at Nam Hua
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.
Nam Hua would also be my recommendation if going with a group of people. The dishes LH mentions above are meant for sharing.
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.
Nam Hua Vietnamese Cusine
3112 N Jupiter Rd Ste 305, Garland, TX 75044
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
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!
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.