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Anyone know if Mai's Vietnamese closed??

We drove by this weekend (granted, on Sunday when it would normally be closed) and saw a "for rent" sign in the parking lot. No answer when I tried to call just now! Oh no!

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Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant
4812 Bryan St Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75204

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  1. Was there last week, and was at Jimmy's across the street Friday. Cannot see that happening. Perhaps the parking lot is for rent. ha

    I would find it hard to believe, but will check.

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      1. re: dg1873

        Sorry. Yes, they are still in business and have no plans to ever close.

    1. There's a small business space behind Mai's - maybe that is what the sign was for.

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      1. re: pepper131

        That was our thought too pepper ... but, we also wondered if rents were being jacked up because of a few successes nearby. Seemed too soon for that, but you never know.

      2. Retail rents in Dallas are driven by very greedy property owners and are consequently, making it terribly difficult for small businesses to succeed. and flourish.
        "GREED", is NOT good!

        1. what's especially good at Mai's? Not meant to be snarky, i've just never been there. I'd like to go and I'm curious what their specialties are.

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          1. re: demigodh

            And, how would it compare to Bistro B and all the other incredible Vietnamese restaurants that people rave about in the Garland area?

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            Bistro B
            9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

            1. re: twinwillow

              The last time I went it was awful. I ordered a clay pot dish that was dry and burned. The Banh Xeo (savory crepe) was the greasiest I have ever had. A bad sign was probably when the waitress was surprised that I was ordering it because "no one ever does."

              I've also never actually seen a Vietnamese person eating there. I take that as a sign.....

              If I'm around that area, my go to place is Vietnam Restaurant.

              1. re: twinwillow

                Mai's does not compare to the other Vietnamese restaurants in the Garland area. Food is average compared to most vietnamese restaurants in Garland. The hole in the wall Chinese restaurant next door is a better option in my opinion.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  Bistro B and incredible don't belong in the same sentence. They have an incredible menu in the sense of size and it's nice they're open late. However I wouldn't agree they are one of the restaurants in the area that deserves a rave (guessing you're talking about Doan, Pho Bang, La Me, Quoc Bao, Ba Le, Nam Hua etc)

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                  Bistro B
                  9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

                  1. re: air

                    I've been to La Me and thought the food was very good. However, I thought the the food at Bistro B had more (not that I'm an expert) intense flavors.
                    I preferred the rolls and the Pho at Bistro B.
                    But, I'm still learning to appreciate Vietnamese cooking and the various foods of different regions in Vietnam. I'm anxious to try Vietnamese Restaurant, too!

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                    Bistro B
                    9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

                    1. re: air

                      I disagree. I think Bistro B consistently puts out top quality food. I do agree with you that the size of their menu is aggressive and I'll grant that the large menu and general "feel" of the place would lead me to low expectations. However, Bistro B, as much as I want to hate it, is very good. In fact every Vietnamese person I know in Dallas (only 3 or 4) tend to go to Bistro B when going out for Vietnamese, unless they're looking for something very specific like Pho (in which case there are better places). Now La Me, that's my jam. I go there for any noodle soup other than Pho.

                      As to Vietnam, I have had mixed experiences. A very mediocre bowl of pho the first time. The second time I went I got Bun Rieu, unfortunatley they do not have oc (snails), and it was delicious. I also enjoyed hearing the waiter and staff laughing in the other room while discussing the fact that I was in fact eating the blood cockles. They, of course, assumed I did not know what I was eating.

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                      Bistro B
                      9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

                      1. re: demigodh

                        @demigodh: Good reply. Thank you.

                        @Webra1: I assume you were talking about Mai's when you said you never see any Vietnamese people there and the food was bad.
                        Correct? Surly you didn't mean Bistro B.
                        Your reply was just under my positive critique of Bistro B. That's why I'm asking.

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                        Bistro B
                        2615 W Pioneer Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

                        1. re: twinwillow

                          Yes - I meant Mai's. I hate to be so hard on them - is there some great dish I've missed there?

                          I can't knock Bistro B. There are some things that they really do well there. Those crazy huge spring rolls with that amazing thick orange-colored sauce, salads (especially the beef jerkey papaya salad), sizzling fried rice on hot plate, and hot pots. We don't go there for Pho or Banh Mi.

                          At Vietnam, we stick to the salads, vermicelli bowls, frog legs, and lemongrass beef. A lot of people really like the lunch buffet.

                          For us, La Me is great for Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Mi, spring rolls (off the menu - chicken, grilled pork, and Bo Bia (chinese sausage and egg), and Pho. Another specialty they do is fried tofu covered shrimp paste - they call it THK. My husband loves that stuff.

                          For seafood soup, we really like Hu Tieu Mi in Garland.

                          For grilled meat vermicelli bowls and sugarcane shrimp we like Ngoc Suong in Garland.

                          Our new favorite place is Hoang Yen inside of Saigon Mall. I love the salads. My husband loves the Com Tam plate (grilled pork, grilled shrimp grilled beef ribs, sunny side up egg, shredded pork skin, egg/noodle cake - all on rice ).

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                          Bistro B
                          9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

                          1. re: Webra1

                            Tau Hu Ky is one of the best dishes I have had. at La Me also I actually enjoyed the Bun Rieu Oc - Snail Soup with Ground Shrimp Sauce (which can get strong).

                            I guess I will have to try out Hoang Yen for the salads and Com Tam.

                            1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                              LH, try the Bun Rieu at Vietnam restaurant. It's on point. Slighlty different than La Me (less shrimp paste and no snails) but delicious in its own rite.

                              Side note on Bun Rieu: I have had a hard time finding it with snails including when I traveled through Vietnam. I know that is a conventional way of serving it but I guess it's less common than I originally had thought.

                              1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                                Ah - so that's what the THK stands for. For some reason, the first time I had it, I wasn't a big fan - but now I really like it too.

                          2. re: demigodh

                            I have never eaten anything at Bistro B worth calling top quality. Bland pho, old fish in the clay pots just to name a couple things. Guess the egg rolls are decent . Every Vietnamese person I know only goes there when it's late, otherwise like you said they have specific places as default go to's for specific dishes.

                            And obviously I haven't been back there in years and I understand things can always change. So what would you say is worth the drive there?

                            1. re: air

                              Bistro B is PACKED at lunch time every day I've been there.
                              I love their rolls and Pho.

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                              Bistro B
                              9780 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243

                    2. @Webra1: Thanks for all the good tips. I've made notes.

                      Meanwhile, no one has answered the question as to Mai's still being open. Not that I care. I never went nor, would I from what I've heard about it.