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Best Banh Mi in DFW?

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FrancFoo Mar 9, 2011 11:59 AM

I've had a lot of banh mi sandwiches in town. But maybe someone can please recommend really GOOD banh mi: fresh baquettes, lots of snappy veggies, high quality meats, good selection. It's kind of an afterthought at most pho joints. Please steer me right.

Bonus points for being a banh mi-specific spot. Bonus bonus points for being in N. Dallas (where I work) or N.E. Tarrant Co. (where I live; i.e. Grapevine, Southlake, Keller, etc.).

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  1. air RE: FrancFoo Mar 9, 2011 12:19 PM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616200 - info in there is still very relevant.

    To summarize, you're either gonna have to go to Garland (La Me) or Carrollton (out of the 3 shops on Josey/Belt Line I like Ba Hue and Quoc Bao). Can't help you on the Tarrant county part.

    Please search before posting next time, welcome to CH.

    1. twinwillow RE: FrancFoo Mar 9, 2011 12:28 PM

      I've always heard, La Me in Garland had the best Banh Mi. Especially good I've been told with, extra pate'

      1. LewisvilleHounder RE: FrancFoo Mar 9, 2011 01:12 PM

        There are no banh mi in either of those locations (NE Tarrant County nor N. Dallas) with the exception of Pho Colonial on Frankford and the Tollway, which happens to have the most expensive Banh Mi in the state; $4.50 for a half and upwards of $12.00 for a whole

        http://phocolonial.com/

        Best banh mi I have had still is at La Me in Garland/NE Dallas. Every aspect of that sandwich is correct at La Me. Every other spot has gotten it wrong. I have never gotten the chicken but the grilled pork, pate or combo are the only choices I go for. The pate with just butter is awesome. At $2.75 for the most expensive it is also a better deal and worth the $20 of gas you just spent to get there. I would go for the buy 5 and get 1 free program….that way you can snack all the way back to NE Tarrant county.

        The bread at Quoc Bao is good but the fillings are just atrocious. There are two location of Quoc Bao in Dallas county, one in Carrollton on Josey and Beltline and the other out on Walnut and Jupiter in Garland.

        I have yet to try out Saigon Cali in Arlington but supposedly one has said that shop has a good version. I will say that Ba Le over on Browning in Arlington is the best I have had in Tarrant county. The bread is really good, veggies just right, but the meat just not up to snuff. Saigon Cali and Ba Le are pretty much caddy corner to each other on Browning in central Arlington off Pioneer Pkwy.

        Lee’s in Richardson in the Saigon Mall at Belt Line and Jupiter would be the bottom of the barrel for me. I think of them as the McDonalds of banh mi. That said it is still no comparison to the banh mi I had in Oklahoma City, worst ever.

        None of us are getting those bonus bonus points I guess.

        If I were getting bonus points for the posts I post I would probably need to start redeeming mine about now.

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        Ba Le Restaurant
        11404 Shiloh Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

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          the_sneeb RE: LewisvilleHounder Mar 10, 2011 07:29 AM

          re: http://phocolonial.com/

          $9.50 for a Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng? Yeesh.

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            ktla97 RE: LewisvilleHounder May 21, 2011 12:15 PM

            "Lee’s in Richardson in the Saigon Mall at Belt Line and Jupiter would be the bottom of the barrel for me. I think of them as the McDonalds of banh mi. "

            Funny... that is exactly what we said about Lee Sandwich in Los Angeles/Orange County as well. :)

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            grumpy84 RE: FrancFoo Mar 26, 2011 06:06 AM

            Saigon Cali is my go to place. They bake their own bread right there. I like these better than any other I've tried. Cheap prices and good ingredients. Mostly a to go affair with only a small table on one side. I love the pork because of the warm meat and contrasting pickled carrot and daikon. Generous portions. Ba Le is almost striaght across the street and I think second best. You can buy your ingredients here to make sandwiches at home if you want to. They do have seating and an extensive restaurant menu. These are both in Arlington. The big Vietnamese grocery store has good ones in the back corner of the store. It's called Cho Saigon New Market.

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              LewisvilleHounder RE: grumpy84 Apr 10, 2011 05:25 PM

              Tried Saigon Cali today and while the bread was very good the fillings were premade and reheated. The fillings were decent but many of the menu descriptions did not fit what I ordered. I did not taste any sort of "grilled pork" in the thit nuong but rather a roasted pork more like chinese bbq pork. The roasted pork was ham sans the smoke. The "grilled" meatballs were anything but. I just was terribly dissapointed in Saigon Cali except for the bread. I will try the one at Cho Saigon next.

              As of now La Me is still the tops for me.....with the perfect combo of freshly grilled meats and soft but flaky bread. Also the pickles at La Me seem to be less "pickled" as they are still crunchy and not limp. A second option would be to buy your bread and veggies at Quoc Bao in Carrollton and go across the street to My Tho and beg them for some of their thit nuong (FWIW their Bun Thit Nuong is the best I have had locally) and make your own sandwich.

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              4403 W Walnut St, Garland, TX 75042

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                BellaDonna RE: LewisvilleHounder Apr 11, 2011 12:44 PM

                How funny. After reading your thread, I went to La Me this weekend. I was satisfied with the banh mis but nothing mind blowing and definately not worth the trip as I live much closer to Ba Le and Saigon Cali.

                The ingredients are tasty but lacking quantity (I know it's typical for banh mis not to be stuffed but a few paper thin slices of cha (Vietnamese pork sausage) is lacking. I shared the pate banh mi which was good but again not mind blowing. The cha banh mi-no complaints except for more ingredients. I took home the shredded chicken banh mi which was also good but again not mind blowing.

                Service was rather rude. We sat down looking at the menu, was not in the mood for anything more than banh mi, so we ordered the banh mi. Then they told us that the banh mi is to go orders only. I wish there was a sign that stated that.

                LewisvilleHounder,

                If you want the best thit nuong banh mi ever, go to Pho 95 on Cooper St (South Arlington). I have stopped going there due to management/owner issues but the food is outstanding. The ambiance is slighlty more upscale than your average Vietnamese restaurant but it's worth the trip. The butter and the meat just harmonizes together.

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                  irodguy RE: BellaDonna Apr 11, 2011 07:36 PM

                  Funny enough I have been to the other Pho 95 location and did not find it even close to La Me. Guess it all depends on your take.

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                    BellaDonna RE: irodguy Apr 11, 2011 07:46 PM

                    You are absolutely correct. None of the other Pho 95 locations have the grilled pork/thit nuong banh mi like the one South Cooper location. Not even the other Pho 95 in Arlington.

                    I promise you pure heaven...

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                    LewisvilleHounder RE: BellaDonna Apr 12, 2011 10:32 AM

                    So you are recommending a place that you don't patronize? Doesn't make a for a good case for me to go there.

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                grumpy84 RE: FrancFoo Mar 26, 2011 06:07 AM

                These are both in Arlington.

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                  Mike C. Miller RE: FrancFoo May 22, 2011 02:35 PM

                  Any that are near Dallas downtown area itself? Say between downtown and Northwest highway? It doesn't make much sense to drive thirty miles round trip for a sandwich.

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                    air RE: Mike C. Miller May 23, 2011 10:05 PM

                    Apparently some truck in Lower Greenville popped up doing banh mi last weekend, but I haven't heard good things about it.

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                    grumpy84 RE: FrancFoo May 24, 2011 08:18 AM

                    Has anyone tried the sandwiches at Dallas Farmers Market. They are not listed on the menu as banh mi but the description fits.

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