La Me's Banh Mi Is Three Dollars' Worth of Suburban Strip-Mall Bliss

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Get ready.
There are scores of Vietnamese restaurants dotted throughout Richardson and Garland just outside of the loop, and nearly all of them are poised to sell you the cheapest lunch you'll ever buy, in the form of banh mi. The sandwich is to Vietnam as pastrami sandwiches are to New York City and cheesesteaks are to Philadelphia, and they'll only set you back about three bucks apiece.

My favorite, for the next few weeks at least, is the version served at La Me in Dallas, located in the same strip mall as Vietnamese super restaurant Bistro B. La Me boasts a much small dining room, by comparison, and it's located next to a pet store, so there may or may not be a caged parakeet or two on the sidewalk out front.

Inside, the banh mi menu hangs over the counter, just to the right as you walk in the door. There are grilled pork options and sliced meat options and meatball options too. Look for versions that have "soft sausage" in the description, which is a goofy translation for the spreadable pate they use for most of the sandwiches. And when you order, don't forget to order extra pate and extra pickles.

Each sandwich gets slathered with butter, mayonnaise and pate before it's layered with your choice of toppings, heaped with tart and crunchy pickled daikon and carrots cut like french fries and wrapped in paper like a hoagie. It's the pickles and pate that make the sandwich, which is why you should order a little more of each -- the earthy, livery flavors get cut down by vinegar and sweetness that wash your palate clean again. And for three bucks you can afford to buy enough for the whole office, and they'll be received with a hell of a lot more enthusiasm than Jimmy John's.

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Banh mi cross section with meat blur.

Location Info

La Me

9780 Walnut St.., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
murica
murica

It's indeed a very good banh mi. They don't always have them available, however, and I've never been able to make much headway by calling ahead, either. It can be a crapshoot to head out there and then find that they're done for the day with them.

flagrant_fowl
flagrant_fowl

Ba Lee (1927 E Belt Line Rd, Carrollton) is like this too, cheap, great sandwiches. But nowhere to sit, I just scarf it in my car.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Thanks Scott, for raving about the Banh Mi sanwiches at La Me.

I wish you would have hated them! As it is It's hard enough to get a Banh Mi after 1:30pm because they usually run out of rolls about that time, if not before. Now it will become even more difficult. 


Tina
Tina

How precious you finally found this place.

mm32
mm32

Yes, was amused by the same thing.  The article says La Me is in Garland, even though the map provided WITH THE ARTICLE lists it in Dallas.

bateman.joseph
bateman.joseph

lol La Me and Bistro B are not located in Garland or Richardson.

J_A_
J_A_

Ba Lee is very good and very cheap. I usually order a ton to go & ask them to separate the veggies so it doesn't get soggy

J_A_
J_A_

Ugh Scott keeps doing this. Haha

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Tina  weird, someone not from here hasnt eaten at every possible place in Dallas, jeezes fucking christ.  Have you eaten every possible restaurant in Dallas?

bateman.joseph
bateman.joseph

@oractheiii  yea weird, people don't say the loop around here unless they are referring to loop 12, thats more of a Houston thing.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@mm32 okay north of LBJ. IT'S OUT THERE.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@bateman.joseph  My mistake. Usually when I drive for miles and miles away from a city center I eventually end up somewhere else.

J_A_
J_A_

There are multiple fucks to be given

mm32
mm32

@ScottsMerkin @TinaOK, you probably haven't eaten every possible restaurant in Dallas, because I see that some are still standing.  Have you eaten AT every possible restaurant in Dallas?

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