100 Favorite Dishes, No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
This picture is not much to look at, but what's in that paper is worth the drive.
With such a large Vietnamese population in Dallas, this list would be incomplete without a banh mi sandwich, even two. The last time I named my 100 Favorite Dishes, I choose Nammi's version for a number of reasons, including availability. Why drive out to the suburbs when Nammi will drive to you?
Nammi still makes a great sandwich, and it's easily one of the best food trucks dodging potholes in the streets of Dallas, but for this year's list I'm going with La Me's Banh Mi. They're just too good, and too cheap.
You'll see the menu just inside the door at the end of the counter, offering a variety of meats and toppings for around three bucks apiece. There are grilled pork options and sliced meat options and meatball options. If you're a fan of pâté (it's hardly a banh mi without), look for options with "soft sausage" in the description and you'll end up with plenty of the good stuff. Ask for extra pickles, too.
Each sandwich gets slathered with butter, mayonnaise and pâté 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. At three bucks each you can see why they go quickly, and the restaurant runs out of the bread they use often. Get there early for lunch, or think about waiting till tomorrow.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.