Good to go is a column where our food writers explore Dallas' restaurant scene through takeout orders, delivery boxes and reheated leftovers.
In 2017, critic Brian Reinhart raved about the wonderful Vietnamese food we could get at Lá Me Restaurant in Northeast Dallas.
Three years and a pandemic later, we thankfully can still get these flavors, ones that easily transport in Styrofoam boxes to go.
Starting out with the egg rolls is not only a safe choice, but it should be a requirement ($6 for five). In full disclosure, we broke open the box holding these like we were kids getting into the fries of a McDonald’s bag. Pro tip: Speed bumps in the shopping center where Lá Me is are not messing around, wait to open the accompanying sauce while the car’s moving here.
The standard cóm bò lú lác is one dish that holds up in texture and flavor for your trip home or to the park ($11). The shaken beef, marinated in rice vinegar, soy and fish sauces before it’s stir-fried, sits atop perfectly steamed rice alongside bright punches of red and green onion.
The grilled pork is heavenly — a touch sweet and tender. This plate comes with more egg rolls — sitting on top of vermicelli does no favors for the crisp exterior of these, so don’t think you can skip your appetizer order of them just because you get this plate.
I like to order in person at Lá Me. That way it’s pretty much necessary to have a drink while you wait for the food. Try the cafe sua dá; iced French drip coffee should only be consumed with condensed milk ($3). For something different, go for the tamarind juice (nuoc me dam dá); it's full of flavor, sweet and juicy with halves of peanuts ($3.50).
The paper menu we took with us has 126 items, outside specials, party orders, sides and add-ons. It could make one wonder how long it would take to eat it all, and we’re tempted to find out for ourselves.
Lá Me Restaurant, 9780 Walnut St., Suite 140 (Northeast Dallas). Open for takeout and limited dine-in 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 972-669-8515.