Tucked into an almost forgotten strip mall off of Louisiana and supporting a 20' tall lumberjack figurine from days of old on its roof, the May Cafe in Albuquerque is one of my favorites.
In spite of the curious location, the service and food at the May Cafe are consistently good. The Vietnamese cuisine is authentic, fresh, ample and reasonably priced.
When in a hurry I will drop by and order 2 fresh spring rolls and walk out the door with a healthy and delicious lunch for under four bucks.
I have tried several of their traditional dishes (vermicelli with pork and shrimp, deep fried shrimp, wide pan-fried rice noodles with chicken and broccoli) and have enjoyed every dish without exception. The iced Thai Tea is addictive and their hot green jasmine tea is my favorite.
May Cafe is in competition with several Vietnamese restaurants in the area, but at lunchtime the UNM crowd arrives - both students and professors - and it's obvious that the curious location and towering lumberjack make no difference in the restaurant's overall appeal.
Stop in and order a spring roll, I guarantee that you will go back again and again.