Vietnamese restaurants

Detroit: Flowers of Vietnam

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Pretty bold, Chef George, bringing Vietnamese food to Mexicantown. It works though and it is so good! What started as a pop-up, Flowers of Vietnam is now serving dinner on the weekends at Vernor Coney Island on Clark St. George saw an opportunity to bring some diversity to Detroit with FOV. There’s no question why Thrillist voted George “Best Chef of 2016.” FOV is dishing out authentic Vietnamese grub with colorful and exotic flavors. They offer Vietnamese coffee, Mexican coke, tea, booze, and desserts as well. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Ginger Beer cocktail: Refreshing, spicy, and sweet.

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Co’m Tam: Crispy rice, grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage, sugarcane shrimp, sunny side egg. My favorite selection on this flavorful “sampler” was the Chinese sausage. It reminded me of a thinly sliced, cured, sweet, dried sausage and it was delicious. The pork chop was tender, thin, and caramelized from being grilled. I loved breaking the yolk of the egg and mixing it up with the crispy rice and fresh pickled veggies. The shrimp was buttery and succulent . It was amazing how each item on the plate had it’s own flavor, but also came together so beautifully.

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Bo Kho: Braised beef, carrot, Mexicantown Bakery banh mi, Thai basil, Vietnamese black pepper. One of the most tender, fall apart in your mouth pieces of meat I have ever tasted. The sauce was slightly salty, but delicious enough that I found myself sopping it up with the fresh, soft bread. The carrots were sweet, tender, and complimented the fresh Thai basil.

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Suron Ram Man: Caramelized rib tips, broke rice, sesame, scallion. Wow! The meat was tender with a thick, sticky sauce. The scallion was simple, but added enough freshness to balance the tacky, rich rib tips.

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Vietnamese newspapers covered the windows, Hip Hop music played, and on the left side was the dining room, and the right side was the kitchen and counter. The food was awesome and the service was great. It was such a cool, hip vibe and everyone was having an awesome time. This was the first time I had ever eaten Vietnamese food so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was exploding with flavor, but at the same time, was so simple. If you haven’t been here, make it your priority and go!

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

My second favorite Texas spot is actually in Austin. Elizabeth Street Café is an adorable little Vietnamese café and French bakery. Weird combo, huh? You have no idea! This unique food fusion seems to work, though. They don’t say “Keep Austin Weird” for nothing, right? See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a carafe of Strawberry Lemonade cocktail. Who doesn’t like a cocktail for brunch? This was light and refreshing, without being overly sweet. It was dangerous!

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Ma and I split the Singapore Noodles: Fresno chiles, pork, watercress, noodles, curry, topped with two eggs. If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for stir fry or noodles so of course I couldn’t pass this up. Spicy! Like, real spicy. Nothing a sip of ice cold breakfast strawberry lemonade couldn’t cool down. The curry was subtle, but present. The pork was tender and flavorful. The egg was perfect and the yolk really took these noodles over the top.

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My brother went with the Breakfast Banh: Two fried eggs, ginger pork sausage, cilantro, jalapeno, house made mayo. The house baked baguette was fresh and delicious. This was a different approach to breakfast/brunch, but was so satisfying. The sausage was salty with a slight sweetness that went well with the fried eggs. The cilantro and jalapeno added a nice fresh kick of flavor.

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Dessert: Delicious and the perfect ending to a spicy and saucy brunch!

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Elizabeth Street Café is the perfect neighborhood spot for brunch or if you want to chill on a sunny patio. It’s pretty packed which only confirms it’s credibility. Elizabeth Street Café looks like a it was once a quaint little house which makes it even more awesome and adds to it’s character. The service was good and the atmosphere was hopping. All the servers wore cute little floral dresses. The menu consists of Vietnamese classics like Pho and Bun and happy hour specials. Check em out!

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Elizabeth Street Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato