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Flowers of Vietnam readies renovation, Ford Field location

The weekly supper club staffed by people with no previous restaurant experience (with the exception of Azar) expanded gradually to include three days of service and a liquor license and earned the No. 3 slot on the Free Press’ Best New Restaurants list. But the restaurant’s growth will go from incremental to incredible over the next few months as the restaurant undergoes long-delayed renovations and opens a second location, inside Ford Field.

– Detroit Free Press

 

GQ’s Best New Restaurants in America 2017

Something of a diner’s spirit lingers at Detroit’s Flowers of Vietnam, if only in the short-order station and plastic-letter menu board of the onetime “coney” it occupies. The euphonious name evolved, through a series of misreadings, from “Flavors of Vietnam.

– GQ

 

Best New Restaurant #3: Flowers of Vietnam

As foodies from L.A. to Brooklyn eagerly scour the globe in search of some concept of “authenticity,” they’d do well to savor the cultural mashup keeping it real on this quiet block of Vernor Highway in southwest Detroit

– Detroit Free Press

 

Southwest Detroit chef invited to join prestigious Noma team during Mexico residency

Southwest Detroit chef invited to join prestigious Noma team during Mexico residency

– Metrotimes.com

 

Side Dish: Inside the scatter-brained mind of Flowers of Vietnam’s George Azar

Getting a hold of chef George Azar, the guy behind Southwest Detroit’s popular Flowers of Vietnam, means text messages that come in well past midnight. It’s not that he’s been out partying all night, it’s more that his mind is usually still racing well after he closes shop at his (as-of- now) weekend-only eatery.

– Metrotimes.com

 

A Finer Diner

The scene feels more like a group of old friends preparing for a casual dinner party. Instead, they’re gearing up for the crowds who pack the coney island when it morphs into Flowers of Vietnam — a weekend supper club for Azar’s interpretation of Vietnamese fare. Since launching in January, it’s steadily been building buzz in southwest Detroit.

– Hourdetroit.com

 

A Finer Diner

How a Palestinian Master Chef Is Using Food to Help Unite Detroit

– Cooking in America

 

Chefs make gourmet meal for kids out of food headed for the landfill

Chefs make gourmet meal for kids out of food headed for the landfill

– Democrat & Chronicle

 

Cooking in America

George Azar has worked in kitchens with Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz and René Redzepi (he recently helped with the Noma Mexico pop-up), but he made his name as a chef by turning an old Coney Island diner in Detroit…

– Cooking in America

 

Is Your DNA Detroit?

I spent 10 days with Anthony Bourdain filming “Parts Unknown.” One night after we wrapped, he didn’t want to go home. So we were driving around smoking cigarettes (his lung had collapsed two weeks before in Italy, and he told his wife he’d quit), when he screamed, “What the fuck, George! I’ve seen war torn countries in better shape! Fucking Chernobyl looks better!…

– Starchefs.com