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Chef brings Vietnamese flavors to southwest Detroit

George Azar doesn’t like the word “fusion” to describe his Flowers of Vietnam pop-up restaurant, but what else would you call a chef with a Palestinian background cooking Vietnamese food out of a Greek-style coney island in the heavily Hispanic neighborhood of southwest Detroit?

Detroit Free Press

In Your DNA Detroit?

Every week, young cooks sit at my counter—for hours—until service dies down, to ask for a stage. It’s an eye-opener. The next generation of cooks is hungry for a new sound. As flattering as it may be, it would be selfish to accept their help.

StarChefs.com

A Finer Diner

A coney island blossoms into Flowers of Vietnam on the weekends as a southwest Detroit chef works to bring his neighborhood a creative dining experience

HourDetroit.com

Meet Thrillist Detroit’s Best Chefs of 2016

Chef George Azar easily dominated the Detroit pop-up scene in 2016. His Vietnamese cuisine, served only on weekends out of Vernor Coney Island, is as unexpected as it is delicious. His signatures dishes like caramel chicken wings and Ca Chien Sot Ca (fried fish in tomato sauce), as well as his inventive desserts earned a spotlight from StarChefs earlier this year.

Thrillist.com

Detroit’s Best New Restaurants of 2016

Easily one of the most interesting culinary concepts to come out of Detroit in 2016 was this Vietnamese pop-up that takes over the Vernor Coney Island in Southwest.

Thrillist.com

Flowers of Vietnam Chef to Join Noma Culinary Team For Mexico Pop-Up

…George Azar, who helms the popular Flowers of Vietnam inside Vernor Coney Island, has been invited to join Copenhagen’s Noma pop-up in Mexico next spring.

Eater.com

The Detroit Guide – Picked by Shinola

… Azar serves authentic Vietnamese food in a former Coney Island that’s still filled with plenty of relics from the past, from old-school diner stools, to leather booths, to the old-school menus…

Goop.com

America’s Best Food Cities – Detroit

The ascendant culinary scene is highlighted by creative supper clubs and pop-ups like Flowers of Vietnam…

Jetsetter.com

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

… It’s what pushed him to move away from Detroit to work for Bouchon in Las Vegas, under the acclaimed Alinea Group in Chicago, and as a personal chef for a player with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats …

Metro Times

Flowers of Vietnam Aims to Bring Community Together Through Food

Sharing a meal is deeply embedded in every culture. I don’t know of a culture on this planet that doesn’t recognize gestures of hospitality…

ChevyDetroit.com

Why debates over culinary ‘authenticity’ may miss the point

The result is a flavorful menu that enlightens the senses all set inside Vernor Coney Island. His food balances sweet, crunchy, spicy, and bitter with dishes like the sườn ram mặn — caramelized rib tips, with broke rice, sesame, and scallion

Metro Times