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10 Essential Restaurants Serving Vietnamese Takeout in Metro Detroit

Pho, banh mi, broken rice, Viet-Cajun seafood boils, and beyond

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Pho Lucky in Midtown.
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Pho and banh mi may are about as ubiquitous as tacos and sushi in the American culinary landscape, but Vietnamese food is so much more than noodle soups and sandwiches. Each dish has a yin and yang, with cooling elements balance out the spice and sweetness to even out the saltiness. For example, pho will be accompanied by a platter of fresh herbs such as Thai basil, mint, and culantro, which balance out the savoriness and unctuousness from a meaty bowl of broth. Nuoc mama staple condiment made out of fish sauce, sugar, peppers, and citrus — is a prime example of Vietnamese cuisine’s interplay of salt, sweet, sour, and spice.

There are more than 7,000 Vietnamese people living in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, which has helped drive a thriving community of local restaurants. At the epicenter of this cuisine is the city of Madison Heights, but it’s certainly not the only place to find Vietnamese flavors. Below find 10 local favorites serving everything from pho to Viet-Cajun seafood boils to pork sausage spring rolls for takeout and delivery.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Que Huong Restaurant

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30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 588-0998
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Que Huong is a staple among Vietnamese restaurants in Madison Heights serving favorites like pho and iced coffee. It sets itself apart from the crowd with the important inclusion of banh mi on the menu. The restaurant also serves several different kinds of bún (dried rice noodles and rice noodle soups) and rice dishes such as broken rice with shredded pork skin, grilled pork, egg meatloaf, and fried egg. In the past, the restaurant was known to attract lines and pack customers into the cramped dining room, but now customers mainly order by phone or online through Doordash.

2. Bambu Desserts and Drinks

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30804 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 531-8989
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Vietnamese desserts are just as varied and colorful as the savory dishes, especially the drinkable kind. Chè means any type of sweet beverage or soup in Vietnamese, and national chain Bambū specializes in these drinkable desserts featuring tropical fruit, teas, coffee, and other delectable treats. Try the Bambū Special made with fresh coconut, pandan jelly, longan, basil seed, and coconut water. Customers can also create their own designer chè concoction at any one of several outposts throughout the metro area.

3. Quán Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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30701 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 268-4310

Fill up on plates of cóm gà xói mò (Vietnamese roast chicken), nem núòng cuòn (grilled pork sausage spring rolls), and broken rice at this contemporary Vietnamese bistro on Dequindre. The restaurant is open for dine-in service but customers can also call in orders for carryout.

4. Pho Tai

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30577 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 397-8333
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Pho Tai is often overshadowed by similar peers in town, but this no-frills, strip mall restaurant is one of the top pho spots in Madison Heights. Pho — with no less than 13 beef variations — comes in large, extra large, and extra-extra large sizes. There’s even a vegan option. The specials menu features delicacies such as catfish or pork belly in a clay pot and roasted quail. While the restaurant is offering dine-in service, customers can also place orders by phone for takeout.

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5. Little Saigon Restaurant

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29083 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 336-9185

At this Vietnamese soul food restaurant in Madison Heights, diners will find options such as bun bún riêu (a rich soup made from crab, shrimp paste, pork blood, and tofu), cháo lòng (rice soup with pork organs), and gỏi tôm rong biển tiến vua (seaweed salad with dragon fruit leaves, shrimp, and pork). It’s also hard to go wrong with an order of gỏi tôm rong biển tiến vu (fried chicken served with rice and eggs). Place orders by phone or online for takeout. Little Saigon also accepts delivery orders through major apps like Seamless, Grubhub, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

6. Thang Long Thai & Vietnamese

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27641 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 547-6763
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The menu is overwhelmingly large at this Thai and Vietnamese family-run restaurant, but some of the specialties are definitely worth checking out. Consider ordering the make-your-own rolls (try the crispy curry pancake banh xeo stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts served with vermicelli, herbs, and dipping garlic or hoisin sauce) and the bun bo hue viet (vermicelli, pork leg, pork blood cake, and beef slices). Thang Long is open for dine-in service. Customers can also place orders by phone or through Grubhub for delivery.

7. Detroit Pho & Crab Restaurant

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26680 Dequindre Rd
Warren, MI 48091
(586) 486-4290
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When Vietnamese immigrants came to Houston, they blended the flavors of their home country with a staple in the South — seafood boils — and a whole new style of cuisine was born. Detroit Pho and Crab is the place in the metro area to try Viet-Cajun food. The restaurant offers several combo options for seafood boils as well as king crab pho, and ché for dessert. Order a bag of Cajun-seasoned seafood to-go or dine in.

8. Pho Lucky

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23838 Joy Rd
Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239
(313) 532-2333
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This mini pho empire is helping to spread the joy of Vietnamese noodle soups throughout the region with a trio of locations outside of Madison Heights. The original opened in 2012 in Redford and has since spawned sibling outposts in Novi and Midtown Detroit. Want to crush a massive bowl of pho solo? Test the limits with Pho Lucky’s pho challenge — a monstrous bowl teeming with two pounds of meat and two pounds of noodles. The broth is optional. Pho Lucky currently offers dine-in and outdoor seating as well as curbside carryout.

9. Flowers of Vietnam

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4430 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-2085
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This trendy neighborhood spot in southwest Detroit aims to capture the spirit of classic Vietnamese dishes such as pho and broken rice. Once a weekends-only pop-up in a coney island, Flowers of Vietnam now sports an attractive bar area with an impressive list of wine, beer, and cocktails. Items such as a caramel chicken wings and whole fried fish are popular, but don’t overlook options like the heaping plates of green papaya salad or the fried salt and pepper prawns. Place orders online through Tock for family-style and a la carte takeout meals. Customers can also reserve a seat on the patio or in the dining room.

10. Ima

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4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 883-9788
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Ima has earned a following for its non-traditional Asian dishes, including vegan and chicken pho. Each bowl comes with crispy garlic, shallots, napa cabbage, and house chili oil, plus the requisite Thai basil, jalapenos, and lime. The restaurants are offering dine-in service and outdoor seating as well as carryout with online ordering.

1. Que Huong Restaurant

30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Que Huong is a staple among Vietnamese restaurants in Madison Heights serving favorites like pho and iced coffee. It sets itself apart from the crowd with the important inclusion of banh mi on the menu. The restaurant also serves several different kinds of bún (dried rice noodles and rice noodle soups) and rice dishes such as broken rice with shredded pork skin, grilled pork, egg meatloaf, and fried egg. In the past, the restaurant was known to attract lines and pack customers into the cramped dining room, but now customers mainly order by phone or online through Doordash.

30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

2. Bambu Desserts and Drinks

30804 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Vietnamese desserts are just as varied and colorful as the savory dishes, especially the drinkable kind. Chè means any type of sweet beverage or soup in Vietnamese, and national chain Bambū specializes in these drinkable desserts featuring tropical fruit, teas, coffee, and other delectable treats. Try the Bambū Special made with fresh coconut, pandan jelly, longan, basil seed, and coconut water. Customers can also create their own designer chè concoction at any one of several outposts throughout the metro area.

30804 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

3. Quán Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

30701 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Fill up on plates of cóm gà xói mò (Vietnamese roast chicken), nem núòng cuòn (grilled pork sausage spring rolls), and broken rice at this contemporary Vietnamese bistro on Dequindre. The restaurant is open for dine-in service but customers can also call in orders for carryout.

30701 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

4. Pho Tai

30577 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Pho Tai is often overshadowed by similar peers in town, but this no-frills, strip mall restaurant is one of the top pho spots in Madison Heights. Pho — with no less than 13 beef variations — comes in large, extra large, and extra-extra large sizes. There’s even a vegan option. The specials menu features delicacies such as catfish or pork belly in a clay pot and roasted quail. While the restaurant is offering dine-in service, customers can also place orders by phone for takeout.

30577 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

5. Little Saigon Restaurant

29083 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

At this Vietnamese soul food restaurant in Madison Heights, diners will find options such as bun bún riêu (a rich soup made from crab, shrimp paste, pork blood, and tofu), cháo lòng (rice soup with pork organs), and gỏi tôm rong biển tiến vua (seaweed salad with dragon fruit leaves, shrimp, and pork). It’s also hard to go wrong with an order of gỏi tôm rong biển tiến vu (fried chicken served with rice and eggs). Place orders by phone or online for takeout. Little Saigon also accepts delivery orders through major apps like Seamless, Grubhub, Doordash, and Uber Eats.

29083 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

6. Thang Long Thai & Vietnamese

27641 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

The menu is overwhelmingly large at this Thai and Vietnamese family-run restaurant, but some of the specialties are definitely worth checking out. Consider ordering the make-your-own rolls (try the crispy curry pancake banh xeo stuffed with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts served with vermicelli, herbs, and dipping garlic or hoisin sauce) and the bun bo hue viet (vermicelli, pork leg, pork blood cake, and beef slices). Thang Long is open for dine-in service. Customers can also place orders by phone or through Grubhub for delivery.

27641 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

7. Detroit Pho & Crab Restaurant

26680 Dequindre Rd, Warren, MI 48091

When Vietnamese immigrants came to Houston, they blended the flavors of their home country with a staple in the South — seafood boils — and a whole new style of cuisine was born. Detroit Pho and Crab is the place in the metro area to try Viet-Cajun food. The restaurant offers several combo options for seafood boils as well as king crab pho, and ché for dessert. Order a bag of Cajun-seasoned seafood to-go or dine in.

26680 Dequindre Rd
Warren, MI 48091

8. Pho Lucky

23838 Joy Rd, Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239

This mini pho empire is helping to spread the joy of Vietnamese noodle soups throughout the region with a trio of locations outside of Madison Heights. The original opened in 2012 in Redford and has since spawned sibling outposts in Novi and Midtown Detroit. Want to crush a massive bowl of pho solo? Test the limits with Pho Lucky’s pho challenge — a monstrous bowl teeming with two pounds of meat and two pounds of noodles. The broth is optional. Pho Lucky currently offers dine-in and outdoor seating as well as curbside carryout.

23838 Joy Rd
Redford Charter Twp, MI 48239

9. Flowers of Vietnam

4430 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

This trendy neighborhood spot in southwest Detroit aims to capture the spirit of classic Vietnamese dishes such as pho and broken rice. Once a weekends-only pop-up in a coney island, Flowers of Vietnam now sports an attractive bar area with an impressive list of wine, beer, and cocktails. Items such as a caramel chicken wings and whole fried fish are popular, but don’t overlook options like the heaping plates of green papaya salad or the fried salt and pepper prawns. Place orders online through Tock for family-style and a la carte takeout meals. Customers can also reserve a seat on the patio or in the dining room.

4430 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

10. Ima

4870 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Ima has earned a following for its non-traditional Asian dishes, including vegan and chicken pho. Each bowl comes with crispy garlic, shallots, napa cabbage, and house chili oil, plus the requisite Thai basil, jalapenos, and lime. The restaurants are offering dine-in service and outdoor seating as well as carryout with online ordering.

4870 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

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