April 2018 | A Former Coney Island in Southwest Detroit Is Serving Vietnamese-Inspired Dishes with Serious Flavor | Hour Detroit

I left my suburban Los Angeles hometown in 2007 just as Echo Park was in the throes of transforming from an East Hollywood barrio into a hipster haven. A decade later, looking at Detroit’s Southwest side, I see much of the same trappings: a longtime Mexican-American section of town that thrived on immigrant entrepreneurship now being overrun by new money and development.

When I first heard about Flowers of Vietnam — a former coney island slinging pho one night a week — I was relieved to find it didn’t have that icky gentrification feeling. A guy from the neighborhood, owner and chef George Azar, was running the show. | Read more here.

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