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Mai's has been serving Houston bowls of pho and plates of Vietnamese fajitas since 1978, stopping only briefly to rebuild after a devastating fire in 2010. Stay away from the mixed drinks at the flashy bar, though, and stick with classics like bun or com dia with Mai's seasoned Cornish game hen. Chicken wings are similarly well-seasoned and delightfully crispy, while the bright lotus root salad is big enough to feed a whole table.
Quite a few Vietnamese places in this week's reports, from Midtown to the west side. And at the end of this post we address peeing outside, so stick around. Pho Saigon (2808 Milam) got hit with five ... More »
Last week, as I was reading Katharine Shilcutt's review of Mai's downtown, one of the things that struck me as odd was the fact that she seemed to make a big to-do about the poor service, especially w... More »
See more photos from Mai's rebuilt restaurant and modern, updated interior in our slideshow. Even at 2 p.m. on an otherwise quiet Monday afternoon, Mai's Restaurant's dining room is three-quarters full. Businessmen from downtown hunch over bowls... More »
Mai's Restaurant was started in 1978 by the Nguyen family as a sandwich and coffee shop. It went on to become a Houston institution with a large menu of Vietnamese favorites. After the restaurant was destroyed by a fire in 2010, the family, led by Nguyen granddaughter Anna Pham, rebuilt rather than shuttered the place. What was a rather nondescript two-story building on a similarly nondescript corner has been replaced with a sleek, updated building with a light-filled, two-story dining room... More »
Mai's The bars have closed, and the munchies have your stomach growling -- roaring -- for something more than just a burger from a drive-thru window. Although late-night dining used to be an oxymoron in Houston, now there are a bunch of spots in the downtown area. Judging by its loyal and lively wee-hours crowd, unpretentious Mai's seems to be a favorite for bleary-eyed party animals. On the southern end of downtown, Mai's stays open until 3:30 a.m. on weekends and 3 a.m. on weekdays,... More »
All the bars are closed, there's no life on the streets, but you and your friends aren't ready to trundle home. Plus, you're all starving. Usually late-night fare is limited to those 24-hour egg-and-bacon places or the drive-thru lane at a fast-food joint. But you want real food. Mai's Restaurant offers an extensive array of Vietnamese food, and the eatery's schedule definitely keeps late-night diners in mind. Open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.... More »
C'mon, who in Houston doesn't know Mai's? Unless you're living under a rock in Tomball, I'm sure you've tried it. Mai's is great Vietnamese food and is known to many because it is one of the only asian dives that is open 24hrs. Most people are known to go there after bar-hopping in Midtown...but it also serves as a well-known lunch spot frequented by Downtown business men and women alike. Not sure what to order? The Vietnamese egg rolls are a must have, as well as the Spring Rolls. Watch out for the Wonton soup though. If you order a large, the waitress will bring you a bowl so large that you can bathe in it! Yum!
Mai's is without a doubt the best place for Viet food in town. If ya dont believe me then check it out for yourself. This place is open late on the weekends and 2am becomes a very busy place. You will find all the intoxicated Houstonians sobering up here but the super slippery floors make it a challenge for even the designated drivers. Also crossing the street to get to and from the cafe is kinda like playing Frogger so be careful.
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