Vietnamese food is known to cure what ails you. Be it a sinus infection, a brutal hangover, or a case of the blues. Fortunately, and almost inexplicably, the Detroit area is blessed with a number of authentic Vietnamese joints. Take a cruise through the close-by Detroit suburb of Madison Heights and there’s no surprise the city has been dubbed "Little Vietnam" or "Little Saigon" (depending on whom you ask). Asian specialty markets and Asian immigrant-owned businesses line the bumpy byways.
As of now, there are at least nine Vietnamese restaurants in Madison Heights, and others in Warren, Clawson, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and across the border in Windsor. To serve the varied tastes of the population, many of these restaurants also feature Korean, Chinese, and Thai specialties. To help narrow down your choices, here are the top five Vietnamese restaurants in the area, with a nod to the specialty of each locale. Bring your appetite, and a few tissues in your pocket.
The pho is the star at this place. The broth is heavily flavored and the meatballs are hearty. Check out the other house specialties, including marinated quails, rabbit, goat, and even wild boar. Another strong move is the Mi Xao Don – crispy egg noodles in a sweet and spicy sauce, topped with seafood, meat, and fresh vegetables.