Owners: Mai Nguyen and Anna Pham
Open since 1978, Mai’s is the oldest Vietnamese restaurant in Houston. Known for its extensive 127-item Vietnamese menu spanning everything from cha gio egg rolls, to pho beef noodle soup, and bo luc lac shaking beef, Anthony Bourdain visited in the 1990’s and proclaimed it the best Vietnamese food in America. Rebuilt entirely after a catastrophic fire in 2010, these days, Mai’s is still the place to go for all-day and late night Vietnamese eats (pre-COVID, it was open nightly until 4 am; currently it’s open until 4 am Fridays and Saturdays). Mai herself takes special pride in manning the kitchen, especially during the graveyard shift.
How to order: Open for dine-in daily except Sunday. For takeout, call 713-520-5300, or get delivery via Doordash, UberEats, Grubhub, or Postmates.