Molly's Picks

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots



Published:

Pho Lucky's Bún Thit Nurong/Gà Nurong Cha Giò: Chicken and spring rolls served with noodles, herbs, lettuce, and bean sprouts, topped with peanuts and sautéed green onions.

Photograph by Joe Vaughn

PHO LUCKY /// Midtown’s first Vietnamese restaurant is a charmer, run by Cong and Tommy Nguyen and their extended family, serving a focused menu of authentic fare emphasizing pho, the national dish. Brimming bowls of spicy broth with noodles, round steak, and meatballs are available in several variations. Other dishes include excellent summer rolls and crisp spring rolls. The high-ceilinged setting that formerly housed the Addison Eatery has been spruced up, and in one corner rough-hewn picnic tables and low stools are meant to be reminiscent of street dining in Vietnam. Asian beers and robust Vietnamese coffee are the prime beverages. 3111 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-338-3895. L & D daily except Tues. when it is L only. $8 H

FOREST /// The updated version of Forest Grill, now just Forest, offers a brief but well-chosen menu from the kitchen headed by Nick Janutol, who worked as chef de cuisine for the previous regime but now is executive chef. The selection of small plates and main courses with a faintly Mediterranean spin will be updated as seasons change. In the early going, it offered a notable duck breast, a number of pastas, and lamb shanks with chickpea ragu, all handsomely served to linen-covered tables in the Victor Saroki-designed single room. 735 Forest Ave., Birmingham; 248-258-9400. D Mon.-Sat. $20 H

Symbol: H Handicap accessible
Note: Dollar amount is the average entree price

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

A Long Day's Coney Into Night

What’s a typical Friday like at Detroit’s iconic Lafayette Coney Island? A tag team crew of Hour Detroit staffers finds out.

Fresh Fare

Treetops Resort's Farm2Fork events tap the bounty of local producers.

Joebar and Frame Whip Up Kevell-Worthy Noshes for Hanukkah

The Hazel Park restaurants are hosting a holiday soiree for all

The World's Fastest Pizza Maker Reveals the Science Behind Detroit Mootz Pizzas

Six-time winning chef of the prestigious World Pizza Games, Bruno DiFabio, brings his famous-New York pies to the Motor City

Ferndale’s Antihero Serves Japanese Plates You’ve Been Craving

From kimchi to crispy ramen, and high balls to habchi, this Izakaya bar is worth waiting in line for
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Makings of the Shinola Hotel
    When the Detroit brand’s first foray into hospitality opens its doors, it’ll offer customers...
  2. My Two Christmases
    An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents
  3. New Year’s Eve, Brooklyn Style
    Tips for celebrating 2019 from the pros at Brooklyn Outdoor
  4. Main Review: SheWolf
    Born in Detroit but inspired by Rome, SheWolf takes diners on a culinary journey
  5. The Art of Gifting
    Metro Detroit tastemakers from all walks of life offer a glimpse of what’s on their holiday...
  6. Comeback Catering
    Dish, in Detroit, pushes through hard times with consistently delicious food
  7. Meet the Makers: Tait Design Co.
    How an after-work hobby ascended to a booming business
  8. Precious Metals
    Layering necklaces, stacking rings, and placing bangle upon glitzy bangle: a definitive guide to...
  9. Food Recipe: Braised Beef Brisket
    Chef Aaron Lowen, of Empire Kitchen & Cocktails, shares one of his favorite holiday recipes
  10. An Hour with ... Ricki Friedman
    Founder, Break the Weight