George Azar and Flowers of Vietnam 2.0
George Azar has taken a long & winding road from Southwest Detroit to…Southwest Detroit. A native of the neighborhood, he grew up surrounded by authentic culture and authentic food, which helped spark his interest in cooking. His path was set. He attended the culinary arts program at Schoolcraft College and then did time at several notable local kitchens, including Forest Grill and the Detroit Athletic Club. He later ventured from Detroit to gain experience and skills in some of the country’s most respected restaurants. including Alinea and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. Then, Detroit did what Detroit does. It lured him back. The city’s restaurant scene was gaining momentum, and George returned home to find his role. While planning his next step, he found himself at Vernor Coney Island, in the heart of Southwest Detroit, just blocks from his childhood home. The diner was a breakfast & lunch spot that closed it’s doors by 2pm. George realized the opportunity for evening service, and, longish story short, Flowers of Vietnam was born. A Vietnamese-inspired menu, with a few modern twists. A neighborhood anchor, with a focus on hiring locals. A plan to spawn like-minded business and transform the strip into a destination. Flowers grew faster than anticipated via word of mouth and mentions in the press, prompting the need for building upgrades and improvements. The spot is currently closed for renovations, scheduled to reopen by fall. In anticipation of George’s return, we’ve invited him out to Hazel Park for a limited engagement, to help spread the good word about Flowers…and to satisfy your flavor needs.
$55 / person
– 5 courses over 2 hours –
– sparkling & mineral water –
– gratuity –
– sales tax –
Available for purchase the night of:
– limited, curated bar menu of wine, beer, and cocktails –
– VEGETARIAN OPTION AVAILABLE –
“Bo Tai Chanh”
rare beef, seasonal fruit, rau mau,
nouc cham, Red Boat salt
served friends & family style:
Phở Đặc Biệt
eye of round, shank, meatball, tripe,
Cá Chiên Sốt Cà
fried seasonal, tomato, banana blossom,
forbidden rice, cilantro
crispy rice, grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage,
sugarcane shrimp, sunny side egg
Terroirs of Vietnam
Longevity ice cream, Trung Nguyen coffee,
Marou 80% Tiên Gian “chantilli, Marou Lâm Dông meringue,
Marou Ben Tré nougat, brown butter emulsion
What is Frame?
Tucked quietly behind joebar, frame is a revolving creative hub, home to a carefully curated programs of chef residencies and all round awesome experiences.
Chef residencies, Sunday at Nonna’s Dinners, rap battles, art workshops, live acoustic sessions, cocktail pairings, you name it… explore your interests, hone your skills, master a new art craft. meet new friends, share a meal. drink cocktails. No two days here are ever the same. Seasonal, locally sourced and above all delicious, we’ve built our reputation on the food and drink we serve at frame.
We also partner up with a variety of brands on events of all different shapes and sizes, offering up top-notch food and drink and creative in-house production. frame can seat up to 50 guests dining or 80 guests, theater-style.
What are people saying?
“Tried out frame as part of the ‘grandma’s basement series’ with Chef James (Mabel Gray) and Chef John (Grey Ghost). Our Italian Family Dinner was delicious! Enjoyed every course (which kept coming). Best meatballs I’ve ever had!! Love the idea of home Cookin with a little flare, shared Family style with strangers. A wonderful evening!”
What are people saying?
Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press
“The vibe at the Frame dinners also reflected the personalities of the chefs, who were able to interact with guests and offer stories about their food memories while cooking rustic dishes without the same expectations that come with their respective restaurants. The food was predictably great and unpretentious, but the series also highlighted the growing importance of personality and storytelling to the modern dining experience.”