Houston >Food & Dining > Mai's
3403 Milam St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.741193 -95.379959
Mon-Thurs 10am-3am; Fri-Sat 10am-4am
Neighborhoods: South Central, Midtown
One of Houston's most beloved and longest standing Vietnamese restaurants, Mai's on Milam is the place to go for late night eats, where you'll see an eclectic mix of people there to grub on Vietnamese food. Crispy egg rolls and their most famous garlic beef (bo luc lac) is always a good bet.
YES, Mai's will reopen!! – The owners said they will reopen Mai's. Not sure if in the same location or close by. More to follow...
Will it reopen? – Mai's burned down today. Not sure if/when it will reopen. Color me sad; I loved this place. Best spring rolls in Houston. Alas...
This place is overpriced and disgusting. they put vietnamese food to shame and should be put out of business. If they weren't open late, they wouldn't have any business.
Perfect remedy – My boyfriend and I were in Houston and completely hungry at 11:30 Sunday night. We found this place which was open til 3am and it was pretty crowded. The food came quickly and the pork dumpling appetizer was awesome. I got the pho which was close to perfect and my boyfriend got the bo luc lac which flavorful, but had a lot more onions than anything. All and all we were totally satisfied.
The worst place in town on so many levels – I with a group of six during a busy time for Mai's and an Asian group came in was immediately sat over us the when a table became available. This was the last and final straw for me. I will never go back to these people. I ordered bean curd with chili and lemon grass a time before that was so salty it was inedible. When I tried to get a remake, the waiter kept arguing with us that it was good and we can not have a remake. I get this dish alot so I know what I'm talking about. Finally, out of frustration I just wanted my money back which they were at first refusing to do. At this point, I'm beginning to get angry and the owner lady threw the money at me and told me to get out. I didn't go back until years later thinking I'll give it another shot and then they're still treating their customers like garbage. Also, I got sick from the pho I had that very night sat Asians over those silly white kids that wanted some late night eats. I have never felt so much disdain over a place as I do this one. Do not eat here because there are many better choices very close by. Les Giverales, Van Loc, Pho Nga...please give these people your business and not some greedy woman who tries to nickel and dime you and her staff.
Ain't What It Used to Be – It's been awhile since I've been back at Mai's and it will certainly be my last. The highlight of the meal was the wonton soup, which was excellent as always. Unfortunately, the service and food quality have gone downhill. The food was either too spicy or too bland and I became very ill after dining here. I think we saw our waiter no more than three or four times. He never offered refills on water or said anything about having to wait an additional 15 minutes for one of our diner's meals after everyone else's food arrived.
Salt Toasted Tofu---yummo! – I used to go to Mai's once a week and order and share a plate of SALT TOASTED TOFU with a friend. Mmmm... delicious! I've in recent couple of years just ordered to-go... they have QUICK service, yummy food and big portions, yum!
Only good when drunk, but what isn't – This place is god awful. There are so many other Vietnamese restaurants that have better service, and most important, QUALITY FOOD. This place stays alive cause of the drunken mobs that come in after a night of fun, and I, guilty as charged, am one of them. But the minute you sober up, you realize this place is god awful. Eat here because you have to, not because you want to.
Not good sense to treat customers like you're doing them a favor and put upon by their presence. – I was a regular (2-3x a wk) customer for years. I'll never be back. Some weird inverse proportion that as they've improved/remodeled the place, the service and food quality has gotten steadily worse. I really don't need some snippy wait staff acting as if they're doing me a favor by letting me in the door. The last two times I was there the egg rolls were pretty much inedible. I actually wondered if they were trying to convey something directly to me, but I just read a bunch of other reviews. As a few other reviewers put it, there are plenty of other options close to that location. After hours dining is a nice option, but at least train the staff to keep their crabby, snippy personalities and attitudes on hold for the 3pm crowd. Used to be a really nice, friendly place with good food. Not sure if it's ok to list other options, but they're out there.
Best Pho noodle soup in town! Very affordable with friendly staff. The beef soup Pho tastes very authentic, costing 6.5 dollars only. Parking may be difficult though.
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