Nelson Padilla Takes Over at Phuc Loi Vietnamese

Categories: Restaurant News

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Nelson Padilla in the kitchen at Mi Linh. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's been a bumpy few months for chef Nelson Padilla, formerly of Mi Linh. We were obsessed with the Vietnamese restaurant when Padilla was in the kitchen -- a particular standout was the garlic chicken wings. However, after only a few months, Padilla told us he was forced out by his sister Dee Dee Tran, who still runs Mi Linh. He then joined the team at Goody Cafe, but we were disappointed by our visit, and Padilla seemed to be M.I.A. Luckily, Padilla's son James Tu tells us the family has taken over Phuc Loi Vietnamese (3723 Gravois Avenue, #D; 314-772-7742).

See also: Mi Linh's Former Chef Nelson Padilla Says He Was Forced Out by Sister Dee Dee Tran

Tu says they opened the new Phuc Loi on Friday, May 9. We reviewed the restaurant back in 2009 (it was great) and it changed ownership in late 2012. You can check out our slideshow of the old Phuc Loi here.

"Come stop by sometime for the amazing pho we have had since the beginning," Tu says, "and the great butter garlic chicken wings!" We're on it.

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Padilla's butter-garlic chicken wings. | Cheryl Baehr

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Dan Carthen
Dan Carthen

Must try....I'm a fan of Kim Ngan's on south Grand also.

Lyon Hu Nguyen
Lyon Hu Nguyen

Check out Webster Gardens Vietnamese Chinese Cuisine talk about home made taste at a amazing price

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Hey that's like my favorite Vietnamese spot! I love the unassuming nature'

Wumpenstien
Wumpenstien

we need to keep the good Viet talent in the City, fuck that midcounty crap

petewissinger
petewissinger

I just hope they keep making their banh mi.  They were my favorite sandwiches in town.

jimmyfrompennfield
jimmyfrompennfield

@petewissinger Hi mister Pete!

I'm happily to say we do have banh mi in our menu and also other delicious foods I'm sure you will enjoy. We welcome all and also would like to thank everyone for their humble support, especially RFT for being there since the beginning at Mi Linh till now as owner of our own restaurant! We will be making our own website shortly with our menu online!

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