After escaping a war torn Vietnam in 1980 with my husband and young son, I waitressed at various chinese restaurants around St. Louis to help make ends meet for my young family. Pursuing the American dream led me to opening Mai Lee Restaurant in 1985 with a full chinese menu. To honor my heritage, I slowly added Vietnamese dishes to the menu of the then tiny 6 table restaurant. To my delight, our customers welcomed the additions enthusiatically and now Mai Lee is regarded as the very first Vietnamese restaurant in St. Louis.It has been over 20 years and although the restaurant has moved from its original location, it is still a family affair. It is a privilege for me, my husband, Sau, and my children, Qui, Sara, and Linda to welcome you to Mai Lee Restaurant. It is our goal to make sure you have a pleasant dining experience as you navigate your way through the unique cuisine of Vietnam.