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Onion Roll Deli - Royal Oak, MI - DTW

The sign went up a few days ago, I think. I first noticed it on Monday. Previously, there had been a closed for remodeling sign on the door.

Jul 12, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Best Recipes you have ever found on Chowhound Home Cooking board

I tried the chocolate poundcake this weekend. So wonderful! Thanks for this thread!

May 29, 2012
fromtheD in Home Cooking

Downtown Grand Rapids

Hi - we just spent the weekend in Grand Rapids and had a lovely visit. 616 was fantastic for dinner. The softshell crab was a standout as was the charcuterie plate. Service was friendly and mostly efficient. We also had dinner at Bistro Bella Vista - the flatbread was good, the antipasto plate was not (no explanation of what was on the plate, random broken pieces of cheese, odd rice salad). Neither of us liked our entrees (I got the duck, husband had the gnocchi), but the fish entrees looked good. They were very busy, but food came out hot and promptly. If you like beer, Founders Brewery is not too far from Bisto Bella Vista and had decent sandwiches and a really laid back atmosphere. Enjoy Grand Rapids - it's a really lovely city.

May 29, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Food along I-90

That's a good idea. I think they've recommended the Tea Steak House and Lange's Cafe. I've been to Lange's. If you are there and hungry, it's not bad. I'm not sure any of the places you find along I-90 are worth a detour.

May 18, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Food along I-90

I've done the Sioux Falls to Albert Lea part of that drive. There's not so much that is good. Blue Line Cafe in Worthington is ok (pretty typical diner food and right off I-90). There are a ton of chains in the Sioux Falls area and a couple of local places, but none are especially close to I-90. How far afield are you looking to travel?

May 17, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Spicy Chinese Food - DTW

They were fantastic. I had the pork for lunch today. Looking forward to my next meal there.

Apr 09, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Spicy Chinese Food - DTW

Hit Trizest on Saturday night. It was busy (we had to wait for a table) and the service was a bit disorganized. The food was great. We had the dumplings with chili oil, spicy chicken and the fish fragrant pork. Looking forward to trying different dishes soon.

Apr 09, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Spicy Chinese Food - DTW

Thanks. I have not tried Trizest yet, but did hit Mon Jin Lau for Troy Resto Week. I asked about the spice level and the (very nice) waiter told me it was spiced for Resto Week, but he could have the dish (Kung Pao Chicken and Shrimp) made hotter. It was and was really very good. It was nice to ask for a spciy dish and actually get one!

Mar 28, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Spicy Chinese Food - DTW

Help - craving spicy Chinese food in the metro area. Looking for something with lots of peppers, maybe Szechuan peppercorns. In the Royal Oak area, but will drive if the heat and flavor are there. Appreciate any and all ideas.

Mar 22, 2012
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Haute Dish, tonight

I've eaten at Haute Dish a handful of times - always someone else's choice. The service is so lackluster (forgotten orders, having to ask for items multiple times, really long waits for food) that even though I really like the food, I end up unhappy. There are enough restaurants with food of this caliber in the Cities with excellent service that not going back seems reasonable.

Dec 13, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Is there something different to do with boneless shortribs?

Mahogany shortribs from the Washington Post (made with prune juice and teriyaki sauce). I cook them in a crock pot and make a quick stroganoff. It is excellent and super easy.

Oct 18, 2011
fromtheD in Home Cooking

Detroit Restaurant Week -- what to choose?

Had dinner last night at Roast. Started at the bar for drinks and happy hour priced snacks. Bar was busy, but the bartender was great - friendly, informative about the menu and the drink list. Moved on to dinner - the RW menu was an insert into the regular menu (which means you don't have to ask for it specifically). Choices were good and full-sized. We had the Roast Beast of the Day (suckling pig) and the hanger steak. We also ordered sides (not part of RW menu, but I can't pass up their brussel sprouts). Place was pretty busy but not packed. If the idea of RW is to get you to come back and pay full price for a meal, it worked. We are already talking about heading back downtown.

Sep 30, 2011
fromtheD in Great Lakes

DTW O'Mara's Restaurant starts breakfast Monday

I am not a frequent visitor to the Berkley Bistro, but what I am hearing is that the food and service have indeed gone downhill (a friend of a friend had syrup dumped on her and while the waiter was apologetic, managment was not). I think there is new ownership.

Sep 14, 2011
fromtheD in Great Lakes

"Thai Temple" Sunday outdoor foodcourt in Warren? [DTW]

We couldn't figure out where the building was and drove by it a couple of times (saw lots of cars parked on a lawn, but didn't know how they got there). We ended up parking at a small medical building a couple doors south of the center. There was a small sign indicating that it was ok to park there.

Aug 22, 2011
fromtheD in Great Lakes

"Thai Temple" Sunday outdoor foodcourt in Warren? [DTW]

We checked this out today. It took us a couple of tries to find it, but it was well worth the confusion. We had a taste of the fried bananas, grilled chicken wings, 2 kinds of pork satay, fried rice, veggie dumplings and the largest grilled chicken breast I've ever had. Everyone was very friendly and several people stopped by to see how we (2 caucasions) had heard about the event. The foods was fantastic. We loved the satay and the fried rice. I'm not sure what was in it, but it was great.

Aug 21, 2011
fromtheD in Great Lakes

Dinner in . . . . Woodbury?

The Hanger Room in Willernie. It's not too far and the food is great.

Jul 27, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

DTW ideas

Dear all,

After 6 years away, I am moving back to Detroit (the Royal Oak area). I have been catching up on the board, but would appreciate your thoughts on the following categories:

Great local places (places to go for casual weeknight dinners - especially ethnic),
Great upscale places (date night ideas - I had dinner at Roast recently and loved it),
Places worth the drive (where to go if I am leaving the Woodward corridor).

I know this is really broad and that I will have many years to explore the best that Detroit has to offer, but I'd certainly appreciate your thoughts.

Jun 27, 2011
fromtheD in Great Lakes

A local sighting of Graeter's ice cream! (Lunds in Minnetonka)

Whole Foods in Minneapolis is carrying it as well. I believe it was $5.99, but am not positive. Lots of flavors.

May 27, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Szechuan Spice to replace Zen

Had lunch there today based on ScoopG's recommendation. The Szechuan Doubled Cooked Pork was fantastic as was the chicken dish we had (it was similar to chung king chili chicken, but with jalepenos rather than bell peppers). This may replace Grand Szechuan as are go to spicy spot.

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Grand Szechuan
10602 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431

Apr 03, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Heidi's 2.0

We went last night. If you haven't been, go. It was a fantastic experience. The space is lovely and I appreciated the extra room between tables. Service was fantastic. Anna was so excited and helpful as she walked us through the menu, but never overbearing or obtrusive. We ordered the scallop juicy bun and the pork bun, mussel soup and oyster bake, rabbit and duck and cheese to end the evening. While the mussel soup was my favorite, dh loved the rabbit (esp. the rabbit sausage). The only less than stellar aspect was service at the bar. My cocktail was great, but the bartender moved pretty slowly (and the bar was more than full at the time). I can't wait to go back.

Feb 03, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tacos, tacos, tacos

I'm coming to Austin this weekend (first visit) and staying downtown. Could you recommend your top 2 or 3 of the places listed?

Jan 11, 2011
fromtheD in Austin

First Visit to Austin - breakfast and lunch

Thanks for the ideas. Looking forward to our visit next week!

Jan 08, 2011
fromtheD in Austin

Where to have dinner on Friday night?

This looks very promising! Thanks to both for ideas.

Jan 06, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where to have dinner on Friday night?

Starting to think about the weekend and was wondering if CHers have any ideas for dinner on Friday. Thinking Asian, like spicy, live in Minneapolis. TIA!

Jan 04, 2011
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

First Visit to Austin - breakfast and lunch

Hi, we are coming to Austin (from Minneapolis) Jan 14-17. We are staying on the UT campus (at the AT&T executive center) and are looking for a couple of breakfast and lunch spots. Based on ideas from this board, we have a dinner reservation at Parkside and a brunch reservation at Lambert's. I think on Saturday we will be heading for Lockhart for barbeque. Any cuisine works as does price. Thanks for any help!

Dec 28, 2010
fromtheD in Austin

My 72 Hours of Austin(long version), dinners, bars and brunches

Can I ask what hotel you stayed at and whether you liked it?

Dec 05, 2010
fromtheD in Austin

Tim McKee....and Il Gatto?

No, I didn't. We were with another couple (who picked the resto) and it would have been awkward. Frankly, I am not sure what a manager could have done (made our waiter pay attention to us? Send new food out?) We also knew it was a place we wouldn't go back to - the menu wasn't interesting enough to deal with the hassle of Uptown and the expense. For the kind of money we spent, we could go to Bar La Grassa or Meritage.

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Meritage
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Oct 25, 2010
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tim McKee....and Il Gatto?

Update following visit...

Dear Chef McKee, thank you for stopping by to see how our meal was. I am sorry I was to much of a wuss to actually tell you in person that my dish was not good. I had the trofie pasta. The pesto was ok, but really dry. And since the dish came out lukewarm, it sort of clumped up. Also, you need to have more than 4 shrimp in it - at $18, I expect more. The fries were also served cold, so getting food out at the right temp looks like an issue. The pizza (Guanciale) was excellent and the salad (pear and prosciutto) was good. Our server mostly ignored us, which maybe helps explain the cold food.

Oct 21, 2010
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tim McKee....and Il Gatto?

Heading there for dinner tomorrow. Will likely follow Latinpig's lead and order the chicken, but has anyone been recently and have ideas?

Oct 19, 2010
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul

birthday dinner in st. paul?

I had the lobster special (flown in from Kennebunk 2x per week per Chef) and the SO had the lamb. The lobster was excellent (butter poached claws and grilled tail meat), with a celery root gratin. I am not a lamb fan, but it was excellent. The chickpea paniesse was fantastic. We also had an order of frites and a cheese plate.

Oct 18, 2010
fromtheD in Minneapolis-St. Paul