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Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

People have been posting on FB and on Yelp that it is indeed open. Some photos here--
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cantoro-itali...

Mar 20, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

DTW: least sucky restaurant in RO

Bistro 82, but I wouldn't want to have to rush off to a concert.

Mar 15, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

DTW. Torino as Freep Restaurant Of The Year

I don't think there is any danger of either of these places overbooking their reservations! In neither case would you ever have people hovering over you waiting for your table. I'd say if you want to go, go any time you can get a reservation.

I suggested Torino to someone on here months ago, and was relieved when they liked it. I second the "not for everyone" comment, but it is a dining adventure for sure-- though not unlike what's available in other cities, and similar to some of the high end pop-ups (Guns + Butter and the like) here. On the other hand I think if would be hard not to love Marais.

Mar 15, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Veggie options in Detroit and etc...

Not surprised. Those guys are really, really sharp.

My problem with them is distance. There was talk of a Troy location but so far it has not happened. Love to see it as it would at least be closer. They really should come to Midtown, though! Despite the university, the med center and soon the light rail from Downtown, there really is no Indian anything worth mentioning in Midtown. (See also the new, always-busy Go Sy Thai!)

Feb 24, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Tried Noble Pig in GPF, MI (Detroit area)...

I'm a big fan of crab cakes (possibly spoiled by those from the late, great Muer's on Gratiot) and live nearby, but had never tried any of Kahlich's prior eateries. Based on the discussion here I went in and ordered crab cakes, to go. Got them home only to find they were burned-- and that was that. :-(

Feb 16, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Mulefoot Gastro Pub--Imlay City, MI

Thanks for that info, Mattromine. That tells me a lot more than "we decided to make a gastropub and use local ingredients because that's what's cool right now, so here we are."

Jan 30, 2014
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Mulefoot Gastro Pub--Imlay City, MI

These sled dogs from downtown Detroit? As for me, only if that sled has a well heated cab!

http://goo.gl/ubP3i9

Jan 28, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Seeking car show dining guidance (round 2!)

It's getting late to add to this thread, I know. Still, a few comments ...

Original Buddy's is far superior to the Buddy's in Dearborn. Original Buddy's has guarded parking. I (non-intimidating female person) go there. No problem.

I know Loui's has its fans. I just don't know why, when Original Buddy's is available. It's all about the crust.

I loved Bucharest's shawarma a year ago, but think it has gone way downhill of late. They changed the way the chicken is cut (thinner now) and they just keep burning it-- uck! Still they'll deliver around downtown, and quite late, so I'll tolerate it in a pinch.

El Barzon gets such mixed reviews (some serious service problems) and their prices have gone up so much I don't think I'd even bother in this weather. Their new patio is lovely, so maybe just maybe that would be worth the price of admission during the summer.

Senor Lopez nearby on Michigan Ave has some so the same Mexican specialties I most enjoy at El Barzon, close in quality and at less than half the price. Currently they're running an Auto Show special-- 40% off (!!!) if you show your ticket stub. Open later is Nuestra Familia over on W Vernor near Central-- consistently good Jaliscan food. Up Vernor a bit, La Terraza with their seafood focus is another option, and often has live entertainment in the evening. The make-up of the crowd tends to depend on the entertainment. LaT also does a huge after-church business on Sundays, going through many crates of fresh oranges. I'm not thrilled with their breakfast dishes, but they'll serve their entire menu pretty much any time.

http://goo.gl/Fe5z6g
http://goo.gl/JzcPaS
http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-nuestra-familia-detroit
http://goo.gl/kXR9Wj
http://laterrazadetroit.com/menu/
https://www.facebook.com/laterraza.de...

Jan 25, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Mulefoot Gastro Pub--Imlay City, MI

Thanks for that link, Trapani. Looks interesting, and highly unlikely for Imlay City or that area in general. Any idea of the backgrounds of the folks behind it?

Their FB says "new menu" as of mid-January. I wonder if that's the one on their website? Also, I do hate menus with no prices!

Jan 24, 2014
ak994 in Great Lakes

Dinner near The Fisher in DTW

Price point? They are being soooo secretive about prices, I've really resented them and have therefore avoided the place.

Dec 19, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Grocery Aisle/Cart Ettiquite? [DTW]

I agree with woodburner. And with RedTop.

And I'd have gone ahead and snapped that pic, probably.

Dec 02, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Can't Miss in Detroit-Dearborn

Where did you end up, Clevelander?

Nov 22, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Can't Miss in Detroit-Dearborn

Saturday mornings are for Eastern Market in Detroit. There are some restaurants surrounding the market, but it's quite possible to just walk around and nosh. I always enjoy the croissant stand (almond, chocolate, various savories) among others. You'll also find the famous (Zimmern) Love's Custard Pies. And a variety of food trucks. Here's a market map (takes a minute to load) http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com/media/files/50_em_map(big)2_02.pdf

My favorite in Dearborn for homestyle middle eastern fare is Cedarland. For very good straightforward basic dishes (shawarma) I head for Hamido. Either way, my dessert stop is the always enticing Shatila-- especially for their tropical flavors of ice cream. Plus wonderful pistachio.

Y*lp links are a short-cut way to convey addresses, hours of operation, website links and photos--

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cedarland-restaurant-dearborn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/hamido-dearborn
http://www.yelp.com/biz/shatila-dearborn

Zingerman's is very good but very pricey. It depends on what you want, of course. I don't think it tops the Saturday morning Eastern Market experience, though.

However, if you do go to Ann Arbor and you're near Kerrytown, Fustini's is a don't miss. Oils and vinegars may not sound that exciting, but wowie zowie those samples are addicting! http://www.yelp.com/biz/fustinis-oils...

Nov 14, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Dinner near The Fisher in DTW

FYI Rodin's chef is leaving and their food service is changing over to something less dinner-y and lesss French. More emphasis on drinks, though. Good bye, sloppy lamb. Hello ... burgers

http://www.eatitdetroit.com/2013/11/n...

Nov 10, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Bourdain in Detroit: Coneys at Duley’s. Oxtail at Full Belly’s. BBQ at Vickies.

Nope, Barkis. He did get pupusas, but not from Pupuseria on Livernois.

Nov 10, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Detroit Suggestions

Johnny's Ham King is closed, done, gone. The building has new owners.

Nov 10, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

24 hour restaurants in Metro Detroit!

re Hills City Grill-- I know they were 24 hours at one time, but per both their website and their FB they now close at 2am. Lately it is really, really tough to get things updated on Yelp, so that info probably just has not caught up yet.

Nov 10, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

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

For anyone following along at home, Market is ON for tomorrow, Sunday Oct 6. I do hope the predicted rain chooses some other time to fall. Market's season always ends in October so I'm not sure how many (if any) more there will be this year.

New wrinkle for this week is the owner of the Tokyo Sushi restaurants, who's a Thai guy, is bringing his sushi. I've no interest in that, but okay.

http://goo.gl/iRHveF

Oct 05, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Bistro Foufou - Traverse City

Err, RedTop, that's Aug 2912 to Sept 2013. ;-)

Chef Adam McMarlin, formerly of my TC favorite Bay Leaf (RIP) was at FouFou from opening to June 2013. I don't know what happened there. He's at Phil's on Front for the moment, but I don't know how much influence he has there. I do hope he'll eventually get his own place!

Anyway Adam's departure may well be the explanation for the changes in the food at FouFou.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/adam-mcma...

Sep 29, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

Do you mean the same Liberte yogurt they sell at Kroger here?

Sep 14, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Birmingham, MI Sunday brunch

If you're willing to drive 30 to 40 minutes, then I think Root is your answer-- though not for brunch as they're closed on Sundays.

http://www.therootrestaurant.com/

Or, closer in (only a few miles south of Birmingham) there's Torino's tasting menu. Dinner only, Tuesday thru Saturday.

http://torinoferndale.com/

Sep 12, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor, Michigan

If metro Detroit is fine as well, then Thai Temple in Warren for their Sunday Markets. Papaya salad is very spicy, basil stir frys if you let the cooks make them "Thai Hot," and a bunch of other dishes still unknown to me but that vendors tell me I won't like because they're "very hot." I'm even cautioned against putting too much of the red spice in their terrific noodle soup so apparently that can get seriously spicy as well.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796097

Sep 10, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

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

I think it was fine, and well worth going even though I got there so late some vendors were already gone and others were sold out of many items I would have liked to have.

That noodle soup keeps getting better and better each week-- this time included short ribs, which is less important than the wonderfully flavored broth. And the sour sausage, among my absolute favorites, made its return from two different vendors this time.

Basil Stir fry was available, now with 4 different protein choices and infinite heat levels. A Pad Thai guy has joined that tent. I do wish they'd start offering the Hoi Tod again-- I see that cook walking around, but not cooking lately when I've been there.

And the pork-on-a-skewer family in the back corner keep coming up with new items. In addition to their little ground pork and nut dim-sum-looking dumplings they're lately offered an omelet-looking version done up in rice noodle sheets rather than egg. Different fillings encased in sticky rice and rolled in banana leaf are also favorites of mine, as I enjoy both the squash and the banana. I especially appreciate how she includes a small bundle of romaine/cilantro and sometimes mint or other herbs along with each purchase, with some sort of dipping sauce often tucked in as well.

Sep 09, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

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

For anyone still keeping track of their 2013 dates, next Sunday Sept 15 is an OFF day for them, but they'll be back weekly starting Sept 22 until further notice. That info from 3 different vendors earlier today (9/8).

Sep 08, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Al-Ameer in Dearborn (Warren Ave.), MI

I'm not understanding how Ford Rd, the new-kid location, got to be the "right" one. The original Al Ameer, the one that's gotten the national publicity and the one Bourdain visited, etc. is the W Warren location along the "Little Beirut" strip.

I'm not particularly fond of it, though, and haven't been for a while. I think Hamido (the W Warren location, not *their* Ford Rd outpost) does the classic basics better. For more homestyle dishes I've come to really appreciate Cedarland. IMO they have the best crushed lentil soup, too.

http://www.alameerrestaurant.com/
http://www.hamidorestaurant.com/
http://cedarlandrestaurants.com/

Sep 05, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

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

I thought it was quite a good vendor turn-out too. I didn't get there till nearly 1pm and some of my very favorite items were sold out. It was great to see the lady with the chicken/pineapple/taro etc turnovers back. Apparently she's a new widow, so that's why she was gone.

Wasn't that Nung in the corner at the end of the first row, up from the token desk? My dining companion get a nice stir fry from her.

I asked a few of the vendors and all were consistent in insisting they'll be open EVERY Sunday for the remainder of the season. That's hard for me to believe, but that's what they said.

Aug 19, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

SE Michigan = Best Halal Butcher

I have no idea which is best or right for you, as I'm not a customer particularly.

I'm aware there is the giant Berry & Sons Halal packer/butcher in Eastern Market, and that the more retail oriented Adams' is there as well. Also Berry fairly recently opened a storefront in Hamtramck-- http://www.hamtramckreview.com/2013/0...

Super Greenland's extensive butcher counter over in Dearborn is, of course, entirely Halal-- as are the number of the smaller meat markets along that W Warren Ave strip.

I've noticed there's a Halal butcher along that strip on Orchard Lake Rd also containing Zayeqa and the Patel market. I've also seen them in various strip malls along the Sterling Heights/Troy border though I'm not specifically recalling any one just now.

They're everywhere. Maybe you already knew that.

Aug 18, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

Dolan (Uyghur Muslim Chinese) Restaurant in Windsor [DTW]

Thanks, VTB! :-)

I need to get over there!

Aug 18, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

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

I phoned and he did confirm here is Sunday Market this upcoming Sunday 8/18, but I didn't get any further than that.

Anyone?

Aug 16, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes

DTW - Downtown - The Jefferson House - Tried It?

Discalimer: I have no connection with the place or with anyone who works there. It was not I who posted my question here to their FB page. It's just a new place I noticed, am interested in, and wondered what people here thought, is all.

Aug 16, 2013
ak994 in Great Lakes