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Restaurant close to Detroit Opera House

Last time I went to an event at the Opera House, my love and I went to Angelina's Italian Bistro. It's across the street from the Opera House.


Jun 26, 2014
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Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

My bet is it's on track for March 17, 2015. Maybe. ;)

Feb 25, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Tullio's LaRiviera Restaurant (Allen Park, MI)

You're welcome! I was hoping it'd be Giovanni's when I read your post. Sadly, however….

Jan 27, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Tullio's LaRiviera Restaurant (Allen Park, MI)

I found an article that says it'll be a brick oven pizza Italian restaurant, not Giovanni's.


Jan 26, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Disposable paper baking pans

Thank for your replies!

Unfortunately, what I need are round pans. :(

The recipe notes you can use a mini-springform pan in lieu of the 4.25 inch pans. I loathe springform pans, but I might give that a shot if I can't find the round, paper ones....

Nov 20, 2013
Goneril in Cookware

Disposable paper baking pans

There are several recipes from "Bouchon Bakery" by Thomas Keller et al. that I'd love to make that call for disposable, paper baking pans--specifically, 2.75 and 4.25 inch panettone pans. I know Novacart makes them--P70 and P110. (http://www.bakedeco.com/detail.asp?id... for reference


Herein lies the rub. The only source I can find for the P110 only sells a case of them--2,400 pans for $600. That's waaaaaay more pans I need, and way more than I can afford. The P70 from the same company comes in a reasonable 100 pack for $15, plus tax and shipping.

I tried the online customer support chat at BakeDeco.com. They suggested alternative Novacart pans for the P110, but they're all too small or too short or both to work for, say, coffee cake.

Anyone know where I can get 2.75 inch and 4.25 inch disposable pans in consumer quantities? I'd prefer online, but if anyone knows a place near Detroit that has them....

I've also tried Amazon, but I can only find the 2.75 inch pans. King Arthur's website didn't have both, nor did Williams-Sonoma or Cooking.com.

(Bouchon Bakery suggest Sur la Table for them, but the 4.25 inch ones aren't in stock, and the 2.75 inch ones are pricey.)

Nov 20, 2013
Goneril in Cookware

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

But, they didn't say which December 15th, so it could be on schedule for, say, December 15th, 2015. ;)

Nov 19, 2013
Goneril in Great Lakes

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

Facebook makes me think the Cantoro Italian Market is open at 5 and Haggerty. Can anyone confirm that? If so, what should we put on the shopping list for tomorrow?


Aug 28, 2013
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Zingerman's Roadhouse in A2 sometimes has incredible poutine as an appetizer. Thin cut fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy, bacon, and some scallions for garnish. So, so very good.

Apr 08, 2013
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DTW - best restaurant on People Mover route

Angelina's Italian Bistro, maybe? I don't eat downtown very often, but it was really good last time I was there.

Dec 28, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

dimsum (DTW-Ann Arbor)

I remember a post or two awhile back about good dim sum at Shangri-La. I've never been to either for dum sum. (I keep meaning to, but keep getting distracting by other places.)


There's one in Midtown Detroit and another on Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield.

Here ya go:

Nov 20, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Can I get Fresh Ackee anywhere?

I think you'll have to go with canned, unless someone either snuck it past Customs or is growing in the US; fresh ackee is illegal to import into the US.

From the USDA Fruits and Vegetables Manual, "Akee, Blighia sapida (all forms prohibited by FDA; if appropriate, alert Customs)". See page 6-6. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_expo...

Jul 24, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Spirits Selection in Ann Arbor Area?

To find the state minimum prices, you can use the online price list from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
That'll give you the state min price, as well as the name of the distributor, the liquor code order number thing, and everything else they'd need to order it if they don't carry it.

Jun 25, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Detroit Dinner before the Opera House

My beloved and I had dinner on our anniversary at Angelina's Italian Bistro right before we saw David Sedaris at the Opera House. Angelina's was quite good, and you can't beat the location--it's right across the street from the Opera House. Decent views of the Opera House complex and Comerica Park.


I've heard absolutely amazing things about Giovanni's. It's on my must try list.

Jun 25, 2012
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So, what IS the best Middle Eastern in Dearborn? [DTW]

I've yet to try the new La Shish, but I do like La Pita. (I really do need to hit La Shish one of these days.)

For dessert/sweet things, my vote goes to Masri Sweets.

Apr 22, 2012
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Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Angelina last year. The food was excellent. It's right across from Comerica, but it's a day game. They've got valet parking, too. I whole-heartedly recommend it.


Apr 14, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

What part of DTW do you wanna go to? Any cuisine restrictions/likes/dislikes?

Apr 13, 2012
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Why aren't we talking about Biercamp in A2? [Ann Arbor, MI]

My beloved and I tried Bier-Camp today. We will be back. Again and again. So many sausages, hot dogs, and jerkies that we want to try. Not to mention the bacon choices.

We ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a brisket sandwich. Both were absolutely delicious. The pickles with the sandwiches were an excellent compliment. One qualm, though, as others have noted, the buns are a weak link. They started to dissolve under the saucy, meaty deliciousness. Better buns might be worth trying. That said, the meat and sauce were incredible. Next time, we'll have to get some of the sauce to go.

We decided to get dinner while we were there, too. It seemed too cold and windy to grill hot dogs. We weren't in a sausage-y mood. Then, we saw the corned beef and the pastrami. A sample of both, and we decided on corned beef sandwiches for dinner.

Apr 10, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Dinner before the Royal Oak Music Theatre, DTW

My love and I have tickets to Cinematic Titanic at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this Saturday. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7, so we'll probably be eating around 4:30 or so. We're wondering where to go for dinner. Nothing too fancy, nothing super expensive. Drinks aren't an issue, since neither of us will be drinking that night. Neither of us care for sushi.

Based off the archives and Google, we've thought of:
1) Antica Pizzeria Fellini;
2) Lockhart's BBQ;
3) Cantina Diablo (probably not there; I've read like two decent reviews, and a ton of bad ones).
We're also open to spots in Fashionable, Fabulous Ferndale.

Any thought on those three places, or suggestions for spots that would be better?

One last thing: nothing that won't leave us too full--we can't pass up Astoria Pastry Shop for dessert, and it's basically across the street from the Music Theatre....


Feb 21, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Slows Doesn't Care... But I do! [Detroit]


Slows Bar B Que
2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Jan 08, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Spices?

I second the recommendation for Penzeys. My family's been getting spices from them for close to 20 years. We've never had a problem.

Dec 30, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Whole milk mozzarella?

Thanks all. I ended up heading to A2. Sparrow Market had three pounds of the Polly-O Whole Milk, and I bought all three. We're going to make a double batch of pizza this weekend and freeze the leftovers. The New England Clam Chowder at Monahan's was an absolutely perfect lunch on a cold, wintery day like today.

I did find myself having to go to Holiday Market in Canton after the trip to A2. I didn't see any whole-milk mozzarella, but I might have missed it. Not saying they don't sell it, just that it didn't leap in front of a very tired (and thus not very observant) Goneril. If I remember I'll check the next time I'm at Holiday.

Dec 29, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Whole milk mozzarella?

I've got the urge to make Chicago-style (aka deep dish) pizza. I'm set on recipe and equipment, but, my favorite recipe calls for whole milk mozzarella. Last time I made it, I got some 1 pound blocks of Polly-O from Sparrow Market in A2 and shredded them in a Cuisinart. The pizza was delicious. Sparrow, though, is an hour or so from my house, and I'm feeling lazy.

I'm not looking for fresh mozzarella; that's easy to find, but it'd make pizza that'd be way, way too wet. Low moisture, part-skim would work if I can't find whole milk (or don't feel like driving to A2), but it wouldn't be as creamy as the whole milk.

So, Hiller's? Holiday Market in Canton? Busch's? I called Costco earlier today; they only have part-skim. I'd prefer a place near Canton, Livonia, or Dearborn. Plum Market might have it, but the closest one to me is probably the one in A2. If I'm gonna drive to A2, I'd rather to go Sparrow, so I've then got a perfectly good excuse to stop at Monahan's for fish and chips or chowder.

Not to be too difficult, but I should add that I don't shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's.

Dec 27, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

Dessert/pastry in dtw

I prefer Masri Sweets on Schaefer over Shatila. (I tried Masri and Shatila a few months back with some friends; we were kinda bored and hungry, so a comparative analysis of baklava sounded like a good idea.)


Masri had many, many delicious looking things, as did Shatila. We restricted ourselves to baklava, though, since that's what we were in the mood for. Masri's was absolutely delicious. Sweet, but not cloying. Crunchy, but not overly so. Nutty, but you could taste things other than nuts. The pistachio baklava at Masri was, without question, the best I've ever eaten.

Shatila was good, and it is in by far a nicer building. But, the baklava was a bit dry. They gave us a little cup of sugar syrup to go with it, and that helped, but we couldn't get the ratio right, so it was either way too sweet, or still too dry. Either way, the syrup didn't really permeate the filo, so the top layer would be moist, but the inner layers were still dry.

Shatila and Masri are a mile apart (thanks Google Maps). I'd suggest trying both to find the one that makes what you like.

While not as fancy as Pix, I've never had anything from Zingerman's Bakeshop that wasn't absolutely delicious. http://www.zingermansbakehouse.com/

Dec 14, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

Need to buy gross ile gift certificate - DTW

First, I am sorry for their loss.

There's not much on the Island. Only place I've eaten at there in the last 20 years is the Airport Inn. I got a pizza there last year. It was so-so, and I had to wait maybe an hour. I'm OK with waiting for food, but this was a ridiculous wait, especially since I was the only people eating in at the time (5 p.m. or so on a Saturday when I walked in). Several people called in pizza orders and picked them up while I waited, which only added to my hungry displeasure.

Just across the Free Bridge in Trenton is Sibley Gardens, which has the best chicken parm Downriver in my book; I've been ordering it on special occasions for 20+ years. They do carry out/meals-to-go, too. I can't say I've ever had a bad meal there. You can basically see the Island from their parking lot, too--well, you could if the abandoned steel mill wasn't there.

I say go with Sibley's. It's really, really good food, and they've got a good reputation Downriver for special occasions.

Sibley Gardens
916 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183

Oct 17, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: The new La Shish in Dearborn

La Shish has re-opened in the original location on Michigan Ave in East Dearborn. I haven't swung by yet to try it. Has the new ownership lived up to the legacy?

For the sake of comparison, my go-to Middle Eastern place in Dearborn is the La Pita on Newman. I'm also fond of La Sharm in Canton.

I searched, and I didn't see any reviews at Chowhound. Apologies if I missed them.

La Sharm
1699 N Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48187

La Pita
22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

Aug 26, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Boylan's Black Cherry by the case?

I really like Boylan's Black Cherry pop. Sporadically, my local Meijer will have a four bottle pack of 12 ounce glass bottles for $4. But, it tends to sell fairly fast. I'm interested in getting a case of it. To be more specific, a warm case, since I don't have the refrigerator space for a case of pop in glass bottles. I believe a case is 24 bottles.

Anyone know where I can get a case? I know they sell it at Sparrow Market in A2, and Zingerman's has it. But, I don't know if they can/will sell me a case of black cherry.

Basically, it's gotta work out to $1 or so a 12 ounce bottle, plus deposit, for me to wanna get a case versus stocking up whenever Meijer has a four pack. I see no reason to spend more to get a case than it'd cost to just get four packs....


Jun 06, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Made it to Joe's Hamburgers today. Such a great place. The sliders were great, and the poutine was simply outstanding. (N.b., it's made with shredded cheddar, not standard cheese curds, but it was so good.)

Freshly cooked, hand cut fries, with cheese and a tasty, tasty beef gravy? Yes please!

Thanks for the tip!

Mar 03, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Anyone know of any places in the Detroit Area that serve poutine? I know there are a ton of places in the Windsor area that have it, but I don't have the required documentation to cross the border, so that's not really an option right now. Google tells me that the Grange Kitchen and Bar in A2 has it on the bar menu. Are there any other options or is it just there?


Grange Kitchen & Bar
118 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Feb 16, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

St. Germain Elderflower Liquer - How To Obtain in Michigan?

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission's online price catalog says it's distributed in Michigan by National Wine and Spirits. A 750 ml bottle has a state minimum shelf price of $37.47. No idea who stocks it, but if it's in the MCLC Catalog, someone should be able to order it from National....

http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/lcc_code/... (Search for Liquor Type: "Cordials and Liqueurs."

The NWS Pricebook-- http://www.nwscorp.com/michigan/MI-Pr... --almost at the bottom.

I think if you took the pricebook entry and the MCLC entry to Holiday or wherever they'd be able to add it to their next NWS order, but I've never had to order anything from NWS, so don't hold me to that....

Jan 01, 2010
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