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Donuts in Detroit area/Michigan

I agree a normal donut is great but every now and then you like something different.

And yes I've been to crust many times and their donuts are pretty good, along with everything else they make there.

Sep 04, 2013
loki993 in Great Lakes

Donuts in Detroit area/Michigan

Does anyone know of any really good donut shops in michigan? Not traditional style but along the lines of Voodoo donut or Fractured Prune if your familiar with those kinds.

http://fracturedprune.com/

http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php

Sep 03, 2013
loki993 in Great Lakes

Restaurant for Offal, brain especially, in the Detroit area

I know odd isnt it....

Anyway anyone know a good place that serves offal and brain in the Detroit area? Something like Beef, pork or mutton brains maybe?

Jan 10, 2013
loki993 in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor: Blimpy Burger closing?

Hopefully maybe somewhere with a bit better parking this time too. Also it would be fantastic if they could find a credit card machine in the new place as well.

Jan 10, 2013
loki993 in Great Lakes

"butcher" beef cuts in Michigan?

Yeah I did a quick search and did find Marketplace. I was hoping they were on my way home, they arent, but they are still worth a look. Looks like a great place.

Have you been there? Are their prices reasonable?

Aug 21, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

"butcher" beef cuts in Michigan?

I don't know if you read about the Butcher cut beef, but they're usually cuts that are usually just as flavorful and tender most of the time as the more regular cuts. They just not as pretty basically, they don't always cut into nice even steaks.

I've always tried to find these overlooked cuts of beef but it seems either I cant even find them or when I do they're not really any cheaper than anything else. Flat iron steak is a great example. this used to be on of the butcher cuts until it was outed and now you can get it for any less money then a sirloin.

Some of the cuts I'm talking about are for example, Tri Tip, Hangar steak, Flap Meat, I think there a few others but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. I think I've seen Hangar steak but I'm pretty sure that's not cheap either, seems to be going the way of the Flat Iron.

So are there any stores, butcher shops, local markets whatever that has some of these cuts for a reasonable price?

I'm trying to get my beef fix on the cheap.

Aug 21, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Deep fried fair food in Michigan and Arts beats and eats Union Jacks

Ok so I was watching something on the Travel channel a week or so ago about fairs and all the deep fried concoctions they come up with. All kinds of things like deep fried bacon, Twinkies, candy bars, cheese cake, pie, deep fried butter, deep fried beer etc etc basically if you can fry it they do, even some things you shouldn't.

It seems that this is a typical fair thing as they were going to all different state fairs, they even have contests. So it kinda saddened me a bit as we no longer have our state fair. Does anyone know where a god place to get even some deep friend goodnesss around here would be?

Also at Arts Beats and Eats a couple years ago there was a place there called Union Jacks. They did Deep fried Twinkies and Snickers. Ive tried to find that actual place but I never can. Is that an actual restaurant or do they just do that for the festival every year?

Aug 21, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Anywhere I can find Roelli Cheese Haus cheeses in Greater Detroit area?

Yeah that dunbar was supposed to be Dunbarton lol. I looked there but they don't have it. I didn't ask them if they could order it though. I may.

Jul 03, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

'Que Alert. Detroit, eastside.

I'm always looking for good BBQ. Its a bit far from my place but I may have to give em a look. I love burn ends.

Jul 03, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Are Burgers getting more expensive or am I just seeing things?

We run the gamut here too. I can get 5 dollar burgers and I can get 14 dollar burgers. It just seems that lately places are opening and more often then not the burgers are 10+ dollars. These are not fine dining places either, they are places you would probably order a burger in.

Yeah I can get 5 guys and get out for under 10 bucks with a drink. We also have Burgz, which I would put up against just about anything and I can get out of there under 10 too most of the time.
There are other places however, and I'm gonna get local here so bear with me, Vinsetta Garage just opened, Roadhouse B&G and Clubhouse BFD that all are fairly new or recently opened and their burgers are all 10+ dollars. I was at a place near my house, The Laundry and their burger is 14.50.

Now Im sure they're all fantastic. I guess maybe its just Im said I can afford to eat them all the time lol.

Jul 03, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Anywhere I can find Roelli Cheese Haus cheeses in Greater Detroit area?

This is who Im talking about:
http://www.roellicheese.com/index.html

I just saw something about his Red Rock and Dunbar cheeses and I was wondering if I could get them around here. I can order from the site but shipping is a bit expensive and also they have it at Zingermans but I was wondering if I could find something closer.

Either in the Detroit, Pontiac area or Flint Grand Blanc.

Jun 28, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

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

Thats Thai Chilis for you. There about 100k scoville. Hanabero is 300k and a Jalapeno is 5k just for perspective. Amazing little things though and that Papaya salad is fantastic.
I wish I would have known about this earlier, Id have definitely been there. I should be going for sure on the 8th.

Jun 28, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Is it just me or are burgers getting expensive?

I've definitely noticed. Thats my biggest issue, I don't really have a problem paying more for something of better quality but dont just charge a price because everyone else is doing it.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Are Burgers getting more expensive or am I just seeing things?

That makes a lot of sense and Im all for that. I don't mind paying up for something as long as they can reasonably prove to me its actually for a reason. A lot of place around here are using a new blend that seems to be the next thing. Its like a mix of like short rib , brisket and steak or something like that. So obviously thats going to cost more. I just need to find out of its actually better or not.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Are Burgers getting more expensive or am I just seeing things?

Honestly I hardly ever eat fast food and when I do its almost never a burger. Too many fast foodsish but better places out there with a burger that 5 time better for a buck or 2 more.
Your right its gotten too expensive especially for the quality of what you get.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Are Burgers getting more expensive or am I just seeing things?

As a burger lover I'm always on the lookout for the next best burger. I used to think I could get a good one for 7 or 8 dollars max. every now and them you find a gem for even less. Thing is I'm starting to see a trend towards the more expensive. It seems that 9 and 10 dollar burgers are becoming the norm and I've seen them as high as 14 dollars. I mean I love a good burger but when your making them nearly as expensive as a steak I mean come on.

So first have you noticed a trend or is this just something in my head?

Secondly, this one I'm almost afraid it ask because I'm pretty sure I already know that answer, but are these new expensive burgers worth it?

It used to be If I wanted to go out to eat on the cheap a burger was the way to go to get something tasty. Its starting to seem like this may not be the case anymore.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

How do you define "gourmet"?

It always felt like a buzzword to me, ie put gourmet on it and charge double. It seems now gourmet is being replaces with "artisan". I see tons of stuff now with artisan on it.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Is it just me or are burgers getting expensive?

As a burger lover I'm always on the lookout for the next best burger. I used to think I could get a good one for 7 or 8 dollars max. every now and them you find a gem for even less. Thing is I'm starting to see a trend towards the more expensive. It seems that 9 and 10 dollar burgers are becoming the norm and I've seen them as high as 14 dollars. I mean I love a good burger but when your making them nearly as expensive as a steak I mean come on.

So first have you noticed a trend or is this just something in my head?

Secondly, this one I'm almost afraid it ask because I'm pretty sure I already know that answer, but are these new expensive burgers worth it?

It used to be If I wanted to go out to eat on the cheap a burger was the way to go to get something tasty. Its starting to seem like this may not be the case anymore.

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in General Topics

Detroit Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

lol, why did I think Arcadia was in AA, I could have sworn they had a brew pup there, guess not

Jun 26, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Mexican, specifically dinner Sopaipillas, in Michigan. [Detroit Metro]

I know they are, which probably explains their scarcity around here. I've even searched for New Mexican/southwest places and can seem to find any there either.

Jun 25, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Detroit Cheap Eats Food Tour--need suggestions and advice...

First off Id drop any of the chain restaurants/fast food. Culvers and Sonic? Don't bother.
Looks like your trying to round up Burger places, Im making my way to the ones I can hit...

Try Burgerz in either Royal Oak or Rochester Hills. Goofy name aside they're excellent and stands with the best burgers Ive had.
I could suggest the Red Coat Tavern for a burger as well but they're not exactly cheap. So may not qualify for the list depending on your definition of cheap. Though you do have Zingermans on there and they are far from what I would consider cheap.
Nemos...how can you miss Nemos... haven't been there for years though.

For sliders I have not had a Motzs or Bates slider, but I have had plenty of Telways, These IMO are the best ever. I think you missed Hunter House in Birmingham for sliders too, if you wanted to round out the list. I've had them though and not only are they about twice the price of a Telway slider, they are not nearly as good. Also yes Telway is 24 hours..except on Christmas lol.

For Michigan unique I have to say you need to hit some Middle Eastern places
I haven't been to either, but I hear Al Ameer and Habibs are excellent for Middle eastern food. Though I haven't really found ANY Middle Eastern place I would consider cheap.

I gotta be honest Pita Way in Clarkson makes an excellent shwarma, he doesn't use Taziki sauce, says it doesn't go good with his food and who am I to argue. One of the best Shwarmas Ive had outside of a Bahrain street vendor and Id consider it cheap eats especially considering the size of it.

While in Clarkston stop at the Clarkston Union for the best Mac and Cheese you have ever had.....or just get it as a side at the Union Woodshop its the same stuff. That would be my sugestion

For the best soft serve you've ever had try Ermas frozen custard in either Utica or Warren. Get one of the special flavors.... doesn't matter what it is it will be excellent.

I don't know if your a drinker or want to be drinking while driving around the state, but it would be almost criminal to come here and not enjoy some of our fine beer in its natural habitat.
Detroit,
Atwater
Ann Arbor
Arbor Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Arcadia.
Warren
Dragonmead and kuhnhenns

Jun 25, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Mexican, specifically dinner Sopaipillas, in Michigan. [Detroit Metro]

http://www.lapalomaheathrestaurant.co...

These are the Sopaipillas Im talking about, check they're menu. I may just have to make them myself.

Jun 25, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

Depends on how hungry I am and how bad I want to eat there. On a regular day no more then 45 minutes.

I would probably be willing to go over an hour on a rare occasion for a place I really want to try for the first time.

Jun 25, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

vinsetta garage (Royal Oak, DTW)

I think they're trying to distance every place they do from the others which IMO is a good thing.

I haven't been there, I love the place and I love the idea but it really seems pricey. Im a burger lover but I kinda balk at 10+ dollars for a burger. Then on top of that adding 2 dollars for fries. I'm sure Ill go, but I probably wont go a lot because of the prices. I understand paying up for quality, I have no problems with that, but sometimes you have to prove to me why something is as expensive it is so I can justify it.

They did end up getting the firehouse in Fenton too. I however fear that it will be another fairly expensive place. Im sure it will be excellent though , as all their restaurants are. I kinda wish Arbor Brewing would have gotten it though, for purely selfish reasons lol. Id rather have a really good brewery closer to me as I already have 3 restaurants from this group relatively close to where Im at.

Jun 25, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

I honestly didn't know that was an option, that sounds good.

3 plus hours is just terrible, I just cant do it. about an hour is my limit, and I don't really like that. Beyond that In getting antsy and starving. Then your so hungry you dont even enjoy the food at that point.

Apr 30, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

Honestly I have not, I could though. I thought maybe some other locals could provide some insight. Since honestly it been a little while since I was there last before last night.

Apr 30, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

DTW: A new entrant in the Burger Wars?

As do I, but I dont know where you are at but Try Burgerz In either Royal Oak or Rochester Hills and you may change your mind..I know I did.

That sounds like a great burger to me. I like Franks Red hot though......I put the s@#! on everything. Sorry about that, couldn't help it.

Apr 30, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

Ok so I love this place and its one of my favorites. However I fear it may have been ruined by TV. Now I know this place usually had a fairly long wait, but I'm sorry I cant wait nearly 2 hours to eat...on a Sunday at 6pm. I went on their FB page to see if anyone else had mentioned it and yeah a few people did but what bothered me even more were all the people say "Saw you of DDD cant wait to stop...ugh.".

DDD is one of my favorite shows, but once a place airs on there it seems like it brings people from all over to try the place that was on TV and compounds something that was already starting to be an issue in the first place.

Anyway I'm really not here to rant or anything, even though I just did a bit, just had to vent a little.

What I really want to know is is there a good time to go to the Woodshop and not have to wait a hour and a half to eat? I love to eat there, buts its not practical for me to wait that kind of length to eat somewhere

Apr 30, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Mexican, specifically dinner Sopaipillas, in Michigan. [Detroit Metro]

Another thing I've never seen. I've always wanted to try it since Once Upon a Time in Mexico lol.

Apr 13, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes

Mexican, specifically dinner Sopaipillas, in Michigan. [Detroit Metro]

Ok, when I was in Kansas of all places there was a little Mexican place that had these sopaipillas. They were the usual desert ones that you sprinkle powdered sugar on with honey. They were huge and stuffed with things like Beef, bean, cheese and any other basic burrito filling. Then deep fried and covered with pork green chili. Amazing.

Is there anywhere in Michigan that has anything even remotely close to this?

Apr 05, 2012
loki993 in Great Lakes