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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

I was excited to try them when I first heard about them, and my first-bite reaction was about the same as yours -- "yuck!" I'm not sure why people think they're any different than burned chips.

Jul 21, 2014
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Ernie's Market; Oak Park (Detroit)

I'll second that. The sandwiches are good, but not gourmet. They are, however, enormous for $5. But you don't go there for the sandwiches as much as you go there for Ernie -- you will never meet anyone who loves their job (and their customers) as much as him. I will challenge anyone to leave Ernie's without a smile. If you do, you're a miserable person. If you've never had the experience, do yourself a favor and get there. Warning -- as a newbee, Ernie will not cut your sandwich.

Not sure why it was so busy. I've been there around 11:30 and not had much of a line. Lunchtime *is* nuts, though.

Darn, now I need to get back there.

Jul 10, 2014
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parrot cove - Madison heights, MI re: specifically prime rib

I guess as I get older, 3 or 4 years seems like a "long time." I can't remember what was in that space, at Rochester and Stephenson, last time I drove by.

So you killed my prime rib? That definitely explains it.I can't keep track of where Utica ends and Clinton Twp starts. That whole Lakeside area is a mess and I avoid it at all costs.

Jun 17, 2014
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parrot cove - Madison heights, MI re: specifically prime rib

Just as an FYI, the Mt. Jack's in Madison Heights (may have been just over the border into Rochester) has been gone for a long time. If I remember correctly, it burned down. They did have some decent prime rib, although it depended on the location. There was one in Utica that I took my mom to for either her birthday or Mom's Day, and had the most inedible piece of meat I'd ever been served (yes, worse than Ponderosa). It took them 45 minutes to redo and was still awful.

Jun 16, 2014
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Det/Mich Peruvian food

They usually roast it with black basil and some other spices. It does taste different than supermarket chicken. But the magic really comes with the green and white sauces. I think I ate the styrofoam container because it had the sauces on it. :-)

In all seriousness, I wondered what the big deal was until I had it. Now it's something I look for when I travel to new cities.

May 13, 2014
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Pilar's Tamales & Salvadoran Kitchen; Warren & Ann Arbor

I tried the Warren location a month or so ago, and had a long chat with the owner while he was getting my food ready. It's obvious that he loves what he's doing, and for those who are gluten-free (not me), this restaurant is a godsend.

The papusas are enormous (much bigger around than El Guanaco in Troy), and very tasty. The curtido was a lot different than I'm used to, not as spicy. The tamales were pretty good, but I'd probably stick to the papusas next time. All in all, a very good experience. I will be back to try other selections since it's so close to home and work.

Apr 29, 2014
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DTW. Dead chef estate sales

There are several search engines for auctions/estate sales that will let you specify the area and keywords. I've used them to find local sales and look at the listings. I can't look them up now because I'm at work, but they should be easy enough to Google.

Apr 07, 2014
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Toledo Visit in january for one night

Hammb - Has Tekela gotten better? I went there about a year ago and had one of the worst service experiences of my life. On top of that, once we got the food (after a wait that I only endured because we had a 1-year-old and a 93-year-old in our party, otherwise I would have gotten up and left) it was incredibly underwhelming for the price. We've tried the Mexican place down by Churchill's twice and I'm in no hurry to go back there.

I'll have to put Nagoya on the list to try next time I'm down.

Jan 13, 2014
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Toledo Visit in january for one night

In Perrysburg, right across from Levis Commons, is a relatively new gastropub called Social (Toledo Blade review is at http://www.ourtownperrysburg.com/Food...). I haven't been there yet, but my folks have and they raved about the food.

You also can't go wrong with Tony Packo's for lunch -- there are several locations and the original (Consul St.) location and the one by the ballpark aren't terribly far from the airport.

If price isn't a concern, Mancy's has a location called Bluewater Grill that's in Maumee (fairly near to where you're staying) that is quite good. There are some new places in downtown Maumee that have really interesting menus.

I can't really help with Whitehouse, other than to steer you away from the Whitehouse Inn. I had a lousy meal there and will not be back.

Jan 08, 2014
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24 hour restaurants in Metro Detroit!

Country Boy on 9 Mile in Hazel Park is a 24-hour standby, with a decent menu. Brayz Hamburgers (9 Mile and Dequindre) is also open 24/7 for your greasy slider fix.

Nov 12, 2013
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Palette Dining Studio at MGM and Assembly Line Buffet at Motor City

I've only eaten at the MGM buffet, have never been to MotorCity. The Ms. and I were quite impressed -- the quality of the food was excellent and they had a broad selection that was more than just basic buffet food. They have a seafood section, Asian food, meat and comfort food, salads and soups, and sweets. It's not cheap, but I think we got our money's worth.

Apr 01, 2013
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Kalaja Burek Restaurant, Sterling Hts [DTW]

Stopped by after an appointment at the vet to pick up some lunch. The qebapi and other sausage dish would have taken 10 minutes and I didn't want to leave the dog in the car that long, so I settled on a slice of cheese and a slice of meat burek, with some "gojurt". Got them home and was mighty impressed -- both were really tasty in their own way. The yogurt was used 1/2 on the bureks and half as a drink, and it tastes just like Olga's sauce used to taste before their downhill slide of food quality.

I'll be back there for some of the other dishes when I have more time and no excited Lab in the car. I'm a little confused as to why they have Italian food on the menu, but I guess it gives them some variety.

Feb 11, 2013
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IzaBela's Kitchen - RIP [DTW]

I tried to stop last week and saw the hand-printed sign, didn't know if it was temporary or permanent. I emailed them, but never got a response. So sad, they had awesome dill pickle soup.

Jan 25, 2013
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DTW: R.U.B. great underappreciated BBQ

Not to pile on, but I have to second this with regards to the Warren location. I went there twice and had the second most miserable BBQ I've ever had (worst was at a place by Lakeside that is long gone). The meat had no flavor other than overwhelming saltiness from the rub. The pork was tough and the brisket was fatty, and the sides were pretty lousy. The sauces were nothing special.

My mother-in-law loves their burnt ends, but her grading scale is pretty easy. I have a hard time believing that any of their other locations could be that much better.

Jan 03, 2013
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Filipino in Metro Detroit

I'm confused -- since when is Royal Kubo closed? They moved locations, but I wasn't aware that they'd closed. I tried their food years ago and was sicker than a dog the next day, so it's not like I'm concerned either way. It was always a fun place for karaoke.

Nov 20, 2012
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Lebanon Bologna in DTW area?

Holiday Market in Royal Oak carries it, I got some last weekend. My mom tells me that she knows it as "German Bologna."

Nov 20, 2012
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Detroit - Central American restaurants

I really dig El Guanaco, which is Salvadoran. They're located in Troy, at 15 & Livernois. The papusas are heavenly, especially when you pile on some of the spicy slaw and the house-made salsa/pico mix. They have some other Salvadoran food on the menu, as well as some Mexican fare.

Now if we could only get a Peruvian place in town so I could get my fill of Peruvian chicken....

Aug 20, 2012
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Onion Roll Deli - Royal Oak, MI - DTW

Nooooooooo!!! I haven't driven by in a few weeks. This is the end of the deli world -- Al's is terrible and I haven't found any other places locally that have pastrami sandwiches as luscious as Onion Roll. I know the guys were tired, but they seemed to be pushing forward. Now I'm going to be in mourning all weekend....

Jul 13, 2012
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'Que Alert. Detroit, eastside.

This is pretty close, so I'll have to give it a try. I'm always on the lookout for good BBQ. I'm not sure why Lazybones is still getting so much love, though -- their quality slipped a while ago and while I've tried it recently, I don't think it's back to the top or even close.

Just had Q from the new Bad Brad's, and was very impressed. Only thing that I didn't like was the wait (which I expected since it was new) and the uncomfortable tables with the sharp metal edges. Will definitely go back there, and may try carry-out to skip the wait. I also need to try the pizzas -- they looked great.

Jul 02, 2012
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Mai's Thai restaurant on 12 Mile east of Mound in Warren [DTW]

Mai's was pretty lousy when I tried it about a month ago. I had high hopes after it changed from the terrible Chinese restaurant it used to be, but no such luck.

If you're looking for good Thai in the area, I'd suggest Thai Smile on Van Dyke, just north of 12 Mile on the east side of the street. It's not much to look at and I prefer take-out rather than eating there, but the staff is friendly and the food is fantastic. Heat levels are what I expect and the portions are generous with lots of protein (one of the problems I have with Thai Spicy further up the road) and the prices are low.

Jan 31, 2012
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