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Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

Cherry Butter
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (my family in Scotland loves it)
Mackinaw Island Fudge
Velvet Peanut Butter
Billy Bones BBQ dry rub
It's a start.......

Jul 01, 2014
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Restaurant close to Detroit Opera House

They have a full bar and great cocktails.

Jun 26, 2014
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Looking for good eats and Asian markets in the Grand Blanc area [MI]

Are you referring to Grand Blanc, MI? This is a regional board so you may want to put that in your subject line.

May 06, 2014
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DTW. Torino as Freep Restaurant Of The Year

I went in November, place was busy even for a Wednesday night. It's more of an experience than "going for dinner". I don't remember exactly what we had but my friend and I were happy that we went. It's not the kind of place you should go to hungry as you may not be full when you leave. However, if you want to try some taste sensations, then it's an explosion of flavor and texture in every bite. Our only disappointment that night was dessert....it was a deconstructed something but in the end we felt like they had just served us Capt'n Crunch with milk. They did redeem themselves by bringing yet another course of a small muffin type thing that was very tasty. Since the menu changes weekly we should never have to worry about getting it again. The waitstaff was very attentive, too.

Mar 05, 2014
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Flint/Grand Blanc, MI food

Ruggero's, on Corunna Road, for good pizza and Italian food.
If you're in Grand Blanc, Colony Market makes subs that are pretty good...ask at the cash register for the menu. Also in Grand Blanc you'll get a pretty hearty sandwich or salad at the Crossbow Inn.
Stop at any Halo Burger, a local chain, for a cheeseburger deluxe with olives.

Feb 04, 2014
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Naples: where best to buy beef, fish, and cheap(ish) decent restos

For fresh fish I'd suggest going north a little to Bonita Beach Rd and visit Rodes.

Feb 01, 2014
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Seeking car show dining guidance (round 2!)

Not sure what you're really looking for at the higher end, but I might suggest Torino, in Ferndale. It's just up Woodard on Nine Mile. The tasting menu changes each week...not for the hearty eater...more for the adventurous. The menu is unique and each bite is truly an adventure for your tastebuds. They also serve craft cocktails.

http://torinoferndale.com/

Jan 10, 2014
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Grand Rapids -- close to Holiday Inn DTWN on Pearl

Ate at both 616 and Leo's this past fall. Really enjoyed dinner at Leo's but I have to say that 616 was pretty good, too! We ordered a variety of items to split at 616 but I was most happy with the mussels...could have ordered them two days in a row. Plus, they serve Illy coffee, which is my favorite right now...so I was happy.

Jan 06, 2014
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Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

Wow! Just read that and I too hope it goes through. That was a big leap for the Epicurean restaurant group.

Jan 03, 2014
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Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

I think they're banking on the entertainment complex that's supposed to be coming to that facility. The hotel is scheduled to go through a major upgrade and they are adding retail, etc. I do agree that the prices are too steep for the area.

Dec 31, 2013
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Pick A Restaurant: Ann Arbor

I agree with BobRe on the West End. They just have such a nice menu and you feel like you've gone somewhere special. You do have to make reservations well in advance.

I've had some unique dinners at Vinology, however the last time I was there I had a bad experience that I don't feel they handled well. It's also crowded and noisy which doesn't add to an overall great experience.

Dec 30, 2013
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Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

I went there last night and ate in the bar. Although they still serve the full menu. The bartender waited on us, he was great, and told us they had changed the menu a little, but since I had only been at the previous location once I wouldn't have noticed. They've been there about five weeks now but the first two or three were without a liquor license...they're up and running with it now.
They seem to be doing a lot of local sourcing. We had the Goat Cheese and Apple Salad...nicely presented and we both enjoyed it. The soup choices were Seafood Chowder and Cream of Broccoli. I had the Seafood which had a lot of taste and I liked it but have nothing to compare to since I don't usually order it and knew I didn't want a creamy soup. We then ordered two appetizers....Vernors braised short ribs which were so tasty I could have had a second order and Maryland Crab Cake it was big but nothing outstanding.
The location has not been renovated and I found the prices rather high...the grouper was $36. I love grouper and always order when it's on the menu but that was way above my price point.
Also, Deli Unique has moved there...I think the bartender told us it's now called Epic Deli? and inside the MET hotel. I will go back as it's close to home but will probably only eat in the bar and get appetizers.

Dec 30, 2013
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Restaurants open Christmas Eve in Southeast Michigan

We were among the diners at Eddie Merlot's. The place wasn't packed as we would usually find on Christmas Eve but everyone in my family enjoyed what they had. Typically we head to the Royal Park, which is always full with a long waiting list, but decided to make a change this year. Both are pricey but it is Christmas Eve.

Dec 26, 2013
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Dinner near The Fisher in DTW

The menu sounds great, Rosedale! I'll keep it in mind for future trips down that way.

Dec 19, 2013
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The Burger Bubble [DTW; Troy, FH & Troy]

Not a big burger fan anymore, but in the day I loved a cheeseburger deluxe with olives and a Vernors Cream Ale. Noticed Halo Burger, in Troy, last week and thought it was in an odd location for them. Typically they're not in a strip....guess they'll be no drive through at this one.

Dec 03, 2013
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Dinner near The Fisher in DTW

Berkleybabe, we ended up at Cuisine and it was wonderful! The presentation was nice...service was a little slow but it wasn't like we had to jump into a car and then find a parking space. We all loved our meal and got to the Fisher with 10 minutes to spare.

Nov 20, 2013
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Dinner near The Fisher in DTW

We're heading to the Fisher on Saturday night, but going to the Motown Museum first. I'm looking for somewhere for dinner and don't want to stray too far. Has anyone been to Maccabee's? They offer a discount plus they'll pick you up and take you back to the Fisher. My friends are from out of the area so I'd like more than a bar, but not somewhere that could take so long we'll miss the show.
Any suggestions or comments on Maccabee's?

Nov 05, 2013
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French bread loafs in DTW

Have you tried Give Thanks Bakery in Rochester? He has some seriously good bread there!

Nov 05, 2013
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Republic in Berkley [MI]

I seem to remember my friend saying something about it. I think they had a drink menu, but since I was there for lunch I didn't really pay attention.

Oct 16, 2013
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Republic in Berkley [MI]

I went last week with a friend. Sadly, we both ordered the same thing so I can't give too much of a review of the menu. We started with the Tomato-Fennel soup...it was so thick you almost could have used a fork. It made me happy that they weren't selling a watered down soup. The taste was great, although a little too hot but served in a coffee cup so it couldn't cool off well. It came with a slice of baguette on top that had been grilled with some sprinkled Parmesan. We also ordered the Beet and Arugula salad...it was a bit pricey at $12, I think, but very tasty and had blue cheese and nuts. The dressing was light and not overpowering. The amount of roasted beets in this salad was amazing. I would go back, although it's a little far from Rochester for lunch, and I would even order the same thing again.

Oct 15, 2013
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Charleston Itinerary Recommendations

I went to Middleton Place in April and it was beautiful, if you're looking for something different. Plus, they had a wonderful restaurant on site and the food was delicious, although pricey.

Sep 29, 2013
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A Gonella's dilemma: was I a cheater or a genius? (DTW area)

I say Genius! Something I wouldn't hesitate to do myself. If you don't get there often then you have to make yourself happy and get the sandwich you want.

Aug 21, 2013
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Best Fudge Store On Mackinaw Island

If I had a choice I would pick Ryba's...it seems creamier than the rest...just melts in your mouth.

Jun 23, 2013
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Detroit Metro, north to Flint

If you're taking US23, then stop at The Laundry in Fenton. Their have a good menu and the salads are huge as are the sandwiches. Not cheap but you won't be hungry when you leave.

Jun 18, 2013
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Wedding Anniversary Dinner Downtown Ann Arbor

I'm with Bob on the West End Grill. It's small, cozy and perfect for a romantic meal.

Jun 05, 2013
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DTW Stroh's Lemon Chiffon ice cream - where can I find it?

I'm sure this is too far for you, but I just saw it at Nino's in Troy.

May 08, 2013
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Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

Thank you MM! I'm make note of both places.

May 03, 2013
grouper in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

They have a Costco in Windsor now? Might have to hit that up. There are a few Scottish items that if they were sold in bulk would be worth the drive for me. I used to get them at Zehr's but they stopped selling.

May 02, 2013
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Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

Looks like good news. We used to buy Scottish meat pies that were pre-cooked and in the frozen section. After having to throw out $40 worth at one particular border crossing, I never took the chance again. I was convinced the Immigration guy just took it home to eat it anyway.
For some reason, left over Chinese was never a problem. Go figure!

Apr 30, 2013
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Billy Sims BBQ Troy, MI

Again GG, thanks for the review or I probably would have stayed away. I had both of my adult kids home so we had take out one night last week and it was pretty busy considering it had only been open a few weeks. My usually non-meat eating daughter got the pulled pork sandwich and said she would get it again (that means a lot at my house), son got pulled brisket and really enjoyed, plus he loved the coleslaw...sauce not too runny. My sandwich was the smoked chicken which was sliced and perfectly moist, not in a sauce which was fine with me. Both my daughter and I had the baked beans and I loved the thickness of the sauce...just might pick that up alone. The food was pretty good for a franchise....again it gets bonus points for being near my house. We've had both Dickey's and Famous Dave's are decided they were not worth the drive. This corner needed some decent food, so I think it hit the mark for me as I just started a new job so it will be perfect for a stop on my way home.

Apr 28, 2013
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