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

Based upon your response, it seems that you haven't watched Parts Unknown. It isn't meant to be a "Best of" type show.

Jul 11, 2013
rcloud in Great Lakes

Nostalgia - Help remembering Jacobson's coffee brand?

According to this: http://bit.ly/15bln2T

Cafe Lilla in Jackson uses a couple of recipes from Jacobson's restaurants and has employees that use to work there.

Might be worth a shot to call and see if they remember.

Feb 23, 2013
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cheap-ish restaurant near Detroit Country Day in Farmington Hills (DTW)

Country Day's campuses are actually located in Bloomfield Hills and Beverly Hills, which unfortunately makes NeeHees's about a thirty minute drive.

Their really aren't many decent restaurants around there outside of Beverly Hills Grill. IndyGirl, how far are you willing to travel?

Apr 14, 2012
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DTW - Cheng's, Rochester Hills

I haven't been there in months... Every once in a while I'd go there for their silver needle noodles. Otherwise, the menu was pretty generic Americanized Chinese and all proteins were cooked just slightly past shoe leather level. Needless to say I'm excited to hear about new owners. I'll give it a try soon and report back.

Mar 25, 2012
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Troy Restaurant Week just started $35 for 3-courses @top flight chains [DTW]

Just looked at the website and only three of the restaurants are giving anything to charity, so I don't feel too horrible saying that this is one sorry list of restaurants. Why anyone would eat at these places over a place like Forest Grill blows my mind.

Mar 24, 2012
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Detroit and Michigan traditions?

If you enjoy a clean tomato sauce you will probably be pleasantly surprised when you return as the Neapolitan pizza craze that has been sweeping through the nation has definitely hit Michigan in the past couple years.

Feb 14, 2012
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Lino's Italian Restaurant in Rochester (DTW)

Very good points Tokyo. I can definitely see the value in posting prices online. I've never been to Lino's so I didn't know if it was a case were they had a changing or fixed menu.

Perhaps the best solution for restaurants would be to post a range of their prices on their website...

That way customers can get a feel for the price point before they go and restaurants wouldn't have to deal with upset customers who get upset when the price they are charged differs from an exact stated price online.

Feb 14, 2012
rcloud in Great Lakes

Lino's Italian Restaurant in Rochester (DTW)

I think it would be great if small restaurants posted daily menus online, but think of the audience that will be reading daily menus... Regulars who already know the price point. A daily menu posted online to me has great value, but not bc I need to find out a price before I'll go to the restaurant.

Feb 13, 2012
rcloud in Great Lakes

Lino's Italian Restaurant in Rochester (DTW)

I have to agree... I've never been to Lino's so I can't comment on them, but I have no problem with a place not posting prices on their website. The price of goods has been pretty volatile over the past few years and if a restaurant adjusts their prices to compensate for that I don't fault them for it. It is pretty easy to get an idea of a restaurant and thus have an idea of what you expect to pay and rarely have I found a restaurant to deviate too far from my expectations.

For arguments sake I'll take it to the extreme, if you are a small restaurant who sources all your products locally, how could you be expected to have a set price that is constant over the year?

If you are seriously concerned about the price of a meal varying by a few dollars each time you visit a restauant then I suggest you seek out your "local" olive garden... I bet you can find their prices online and they will be identical across the country, but to me THAT is a warning sign.

Feb 13, 2012
rcloud in Great Lakes

Detroit and Michigan traditions?

To be honest, I'm not very familiar with the area you mention and there are no doubt lots of below par pizzerias in Michigan (but I have found this to be the case everywhere I've lived). However, there are lots of places like Supino's, Fresco, Biga, etc. that serve excellent pizza and are definitely worth checking out.

Feb 13, 2012
rcloud in Great Lakes

Detroit and Michigan traditions?

Whoa, you interpreted that post incorrectly. The reference was to the large Pizza chains that serve "crappy pizza" seeing as how so many originated here.

There is plenty of great pizza here in Michigan... If you can't bring yourself to eat Michigan pizza then you are missing out on lots of delicious pizzas... I can't imagine a life devoid of Detroit style pizza.

Feb 12, 2012
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U-10 dry pack scallops [dtw]

While they don't usually have u-10, if you're looking for dry packed scallops I'd suggest Oceanside Seafood... A great operation that unfortunately seems to be little known outside the local Japanese community. You can check out their website to see their offerings, but note that online their listed prices are higher than if you buy in person.

Although, I admit it is a little strange to be buying sashimi grade fish out of a van in a parking lot, but their prices and quality can't be beat. If you're interested you can find their schedule at their website.

www.oceansideseafood.com

Jan 30, 2012
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truffle oil/salt [dtw]

Well the majority of truffle oil that you'd find at most stores is actually just a synthetic product and contains no truffle at all and thus should be pretty shelf stable. I was recently given a pretty good white truffle infused oil that I believe came from the Primi Piatti Market in Bham, although I've used it up so I can't tell you the brand, but it might be worth a shot to look there.

Also, I agree with jjspw, if you can find truffle salt, I'd buy it as it is a great thing to have on hand.

Jan 30, 2012
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Coney Island Steak (DTW Specific)

Ok, I'll bite. While this is probably the weirdest topic I've ever seen and I'm almost certain this is some strange attempt at sarcasm...

You're almost certainly better off walking to your local grocery store and buying your own steak. Cheaper and better quality.

Jan 27, 2012
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Homemade Veal/Chicken Stock in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area...

I don't know about the AA area, but Papa Joe's in Birmingham makes some pretty good stock that you can get at the butcher's department, although it is frozen and not always available.

Jan 07, 2012
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Near Detroit airport

I'd suggest Miller's if you're in the mood for a burger. A no-frills place, you pay on the honor system and they serve great burgers.

Alan Richman in GQ named it one of the "20 burgers you must eat before you die".

www.millersbar.com

Jan 07, 2012
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Antica Pizzeria Fellini - Suburban Detroit

I think that's when you know you are a true Michigander... Making pizza outside in the snow!

Oct 18, 2011
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Antica Pizzeria Fellini - Suburban Detroit

I tried them out last week and thought the pizza was pretty good. I think they are in the process of being VPN certified. Although, more important than any certification, they had most of the elements down... Nice, bright sauce and a fairly high quality buffalo mozzarella. Unfortunately, on my visit it seemed like they really overworked the dough as the most important element, the crust, was dense and toughened up fairly quickly. I had high hopes as they brought in a pizzaiolo from just south of Naples. Although, when I was there he was merely prepping the pizzas and letting someone else work the oven.

I will give them a month and try again to see if they have improved. For now, I'd suggest anyone that has a passion for Neapolitan pizza head over to the forums on pizzamaking.com and check out www.2stonepg.com ... Insert 'teach a man to fish' cliche line here.

Oct 18, 2011
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Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham, MI (DTW)

Although, I will say you were right about Subway, the Subway on Maple in downtown Birmingham was there for almost 20 years.

Sep 04, 2011
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Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham, MI (DTW)

I think you are a little out of touch with the Birmingham market (which is troubling as this was your first post, which suggests you have a vested interest in the discussion).

Having grown up in the area and still having roots there, it is my belief that this isn't an issue of a limited pie... there are just a limited amount of quality offerings.

Yes, there are more restaurants there now, but quantity does not equal quality. Most people I know would love for there to be more quality restaurants to come to the Birmingham/Bloomfield area.

The only reason they don't eat out more often in Birmingham is that it gets boring eating at the Rugby Grille and Forest Grill every night.

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Rugby Grille
100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

Forest Grill Restaurant
735 Forest Ave Ste 100, Birmingham, MI 48009

Sep 04, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Looking for zha zian noodles in Novi/Farmington Hills area

After second thought, I feel I should post that I have had the jing jiang rou si (京酱肉丝)at Shangri-la Garden and was very disappointed in its authenticity (the taste, but also no tofu skin wraps?). Since 炸酱面 is so similar perhaps their version won't be very satisfying. Although, while I ate 炸酱面 a few times a week for a year, I'm only used to the traditional Beijing version. Can anyone comment on the Korean variation? Perhaps that is the spicier version that the OP is looking for??

May 10, 2011
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Looking for zha zian noodles in Novi/Farmington Hills area

I think what you are looking for is zha jiang noodles (炸酱面). If so, I know they are on the menu at Shangri-la Garden on Middlebelt in Farmington Hills, but I haven't tried them there so I can't attest to the quality.

May 10, 2011
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Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) in metro-Detroit?

Thanks guys. I'll let you know if I can make it.... By the way GG, I have to give you credit for 太平绅士. Awesome nickname.

May 01, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) in metro-Detroit?

No need for the translation.... 上海话 baffles me. Pretty much all I can say is "阿拉勿懂". Give me the heavy 儿‘s any day. Are there still spots available on the 7th? Not sure I can make it, but if there are spots still left I'd do everything I could to make it, sounds like a great time.

May 01, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) in metro-Detroit?

Impressive, I'm pretty sure this is the first time some 上海话 has been thrown around in the Great Lakes forum!

May 01, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Looking for asian or italian restaurants in the Troy Michigan area

My first suggestion would be Thai Taste.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/thai-taste-re...

If you like sichuan cuisine, Trizest Restaurant in nearby Sterling Heights is also a good choice.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/trizest-resta...

Mar 10, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Dan Dan noodles in DTW

Unfortunately, they do not have it on the menu. The yelp review that you read mistakenly identified the sichuan cold noodles as dan dan mian.

Even stranger than them not having dan dan mian, is that they serve a korean variation of zha jiang mian. However, in my opinion both of these oddities can be overlooked thanks to the rest of their menu :)

Feb 06, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Chinese Hot Pot in the Midwest?

Don- I haven't tried their boiled beef or lamb dish, but what I was referring to was actually the real deal hot pot. It may be a new addition to the menu over the past few weeks as it was advertised on a sheet that was thrown into the menu. Also if I remember correctly it is not offered on certain nights (it was about 2-3 weeks ago that I went there so I can't recall when, but I think it was Fri & Sat nights). I will try to make it out there soon to give it a try and report back.

Jan 05, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Miller's Burgers - Really? [Dearborn MI]

While this of course could be the case, I tend to trust Kenji Lopez-Alt's opinion of burgers after trying his blue-label burger blend. Also, George Motz is pretty well versed in burgers. Although, I'm not saying Miller's is the greatest thing ever... I just think it's the best that is offered in the area.

Jan 04, 2011
rcloud in Great Lakes

Miller's Burgers - Really? [Dearborn MI]

It was mentioned in an article that said Detroit should be recognized as a great burger city... To imply that they didn't mean they have a great burger is ludicrous, almost as much as suggesting that Miller's serves Kroger buns. Although, I do agree that if your idea of the prefect burger is a burger cooked to medium than Miller's isn't for you.

Jan 03, 2011
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