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What are the hot restaurants in Ann Arbor these days?

Casey's - Love the burger
Cardamom - favorite Indian
Mani Osteria - Best restaurant in AA
Lorio's - Ice Cream
Roos Roast - Great Coffee
Monahan's - fish market -lunch - great chowders, and sandwiches.

Feb 24, 2015
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Breakfast in Plymouth, MI /DTW

In my order of preference -

Sardine Room - Excellent brunch - hip - some may say fancy - kinda expensive - interesting choices - quality food - loud.

Crawford's Kitchen - Very good breakfast - very small - crowded on Sunday - everything is homemade - old village part of Plymouth.

Omelette & Waffle Café - Lots of options - good breakfast - very small - very casual - order/pay at counter - they bring food to you - busy on Sundays.

Honey Tree Grill - On the border of Plymouth and Northville - step up from standard coney fare - feels like a lot of stuff is homemade - breakfast buffet is a good deal on Sunday - lots of choices.

Greek Islands Coney - downtown Plymouth across from park - standard coney.

Dec 04, 2014
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Shatila...and the wonders it holds. [DTW area]

Cream/milk have nothing to do with how "smooth and creamy" the ice cream seems. They mostly provide richness and to a lesser degree density and aide in stabilization. The quality of machine they use, how fast they can deep freeze the base, type of sugar and if stabilizers are utilized are all factors in the "smooth and creamy" mouth feel of the ice cream.

Oct 27, 2014
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Mario Batali finds in Michigan

He was all over AA most of last week.

Oct 04, 2014
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Best Bread in Detroit Region

Been very pleased with every loaf I have bought at Boule in Plymouth. I like the epi baguette best because you get more crusty crust. I love the cherry walnut toasted with butter and the harvest grain that I think they only sell on Saturdays. I've never found a scone that I've enjoyed very much, so I can't comment on them. The croissants are poor - I ate a Balthazar croissant everyday for 6 months when I interned there during cooking school - it's hard to compare.

Oct 03, 2014
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Merrick/Bellemore, LI - any decent pizza?

I grew up in N. Merrick - this post is so accurate - 100% true. The last few times I have been home - I've always had dinner at La Strada. Great food and great pizza.

Not to Miss Places - Cleveland, Detroit area, Columbus maybe?

I've always been surprised by the love for Petit Prince. I find Cannelle Patisserie to be far superior.

May 22, 2014
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Weekend in Ann Arbor with a 2 year-old: suggestions?

Totally disagree. Been taking my 3 and 4 year old to the hands on museum since we moved here - 3 years ago. Lots of activities for even the smallest kids. You could easily spend a whole afternoon in the toddler/preschool room.

I had heard that the Natural history museum was being moved to a new science building and that a lot of the exhibits have already been moved to storage/new building. Is this true?.

May 10, 2014
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Mani osteria Ann Arbor Brief review

My favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor.

Mar 18, 2014
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Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

The parking lot has been pretty full the past three days. Looks like lots of activity going on inside.

Mar 16, 2014
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Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

Scheduled to open in October. Can't believe it has taken over 2 years for that place to open. It's going to be a beautiful store. It's north of 5 - so it's in Northville.

Aug 29, 2013
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Detroit dining downtown

The best meal I have had this year so far was a Roast.

Jul 26, 2013
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Ginopolis Bar-B-Q ?? [Suburban Detroit]

I ate at Blue Tractor in Ann Arbor last weekend and enjoyed it. Smoke flavor could of been a little stronger, but all the meats were tender and juicy. About a 25 minute ride from Novi.

I didn't think Ginopolis was anything special or worth a second visit.

Jun 12, 2013
jmax in Great Lakes

[SE Michigan] Brioche Hamburger Buns

I've gotten brioche burger buns at Whole Foods during the summer - other times of year I have not seen them there. Zingerman's had challah hamburger rolls yesterday. I don't consider challah to be an equal substitute for brioche in regards to hamburger buns - but I'm a burger nerd....

Dec 04, 2012
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Big money to spend! Metro Detroit

If you are interested in Forest Grill - I would go in the next few weeks. David is leaving soon -The current menu has some of his "greatest hits" on it and they may disappear once a new chef has taken over the kitchen.

Nov 01, 2012
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Fantastic Indian Food? Anywhere in MI

What are people ordering at Neehee's? It's good, but I've never understood the over the top raves about the place online.

Sep 13, 2012
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Where to buy wood to burn in brick oven - preferably Oakland Co location? [DTW]

I'd love to hear more about the pizza oven. Keep us updated on how the pizzas turn out.

Sep 07, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes

Knife Sharpening in Farmington Hills [Detroit Area]

There is a guy at the Northville farmer's market on Thursdays

Aug 03, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes

fresh baked rolls - Rons roadside barbeque, north of ann arbor, michigan

Consistency is the mark of a good BBQ restaurant - Ron's has failed me in my last two visits. Ron wasn't working those two visits - maybe that has something to do with it... Brisket was moist and tender, but it was gray, no smoke ring, and no flavor - lots of fat chunks. The ribs.... I am not even sure they were ribs... The woman at the counter told me they were fall off the bone tender - there was one bone... a single bone about 3 inches long in a huge mass of meat piled in a takeout container. Some pieces tender, some tough, no smoke flavor and just drenched in sauce. A really bad excuse for ribs. I am going to hold off on returning for awhile.

Jul 11, 2012
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DTW - Dinner for the wife's birthday?

The best meal I have had in the last year was at Mani Osteria in AA. The second best meal was probably at The Root. I had my birthday meal a few weeks back at The Grange - I was disappointed.

Jul 11, 2012
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Fantastic Indian Food? Anywhere in MI

Does anyone know what happened at Neehee's in Canton? I drove by last night and it was boarded up - There was a sign, but I couldn't read it from the road.

Jun 27, 2012
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fresh baked rolls - Rons roadside barbeque, north of ann arbor, michigan

I wasn't as thrilled with my second visit yesterday. The pulled pork had litte smoke flavor, no bark, was wet and stringy with no chunks of pork - a very soft mushy texture. The sides (American potato salad and cuke salad) both needed salt and lacked flavor.

Jun 25, 2012
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fresh baked rolls - Rons roadside barbeque, north of ann arbor, michigan

I stopped there today for lunch by chance as well. Where you the couple sitting outside by the door? I had the brisket sandwich and coleslaw. The was brisket was great - moist, tender, smokey. I liked the sauce and how little they actually put on the sandwich. The roll was excellant, but I thought a little dense for a sandwich - I prefer a cheap, spongy white hamburger bun for BBQ sandwiches - so as not to distract from the meat. The cole slaw was gross - way too much mayo, and in need of salt. The guy who ordered after me said the ribs are really good - I'll try those next time.

Jun 22, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes

Ann Arbor Dining

Not on your list, but I had an outstanding meal at Mani Osteria last Saturday. One of the better meals that I have had in Michigan during the last year that I have lived here. Only low points of the meal were crispy pork belly that wasn't crispy (still good - though) and a very weak dessert menu. Logan has been on my list to visit for a long time.

May 30, 2012
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Beloit WI - Recs?

Have to be at a funeralin Beloit, WI. this weekend. Any suggestions to eat in the area - breakfast, lunch and dinner. I'd love to go out for a fish fry Friday night.

May 15, 2012
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Have any vegans been to Cellar 849 in Plymouth,Mi? Any good?

The pizza is very good - ask them to cook it well done - an extra 20 seconds or so. They seem to have gone away from the original wine bar concept and are focusing more on the pizzas. They changed the wine program last fall - they no longer offer homemade wine or tasting flights. It's a basic wine list - leaning heavily Italian - the staff isn't very knowledgable about the wines and wine service is non existant.

Apr 30, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes - SE MITCH-A-GAN!

Did this place open for a short period and close? The open soon signs have been up for months, and recently they changed the sign to - open real soon.

Feb 01, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes

U-10 dry pack scallops [dtw]

Busch's has them.

Jan 31, 2012
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Fried Chicken in Detroit or Western Suburbs

We have gotten Lee's Famous 4 or 5 times for partys. Everyone seems to like, but I think it is too salty - and I am one that likes salt. We went to Guernsey's Dairy the other day in Northville - both my wife and I thought that was some of the best chicken we have had in a very long time. I think they are pretty well known for it there - from what I could see just about every table had ordered chicken. Great cole slaw and ice cream as well.

Jan 26, 2012
jmax in Great Lakes

Panache 447 Plymouth-Needs sooooooooooo much work [DTW]

I live in Plymouth and am excited that Panache and The Sardine Room are both opening - we could use a little more upscale dinning options in town. Sorry to hear about your experiences - I feel that if a restaurant is open and charging money they are fair game for harsh reviews regardless if it's during a soft opening. I make a point of giving restaurants a few months to get their legs before trying them out. In my experience - carry out is never as good as eating it in the restaurant - for most items - the food suffers in transit.

Do you have any other favorite restaurants in the Plymouth area?

Jan 13, 2012
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