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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
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[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
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Knife Sharpening in Farmington Hills [Detroit Area]

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

Aug 03, 2012
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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
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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
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http://www.realbarbq.com/ - 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
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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
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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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Diamond Jim's News - Detroit

Had lunch here today with my wife. She really enjoyed her meal, I thought mine was pretty poor. We loved the fig, goat cheese, arugula, prosciuito flat bread. I appreciated that the fig component was a jam - the sweetness was a nice contrast. I've had this combo before elsewhere with whole figs and unless they are the ripest peak of season figs it can be quite flat. Both of our entrees needed salt and the asparagus that accompanied them were untrimmed (tough, woody, fibrous ends) and badly overcooked. My whitefish with a potato crust was soggy, limp, and sitting in a pool of oil. My wifes salmon was cooked perfectly and came with a delicous barley, butternut squash risotto. Nice place, but didn't live up to my expectations from the raves on these boards.

Jan 10, 2012
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ISO great espresso in Detroit (dtw)

May be a little far of a drive for you, but I really like Espresso Elevado in Plymouth. They roast all beans in house and have a nice rotating selection of not so common beans. I usually stop in once a week or so and have been happy with everything I have ordered from here.

Downsides - not much seating (nor very comfortable seats), small selection of coffee type snacks, owner isn't super friendly nor is she mean - just seems uninterested sometimes - rest of staff is awesome - talkative, friendly, interested in talking about coffee, etc..

www.espressoelevado.com

Jan 02, 2012
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Mitzi's in Farmington Hills/Lefty's in Livonia( DTW MI)

Lefty's is nothing special. The roll is like a giant hot dog bun and falls apart before you are finished and the meat is chopped too fine for my taste. If you are from Philly you maybe disapointed with the cheese steaks in Michigan. My biggest complaint are the rolls - they are very soft, and are missing the very fine crackly crisp crust that I am used to on the East Coast.

I moved here from NY last year and gave up on good Chinese food after 4 or 5 really poor experiences. About a month a go I went to Shangra-La on Middlebelt and 12 - loved it - totally tasted like Chinese food from back home. Have since gone for Dim Sum at the location in West Bloomfield (again food was good, but crowded and service suffered). I have been told about good Chinese in Canton and Ann Arbor, but haven't had a chance to try it. I have gone for Dim Sum at Kims Garden in Novi 4 or 5 times. The food is hot and most of it has been good - although very salty. It is close to my house in Plymouth - so it is easy for us. I have had much better Thai food here in Michigan than in NY - so that makes me happy.

My neighbor is Chinese and moved here in the 80's from China. I asked her where she goes for good chinese food - she told me her kitchen... She then mentioned a place in Troy. It is too far for us to drive with two young kids - so I forgot the name.

Jan 02, 2012
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Taco trucks and street food in metro Detroit?

Anyone try the Concrete Cuisine truck? I've seen it driving around Farmington Hills and Novi, but haven't had a chance to try it.

http://concretecuisine.webs.com/

Jan 02, 2012
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DTW: Whole milk mozzarella?

I made lasagna for xmas eve and was looking for whole milk mozz. - I couldn't find it at Hiller's Busch's, or Krogers.

Dec 28, 2011
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