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Five meals in Detroit

Just have the dogs at lafaytte or american for breakfast one day.

And the shawarma at Buch - I would say it is a must. The garlic sauce/spread whatever it is is very very pungent, lol. I'll echo what boagman says - no one wants to be around you after you've eaten one.

1 day ago
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The Root - White Lake, MI- Detroit area

They are definitely pricey. But I don't know how they survive profitably even at the price levels they are charging.
But I am glad they have made it.

Jun 24, 2015
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Horseradish; the other Cash Crop? [DTW]

I am perfectly satisfied with Srodek's. For my shrimp cocktail sauce that is. I don;t really care for it on beef, as I am a bit of a wino, and it takes away from my enjoyment of the wine.
But I wouldn't say no to trying some freshly made.

Jun 24, 2015
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Beginner canning class/workshop in Tucson?

If you don't find a class/workshop, just order the Ball Blue Book.
Canning is really not that difficult.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Guide-Pres...

Jun 22, 2015
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Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Jun 18, 2015
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Is Drought (Detroit area) trying to make your wallet into a desert or something?

Hey, they support the local economy by wearing Carhart products when they are juicing!
I'll neverb uy their juice, but like you, I wish them luck.

Jun 16, 2015
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Prime 29; West Bloomfield/DTW

So the steaks were $40+ each ala carte (no sides or salad included) for 8 oz.
They should have comped a steak as well. No excuse for that when you are paying that kind of money!
I guess it is hard to argue that when they offered to re-do steaks but your timing wouldn't allow it though.

Jun 16, 2015
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A mother lode of chaterelles! What would you do?

nomad nailed it. spot on!

Jun 12, 2015
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Girls' Trip to Scottsdale - First time visitor!

I recommend The Mission and Mastro's. Both will take reservations.
If you go to Mastro's get the lemon Martini, or a few - they do this gimmicky thing with edible dry ice that makes the drink bubble the entire time you are drinking it. Mastro's is absolutely NOT cheap, nor moderate. It is expensive. Great scene though.
At the Mission, get the gaucamole - you will need several orders. The tacos don't really look like tacos, but they are wonderful small taste explosions.

Apr 27, 2015
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recipes for extra bacon

Between the two of you, a pound of bacon is breakfast

How Do I Thicken Buffalo Wing Sauce?

I use Frank's straight. No need for butter (or just a little, not 50:50) and I've never added vinegar.
If you like it hotter than this, try adding tabasco or some other hotter sauce.
I guess you like something that the vinegar adds, but that IMO is what is making your sauce too thin.

Apr 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Today I bought Franklin BBQ and pre-ordered The Food Lab (due in Sept.)

Mexican / Southwestern Restaurant Recommendations for Scottsdale & Phoenix

I have had great meals at The Mission.
http://www.themissionaz.com/

Mar 26, 2015
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Steakhouse in Troy, Michigan

All comes down to personal preference ....
Here is my ranking:
1. Cap Grill
2. Morton's
3. Ruth's

Mar 20, 2015
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Amazing AND healthy food in PHX?

My gf and I had the CPH chopped salad last week as well.
We just strolled in on Saturday night (3/7) and lucked out with seating at the bar.
We sub'd chicken for the salmon, and it was the best salad she has ever eaten lol. I would like to recreate it, think I can do everything but need help on the dressing and whatever it is they marinate the tomatoes in.

Mar 19, 2015
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Chicago with teenagers - dinner recommendations

In the must try category ... Garrett's Popcorn - not for a meal, but for snack.

Feb 27, 2015
Markcron in Chicago Area

Any thoughts on Birmingham Restaurant Week? [Detroit]

Ended up giving Flemings a go late Friday night, 9:30 or so.
The crowd was thinning out at that point, no issue with OpenTable getting a res (actually, were openings all night).

The soup starter sounded really weird, so GF and I both had the salad, which I liked more than her - could have used a little more dressing, was very lightly dressed.

The bread was great, with a couple flavored butters (and I forgot to ask for plain butter, should have remembered that from last outing here - my GF just likes it plain)

We both ordered the Filet meal (we wanted steak - which drove the Flemings choice). Filets were great, though small (maybe 4 oz) ,with some green beans and roasted potatoes - would have liked more meat, more beans, and more potatoes, but I guess this is what you get for $30.

Desert was a couple rich truffle things, tasty if boring.

I had a couple glasses of a Cote d'Rhone, and GF had some kind of martini - drinks were great.

Service was great, as expected at a place like Flemings.

The other place I was considering was Social Kitchen - mainly for the Steak Frites and the deserts sounded good. Probably would have been better off at Social. Did anyone hit Social last week?

Feb 09, 2015
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Oysters on the half shell, DTW

Clarkston union always has good oysters. But no reservations and pretty loud inside.

Feb 08, 2015
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Need some help with tasting menus, coffee

I would do Grace Friday night. Or replace Alinea with Grace and go to one of the places others have mentioned. I chose not to go to Elizabeth on my spring 2014 trip to Chicago because I didn't think I would like the atmosphere. It does not scream romance to me, and that was what I was looking for. YMMV, just something to think about.

And I would go to Intelligentsia as often as needed for coffee! I know one location is right near Mag. mile.

Jan 21, 2015
Markcron in Chicago Area

Scottsdale 1/4 -1/9...Four Guys Arriving to Play Golf....Breakfast Recommendations Please, but Feel Free to Give Us Some of your Best Dinner Recommendations As Well.

I also love Mastro's, and will be going there in March. Doubt you had room for their incredible Butter Cake!

Jan 12, 2015
Markcron in Phoenix

Dinner at El Asador, drinks at Sugar House (SW Detroit)

RE: El Barzon, ate there a couple weekends ago, with my Gf. We had pasta dishes, and they were awesome. Service was great. It is definitely pricey. The sangria was Tasty as well. Really a cool place. look forward to returning next summer to sit outside in the courtyard.

Oct 28, 2014
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Trip Report: Grace, Schwa, Au Cheval and Little Goat

That Miyazaki Beef at Grace might just be the best course I have ever eaten.

Oct 27, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

Bachelor Party Scottsdale

I would look into The Mission if I was you.
Can then move on to Old Town.

Oct 15, 2014
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Best restaurants in Traverse City area?

I also love getting bread and smoked whitefish dip at Burritt's on Front Street and just taking that to one of my favorite spots with some local or other wine for a romantic sunset over Lake MI. Or a romantic dine-in experience at the hotel or other rental.
Burritt's has lots of other tasty treats as well.

Oct 15, 2014
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Best restaurants in Traverse City area?

I like Stella for Italian.
I like Red Ginger for sushi.
I like Amical for French.
I like Don's Drive Inn for Burger and a Great Milk Shake made with real fruit if you get a fruit flavored shake.
All of the above are in TC.
I also like La Becasse (about 25 mintues from TC) for French.
I also like Pearls in Elk Rapids for Cajun.

Oct 15, 2014
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Looking to buy Michigan made pop in Detroit

There is a Chick fil A on OU's campus, and as far as I know it is open to anyone. I will confirm that next week though and get back to you.

Aug 23, 2014
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Grayling, Marquette, West Branch, MI road trip

Jean Kays Pasties in Marquette for, well, pasties :)
www.jeankayspasties.com/

Togo's in Marquette for subs (I order #16 every time!). I recall decent soup as well.
http://www.togostogo.com/

My ex-GF grew up in Marquette, and whenever we went up, we would get a huge Italian meal from the Villa and take it to her Uncle's and feast before sauna on Saturday nights. The garlic bread is something else.
In reality, it is just an average Italian joint, but to her it had a LOT of nostalgia.
http://www.thevillacapri.com/

Hope this helps!

Aug 01, 2014
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Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Sorry, no, I haven't even been to TC area since January.
Planning to go later this month.

Aug 01, 2014
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We're coming! We're open! We're closed! Antietam? Discuss the cataclysm...[Detroit area]

says here the chef and bartender walked out
http://detroit.eater.com/places/antietam

will be interesting if the story ever surfaces, but somehow I doubt it will

Aug 01, 2014
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Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Red Ginger is open.
Amical is great food. It's a scene though. Well Red Ginger is a scene too.

Aug 01, 2014
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