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Friday Night Dinner with elderly Couple

7-10 guests that will include an elderly couple or two is how I read it

Apr 04, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

Surprise Anniversary Dinner

I don't know the policy at Grace, but I can offer this datapoint:
I called on March 27 (30 days out) for a reservation for two on Saturday April 26 at 7:30, and did not have any issues.

In fact, for that weekend, at 30 days out, it seems that every restaurant in the City had avaialbility. Of course June might be different than April ....

Apr 02, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

Everest or Acadia for special occasion with "careful" eater lol

I convinced myself after reading the replies that Grace is the place.
Called and got our reservation today. Looking forward to it. And thanks.
Also, I asked about the menu, and they are planning to change them in about a week or so.

Mar 27, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

So...Troy Restaurant Week. In Troy (MI).

Look forward to a MJL report. Love that place myself.

Mar 27, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Everest or Acadia for special occasion with "careful" eater lol

masha ... Thanks for the advice. I am certainly leaning towards going with the flow. This will be her first experience at this level of dining, and she will probably be willing to taste most things. It might be better that I show her the menu and tell her what some things are after she tastes them.

Mar 26, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

Lakes Grille Clarkston, Michigan ?

Has anyone been yet? Opened in the Red Knapp's location o nDixie Highway, another location that can't seem to hold a tenant.

Or any experience with their "sister" restaurant in Commerce?

Menu isn't cheap, but sounds like it might have some potential. I might try the fish n chips sometime, or wait for another guinea pig or at least a Groupon.

http://www.lakesgrille.com/

Mar 26, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Everest or Acadia for special occasion with "careful" eater lol

I am visiting Chicago at the end of April for the weekend with my girlfriend. We are mid 40's, coming from metro detroit, leaving our kids behind. We are going for my birthday, and she promises to do anything I want.

She is really not an adventurous eater, but will try anything that I put in front of her. Though she dislikes mushrooms, picks out onions/olives, does not want to eat cow balls lol, etc. But that is not too big a deal, though I don't want her to starve.

I am an bit of a foodie, and an adventerous eater, often planning vacations around dining.

I have reserved Naha Friday night, North Pond Sunday Brunch. I selected these after reading many of the great postings on this board, and I want to thank all the great contributors.

So I am asking for a little advice.
I want to do a tasting menu Saturday evening. Can basically get a reservation anywhere at this point.
I want it to be romantic. And I want her to have enough in the tasting that she will eat. I wil lorder wine pairings, she doesn't really drink
I've sort of narrowed it down to Acadia and Everest - based on their current tasting menus (which will likely change by 4/26?). I have also considered Grace, as that seems to be a huge favorite of the Chowhounders.
Elizabeth seems really nice too, but it looks too casual for what I want this dinner to be.
Do you have any advice for me?
Thanks!!
Also, for the restaurants mentioned (or any you recommend), would they substitute something for her if the menu has fish eggs, mushrooms, sweatbreads. I'm not sure I'll even ask, but just curious how each of the places handles such requests.

Mar 26, 2014
Markcron in Chicago Area

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

Sitdown midweek
takeout weekend
easy peasy - no waiting, ever

so what is Mesquite Creek going to be now?

Mar 24, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

DTW. Torino as Freep Restaurant Of The Year

In other news, and the same questions apply, what about Marais in Grosse Pointe, Hour Magazine's 2014 Restaurant of the Year.

I've been to neither, But the chef at Root has said good things about Marais.

And I am with rainsux, I won't be seeking either of these places out until the hype dies down.

Mar 05, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Lelli’s old school “Italian” steakhouse in Auburn Hills [DTW]

So I did go back Friday night, and I'll say one thing ... Never again wll I go to Lelli's on the night they have an expiring GroupOn.
First, no Valet - not a big deal, unless you consider that valet would be nice on the busiest night of the year when the parking lot was over capacity.
The soup, well, the soup just wasn't the same woup I have had the previous half dozen times I've dined at Lelli's. I don't know if they ran out due to the crowd and through something together, or what, but it just wasn't the same. GF agreed.
I went big and ordered a Med Rare Porterhouse. It came out well done, or worse. By the time my second Porterhouse came out, Rare, not Med Rare, but I can handle that, and ate some of it before boxing it up (going to finish it tonight, in a few minutes actually), my GF had already finished her petite filet. So I got to watch her eat, and she got to watch me eat. So romantic...
The waiter was good, handled the steak snafu appropriately, and served my date all the courses even though she only ordered a meal that came with soup.
The staff seemed overwhelmed, which made me wonder why a place like Lelli's was not able to handle a packed house.
I might be back someday. But not on a Friday night with a Groupon deal expiring.....

Mar 02, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Bell's Beer in NYC!

Ya, it is not stocked because it flies off the shelves in the short time it is available. Some shops put it behind the counter for only their regular customers.
I came across 3 cases in the Detroit Whole Foods and bought it all, which was greedy and a little over the top, lol. Sent 1 case to friends in PA, who do not have access to Hopslam.

Feb 21, 2014
Markcron in Manhattan

Bell's Beer in NYC!

Redtop .... Hopslam is $17-20 and up a 6 pack in Michigan.

Feb 20, 2014
Markcron in Manhattan

Lelli’s old school “Italian” steakhouse in Auburn Hills [DTW]

Good review. I love Lelli's, as long as I come with a Groupon ....
I'll be there 2/28 around 9, with my lovely GF, using the second of the 2 Groupons I bought a couple months ago.
I always love the side of Bolognese pasta, and the minestrone knocked the socks off my GF (as did the zip sauce - she loved her filet).
The ice cream is absolutely nothing special btw, so you didn't miss much.
RE: wines - Last visit (in January '14) I enjoyed a Montepulciano by the glass, but can't recall which one.

Feb 17, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Coffee shops in Novi

I've always been a fan of Peet's, and they recently opened in a few "old" caribou locations, including, supposedly, Novi (47490 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI).
I've only been to the Rochester Hills and Commerce loactions.

Feb 12, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Tried Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham, MI today...

Actually, that Kale salad seems anti-hip. To me it sceams non-conformist granola-chick, one of whom I recently dated, lol

Feb 12, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Brunch at Pizzeria Biga Royal Oak [DTW]

My pizza from September 2013 - pic atatched. Was definitely cooked "right."
I usually hit Biga in RO when I stop by Cloverleaf downstairs for wine, about once every few months. Never had an issue with an under-cooked pie ....

Feb 12, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Flint/Grand Blanc, MI food

Local chain Ya-ya's (several locations) chicken makes good chicken. The sides aren't all that, but the marinated, grilled chicken is lights out tasty!

Feb 12, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Tried Inyo Restaurant & Lounge in Ferndale, MI

I agree with everything you wrote, based on my only visit to Inyo. The bartender was nice to look at though .... I was there on a saturday for lunch, and there were maybe 3 other people, all sitting at the bar.
It is right next door to the Rust Belt market, which is a fun place to shop ....

Feb 12, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Seeking car show dining guidance (round 2!)

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Just wanted to add that I don't get Chicago "pizza" either. Once was enough.

Jan 30, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

The Stand; DTW/Birmingham

Your review does not make me want to go out and try this.
Is the Stand new? Maybe in 6 months or so. Sounds like they need to fix a lot of issues!

Dec 21, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

weirdest eateries in michigan

Not sure how you define weird, but Tony's in Birch Run qualifies for me.

Dec 21, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Keego Harbor Specialty Sausage & Charcuterie Co. [DTW]

I was also there Friday, for my first time.
Was a late lunch, close to 2:00 probably.
I had the gumbo, which was really good and had a good sized shrimp in it. Pricy yes.
Also had the pulled pork sandwich with spicy sauce. Didn't think the sauce was all that spicy. The sandwich was good.
The service was great, for the most part. The guy behind counter was slicing corned beef and he offered me a taste.
I left with some frozen chorizo and andoille, if my memoepry serves me.
One odd thing happened as I was leaving. The guy checking me out repeated what I had ordered, but said a medium gumbo. I only he had the small. He said are you sure? I looked over at the soup containers, and said, yes I'm sure. Thought that would be the end of it. But no, the guy pulled the garbage container out, reached inside, and pulled out my soup container. Then said, yes, you were right, small gumbo.
That was odd, and weird, but I will be back. Quality food!

Dec 03, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

real (meatless) food near Hampton Inn Detroit Novi @14 mile road?

Yes, boagman, it is a nice drive. But probably should throw in that it is easy to get lost on that drive. But just keep heading north until you hit M59 and you'll be good.
I had the single best vegetarian experience ever at Root, the cauliflower lentil spicy stirfry. Though I did have them throw a fired egg on top, so not reelly vegetarian.

Nov 11, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

real (meatless) food near Hampton Inn Detroit Novi @14 mile road?

You are twenty minutes from root and they have a great vegetarion option on their menu.

Nov 10, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Cannelle Patisserie in Birmingham [DTW]

Your opening line just had me laughing my ass off. That all :)

Nov 03, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Korean in Ann Arbor Area

You just listed 10+ restaurants in a relatively small area of a mid size market.
Then said this market doesn't have the variety of other places.
What do you mean?
Honestly, I was shocked to see the long list, and I'm looking forward to trying a few of these places.

Nov 03, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Lake Orion, Michigan, & Environs

I liked the beer at 51 North.
You're not far from Clarkston. Drive over and try the Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop.
If you get that far, the Root in White Lake is only 10-15 more minutes.

Oct 29, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

DTW: Best Italian Sub

OK, I realize this is a chain (I think), and I've only had a quarter of a sub once, but I'd be interested in how you would rate Jersey Mike's.
I haven't tried any of the places mentioned, but I love me an Italian Sub.
And I'll get around to all these places eventually.
Running the Detroit half marathon Sunday. I assume Ventimiglia's is open Sunday? That would make a great post race meal!

Oct 14, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Autumn in Ann Arbor- Apple Cider Donuts

Yep, I agree, Spicers has gone way overboard with the kiddy stuff, but my kids did spend an hour playing.
I've had great luck with apples and peaches picked at Spicers as well.

Oct 14, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes

Autumn in Ann Arbor- Apple Cider Donuts

Spicers in Fenton. Really good and warm!

Oct 13, 2013
Markcron in Great Lakes
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