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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
Markcron in Phoenix

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.

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
Markcron in Phoenix

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
Markcron in Great Lakes

Oysters on the half shell, DTW

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

Feb 08, 2015
Markcron in Great Lakes

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
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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
Markcron in Great Lakes

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 :)

Togo's in Marquette for subs (I order #16 every time!). I recall decent soup as well.

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.

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

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

Aug 01, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

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
Markcron in Great Lakes

Reverend; I Sinned, with Allison @ Bowling Green

What's in the glass?

Aug 01, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Dragonmeade + Lazybones Menu (Dragonbones) - Detroit Suburbs

You should definitely tell them how you feel. Sadly, I've never been to either place. Just too far for me to drive for BBQ and beer when I have Woodshop 5 minutes away.

Jul 26, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

aventura in Ann arbor

Sounds good. Thanks

Jul 26, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

The Earle Ann Arbor

It has been many years since I dined at the Earle.
Yesterday My gf and I were wandering around the art fair, and I decided to take her to the Earle for dinner.
I love the atmosphere - some live quiet music, dark basement (romantic) with exposed brick and stone.
The wine list still seems long, though I didn't spend any time looking in detail, just ordered a Cote d Rhone by the glass that was OK.
Service we decent.
Bread was so-so, not warm.
I ordered a caesar salad to start that we planned to share. It was the most garlicky caesar I have ever had. So garlicky that my gf wanted to spit out her one and only bite (she did, actually). Now she is a very sensitive eater, but I am not - this was one garlicky salad. I ate about 75% of it, but didn't really enjoy it. For comparison, I love the Caesar at the Clarkston Union.
She had a whitefish dish that was very good, ate every last bite. It was crusted in soemthing and pan fried. Good dish.
I had a veal dish, sauted, with a few mushrooms and then had some cheese put over the veal/mushrooms and put somewhere to melt the cheese. Anyway, I would have preferred the dish without the cheese.
The veal was good, not great. The orzo on the side was good. as were the small portion of mixed veggies. The dish also came wit ha couple asparagus spears that were wrapped in proscioutto (I think, some cured pork product) - these were expectional.
All in all, I was just slightly disappointed last night.
Maybe it was me, but the Earle just did not impress me like my memory expected it to. I will most likely try out some different AA restaurants the next time I am in town like this.
it wasn't because of Art Fest crowds either, though the restaurant was busy it was not swamped; there was no wait at 7:30, and it never filled up either.
I think I saw a Groupon or some deal recently - wish I had gotten that and used it to soften the blow a little.

Another general note - several AA restaurants seem to be closed for a week or two at the moment - seemed odd to me that they would close during the Art Fair - but maybe they have staffing issues during the summer ,and dont want to disappoint the potential crowds?

Jul 17, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

Trenary Toast

Thimbleberry Jam from a UP monastery

Jul 02, 2014
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Has anyone tried Pickles and Rye yet? [Suburban Detroit]

That does not look like an $11 sandwich to me.

Jun 19, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes

Good foods for a romantic fireside dinner? (easy to cook)

Steak and baked potatoes are easy over a campfire.

Jun 15, 2014
Markcron in Home Cooking

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Just another thought ....
How serious are you about your coffee?
If your answer is really really serious, have you thought about roasting your own beans? It will require an investment, and maybe a LOT of playing around, but if you are serious and don't mind a little trial and error, you will end up with a perfect coffee for you.
You can get a Behmor for ~$300 or a Hottop for >$1000.
Or go lowbrow and use a popcorn popper.

Many places will throw in a fair amount of green coffee with a roaster purchase, for example 8 LBs from Sweet Maria's ...

Disclaimer - I don't roast my beans, but the thought of doing so is intriguing. If I was retired or had more time in general to mess around with it, I might get myself a Behmor.

Jun 11, 2014
Markcron in Great Lakes