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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
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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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Reverend; I Sinned, with Allison @ Bowling Green

What's in the glass?

Aug 01, 2014
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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
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aventura in Ann arbor

Sounds good. Thanks

Jul 26, 2014
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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
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Gift for Friend? Foods Unique to Michigan?

Trenary Toast
https://www.trenarytoast.us/

Thimbleberry Jam from a UP monastery
http://store.societystjohn.com/preser...

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

Steak and baked potatoes are easy over a campfire.

Jun 15, 2014
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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 ...
http://www.sweetmarias.com/store/roas...

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
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Definitely Chazzano. Best I have had in Detroit.
Like VTB says, try their range, I am sure you'll find something you like.

Jun 09, 2014
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Chicken Wings in Detroit?

I really don't know if it is possible to find any worse wings than BW 3, so if you like them there you should have no problem at any bar.

In Clarkston, I like Mr B's wings, but not much else is better than ok.
Also, the Clarkston tap has good wings.
And Greg's Gourmet baked, not fried. Great Caesar salad as well.

Jun 08, 2014
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between Lansing and Interlochen MI

I should add, I've never been to Tony's, and doubt I ever will, but just because it is not my thing doesn't mean others won't appreciate it.
Angelo's - I've had their coneys multiple times, but it has been many years (I don't get to Flint that often anymore).

May 12, 2014
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between Lansing and Interlochen MI

There is Tony's in Birch Run where you get a huge omelette and a pound of bacon. That's going a little more than a bit out of your way, and I don't know if they have alcohol. But you could get some shopping in.

Then there is Angelo's Coney Island in Flint. I know, out of your way again. Sorry. But have you ever had coney dogs for breakfast? Was introduced to this 20+ years ago when one of the UAW workers came into office with a brown sack and gave a coney dog to all the engineers he worked with. I was taken aback, didn't realize that dogs were for breakfast. Anyway, this guy was a crazy inventor, and every time he got a patent (several times a year), he brought in a sack of coney dogs.
Probably not a helpful post - maybe I just wanted to tell that coney dog story. But Angelo's is a Flint institution!
http://www.angelosconeyisland.com/

May 12, 2014
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Coffee Shops and Lunch Options in Southfield

Not Southfield, but Chazzano Coffee on 9 Mile in Ferndale is really good. But I don't recall much on the way of food.
http://www.chazzanocoffee.com/

May 06, 2014
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Looking for good eats and Asian markets in the Grand Blanc area [MI]

If you don't mind driving about an hour, there are Asian markets in the Dequindre, 12/13mile area (Sterling Heights or Warren?).
I don't know names or which are best, but there is a guy on here, VTB, that might have some recs.
There is an Indian market on Walton in Auburn Hills /Rochester Hills area.

May 06, 2014
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Weekend in Ann Arbor with a 2 year-old: suggestions?

I haven't tried Comet or Lab, but I enjoy the coffee at Sweetwater's Coffee. One location is in Kerrytown, very close to Zingerman's, and right next to the Farmer's Market, which will be open on Saturday.

May 02, 2014
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Everest or Acadia for special occasion with "careful" eater lol

Naha
Friday night. Great atmosphere.
The girlfriend and I really enjoyed our meal here.
We had apps of Scallops and Risotto with braised Oxtails.
Mains were the Ribeye and Venison. Both were just awesome.
I made a special request for a personalized menu - a message to my girlfriend and no prices - and it was done extremely well.
Was funny though, she didn't notice the message on the menu for about 5 minutes!
Some firsts for my girl .... hearts of palm, oxtails, ramps, and fiddleheads.
Service was excellent!
Before tip, one glass of wine - ~$175 for 2.

Grace
Saturday night. Just have to say that the service here was just out of this world. From the front of the house to the waitstaff and sommeliers, every last detail was just perfect.
We both chose the Fauna menu.
The Miyazaki Beef was the best course I have ever eaten in my life.
Every course was stellar for me.
Girlfriend struggled with a few of the ingredients, but we both knew that would happen.
I had the wine pairing, and enjoyed them all, even though a couple were a bit unusual. Really great job.
Before tip, including one wine pairing ($125) and coffee - a tad over $600 for 2.
Note, I think I heard the server state the coffee was from Sparrow ... not sure, but the coffee I had at Intelligentsia earlier in the day was just better than the coffee I had at Grace, And it wasn't even close (to me).

I canceled the brunch at North Pond, as I was already pushing close to my wonderful girlfriends culinary limits.

Other things we did … Garrett’s Popcorn – outstanding; running along the lakeshore – so windy, but necessary exercise; spinning at Flywheel – highly recommended.

Our free breakfasts at the Conrad were OK – my girlfriend ordered the French Toast Souffle both mornings, so it must have been good!

Thanks to everyone who offered their recommendations - you helped make this trip really special.

Apr 29, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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So...Troy Restaurant Week. In Troy (MI).

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

Mar 27, 2014
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