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Thai restaurants in and around Royal Oak

Sure ... you can talk me into Vietnamese or Malaysian if there's something good there. Feel free.

May 24, 2013
proclusian in Great Lakes

Thai restaurants in and around Royal Oak

Headed up to Royal Oak for the day from Ann Arbor this weekend, and was wondering: it looks like there are four or five thai places in and around downtown. Does anyone have a favorite and (if so) what menu items do you think stand out? Also, if you think there is thai nearby but not in Royal Oak that would be better, and worth my going out of my way for, please weigh in.

May 24, 2013
proclusian in Great Lakes

Best Restaurants in Milwaukee

Hi, I wasn't sure whether you were going to be in Milwaukee this past weekend or this coming weekend, so I hope this isn't too late.

Harbor House (which I noticed you mentioned in your initial post) is good, and it's a big improvement over the restaurant that was previously in that spot. I don't know that it would make a list of "exceptional" restaurants in MKE, but it is very good. I might recommend going for lunch instead of dinner, though, just for the view (or at least go before the sun sets). You can combine it with a visit to the Calatrava, which is walking distance from Harbor House, if that is your thing.

I ate at Harbor House with a client just last month when I was in town, and the food was good to very good, and the service was excellent. Perhaps a bit overpriced, but you pay for the view / location.

I would also second the recommendations above for Mader's (have not been to Ratzsch's in a long time but not for any reason in particular). Last time I ate at Mader's was a month ago (a long lunch with a colleague), and the Wiener Schnitzel was very good (sub the veal for the pork for the extra $2—it's worth it), as was the Apple Strudel. I was also impressed by the knowledgeability of our waitress with regard to the Rieslings on their wine list, which went beyond what was on the labels of the various wines. I can't tell you how rare this is in the U.S., even at some of the best restaurants.

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Mader's
1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Harbor House
550 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Aug 22, 2011
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SE Michigan - The Current State of Pizza

So FWIW, Food & Wine just listed their top 25 pizza places across the U.S. ... from Detroit, they put Buddy's on the list ... no one else. *sigh* ...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/food-wi...

Feb 25, 2011
proclusian in Great Lakes

Entrecote Steak Sauce - How to make

This will always be an ongoing saga, I suppose, to discover the secret "green" sauce.

I just thought that those who have contributed to this thread thus far over the past 3 years might be interested to see the latest entry in this saga, contributed by one of the food writers at the Guardian newspaper.

It is a bit half-hearted, as she doesn't try to list out all the ingredients in detail, but FWIW, here is the link to the article, which appeared in the online edition of the Guardian yesterday (Sunday):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian...

Feb 13, 2011
proclusian in Home Cooking

Smoked Mettwurst in SE Michigan?

Thanks y'all for these suggestions -- I will call John tomorrow over at Metzger's and see what he has to say, and call around to a few other places. I'll report back what I find out / what I find.

Oct 15, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Smoked Mettwurst in SE Michigan?

Looking for smoked Mettwurst in SE Michigan to use in my Linsensuppe -- prefer a location close to Ann Arbor, but I don't mind a Saturday drive. I've found it a few places online in Wisconsin, but would rather find a shop I can walk into and examine the goods first-hand. Thanks.

Oct 14, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Where to buy Guanciale in the Cleveland area?

I don't know for sure, but I would think that there must be someone in the West Side Market who has it, probably one of the Italian places.
Online, Zingerman's in Ann Arbor usually has it, but I assume that would fall into your "way to expensive" category.
I'm going to try making some this winter (as lyn suggests): apparently you want weather that is cold but not below freezing. So the best time to make it is in the next month or in early March, depending.

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West Side Market
1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

Oct 11, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Thanks y'all. Got it at Zingerman's counter, but I would like to compare with Bob's ... generally, on some basic items (parmeggiano-reggiano cheese, e.g.) he seems to have equal quality with better prices.

Oct 11, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Now Lardo I have never made. Haven't had Lardo since a visit to the Intelvi some years back.

Also on the lookout for Schmalz -- Griebenschmalz specifically. I'm beginning to imagine you could make a really good intercultural Griebenschmalz with diced up guanciale.

Oct 05, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

JanPrimus, you are a font of knowledge as always. That pigstock event sounds amazing. I don't know if I'll be able to get up there, I'll have to look into it...
...okay, that is quite expensive. Money is tight right now but, man, would I love to go. I'll have to buy a Powerball ticket and hope for the best.

I cooked up some Amatriciana today with the guanciale from Zingerman's ... turned out pretty well, I thought. Did it roman style with some onion, and used a sort of combo recipe that I derived from reading several different takes on this very tasty sauce.

The diced guanciale (and the fat you get in the pan from it) just adds something to this sauce that regular bacon or pancetta could never give. I would add even more next time to the sauce -- I had about 125g in there, but next time would go with 200-250g.

Cooked up some bucatini and found the chilled Grüner Veltliner I had left over from the weekend a nice compliment to the porcine goodness.

But then I'll drink Grüner with just about anything...

Oct 05, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Did find the guanciale today (Sunday) at the meat counter at Z.'s -- they said they "always" have it, although I can't speak for the catalogue. I picked up a quarter pound of it, and just got back. It's too late for Amatriciana tonight, but I think I'll make it for lunch tomorrow. The big question now: Amatriciana with onion, or without? I say with, but white onion, not yellow. Any opinions?

Oct 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Dr. Dig:

Not a trick question; Jan and I were discussing guanciale, which is an italian specialty made from cured pig's jowls, unsmoked. They are seasoned with a rub and then hung up to dry. BBQ is something else entirely. True BBQ is pork, but not all pork is BBQ.

If you want good BBQ, take a trip down to Manning, SC and eat at a place called McCabe's. I don't know of any good BBQ in Michigan, although I'm sure Jan will have an opinion.

I don't think Zingerman's is bad, but don't eat the brisket for goodness sake -- eat the pulled pork sandwich with plenty of spicy Vinegar pepper. It's like a dream of South Carolina BBQ for me: reminds me of it, without being it.

Oct 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Thanks, y'all. I've got to head down for a concert here in a minute, will swing by Zingerman's and see if it's my lucky day.

Jan - I would very much like to try making it. Do you have a good source for hog jowls? Also, do you ever find you have to cut off mold after 3 weeks? How do you tell?

That mail order place sounds great too. I find the quality of pork in the U.S. just doesn't compare to what I could get at my butcher when I lived in Germany.

Oct 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Guanciale in Ann Arbor?

Morning! Anyone know of a place that sells Guanciale in Ann Arbor that's open on a Sunday?
I need to make some Amatriciana ... okay, WANT to make it, but you know ... jonesing for it.
Thanks in advance...

Oct 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

German-style Döner Kebab in Detroit Area?

heh heh... ;¬)

Sep 14, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

German-style Döner Kebab in Detroit Area?

You're telling me the only place in the U.S. where I can get Döner is in LEESBURG, VA? Wow. I've got to give a paper down at VA-Tech in November. Might be worth a detour. I haven't had döner since the summer of 2007 in Trier.

Sep 07, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Detroit marathon - visiting from DC

Not quite so bad as rainsux's taxifinder quote would suggest. www.metroairport.com lists quotes for two services, Metro Cars and Metro Cab. Metro Cars is $52 and Metro Cab is $43. Those are one-way. It's comparable to a trip from Charles du Gaulle to the Latin Quarter in Paris (ha ha)...

Still not cheap (compared to DC e.g.), but not through the roof. I would just do the math on the rental car (including the $30/day hotel parking) and on the Metro Cab option (figuring in a few taxi rides for your food/beer/cheese trips) and choose the less expensive option or, if they're about the same, go with the taxis. Detroit may be the Motor City, but it's nice to indulge and not have to worry about driving to the hotel in an unfamiliar town, no?

Sep 07, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

A SE Michigan/ N. Ohio pub/grille showing the GAA All-Ireland Final on 9/5/2010?

Hi, This is a bit last-minute, and doesn't pertain to food directly, but here it is:

I'm looking for a restaurant/pub/grille in SE Michigan/N. Ohio that would be showing the GAA All-Ireland Final between Tipperary and Kilkenny this coming Sunday morning. Detroit Metro area would be best, but I'll take what I can get at this point.

I would only ask, please, for definite answers, instead of guesses or suggestions -- that is, if you KNOW FOR CERTAIN of a place that is showing it, or you were at a place where it was shown last year, please reply with the name of the place and the location.

If not, no worries. So far I've done a pretty exhaustive search without turning up anything. This is just a last-ditch effort.

Many thanks,
D.

Sep 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Squash blossoms near Ann Arbor

JanPrimus has it right, however, just FYI: I went last week at around 11am and they were all gone. Everyone who I spoke to who had had them that day said: you need to get there early if you want them.

Jul 24, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Toledo, OH restaurants

Thanks for the review and the menu -- nice to see a Thai place that has the larb gai (laab goi as they write it) salad on the menu. For whatever reason all the thai places I used to eat at in DC had that, but the places here in the midwest don't. Have you (or has anyone) tried the Larb yet? Opinions?

Jun 20, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Cleveland - West Side Market Recs?

Sorry, too late for your trip Joe, but when I think of the West Side Market, people -- if I'm starting off the day there early, say like 7am early -- how about some love for the West Side Market Cafe with the entrance on 25th? It's not much to look at, but if you're there for breakfast, they turn out an amazing eggs benedict or just a basic diner breakfast with eggs and hash browns. I think it's a great spot to start a morning there.

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West Side Market
1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

Jun 01, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

US-23 between Flushing, MI and Ann Arbor next Saturday for Dinner

Thanks to everyone for their recommendations so far. Still considering on this end (and dealing with two very indecisive travel companions).

Ruggero's sounds interesting, I've never been there. Italian food is my thing (I mean, when I cook at home, it's what I cook, mostly, and have been for the past 15 years, mostly northern Italian--Ligurian specifically, and some Roman and Neapolitan recipes too), so I'm always cautious about Italian restaurants, but sometimes they can be fun.

What's your favorite dish at Ruggero's if you had to order something besides lasagna?

@Verbal: I wish I was in New York City, so I could eat at Maialino, but you're right -- I'm not!

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Ruggero's
2055 S Linden Rd, Flint, MI 48532

May 04, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

US-23 between Flushing, MI and Ann Arbor next Saturday for Dinner

I'm looking for any dinner spot recommendations because I have an afternoon function to attend next Saturday in Flushing, and will be heading back after only a small reception which will feature only appetizers.

It doesn't have to be fancy (although I don't mind if it is, either), as long as the food is good. There are three of us traveling together. The only two recommendations I've got are the Redwood Lodge in Flint, and The French Laundry [sic] in Fenton, so if anyone wants to give their opinion on those two, that's fine as well. Many thanks in advance!

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Redwood Lodge
Flint, MI, Flint, MI

French Laundry
125 W Shiawassee Ave, Fenton, MI 48430

May 02, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Are there any Detroit-area bakeries selling Pastiera napolitana?

I'm in Ann Arbor. If anyone knows of where one can buy a Pastiera napolitana for Easter (or even on Easter Monday), please let me know

Apr 03, 2010
proclusian in Great Lakes

Caffe Venezia-Columbia, SC-Gelato, espresso

Thanks, will do. Just FYI, they now appear to be closed on Mondays, or at least no one answers there all day.

Caffe Venezia-Columbia, SC-Gelato, espresso

Cpt Wafer--are you sure about these hours? Or are these summer hours? A friend told me the other day that these days they aren't opening until 11. / DPO

Les Halles closing

I lived in DC from 1996-2004 and the one time I went was not impressed. I am back in town next week, so I'm just wondering: where does one go in DC for French food these days?
I used to go to Bistrot du Coin a fair amount 2001-2004, but I've heard rumors that it's on the decline. So, let me have your opinions: where do you go when you want a good French meal in DC these days...especially on a Monday or a Tuesday...?

Columbia, SC on a Sunday night?

Thanks to all who recommended. We ended up at Motor and Tim Peters' wife Melissa was our waitress. She took good care of us. The food was superb--not that I have ever had a bad meal there. I had a nice N.Y. State 1/2 duck and my friend had some costal Wahoo in hoisin sauce that was amazing. We washed all that down with a Pinot Nero that was truly interesting. Tim was out at a fund-raiser but stopped by later and came over for a visit at our table. All in all, a wonderful evening.

Columbia, SC on a Sunday night?

So, the question is: it's Sunday night in Columbia, Hunter-Gatherer is closed, Mr. Friendly's is closed, Terra is closed, Camon is closed -- a lot of places I like to go are closed. Where do you go when you want to eat out on Sunday?--D.