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Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

Me? Snowden? Pffft.

Now; I'm not saying that I'm Batman, but we have never been seen together!

1 day ago
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Shatila expands to WB & SH [DTW]

Shatila has opened stores on 15 Mile/Maple:

Sterling Heights: North-side of 15 Mile, just west of Ryan Road.

West Bloomfield: South-side of Maple/15, just west of Orchard Lake.

This is going to be really, really bad news for my weight loss program!

1 day ago
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Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

More suggestions:

Fenton: The Laundry restaurant. The menu is varied and the food is terrific. The service staff is knowledgeable and attentive. The downsides? It is VERY popular. VERY busy. Small-ish. Noisy.

Keego Harbor (northern 'burb of Detroit): Ellen's Bakery & Cafe. Soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets.

1 day ago
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Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

Ruggero's is west of I-75. That area is fine.

If you are using a GPS, punch in the street address, do not rely on the GPS' own database of restaurants for the location. Why? Ruggero's has relocated in the past year: 5311 West Corruna Road.

1 day ago
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A look back, what restaurant or bar do you wish was still around? [Detroit area]

I will add:

Le Chef
Clare's Okay Cafe

Aug 31, 2014
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Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

My favorite lasagna is the Deluxe Lasagna at Ruggero's, the west side of Flint.

Aug 31, 2014
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Michigan Food Tour Musts?

Vodka, made in Detroit:

http://ourvodka.com/ourdetroit/

Aug 29, 2014
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A look back, what restaurant or bar do you wish was still around? [Detroit area]

Huh? The former Jeremy's will be Yardbird.

Aug 23, 2014
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A look back, what restaurant or bar do you wish was still around? [Detroit area]

> Ed's

+1

> Four V's

+1

> Emily's

+1

I'll add, Modern Food & Spirits in Keego

Aug 22, 2014
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Looking to buy Michigan made pop in Detroit

This should get your started:

http://www.maryannssoda.com/

Aug 21, 2014
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Sonny's Hamburgers [DTW]

Sonny's does a darned good slider. I see that another review on Y(awn) says, "better than Motz or Bates" I concur. They had a small but steady stream of loyal(!) customers at noon on Saturday.

Mike and Darrell were working the grill and counter. They insisted that their ground beef was fresh, not frozen. I'm inclined to believe them.

Sonny's sliders are a tad larger than the usual slider. The bun is nothing special - think grocery store, white bread.

The downsides:

- Schoolcraft & Evergreen (Brightmoor) ... is not exactly a trendy neighborhood.

- No exhaust hood - the onions on the grill were eye-watering, literally. I forgot to ask Mike & Darrell how long it took them to adapt. Customers wandered outside rather than wait indoors and endure the tears.

Will I return? Yes.

No WiFi. CCW friendly.

Aug 17, 2014
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Pars Restaurant is coming back to Farmington Hills, MI

+1

Are 'hounds that are not named Aaron/Aron/Erin allowed to join this event?

Aug 15, 2014
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French bread loafs in DTW

I see that Crispelli's is coming to West Bloomfield. Planning to open in Sept @ 6690 Orchard Lake; the same plaza as Pickles & Rye.

Aug 11, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

How should we handle the reinvented New Hellas and Uptown Parthenon?

Aug 10, 2014
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driving from nyc to st louis

Dayton, Ohio; Not too far off your I-70 path:

Ru Dumaine; https://www.ruedumainerestaurant.com
El Meson; http://www.elmeson.net
Olive; http://www.olivedive.com/

Springfield, Ohio; Ditto ...

Young's Dairy (Farm); http://youngsdairy.com

St. Louis; Ditto ...

Lotta Watta Creek; http://www.lotawata.com

Aug 09, 2014
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Cerviche

The "Acapulco" food truck in SW Detroit (Vernor) did a pretty good cerviche last summer.

Aug 08, 2014
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Tried Magdaleno Italian Restaurant in Lincoln Park, MI tonight...

We dined at Magdalena tonite. Our first visit since they relocated from Lincoln Park. Much nicer digs!

I called ahead to inquire if reservations were required. Whoever was answering the phone, didn't know how-to use their phone system. It took three calls to learn: Resv are not required, but are highly recommended. Shorts are okay in the dining room. I did not make a reservation.

We arrived at 6:10PM. There were only 14 patrons in the dining room. We bumped the total to sixteen. Renee was our server - excellent worker. Knowledgeable and attentive, without being pushy.

The only downside: No liquor. More on this later.

The calamari appetizer was expertly prepared and served very hot. The simple green salads were spot-on. Guess I would have preferred a cucumber slice, or pine nuts or something in addition to the cherry tomato halves. We enjoyed our entrees - no disappointments. Cioppino for me, veal marsala for my bride.

The negatives:

- The bread & butter. Boagman nailed it.
- No liquor (again).

But I worry. How the heck can they survive with only 16 guests in the dining room at 6:30PM? The space easily sits 130 people in the two dining rooms. We departed at 7:20PM, and there were only 13 left in the dining room.

It seems that their financial partner has left, taking the bank account, liquor license, business name and POS. Interim investors have been found ...

I hope they can survive this setback. But I do worry that perhaps they have moved a tad too upscale for their neighborhood.

A shared appetizer, two salads and two entrees totaled $47.50 before tip.

Good WiFi. CCW friendly.

Aug 08, 2014
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anything north of port Huron?

Aug 06, 2014
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Cleveland; Private Dining Room for Ten?

One confirmed couple is Kosher-lite, if that changes your thoughts.

Aug 06, 2014
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Cleveland; Private Dining Room for Ten?

Just learned that the budget is only $750, whether two or ten. Thinking I will need to dial-back the guest list to 4-6 and give up on the dining room.

Re: your suggestions... I am sensitive to dining rooms that are overstuffed with tables and chairs... Also seeking a place where it is possible to have a conversation without any straining.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Aug 05, 2014
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Dayton Ohio

I will suggest that you also consider Ru Dumaine

Aug 05, 2014
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Michigan Food Tour Musts?

Plath's Meats in Rogers City & Petoskey.

Aug 02, 2014
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Reverend; I Sinned, with Allison @ Bowling Green

Water in the glass on the left, a hoppy craft beer on the right.

Aug 01, 2014
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Michigan Food Tour Musts?

You, rock! Thank you.

Aug 01, 2014
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Cleveland; Private Dining Room for Ten?

After 25 years of loyal service, my employer is granting me a paid dinner/celebration. Perhaps this is a good time to visit Cleveland as it is mutually inconvenient for my invited guests.

Looking for a first-class meal, wine & service experience and a private dining room for ten where we won't be rushed out the door.

Whaddya got?

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

Guessing that some people may not have been paid what/when they were promised.

Jul 31, 2014
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Reverend; I Sinned, with Allison @ Bowling Green

It was a couple of very long travel days ... and I was too beat to continue beyond Bowling Green. I decided to finish the drive in the morning. But; where to eat?

I found Reverend's, a burger bar. Allison recommended their half-chorizo, half-beef burger with plantain chips and a good (hoppy) craft beer. The sign behind the bar says, "No Crap on Tap."

The burger comes with cheese, salsa, guacamole, mayo and a terrific toasted bakery bun. Great taste. I ordered mine "medium" and that is precisely how it was delivered, hot from the grill.

Cold food, cold. Hot food, hot. Allison was also hot; and, knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. WiFi good. CCW friendly.

I will return.

Jul 31, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

The 1951 date comes from:

http://coneydetroit.com/blog/2012/02/...

What is your info and source?

Jul 29, 2014
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Fifty Years - DTW

Jul 29, 2014
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Addictive Eclectic Ribeye with Poblano Pepper La Crema Sauce, MONEY [El Asador Steakhouse, Detroit]

Excellent! Thank you.

Jul 27, 2014
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