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Detroit and flint

Southfield, lunch or dinner, consider Beans and Cornbread (soulfood).

about 22 hours ago
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Detroit and flint

The Root in White Lake Township would be another strong contender for your drive to Flint.

about 22 hours ago
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Los Angeles Area Hound Visiting Lancaster, Ohio

Perhaps a breaded, pork tenderloin sandwich? Dunno who serves them in the Lancaster:Columbus area.

1 day ago
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Iridescence @ DTW

Plenty of food - took ~half the beef and all of the dessert home ... After having only breakfast and no lunch that day.

Jul 27, 2015
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Iridescence @ DTW

Nutshell: An excellent experience! An early 30th anniversary dinner. Thirty great years for me, almost four for her! <g>

We ordered the seven course, chef's choice, tasting menu. The meal also includes an amuse and dessert - both Chef's choice. Chef Andrew Alscid over-achieved. He visited our table a few times himself, to introduce various courses. The ingredients were excellent. The flavors & aromas were devine. The preparation was spot-on. The plating was exquisite.

Bao Ly was our primary server, assisted at various times by Brandi and Chelsea. All are attentive and knowledgeable professionals. La Ron did a good job in keeping water glasses full and empty plates cleared.

The restaurant is an imposing space - 3 (4?) story high ceilings? The dining room itself is not that large. We scored a 2-top along the windows. Weather was moving thru the city so our view varied from inside-a-cloud to "Oh! Rainbow!" Ambience? The restaurant is terrific.

The menus are tablets. I have not yet had a pleasant experience with a tablet menu. Two were delivered to the table. One battery died almost instantly. It was promptly replaced. But when we noticed the "Chef's Choice" at the beginning of the menu, we did not need to scroll further. They do inquire about allergies and no-go items.

Ambience of the rest of the experience? The walk from the parking garage to the dedicated elevators ... had a bus station vibe. Hotel Lobby? Unimpressive - but within the prior 6 hours, I had returned from one week at Bellagio, so perhaps I am grading too hard? People watching? I was certainly spoiled by my week at Bellagio! Nothing to see here. Move along.

Only two downsides were experienced, neither were Iridescence's fault. Almost all the surfaces are hard, so the noise level was above average. I could not hear my wife, seated across from me, without straining. Why? Because of the foul-mouthed, loud-mouth seated directly behind me. The more he drank, the fouler and louder he got. Only two stalls in the Men's room. Both were occupied for more than 10 mins. From one, I could hear chopping/cutting and snorting sounds typically associated with (that other) Coke. I gave up and took the elevator to the Lobby (restrooms).

My descriptions cannot begin to do the various courses justice - see the food porn. I believe that I have the courses in the order in which they were served.

Cost? $248 for two, including two drinks each. (20% tip is incl in this amount)

Jul 26, 2015
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RIP: Frittata [Clawson/DTW]

Remodel? The website certainly didn't suggest a remodel. Regardless, glad to see them back, if indeed, it is the same recipes, execution & staff.

Jul 20, 2015
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Fresco Wood Oven Pizzeria in Rochester Hills Mi-closed!?‽ [DTW]

I agree, when hot.

But when eating cold pizza for breakfast, Buddy's cheese blend tastes better than Loui's.

Yes; I'm a Neanderthal, but all y'all already know that.

Jul 16, 2015
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RIP: Frittata [Clawson/DTW]

Thank you for this ray of sunshine. I hope that they are able to re-boot the same recipes and kitchen execution.

Jul 16, 2015
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Bloomfield hills for lunch?

For me, Hogan's roasted garlic appetizer and nacho (entree) are comfort food. I love roasted garlic. I dine alone. A lot.

RMOAS:

I must confess. 30+ years ago, one of my co-workers quit and went to work for the competition. Three colleagues and myself noticed her at Hogan's; with the (male, married) GM customer, seated on the same side of the booth, staring into each others eyes ... and groping each other.

To protect our honor (Hah!) we asked the waitress what was the messiest drink that she dreaded spilling on somebody. She said, "Banana Daiquiri." We offered her an $80 tip (in 1982 dollars) to spill a Banana Daiquiri on our former colleague. It was, um, ample (over-sized).

They were seated in an end-booth, on an aisle. The waitress did a splendid job - over the shoulder, on the neck, down the chest, into the (ample) cleavage, belly and lap. The same waitress still works at Hogan's!

Lest you get the wrong idea about my former co-worker, she was most definitely, NOT a sl*t. Rather, she was a b*tch. Nuances are important. A sl*ut will sleep with anyone. A b*tch will sleep with anyone but me.

Probably more than you wanted to know, eh?

Jul 14, 2015
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Five meals in Detroit

> Just out of college ...

GMI?

Angelo's is an institution in Flint! Ditto White Horse Tavern.

Jul 06, 2015
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RIP: Frittata [Clawson/DTW]

Damn. This stings. Frittata was my go-to place whenever we wanted to splurge on breakfast. Y(awn) posts suggest that the closing is the result of partnership problems.

Anyone know who was responsible for the recipes & kitchen execution?

Jun 30, 2015
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Five meals in Detroit

Day 3 Breakfast:

If you had a car, I'd recommend The Fly Trap in Ferndale.

Jun 29, 2015
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Opinions on the "Eater" website

I had the same thought ...

Jun 24, 2015
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Opinions on the "Eater" website

Their forum's seem to close rather soon after opening. Kind'a tough to keep a discussion going.

Jun 24, 2015
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Horseradish; the other Cash Crop? [DTW]

Pfft.

Jun 24, 2015
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Best Butchers/Fish Mongers in the Dayton, Ohio Area

Jun 24, 2015
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Horseradish; the other Cash Crop? [DTW]

For the past five+ years I have become increasingly disenchanted with store bought horseradish. Everything I tried was a disappointment. Hurt me, damn it.

My wife mentioned that her homestead had a (wild?) horseradish plot that her mother occasionally harvested. Oh? So THAT'S where all those unlabeled bottles of goodness originated!

We harvested one large plant and transplanted two plants to our flower bed. It looks like 1:2 will survive. Fingers crossed.

Jun 23, 2015
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Slows To-Go [DTW]

After a string of grim service episodes at Slows Hq years ago, I swore to never return. I believe that my last visit even provoked my most vile insult, "This would be a hellavu place to open a restaurant!"

Last weekend we contemplated a visit to the scene of past service and vehicle burglary crimes ... when I remembered their To-Go storefront. All the goodness with less risk of a service meltdown.

I called in our order on Wednesday for Saturday afternoon pick-up, and braced for an anticipated calamity. On Friday I received a confirming/reminder call. A nice touch. Perhaps Slows has learned?

It was a defect-free experience. The order was correct; not a single snafu. It was ready on-time. No problems. No excuses. Just swipe, sign & go.

Jun 23, 2015
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Jamaican Pot [DTW]

Interesting observation. When I was there, two DPD and two DFD were present. I felt safe enough, but I am also "carrying."

Jun 21, 2015
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Jamaican Pot [DTW]

I sampled the goat curry when at the prior location. Very good.

Jun 21, 2015
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Jamaican Pot [DTW]

I am a happier man this morning. I did not know that Jamaican Pot relocated from Applegate Plaza to Eight Mile. I mistakenly assumed that the business had closed.

I ordered the large, spicy Jerk Chicken. The portion of chicken is generous enough for two and includes rice & beans (for two), a very small side of plantains (skimpy for one) and sliced cabbage (portion for one). In a word: Heaven

I ordered a (extra) side of plantains - Yum. It is a reasonable portion. I also ordered a side of cornbread - one 3"x3" square. It has a faint tease of sweetness - very good tasting, but for $1, not an especially good value.

The new location is essentially a carry-out storefront located in a new-ish strip mall on the eastbound lanes of Eight Mile Road. Their sign (banner, actually) is lost amongst the others. I suggest that you look for the Cricket Wireless sign. There are three 2-top tables, generally occupied by folks waiting for their carry-out orders. The counter is insanely high, and I'm 6'1" - it is chin level on me. <g>

No WiFi.

CC accepted.

CCW allowed.

Jun 21, 2015
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Franklin Grill? [Franklin MI]

That account is dormant. Use: rainsux@hotmail.com

Jun 19, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

I forgot Mario's ... geesh.

I have deleted Baker's Keyboard Lounge.

Updated list: realitydistortionfield.com/mimiata/Detroit%20Restaurants%20-%20Nifty%2050.pdf

Map: http://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Metr...

Jun 18, 2015
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Prime 29; West Bloomfield/DTW

IIRC, the steaks were $36 each. This is not a place for the budget conscious.

Jun 16, 2015
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Franklin Grill? [Franklin MI]

Anyone eaten dinner at this operation? I ate lunch there a few years ago and recall being pleased.

We arrived on Sat @ 5:45. The dining room was maybe 1/3rd full. The patio was closed due to iffy wx. We were advised that without a resv, the next available seating would be 7:30PM. I don't wait 75 mins, so we headed to Prime 29.

Frankly; I am pleased that they were protecting those who had reservations rather risk disappointing anyone.

Jun 16, 2015
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Prime 29; West Bloomfield/DTW

This was our first visit.

We wanted good steaks, good wine and a patio. Prime 29 is nearby, but we have never visited because the patio fronts Maple Road and we were worried about road noise. Road noise is not a problem. They play an easy listening selection at a volume low enough to allow conversation without straining, and just loud enough that the road noise is not particularly noticeable/objectionable.

We arrived without a reservation at 6PM and were seated promptly. Our waiter was excellent; prompt, knowledgeable and attentive. He did not write down our order; which always makes me worry ... more on this later.

We shared the calamari appetizer - a generous portion and expertly prepared. Among the best I have ever eaten.

We also shared a Village salad - Croutons, tomato, croutons, cucumber, croutons, red onion, croutons, ricotta & croutons. Croutons dominate this salad. I would not order again.

We both ordered 8 oz filets, medium rare and split an order of green beans. One steak arrived medium, the other was medium well. The waiter offered (insisted) on re-doing both steaks. We had other plans for the evening and simply did not have time to accommodate a redux. The filets themselves were excellent pieces of meat and nicely seasoned. The green beans were fresh and thankfully, not overcooked ... but the portion size (for one) was a bit stingy for $9.

Who screwed-up both steaks? Dunno. Not writing down an order always bugs me. Perhaps the waiter entered our order incorrectly. Perhaps the kitchen screwed-up. No paper trail. Our schedule could not accommodate them fixing the problem. Without me asking or fussing, Prime 29 did comp our two glasses of wine. Thank you.

Before tip and without the two glasses of wine: $116.

Their WiFi network: Do NOT use. It is NOT safe for customers, inspite of being "encrypted."

CCW friendly (if you are not drinking).

The website ... autoplays music. Arrrrgh.

I am marking Prime 29 down (only) 1-star due the two steak problems, the unanticipated nature of the crouton salad and the somewhat stingy portion of green beans. Had they not offered to comp the wine, I would've marked them down 2-stars.

Will I return? Yes. I want to give them another chance at a defect-free dining experience.

Jun 16, 2015
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Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

I was jonesing for a sub. The question was where to go; Gonella or Ventimiglia? My answer: Cantoro's Haggerty & Five Mile location.

I am not a fan of the store layout. It is optimized for turbulence (provoking impulse purchases) You may be able to see where you want to go (deli counter), but the paths are narrow and easily blocked by a single shopper.

For $6.35, it was an excellent sub. I will put it in the same league with Gonellas and Ventimiglia. The roll was fresh with a bit of crackle/crunch and good chew. The meat & cheese were proper italian meats, not the lunch meat served at Subway.

I wish that there was a small prepared green salad within reach of the deli station. Plenty of pasta salad choices were available, but I wanted greens.

Will I return? Yes.

WiFi service is good and safe to use.

CCW friendly.

Jun 16, 2015
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Dinner in Royal Oak

Lily's for fish.

Never visited Cafe Muse for dinner, but expect that they would over-achieve.

Jun 15, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

Fair point.

CB's probably deserves a footnote or delisting.

Others that are listed may have closed briefly and reopened. Example: Holly Hotel (two fires)

Jun 01, 2015
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OHIO (Sidney And Wapokaneta)

"The Spot" (Sidney) is a 1950's diner. I enjoy it.

May 29, 2015
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