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Recommendation in Cleveland, Memorial Day

For these situations, I find that searching using Open Table is very productive.

Mar 25, 2015
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Dearborn recs

Big Fish

Mar 22, 2015
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Steakhouse in Troy, Michigan

+1 re: Lelli's

Clawson Steak House is nearby (adjacent to?) and a bit of a time warp.

Mar 22, 2015
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Grand Rapids to Lansing

If you are willing to consider East Grand Rapids, we've enjoyed the Caribbean fare served at Chez Olga.

Caution: Service can be slow. If you are on a schedule, TELL THEM. Reviews available on the usual sites; typically 4-star ratings.

Mar 20, 2015
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Dinner near Cinema Detroit

Traffic Jam & Snug

Mar 19, 2015
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Tried Noble Pig in GPF, MI (Detroit area)...

I understand that menus change. It stings a bit whenever a favorite is dropped from a menu. (Indo's Banh Mi is my latest loss.)

re: the Thai items. Why? Ask'm why. It strikes me as more schizophrenic than fusion. Perhaps they are considering yet another re-branding, and simply trying-out another concept. Or; perhaps it is the owner/chef's passion. Or??? Also curious why the Thai menu lacks prices.

re: Salads. I have no difficulty with salad offerings.

re: "Please! No Substitutions!" Overly stern. Enough so, that it turns me off.

re: "One sauce only!" Again, why so emphatic? When buying meat by the pound ... a pound of meat will feed several people and it seems reasonable that those several people may prefer different sauces. The extra $.89 strikes me as money grubbing.

I also notice that they use "Yardbird" for chicken. Wondering if Jeremy is gonna get a cease & desist letter for daring to name is eatery Yardbird.

Mar 18, 2015
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On the waterfront dining rec needed - Detroit to Pt Huron

We have enjoyed several meals at:

Junction Buoy in Marysville. The deck is a great
place to watch the lakers. It's a 3.5 star operation.

Mar 16, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

Yup. That's why I added it.

Mar 10, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

Many additions this morning. Thank you, 'Hounds ...

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

Mar 09, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

An(other) odd thing about Cincinnati; when you mention that you're in the mood for a good 3-way, everybody is accepting.
After all; it is just chili, spaghetti and cheese.

In the rest of the USA, um, X-rated.

Mar 08, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

Added:

Traffic Jam & Snug
Elmer's Hamburgers
Campau Tower
Telway
Elmhurst Tap Room
Bill's Steak House

Mar 08, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

Added: Victor's Red Hots @ Highland Park

http://www.realitydistortionfield.com...

Mar 08, 2015
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Gateway Deli (Southfield MI)

$9.49, before tip.

I still prefer Hygrade as their sauerkraut has a lot more zing and then there is the (cough) charm of Michigan Ave!

Feb 27, 2015
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Gateway Deli (Southfield MI)

I ate lunch at Gateway Deli today. It was a ghost town at 12:40.

Their reuben sandwich was very good. The portion was generous, not gargantuan. The pickle was okay, a teenie bit limp but with a good sharp & zingy taste.

Elizabeth was my server. She was prompt and attentive.

CCW is allowed.

WiFi network is available, but the configuration is such that it should NOT be used for any services requiring a login, password or PIN.

Feb 27, 2015
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Unique Dishes in Ann Arbor

I don't understand the last few Head Chefs at the Big House maniacal focus on serving mostly Wolverine: baked, pan fried, deep fried, grilled, rotisserie, shaved, stewed, sausage ... I'm tired of Wolverine.

Feb 05, 2015
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Mulefoot Gastro Pub--Imlay City, MI

Several Living Social deals for Mulefoot. I opt'd for the $69 dinner for two w/wine. Resv required. Saturdays & holidays are excluded:

https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/13...

Jan 26, 2015
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El Guanaco; Troy/DTW

Address & more:

https://goo.gl/maps/7cfii

Jan 19, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

I was asked why Polish Village Cafe is not included - a fair question. I could go either way. I am leaning towards including it. Here is their history:

http://www.polishvillagecafe.us/ourst...

What say you?

Also; I noticed that I failed to include Cadieux Cafe. I have not been able to determine the year it first opened ... other than the usual mentions of being a Prohibition era speakeasy.

Jan 19, 2015
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Fly Trap - Ferndale (DTW)

Double'd in size? That's a good start ... I hope their kitchen mojo does not decline!

Jan 17, 2015
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El Guanaco; Troy/DTW

I like El Guanaco. I like it a lot. Not fancy. Actually; it's a hole in the wall.

Service was prompt and attentive.

A small bowl of salsa & basket of chips was delivered immediately. I liked the medium spiced, thick, chunky salsa. The chips were good and not over-salted.

I ordered the Salvadoran equiv of fajitas w/chicken, beef & shrimp. The amount of food was generous. The proteins were nicely seasoned and hot. The grilled vegetables were fresh and grilled to perfection. The raw veggies were lettuce, cucumber and tomato. All were fresh and chilled. The two tomato slices were fantastic (for winter). The flat bread (brain-fade ... tortilla-like) was warm with a good texture and taste. Better than any tortilla will taste. I will order again.

I ordered a side of fried plantains. They were very good and served hot. I will order again.

Tiny space. Cramped parking. I was asked to sit at a table too near the door; cold and breezy. I should not have accepted that seating - my fault. They need a 2nd door on the entryway to at least break the cold breeze whenever the door is opened.

I counted eleven (11) 2-top tables that MIGHT squeeze four, if you are really friendly and don't order much food.

No liquor license.

Sign on the window says WiFi ... is wrong. No WiFi.

CCW friendly.

I will return.

Jan 16, 2015
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Fifty Years - DTW

I have added a few more restaurants to the list ...

Dow's Village Inn
Green Lantern
Schlenker's
Ivanhoe Cafe

http://www.RealityDistortionField.com...

Jan 16, 2015
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Props to Royal Oak (Detroit area) Holiday Market for soup bone service today

I'm worried about the salsas in their dining area not being "on ice." I got a SERIOUSLY upset tummy from Carnival last month ... 'nuff said. I cannot prove it was the salsas, but I am suspicious.

Jan 15, 2015
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Boogaloo Sandwich/Sauce @ Chef Greg's Soul -n- The Wall [DTW]

It's a tangy, red sauce. A cousin of a BBQ sauce. Different, but in a good way.

Jan 12, 2015
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Boogaloo Sandwich/Sauce @ Chef Greg's Soul -n- The Wall [DTW]

Boagman and I went in search of the seemingly extinct Boogaloo sandwich/sauce ... and I found it at Chef Greg's Soul -n- The Wall restaurant (carry-out). Greg admits that he did not get the recipe from Brothers' Ribs, but he's confident in his reconstruction ... and from my memories of Brothers' Ribs 20+ years ago, I think he has nailed it. He is not an amateur in the kitchen. He is a graduate of the HFCC culinary program and has a background doing event catering for Marriott in LA and Detroit.

He offers several Boogaloo sandwich alternatives:

- 6" or 8" sandwich
- Drenched in Boogaloo sauce ...
- Toasted white bun ... (I'm dreaming of a fresh baguette)
- American cheese ...
- Protein choices are:
-- Loose ground beef; or,
-- Shaved steak as the protein; or,
-- Chicken as the protein

The sandwich comes with crinkle-cut fries and they were prepared perfectly. But the fries are just fries. Good; but nothing special. I did find myself dipping my fries in the Boogaloo sauce.

I opt'd for the steak Boogaloo. The food is cooked to order and arrives hot from the grill. It is the same sandwich from my hazy memory. I tried to buy a bottle of sauce, but he did not have bottles in-stock. Shucks, I'll have to visit again. Note to self: Pack an empty sauce bottle.

He also does an excellent butter crust, peach cobbler that is served warm. I recommend it. Splurge. Get the large serving.

The SW corner of Curtis & Wyoming is not a great neighborhood. I'll visit during daylight, but not after sunset. I was able to park on the street, right outside the front door. There are two 4-tops, but the seating space is somewhat cramped ... and I only recall seating for six(?).

Given the tiny space, Greg seems to-do mostly carry-out. He works his craft behind ballistic plexi and has a pass-thru for money and food ... but he came into the dining room to chat briefly.

What would I change? Sauce on the side, but I like a pretty light touch with most sauces/toppings.

WiFi? No.

CCW friendly.

Will I return? Yes!

Why 5-stars? Greg delighted me. He resurrected the Boogaloo sandwich and seems to be doing great food, under difficult circumstances.

http://demiliscafe.yolasite.com/the-s...

Jan 10, 2015
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Detroit Yea a Ramen House da Johnny Noodle King

Alpoe,

You do good work here and elsewhere. Thank you.

Jan 10, 2015
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Brothers' Ribs in Detroit--Jean's Sauce of the Islands

> Pepper Palace ... lime BBQ sauce

Is this the website? Or; a restaurant? Or?

The website lists several line BBQ sauces ... which one?

Jan 10, 2015
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Tried Mandaloun Bistro in Southfield today [DTW area]...

Four of us visited Mandaloun Bistro for dinner last night.

We had a 6:30PM resv, arrived at 6:25PM and were welcomed by the hostess and directed to a public coat rack in the lobby. We were seated immediately.

The dining room was not busy. Maybe 4-5 other tables were occupied. When we departed, maybe ten tables were occupied.

On my prior two lunch visits, "rocking" chairs was a problem. Not tonight. I hope that this matter is indeed, permanently fixed. I also had prior problems with the Guest WiFi password ... nobody knew it. The password is their phone number, without the dashes. Now, even with a solid wireless connection, I could not get beyond their router, to the internet. There were a couple of trivia details that we wanted to look-up ... fail.

I seldom order alcohol with lunch. When asked for our drink order last night, I learned that Mandaloun has not *yet* secured a liquor license. I failed to inquire if they permit customers to BYOB. If wine:liquor is important; call ahead to determine if this matter is remedied.

We shared two appetizers; Ful Medamas and Calamari. The Ful Medamas was very good. The four pitas were warm and fresh. I will order it again. The Calamari? I was expecting crisp, golden rings of goodness. We were served seven calamari sticks, on a bed of shredded cabbage. Not what I was expecting. The preparation was perfect and the taste was good. I just kept getting flashbacks to my childhood introduction to seafood ... being Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks. I just cannot get past "fish sticks." I will not order again.

Our entrees included:

- Baked kibbe. Excellent.
- Lamb's tongue & dandelion greens (two appetizers). Excellent.
- Stuff eggplant. Excellent.
- Roasted stuffed lamb w/rice. Good. I don't grasp the appropriateness of "stuffed." It was shredded, over a bed of brown rice, nuts, raisins & gravy (on the side). It was tasty, but a tad dry (over-cooked?) I will not order again.

No desserts were ordered, but it did reinforce a persistent service problem. Our waitress seemed to struggle with basics. We didn't recognize one of the desserts she mentioned (Ashta? Ashtar?) and inquired, "what is it?" She stammered for maybe 10 secs before finally getting out the word: pistachios. Not particularly enlightening. She certainly did not sell the dish.

Other service oddities: She tried to place the entrees before clearing the appetizers. The tables are not THAT spacious, and she seemed flummoxed how-to proceed. We suggested clearing the appetizers, no cogent response or action. Another server noticed/overheard and immediately came to her rescue. Good teamwork.

She did offer to split the check. Hurray! I wish more places would do this - and do this without grimacing.

Will I return? Yes.

Jan 04, 2015
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graduation party for about 75 in/around Ann Arbor

Since you mentioned Livonia, consider Mama Mia in Livonia, Plymouth Rd, west of Beech Daly. Their banquet space can easily handle your group. Excellent banquet staff. Many items on their menu, never yet been disappointed. They will also do separate checks without fussing.

Jan 03, 2015
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Private dining room for 30 in DTW

Mama Mia's (Livonia) does a very good job with our sports car group.

https://goo.gl/maps/p6s91

Dec 30, 2014
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Oxford Inn in Royal Oak to close their doors at the end of January (DTW area)

> I'll have to make it down there sometime in January for one
> last half-slab (or, perhaps this time, a full slab!) of ribs.
> They're still great ribs, and they won't be around much longer,
> it seems.

Want company?

> Jim Brady's ...

Seems that Mary is willing to spend serious coin to make this an anchor operation and expand the downtown restaurant area.

> Country & Western ...

Good grief.

Dec 24, 2014
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