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Bucharest Grill (DTW)

Yes, Detroit has no shortage of shawarma. I bet its the english-speaking Shawarma capital of the world. But somebody clued me into this place, and I finally got around to trying it. Located sorta in the park bar, next to Cliff's bell. Its basically a stall inside of Park bar, where you can either order to go, or eat inside the bar. it took FOREVER to get my food before the tigers-yankees game (the good one where we one). One hand armed with a Bucharest shawarma (chicken, fries, sauce, etc). the other one with a beef one. (how I'm not 10000lbs is beyond me).

OMG. So. F'in good. WAtching them make it, they slather on thick amounts of garlic sauce. When they grab the meat, whole fistfuls of meat go on it. The shawarma is at the absolutely maximal tension point of the pita without it popping open like a cheap balloon.

The Meat was excellent. tender, moist, full of flavor.
Heaping fresh, crisp vegetables
Loads of incredible garlic sauce

I don't know what there is more to say about a shawarma. Do try.

Don

Jun 07, 2012
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Green dot stables (DTW, MI)

http://greendotstables.com/

I believe opened around Memorial day weekend. New slider place Downtown.

Location: Interesting. A few blocks south of corktown, closer to the riveredge. There's nothing but empty industrial building around it. To be honest, kind of scary if you're going there after dark, don't have a CCW, or Y chromosome. Having said that the parking lot was packed on a Wednesday night with legitimate flow of people in and out. I don't know the history behind the building, but its a cool spot. Hipster chic with a cool bar area and foosball table.

Service: Everybody was super friendly, a touch slow. no major comments.

Food: 17 types of sliders, with one rotating "mystery meat" slider. all between 2-3 dollars. Fries prepared a bunch of ways (cajun, Poutine, Ranch, chili cheese, malt vinegar). some odd side salads, mac/cheese (which came recommended.. more on that later), and some soups. Clearly the sliders are the star of the show. As an example of our gluttony, between the me and two friends we covered most of them.

Corned beef: Corned beef. What can you say? A corned beef sandwhich in small format. Personally, I love mine with a 3:1 meat to bread ratio, so I say save some stomach room, and make a separate trip to Mudgies or Stage Deli.

Shredded pork: Pretty good. Good balance of flavors between the pork apple, and cabbage. Cabbage gives it a next textural crunch. A solid B

Lamb: Again. Lamb burger. Good, but nothing stupendous. B

BCT: My friend raved about it. light, crisp, flavorful. Do try

Korean: The star of the show. Its a very interesting cascade of flavors. Bite into it, and its beefy/bready of a typical hamburger. Then the acid, unmistakable crunch of Kim Chi comes in, and after that dies down this sweet rich depth of peanut butter. Very, Very interesting. Clearly a 4:20 induced combination but it surprisingly works out well. Do Try

Ham and swiss: This was ordered as an afterthought. Sound simple? But there's something to be said about simple things done to perfection. My personal favorite. Thick cuts of perfectly done ham, slightly heated with melted goops of harmonious swiss cheese on top. The best of the meat:cheese:bread ratio all day.

Mystery meat: Ours was a Vindaloo Lamb Neck with Fig Chutney. Yummy! But I'm a sucker for indian food. Moist, tender, fatty lamb neck done in a mild vindaloo sauce with a touch of sweet to round it out.

Au poivre: Meh. dry. Pepper overpowered everything. Pass.

Hot Brown: My friend enjoyed it. Bacon/cheese/chicken interplay works.

Bologna: Having never tried this detroit staple, I devoured mine. Deep fried processed nitrate infested meats? How can one go wrong. Maybe the Filipinos are on to something with thier SPAM friend rice. I can see how one might say this was a touch too salty or greasy. But to you, I don't care.

Fries Au Poutine: Good. Nick thick gravy in which the fries were swimming. They were a touch cheap on the cheese. SPeaking of, what does real cheese curds taste like? Different from other cheese? How does one well the difference? The other modifier is maybe thicker steak-style fries in the gravy would help sop up the fluids better. still good. would over again.

Mac/Cheese - umm.. I'm torn. I mean, the Mornay sauce was good. Sort of a more simple alfredo. The pasta was al dente. But I wasn't sold. I like my Mac and cheese with oompth and style. Check Slows, J Alexanders, or Cameron's for pointers.

Chicken Paprikash soup: Torn. Ive never had it before so I wasn't sure what to expect. But nice deep, rich broth jazzed up with sour cream and I think sauekraut? Some small bits of spatzle added something. I like my soups with STUFF IN IT! Lots of chicken, lots of spatzle. here was mostly broth. But the broth was sure tasty. I used the top bun of my sliders to soak it in.

Drinks: Excellent Beer selection (IPA lovers try the racer5) and CHEAP prices. I tried the "premium" summer soda. Pass. It needs to be reworked.

Overall: Very Detroit. Its location makes it hard to reach, and a one stop place. you go there eat, get in your car, drive up the road to sugar house. Food was fun and novel. There's a few things I'd like to see them tinker with before I give them worship status. Sliders should have a super soft, light fluffy bun. I hate to say it but White Castle does that best. Having the component separated, the essential parts of a basic slider/hamburger, its average. The burger is dry in some, under spiced/salted in others. But when jazzed up with everything else, or the non-beef patty ones it is good. I DID enjoy the meal. I DID enjoy the experience. Would I drive 30min downtown JUST for it? Prob not at this point.

Don

Jun 07, 2012
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vinsetta garage (Royal Oak, DTW)

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/...

excccited!

i do foresee some name confusion with the lackluster Vinsetta grill that sits cross-corner.

Don

Jun 05, 2012
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Imperial (ferndale, DTW)

New Taco place opened next to Como's on 9 and woodward. Soft opening last Wednesday. Real opening was this weekend. I visited this establishment Sunday night.

Decor: Super cool. Love it. sleek hardwood everywhere. Angular everything. They're participating in the new cafeteria/bench seating fad. It fits the casual feeling of it. Great art-work. and the patio in the back is gonna be one of the best hang-out spots in Se-MI, albeit a touch small.

Service: Growing pains, but A+ for effort and heart.

Drinks: They had again limited service. Tried a bunch of lesser known Mexican beers.. all with the same reaction: Meh. However, their mixed drinks/cocktails were excellent. Not as artisanal as Oakland/Sugar House, but very ,very good. The steeped Vodka wasn't ready for action yet, something that my liver has a soft spot for.

Food: BIG thumbs up. We talked to the owner and he said his inspiration were the taco trucks of LA. Carnitas, Al Pastor, Tinga De pollo, Adobada, Carne Asada, Papas con rojas, and Vegetarian. I tried them all except carnitas and vegetarian. Double soft flavorful tortillas with heaps of stuffing. Comes with those little slices of limes, but alas no radishes (which i'm not a fan of anyway). Al Pastor, excellent. marinated pork with griled pineapple. A touch of heat, sweetness, and saltiness. moist, flavorful. deelish. tinga: stewed chicken. Also excellent. Adobada: one of their weaker ones, especially since I was looking forward to it. chili lime grilled chicken. Dry, not as flavorful as I imagined. Use Thigh meat guys!! Carne Asada: Again, another sub-par. They use braised stringy meat, instead of nice chucks of steak. Creates a textural problem for me. Papas con rojas: probably my fav. Dry Salty chorizo with bits of potatoe.

The Piece de resistance: Sonoran hot dog. bacon wrapped hotdog, stewed beans, poblamo lime cream and salsa verde for $4. Yes. Please. Moar. Please.

churro: Also Excellent, but its hard for me to stomach a 2.50 churro especially considering how small it was.

Guac/chips - Meh. Good, but not standout. SAve your stomach for another hot dog.

Overall: Yes Please!! Arguably the best addition to Se-MI cuisine in a long time.

don

May 29, 2012
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South Haven, MI recommendations

going there for Memorial weekend. any unique/memorable restaurants or bars that I've gotta try in the SW-Mi area? Thanks CH'ers!

don

May 14, 2012
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"Thai Temple" Sunday outdoor foodcourt in Warren? [DTW]

Just came back from it.

Pretty fun! The token exchanger lady promised me a better showing next time. I guess only half the usual vendors showed up since it was mother's day. There were a total of 8 stations. Things I saw: Multiple fried fish stations, sweets area with a variety of baked goods and coconut juice based sweets. A fried rice station. Thai iced tea and coffee stand. Two different noodle ladies, a satay person, green papaya salad, variety of curries, and deep fried potatoes, bananas and taros.

I had the two types of noodles, satay, and green papaya salad.
One noodle bowl is very typical SE-MI. pork/seafood based broth, thin rice vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, fried onions, cilantro/onion garnish. Mine came with some pork meat bits and two meatballs. Ymmy! excellent broth! Very similiar to Vietnamese Hu Tieu, or Kuy Teav in Cambodia, just with the little something special Thai people do. More chili-hot and sourish than the vietnamese version i'm used to. Excellent though. I think every weekend morning should begin with a bowl of noodle soup.
The other bowl was kinda meh. Flat diamond shaped rice noodles, in a darker sweeter broth. Not too disiimliar to taiwanese style beef noodles, just with more heat and sugar. Toppings were pork small intestine, roast pork, and pork liver. I give it a so-so.
Satay sticks were good. one chicken one beef. good glaze. excellent balance of saltiness, flavor, sweet. Moist, tender, with a hint of chew. me gusta.
Finally the green papaya salad. Oh how I love and hate thee. The lady was courteous enough to ask if I could hot stuff. Sure, I replied, considering I can eat anything in the vietnamese and latin repertoire. young green papaya julienned. excellent crunchy textures. She thing slicked some eggplant rind in, garlic, crab legs (very interesting, i'll get back to those), and peppers which I now call Satan's Sperm. Why? The visual similarities of these small chilis and swimmers are obvious, but more importantly the crushingly high quantity of capsaisin that is in it. Yep. I was that guy. Panting, sucking wind, eye watering, desprately praying for the icea tea line to move faster. The crab aspect is interesting. Just legs. small little blue things. Im' not sure if they were pickled or what? unique flavor that i've never had before. tasty little bastards. For comparisons sake, The Vietnamese green papaya salad, is the same julienned green papaya which shredded beef jerky and charred liver with some aromatic fish sauce on top. Du du Kho Bo.

Anyway, I'm def in next time it comes around esp if there's more variety!

don

p.s. there's a stand in the corner to get your haircut too! I'm brave from a food perspective, but not just anybody can touch my hair.

May 13, 2012
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Akron restaurant recs

diamond grill

don

May 10, 2012
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John D Bistro (DTW - Ferndale)

Took over Club Bart (RIP) space in Ferndale at the SE corner of 9 and Woodward. Its setting itself up to be a loungey, bistro, "cool" kids hang out spot.

Ambiance: I like the spot. Airey. Their front wall is a garage door that they had open last night. Bar isn't too spacious, but it wasn't crowded so we weren't bothered. They do have some.. peculiar seats including two stage/"VIP" areas that looked really uncomfortable. Its hard to explain.

Service: Impeccable. Super nice, attentive, unpretentious, fun, laidback. Can't speak highly enough about my bartender. Plus, I love women with sleeves.

Drinks: Had a Mint Julep in honor of the Kentucky derby. fresh mint. went down nice and smooth. Double uber gold points for my follow up Hendricks and Tonic coming with cucumber without having me to ask!

Food: We only had a few appetizers. I have mixed feelings. The Duck Confit was excellent. Phyllo pastry just loaded with excellent flavorful, tender duck meat. Yummy. Carmelized onions on the side complemented it excellently. Calamari - a big Meh. A weird citrusy cream sauce. Calamari itself had breading that didn't really contribute. A waste of calories in my book. BIg Rock's is still my fav in this area. Mac/Cheese. Another average dish. Props for using cucumber to add some texture. They used big shells for the pasta, and their choice of cheese just didn't mesh well.

Having said that, watching some of the other platters come out, I regret some of my choices. One of the specials were grilled italian sardines that I REALLY wanted to try, but my friend is the world's most boring eater so I couldn't order it. The chicken lollipops looked appetizing too, so put that on the list.

Overall: Umm.... from a purely food perspective, I'm not so sure. Having said that, I'll eat there again based upon ambiance, being the "scene" just to see what the other dishes have to offer. I'd definitely come back there just for drinks.

don

May 05, 2012
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Downriver DTW

I've been told from a Paisan whose food credibility is extremely high in my book that Moro's in Allen Park has the best Italian food in Detroit, barring his mother's house. Its on my list of places to go.

Don

May 05, 2012
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Foodie Detroit! need your recs...

considering you're from NYC, the things you should probably try that are uniquely indigenous to Detroit:

1) Coney lsland hot dogs. classic drunk food. American/Lafayette challenge at 2AM. usually good people watching too. Like Bourdain says, judge a city by their meat tubes.
2) Middle Eastern food in Dearborn. Largest arab population in the united states. lots of deliciousness. there's another thread somewhere floating around for specifics.
3) Detroit style pizza. Square, thick doughy crust slightly sweet sauce. My fav is Loui's pizza in Hazel park. Reeks of Detroit soul. If you buy a bottle of chianti, they give you sharpies. Decorate as you wish, and they hang it up on the ceiling for posterity.
4) I'd guess that Detroit has some of the highest micro-bewery per capita ratio in the states. Atwater, Motor City Brewery, Dragon mead, Kuhnhenns. my favorites in increasing order. Try Kuhnhenn's DRIPA for one of the best hoppy beers, bar none.
5) Detroit sliders. Greasy, flavorful, delicious little bastards. Ketchup, pickles, no mustard on mine thank you. Everybody has their faves. Telway, Hunter House, Comet, Little brothers. I'm partial to Hunter House and Little Brothers personally.
6) Cadieux Cafe - only feather bowling alley in the country.

don

May 05, 2012
donbui82 in Great Lakes

One Eyed Betty's Ferndale (DTW)

Went there for happy hour/dinner on a weekday

Amazing beer selection. Extensive, varied, with lots of Michigan brews.

Love the communal/bench style seating.

Food - Mixed. Charcuterie was nothing special, but we are spoiled being near Forest Grill and Cork. We had the steamed cockels, which were amazing. The juice at the bottom of the bowl was unbelievely good. we are fighting for bread bits to sop it up. Pretzel sticks with three dipping sauces were the best i've had outside of Bell's brewery in K-Zoo. And how can you not order Bacon with a side of Bacon?? Sadly, it didn't completely live up to the lofty expectations. The Bacon was pretty good. smoky, not too thick. well fried and crispy. The fried poached egg had AMAZING consistency and textures. fluffy, cripsy exterior with this mellow soft interior. but it was absolutely completely bland. However, when eaten with the salty bacon it averaged out to something delicious in your mouth. The pork belly was decent as well. For dinners we had the pork belly sandwhich and the fried oyster po'boy. po'boy was good. oysters had an excellent cornmeal bredding with an excellent sauce. the Pork belly is asian -inspired and good enough THey both had the same problems though. The ratio of bread:stuffing is all wrong. HUGe honking rolls of all bread. We actually ripped the top off and ate it that way. Much better.

Love this place. Will come back.

Mar 18, 2012
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[DTW] Monty's Grille - Royal Oak

Add this to the list of excellent breakfast places in our area.

On woodward between I believe between 12 and 13 mile. Located in the wing one of those ultra-shady motels which I'm sure rent by the hour. Yellow awning, which this friendly looking chef statue in front of the door.

Basic breakfast menus of eggs, hams, etc. Counter-top searing and three tables of two. Very basic fare.

But seriously. Come here for the corned beef hash. Handfuls of excellent corned beef shredded in larger chunks. BIg hunks of onions, peppers, potatoes. Well-seasoned without being too greasy. HUGe portion of 6 bucks. We also had the omelette with kielbasa and cheddar which was tasty as well, but nothing mind-blowing.

don

Mar 18, 2012
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[DTW] Sala thai Troy, Mi (15/coolidge

Recently opened. I stopped by and between my friend and I ordered the Tom Yum, Pad Thai, and Drunken noodles. All VERY tasty. Best Thai I've had in SE-MI. I'd love to hear everybody's else opinion of this place. If there's somewhere better, please point me in the right direction!

don

Feb 03, 2012
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DTW: Sugar House

That new bar next to Slows' in Corktown.

http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2012/01/19...

Great, great place. My favorite watering hole in Se-MI. Beating out Valentine Vodka tasting room, Oakland Toy Company, and D'Mongos.

Don

Jan 23, 2012
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Taco trucks and street food in metro Detroit?

Jan 02, 2012
donbui82 in Great Lakes

DTW: Bella Piatta

If yor'e in the mood for salted meats, you're much better off blowing your hard-earned money at Forest Grill. They're Charcuterie is second to none anywhere.

Pastas, and interesting italian appetizers, however...

Jan 02, 2012
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The Chocolate Gallery Cafe - Warren, MI

My GF and I had breakfast there this morning after a coin flip between here and the Breakfast club in Madison Heights.

Interesting place. Its in this itty bitty strip-mall. We actually drove by and had to circle around. Deco is.. what you'd expect at your grandma's house. Service is like molasses in every way. Super sweet and super slow.

Food: we ordered the Kielbasa omelette and Corned Beef Hash. My Hash came with scrambled eggs. They were both.. decent. Her omelette is somewhat untraditional Its a thick, dense moon of eggs with melted cheese on top. But not gooey melted cheese, more like... a matted layer of prior cheese, then left to congeal. Large chunks of green pepper, and onions (instead of finely minced), and honestly, too few pieces of kielbasa. My Hash platter was very... decent. The scrambled eggs were scrambled eggs. The Hash was also .. decent. Pretty large pieces of potatoes, good corned beef, lots of onions. Its probably personal preference, but I thought the onion ratio was too high, corned beef too low, and the potatoes cut too big.

A decent breakfast. Would I trek over there again? Maybe not, but I'd eat there if I'm in the neighborhood. I'd imagine their sweets are much better than their savories.

don

Dec 30, 2011
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DTW: Bella Piatta

Had dinner there last night with one of my bosses. Some background that I know, it hasn't been open that long. Located across the street from the Townsend hotel, and I believe shares owners with Tallulah (which I love). Premise of the restaurant is high-quality Italian food with as many locally sourced ingredients as they can.

Interior is nice. Warm, cozy. great ambiance. Fantastic date place. They have some small tables, and then bar-top style seating around the bar and anti-pasta station.

Food. absolutely delicious. We had some prosciutto. My boss is a very picky eater and he really liked it. Not too salty, great flavors. I had the grilled sardines. Very good if you like small oily fishes. For entrees, we all had different pastas, and each one was excellent. I had the caccio e peppo. simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper. But it was simply divine. My gf had pasta with lamb meatballs which were superb as well.

Everything was fantastic, but the value. To be honest, the portions were microscopy. The prices were already slightly high, but throw on the itty bitty plates, and the ratio drops dramatically.

Don

Dec 29, 2011
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Mai's Thai restaurant on 12 Mile east of Mound in Warren [DTW]

the new Sala Thai isn't the same chef/owners as the one downtown. Its his brother. My GF swears by the Sala Thai in eastern market, but I've had the one in Warren (very meh). Lets list the Thai places i've tried and been disappointed with: Penn's (new place on 14 and crooks), Sala Thai in Warren, any Thai in Birmingham, Silver Spoon in Clawson, Bangkok something or another on maple in the Wal-Mart plaza. Siam Spicy on woodward is the superior thai restaurant I've had around here, but that's not saying much. am I missing something?

don

Nov 28, 2011
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Chao Zhou in Madison Hts has its grand opening this Thurs--supposedly [DTW]

this really makes me sad. Has their "interesting" offerings been done away with?

don

Nov 28, 2011
donbui82 in Great Lakes

Detroit Thanksgiving - Any Lessons Learned? [DTW]

1) Oil-less deep fryer's. complete farce. stay far away.

2) Steve Rocky's fresh turkeys. believe the hype. They are that good and worth every penny

3) Achatz pie pumpkin crump. omg good.

4) my gf uses bacon AND sausage in her stuffing. Wow. yummy.

Don

Nov 28, 2011
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Chao Zhou in Madison Hts has its grand opening this Thurs--supposedly [DTW]

Went back.

Much better noodle dish this time. I had the spicy Taiwanese beef noodle dish. It was very yummy. Good flavors, excellent pieces of meat, balanced broth.

Had a side of Har Gow. Good. I give it a 8/10.

I will be a regular.

don

p.s. its a pure chinese place. I didn't sense any taint from other cultures.

Nov 06, 2011
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Fried Chicken in Detroit or Western Suburbs

China Chef in Troy. NE corner of Rochester and Long Lake. it takes 20-25 minutes of prep time so call ahead. But sooo deelish. They call it crispy chicken.

Don

Nov 06, 2011
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DTW: Da Nang, Clawson

Its definitely cleaner than the typical Vietnamese places around Madison Heights. Is it better? Not noticeably so. Their Bun Thit Heo Nuong and Cha gio is pretty edible. I would come back and try their Ga Ri Ca since no one else around other than my own two hands offers this. Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Com Suon, etc... I think you're pretty off at Pho Hang/Que Huong/Thuy Trang.

Don

Nov 06, 2011
donbui82 in Great Lakes

In the mood for GREAT italian. Bacco or Giovannis???!!!?? [DTW]

My GF and I LOVE Bacco's. Its one of our go-to places for special occasions. Yes, its pretty pricey. Yes, its like stepping into the Housewives of West Bloomfield. But yes, we are blown away by how good our meal is everytime we go. Perfectly cooked fresh pasta with sauces that are vibrant with excellent full flavors. Their meats are incredible too.

don

Nov 06, 2011
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Chao Zhou in Madison Hts has its grand opening this Thurs--supposedly [DTW]

Finally got around to eating here. went for lunch of sunday morning, and it was pleasantly packed with non-english speaking Chinese folks.

Like any good Vietnamese boy, I feel that all weekend breakfasts should start with a bowl of noodle soup. I asked what their "best" one was and the waitress immediately pointed to the cambodian noodle soup. I didn't click two and two together at that point so I ordered it and an side of Xiao long bao.

XLB: ooooook. There was SOME juices in the middle, but it wasn't like overflowing with succulent broth. Normally I like it where you scald yourself with every dumpling. The meat filling was tasty enough and reasonably moist. The wrapper was kinda thick though. Edible, order it again? Only if I'm really fiending. Having said that, probably the better XLB I've had here in SE-MI unless someone can point me in a better direction. Kim's (Novi), Best China, Trizest, all terrible.

My Cambodian noodle dish: Its just their version of what vietnamese peopl call Hu tieu. Watch anthony bourdain's trip to cambodia and its the stuff he rants and raves over. And having grown up in a city with a large Khymer population, this noodle soup was only meh. If you wanna try a much better rendition go to Pho Que Huong and order their Hu Tieu Kho with glass noodles. Their broth was clean tasting and didn't leave me parched from msg or salt. but it was kinda flat. Not the deep tasty porky goodness its supposed to have. No side dishes of bean sprouts and lime garnish. tsk, tsk. Meats were meh. three shrimp, a few slices of bbq pork, two fish balls, and maybe one spoonful of ground pork. It lacked MOST importantly, the sign of true greatness in a Hu Tieu place, is that they serve your dish wish a side of a big honking femur to gnaw on. If you ever go to LA or long beach, do yourself a favor and look up a place called Battambang.

Would I go back? surprisingly yes. I was looking around and the other dim sum dishes looked decent enough for me to give it a whirl. More importantly, some of the rice dishes looked really good. Some excellent "peasant" chinese food I suspect is to be had there. Just have to order out of your comfort zone.

Don

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Que Huong Restaurant
30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Nov 01, 2011
donbui82 in Great Lakes

Dry Aged Steaks In Detroit

Pretty sure bourbon steak in the MGM does.

Oct 18, 2011
donbui82 in Great Lakes

Looking for fresh eggs and rabbit and other items in N. Oakland county [DTW]

Toasted oak in novi often has lardo

Peacocks poultry in Troy for eggs

Ventimiglia in sterling heights for all my Italian meat needs

Don

Oct 12, 2011
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Dim sum recommendations? [Detroit]

Kim's Garden in Novi.

service is subpar, but their shumai, har kow, curried cuttlefish, chicken feet are all good. About as good as it gets here in SE-MI.

don

p.s. their dinner is decent too.

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Kim's Garden
26150 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Sep 24, 2011
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Seoul Garden [Detroit Area]

15 and dequindre at the NE corner.

So a little confusion. Its now in the place of the "old Seoul Garden. (OSG)" I think there was some association with the New Seoul Garden over in southfield. To be honest, the OSG food was always ok. NSG was my go to place for korean food in SE-MI.

A Korean nurse told me there was new ownership at the OSG. so off I went.

I've been here twice now.

Ambiance: much better. clean, nice. Lots of tables with grills integrated into them. Over 90% of the customers there were Korean. Always a good sign.

Service: Meh. a little slow to be honest. Bring a book.

Food: Yummy!!!!!! I've eaten here twice now. First time I had the chap chae (stir-fry glass noodles) and woo-guh-ji Kalbi Tang (spicy beef soup with cabbage). Second time I had the Soondubu with pork. Everything I had was excellent. Well-balanced between being flavorful without being salty. Excellent cuts of meat in both soups. Both broths were outstanding. All the panchan (Korean side dishes) were of high quality. Bonus point is that they use the purple rice instead of white rice. Its richer, a touch sweet. Ive never seen it outside of K-town in LA before.

This my official #1 korean spot. I'm waiting with a group of people to go back and try me out some Korean BBQ.

Don

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Seoul Garden
2101 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Sep 11, 2011
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