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looks like the Onion Roll will be back (DTW)

Based on that article it could really end up being anything. Doesn't mention the type of food or if it will even be a deli, other than saying they're keeping the name and sign for nostalgia. Here's to hoping it's something interesting that can stay in business. Ever since it's closed I've hoped someone takes it over and uses their imagination for something great. I personally liked the old decor and nostalgia factor of the building and sign.

May 03, 2013
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Barcelona - food recs - hotel near Mercat de la Boqueria

I am looking for good eats/drinks near our hotel. We are staying right around the corner from la Boqueria. We already have reservations at Tickets one night and that is planned as our splurge meal. Recommendations under 40 Euro/person would be appreciated. Also, specific dishes if you know any. We're both pretty adventurous eaters. Thanks!

Feb 07, 2012
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Detroit for a vegetarian

Om Cafe in Ferndale is also strictly vegetarian and gets pretty decent reviews from most people. They are only open Mon, Wed, Fri and Saturday though. It would be a quick drive up Woodward or 75 for you.

Oct 10, 2011
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Mexican in Columbus/Dublin?

Try his blog. He may have something posted on there. He does seem to eat at a lot of different places.

Jul 07, 2011
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Tried Mudgie's Deli in Detroit, MI tonight...

Agree to disagree

Jul 01, 2011
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DTW - Thai Palace in West Dearborn now closed

I ate at the one in E. Dearborn this week Monday. Everything was up and functioning, though they had a ton of buckets collecting water from a leaky ceiling.

Jun 24, 2011
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Tried Mudgie's Deli in Detroit, MI tonight...

I happened to eat at Mudgie's last night also and came in around 7:15 when it was starting to get a little busier and we were the last to leave before close. There are a couple things boagman stated that I agree with and a couple that I just do not. Overall I'd give the experience a B+/A-. With his experience pushing it up towards an A- actually.

I would disagree about the feeling that the waitress was spread too thin. Melissa was very attentive to our table and made no mistakes and we certainly didn't lack any attention when needed or helpful recommendations. At most there were 8-10 tables and did not see anyone complain or have to raise a hand to get her attention. I could see them needing two waiters/waitresses during a busy lunch rush or brunch, but not on a half-full Tuesday night.

Where I can agree with him is the cost. Some of the items at our table seemed a little small for the cost. But when I think about how most of it, if not all, is sourced locally, organically and humanely and then prepared fresh in house as opposed to a lot of delis where its just stacking as much meat as possible on some rye bread, you can understand the extra buck or two. These aren't huge Bread Basket sandwiches and they don't claim to be. They claim "Authentic Artisan Deli" and I think that's what most of the options are.

I also got the lemonade and it came don't know what the deal was there. We had a mix of sandwiches ranging from the Special of the day: a spicy sausage with sauerkraut on a sub bun, the great Gutty V2.0 with all the meats, to a vegetarian wrap. We also tried a couple soups, salads, and the spinach dip. The only complaint made was about the size to cost ratio. We enjoyed the taste thoroughly. I do agree that the food is not amazingly remarkable but definitely ranks as above average for me. I think maybe boagman's opinion of the corned beef is a personal preference thing. He's correct, It's not thin cut, but to say that "it should have been sliced thinner", is something I disagree with. I think that's a preference thing and many deli's that are seasoning and roasting their meat in-house do slice it that thick or thicker. I found mine to be a good thickness, very tender and well seasoned.

Finally, maybe I'm off base commenting about this, but the way these groupons, livingsocial, oy deals work is that the restaurant gets about 1/2 of what you paid for it. To send food back because the meat was tough and her being happy to get something else, complaining because the dressing wasn't raspberry enough and her again getting something else, being given samples of things, complaining about the lemonade getting diluted over ice and then touting that you felt she deserved the what I'm assuming is being considered a generous $4 tip seems to be impossibly high standards for her. Mudgie's probably gave out $30+ dollars of food and helpful, nice service, along with trying to make the customer as happy as possible for what is probably $5 they get from the coupon, plus a couple bucks you probably went over and the $4 tip. To me that sounds like a pretty darn good local place concerned about local products, and their customers happiness that has a great support staff who can deal with a picky customer with patience and a smile. That's why they get the A- from me.

Bread Basket
17740 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Jun 22, 2011
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Goat meat, city of Detroit

Aladdin in Hamtramck has 5-10 different goat dishes. Some of the other Bangladeshi restaurants there should also be serving goat I suspect.

Jun 16, 2011
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Detroit /SE MIchigan's own board ???? [moved from Great Lakes board]

There is a Google group called GUDetroit that everyone could join and post at also. The people are great, very welcoming, many involved in local businesses and most/all posts are about the Metro Detroit area restaurants, food trends, events going on. It is a very welcoming group and won't censor opinions or links. They also have a facebook group and website with a blog and have a lot of fun food/drink centric events. There is a potluck picnic this weekend on Belle Isle. Check it out if you're looking for more SE Michigan dedicated posts.

Jun 09, 2011
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Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit...any word on the food?

It's Foran's Grand Trunk Pub. I think you're thinking of somewhere else goatgolfer because I don't recall any cheese plates or tongue sandwiches that I've ever seen on the menu. For the most part its a little better than normal bar food. They try to use as much local stuff as possible and they also have pretty solid brunches. They're most known for their beer selection though. Everything I've eaten there I've enjoyed, it just hasn't been earth shattering. Pretty good guacamole and my vegetarian friends love their Veggie Riot Sandwich. Also you should try the sandwich place that's connected next door and the wine bar/store upstairs. All are above average in my book.

May 24, 2011
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Oxford, Ohio

Its been over 5 years since I was at school down there but the places I frequented are:

Bagel and Deli is uniquely Oxford/Miami U. They have bagel sandwiches that are then steamed to turn into a hot gooey mess. Pretty solid, especially late at night if you've had a few cocktails.

Steinkeller's on High Street is decent with the standard German fare. The best thing is the beer selection. The place is kind of hidden in a dark basement/dungeon so if you walk out and its still bright out you'll have an adjustment. Awesome Happy Hour.

La Bodega is a nice deli on High Street with pretty good sandwiches

Uptown Cafe was a good breakfast place on high street, very small and usually crowded.....not sure if it still exists though.

Smoking Ox: bbq and beers

Most places in Oxford aren't something that you can't get elsewhere and are catering to a college crowd. Keep in mind this is a very small college town and you'll enjoy it for the good atmosphere and beautiful campus.

La Bodega
11 W High St, Oxford, OH 45056

15 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056

High Street
1401 Reading Rd Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45202

May 19, 2011
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DTW - best place for summer intern lunch

For an Intern's budget close to the Ford offices:
Mati's Deli in west Dearborn is always good with large deli sandwiches and nice outside seating.
Ricky's Sub Shop on Greenfield has huge subs for cheap and is very popular
Alcamo's Italian Market on Schaefer is also good for sandwiches but there's nowhere to sit
Cardoni's Bar on Greenfield for good cheap burgers and fries

I'll try to think of some more.........

Ricky's Sub Shop
6460 Greenfield Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

Mati's Deli
1842 Monroe St, Dearborn, MI 48124

May 19, 2011
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local ingredients [Cleveland area]

They have pork belly at the Korean grocery store EMart in Troy at Big Beaver and Dequindere and at Kaps in the Eastern Market. You can get raw duck legs at Saigon Market on John R. north of 12 Mile, and I've heard you can get fresh ducks during the holiday season at Holiday Market in Royal Oak and that they get them in on Tuesdays and they could probably cut it up for you.

Saigon Market
3103 Lafayette Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Dec 02, 2010
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You may want to look into Gourmet Underground Detroit. There is a google group and a website. Just google that name and you should find it since they would take down the website if I listed it. The website is currently adding a forum where people can post anything about restuarants, meals, recipes, Detroit area happenings, homemade foodstuff, businesses, etc. The Google group acts as the forum currently. Check it out!

Nov 01, 2010
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Shopping in Grand Rapids

Hi Wahooty,

Not really sure for some of your requests as I haven't lived in GR for a while. I do know that I would suggest GB Russo to find good meats, cheeses, and beer/wine/spirits. It's been around forever and always has very helpful people working who can direct you to their products or someplace else that may have something particular you're looking for. It's a great "international grocery" and has a fairly large selection to get you stocked up. Also, I have heard Grand Central Market is pretty decent, but I have never been there.

For pork belly, I'm not sure which groceries have it if you want to prepare it yourself. There are multiple restaurants in the area that have it in some way on their menus. Some that I'm pretty sure I remember seeing it and you might want to try are Six One Six, Bloom, Republic, and San Chez.

Let us know what you find. I'm back that way often and would definitely like to know of any new places with great selections.

Grand Central Market
57 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Oct 14, 2010
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where to find good breakfast, lunch near Hyatt Regency, Dearborn

I have not been able to find any great indian food in the immediate Dearborn area, be sure to post if you do. The Middle Eastern restaurants are solid, but the Indian restaurants right around there have been below average in my opinion.

Jun 23, 2010
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Jungle Jim's international grocery store--worth a visit? And what else should I eat in Cincy?

I went to college near Jungle Jim's. It is an incredible grocery store destination with endless aisles of munchy curing goods to explore and try as a college kid. As sammyo mentioned, the beer selection was another huge draw along with the hot sauces and long aisles of international foods. Plan on spending a good amount of time and definitely don't forget to bring your cooler.

Jungle Jim's Cafe
1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

Jun 10, 2010
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Detroit Metro - SATURDAY Brunch recommendation needed

Dino's Lounge in Ferndale does a weekend brunch both days with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. I've never been for breakfast but have always been satisfied with their dinners. Also they have outside seating in front and in back.

Also, The Whitney does a brunch that might be in their garden area, but I don't know if its on Saturdays or just Sundays.

Dino's Lounge
22740 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

Jun 08, 2010
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Visitng Downtown Toronto - Recommendations

Ha, I had looked at Black Hoof. For me it looks amazing, for the vegetarians it might be their worst nightmare.

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Visitng Downtown Toronto - Recommendations

Thanks so much for the recommendations so far everyone! A lot of good options.

Visitng Downtown Toronto - Recommendations

We're coming up from the Detroit area. No real plans except for relaxing, and enjoying good food and drinks.

Visitng Downtown Toronto - Recommendations

Hi Everyone,
I would really appreciate some help with food/restuarant recommendations. A group of 7 of us in our mid 20's are coming to Toronto for a long weekend. We are looking for recommendations ranging from small quick breakfasts to a couple nicer meals that are budget friendly (less than $35/person say). Any local can't miss places would also be appreciated. 2 stipulations: there needs to be some vegetarian options, and they need to be relatively close to our hotel at Yonge & Richmond. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Some Ideas so far:
W Burger Bar
Pizzeria Libretto
Smoke's Poutinerie

Also, any good bar recommendations nearby are always helpful.


Pizzeria Libretto
221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Menus are up for Detroit Restaurant Week

I also noticed a lot of spring peas on the menus. Last time, if I can remember, it was salmon and short ribs everywhere. Overall, I think the menus look a little better this time and I will be trying some different places from the last Restaurant Week.

Check out She will be giving previews of some of the restaurant week menu's each week leading up to April 16th. So far she has covered Mosaic, and it looks pretty good.

Where will you be heading this time?

Mar 26, 2010
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Have any experience(s) at Cinco Lagos, Milford, MI?

I would hope to think this was an aberration Ravenjon. Your experience was very different from my visit to Cinco Lagos, but I've only been there once. I thought the food was very good and all the flavors were right on. Our server was attentive and often checked back on how everything was and if we had any additional needs.

I agree with Quit2Chef when she said the food was much lighter than you would typically get. Nothing was covered in extreme amounts of sauces or melted cheese. Prices are moderate. Not really cheap, and nothing overly expensive. Most likely this will be the cheapest we'll ever be able to experience a Brian Polcyn restaurant.

Vtombrown, I had the carnitas. They were pretty tasty, with good flavoring and a nice crust, but I don't think they were the best thing I tried. I was lucky enough to get a few tastes of some other dishes and my recommendations are Chiles Poblanos Rellenos and the Green Chile Enchiladas. Unfortunately both were ordered by vegetarians so I didn't get to try them with meat, but they both had great flavors and didn't really miss the meat. Let us know what you get and how you like it.

Mar 09, 2010
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Hamtramck/MetroTimes Blowout - (Det, MI)

Anyone going down to Hamtramck this week to enjoy some local bands for the MetroTime's Blowout? What are the can't miss places to grab a bite to eat in Hamtown? My spot to recommend: Aladdin, great cheap Bangladeshi food as long as you're ok with eating on Styrofoam plates..... Where/What do you recommend?

Mar 04, 2010
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Tried The Fly Trap in Ferndale, MI

You can get the Swat Sauce at some of the local Ferndale groceries, they have it at Western Market on their deli counter. It's my favorite part about Fly Trap also. Personally I think the restaurant is overrated and not worth the hype and the constant crowd.

Jan 26, 2010
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Finding Peychaud's bitters in SE Mich?

I know its not in the West Side/Ann Arbor area but I'm pretty sure they have Peychaud's at Holiday Market in Royal Oak if you get over that way. They also have a few other brands including Angostura and Stirrings if you want to start a collection.

Jan 26, 2010
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Recs for Tin Hau area Hong Kong

My criteria are location and that I can get by with only speaking/reading English. I'm an adventurous eater and will try anything. Price is not really an issue but I probably won't be doing much fine dining. I'm trying to experience the different things I can get in Hong Kong so want to avoid the English style pubs and things similar that I can get over here. Was only looking around my hotel for something that I can get when I'm not out and about seeing the rest of Hong Kong. I know there are plenty of other boards that covered all the main tourist areas and I've got plenty of ideas there, but saw nothing for anything near Tin Hau MTR station.

Recs for Tin Hau area Hong Kong

I'll be just East of Victoria Park, any suggestions would be very much appreciated.....Anybody?

Seeking suggestions for downtown Detroit options

I agree Roast would be a good spot for a nicer dinner and I'm pretty sure they try to go with almost all local or regional ingredients at least. Or check out the 24Grille which is also in the Book Cadillac. Have had a couple meals there and was very happy with the food and the service was great.

Dec 17, 2009
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