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DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Seriously. The hipsters LOOOVVVEE them some poutine. So yeah, you can't go to Corktown without tripping over it. And ALPOE, my first and only poutine experience was at Brooklyn Street Local and while I liked my food a lot, your poutine looks a lot yummier than what my husband and I got.

Mar 31, 2013
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Sources of affordable beef bones for stock [DTW]

I'm sure you can find it at Eastern Market--I also saw beef bones at Meijer the other day and was surprised by the low-ish cost (although I don't remember what it was exactly).

Mar 31, 2013
AmyIM in Great Lakes

What is your favorite sandwich in Metro-Detroit?

Their fried bologna slider is to die for as well. And my picky-eater son (age 5) who eats nothing but carbs and cheese LOVES that PB&J sandwich.

Mar 31, 2013
AmyIM in Great Lakes

One night in Warren Michigan, what's not to be missed

We just made our first trip to Kuhnnenn Bros. with friends who LOVE IT. Great place, although the service was poky (they were slammed, though). We will be back!

Sep 23, 2010
AmyIM in Great Lakes

What Food to Bring New Parents

The only thing I would say is nothing too spicy. I breastfed both mine and spicy food for me (which I normally enjoy) led to screaming misery for them --and thus me. The complete meal is a lovely idea, not least because they can break it up into pieces and get several meals out of it--the salad for lunch one day, etc. And I agree that this is a kindness that hopefully will come back to you manyfold. I'll never forget how much it meant to me with both my kids for someone to do that for us.

Aug 11, 2010
AmyIM in Features

Babies in Bars

We do take our kids to brewpubs and the occasional restaurant/bar, but we're out way before their early bedtimes. If we don't enjoy a tired kid meltdown, and they're the loves of our lives, why should you, random stranger who MAYBE if we're lucky smiles at them because they're cute? We joke about having to go out at old person "early bird special" time now, but I think everyone concerned has more fun if we do.

That said? A "bar" bar that doesn't serve food? No way. I'll save that for date nights or girl's nights.

Jun 02, 2010
AmyIM in Features

Food near Wayne State?

According to my husband, who works there, with my own comments:

Byblos, across from the Academic Administration Building, has delicious Middle Eastern. There's also decent pizza at Circa, and Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes next to Wasabi. There's a good cafe at the International Institute as well, but their hours are spotty.Stay away from Lefty's unless you like way too much cheese on your pizza.

May 08, 2010
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Traverse City--need kid friendly, non-chain recommendations

Wow, thank you all. I'll post back here and let you know what we tried.

Apr 27, 2010
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Great Specialty Markets in SE Michigan

I love R Hirt's in Eastern Market for cheese -- and they are open Tues.-Sat. Cost PLus wine in the market also has inexpensive, interesting choices. Honeybee Market on Bagley in Southwest Detroit has an amazing selection of Mexican specialties. And Pat's in Wyandotte has great kielbasa.

Apr 27, 2010
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Traverse City--need kid friendly, non-chain recommendations

We'll be heading to TC for a family wedding the first weekend in May. We'll be there Friday evening through Sunday morning. Breakfast is handled at the hotel--we need one early lunch (Saturday) and one dinner. Five-year-old doesn't like most spicy food or unfried fish but is a pretty good eater; two-year-old eats NOTHING, so we're pretty much taking him out of the equation. Husband and I like everything, pretty much. I haven't been up that way in years and when I was we were in Sutton's Bay--given the kid factor, we'd like to stay close by as much as possible versus heading onto the Leelanau Peninsula, although we may have some more time before we leave for home on Sunday and choose to spend it there. We figure you can't go wrong with a brewpub..any good ones? Or other must-dos that are kid-friendly?

Apr 18, 2010
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Detroit Suggestions?

Hi and welcome! If you're going to Lafayette, let me suggest for your drinking ahead of time Enoteca at Campus Martius (which is just a really cool new part of the city anyway) or the Motor Bar at Motor City Casino. Nice drinks at the Motor Bar, nice people and vibe at both. If you're looking for food, I like Rochester Mills Beer Co in Rochester if you have kids or a big group in tow.
Please let us know what you try!

Jul 26, 2009
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Leaving a Massive Tip

I have two small kids. Who are messy, sometimes cranky, and get snarky when the food takes awhile coming out. If a server is halfway cognizant of that, 20 percent; if they smile at the baby or bring out a little baby-friendly snack without us asking (people do that! Amazing!) or find any nice way to accomodate us and make our dining experience more pleasant, we tip like mad. We try to stick to more casual places but even then sometimes get looked at like we've brought a baboon or two in; being treated with a little kindness puts us in a very generous mood.

Jul 10, 2009
AmyIM in Features

Detroit Area (Troy/B'ham) - Chowish friends with 10 mo. old?

Bastone is Kids Eat Free on Sundays too--not that a 10 month old eats enough to get his own plate. But it's a very kid friendly atmosphere. I've been with a big group of friends and all our kids on kids eat free night (five of them, only one of whom was over five), and the servers were WONDERFUL and dealt with them beautifully. The Emory is good, and I can second Rochester Mills and Royal Oak Brewery (and probably Detroit Brewing Co. too). Mr. B's was nice as well, but very crowded and smoky. I have no idea of this is even still open, but Ballie Corcaigh in Corktown was great too.

We've eaten with our two all over, and find the key is "go early." What we try to do with childfree friends is go early and then have them back to our place for a drink after the kids go to bed so we can still talk!

Another place that did well with our kids was brunch at La Dolce Vita, although our daughter was just a baby last time. All the servers (and many of the diners) fussed over her when we had to walk her around when she got a little antsy.

Feb 04, 2009
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Metro Detroit-Corned Beef Hash

Obviously food is subjective--because I was going to say theirs was quite bad. And there's not actually anything wrong with the hash itself that I recall, that was fine, but it was topped with cheddar cheese when I had it. Now I am a good midwesterner and love cheese, but found it very out of place on corned beef hash.

I am a big fan of Farmer's Restaurant, near Eastern Market.I like the homemade chunky texture.

Feb 04, 2009
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suggestions for location for dinner program in DETROIT burbs?

A former company had its Christmas party at Sweet Lorraine's in Southfield in a private room. The food was OK (more becaue the menu choices were limited than any real kitchen deficiencies--I was a vegetarian at the time and didn't like the veg choice, but I have always had good food there) but the room would be good for preseantation-type meetings and the setting is nice.

Sep 14, 2007
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non-chain "American" food in Ann Arbor?

My inlaws are in Ann Arbor while MIL gets cancer treatment. We're taking them to dinner tomorrow. They are older and extremely unadventurous when it comes to food. If we left it up to them it would be Wendy's or Applebee's. I want to avoid chains but need to find well-priced, standard American food they will not be frightened or confused by. Anyone?

Sep 11, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Where to eat Saturday? (Detroit)

The parents have volunteered to take the kidlet, so we are going out for dinner Saturday! Where should we go? We are pretty much adventurous eaters, and would like someplace with a "grownup" atmosphere . Some of our faves are Bastone, Roma Cafe, Union Street, Nami, etc. and that's about the price point we're hoping for. We're at Eight and Woodward and don't want to go far afield (Downriver and the East Side are probably out). I am pregnant, so anyplace super smoky or where the drinks are a bigger draw than the food would be out. Atlas Global Bistro? Mosaic? Any other suggestions?

Aug 30, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Fishbone's in Detroit

How 'bout Howe's Bayou in Ferndale? I have found the food much better than Fishbone's, and the service better too (not that that is a high bar to clear). Fishbone's used to be my family's "birthday-anniversary-nice-ish" dinner spot when I was growing up, but I have had extra bad experiences there under the new ownership.

Aug 30, 2007
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Det Eastern Market in Sept?

The new chair of, I believe, the merchant's association has been making an impact. There are new vendors, organically grown veggies from a school for teen mothers in Detroit, and Avalon Bakery is there now. I've always felt like it was an underused gem, and they seem to be trying to make it more diverse in its offerings. And it really is worth going for the people watching alone. Farmers markets have become such a yuppie "thing" but you still get all kind of people at Eastern Market.
Here's a tip: look at the signs behind each stall. They will say "dealer"--which mean they buy their stuff from the Detroit Produce Terminal just like a store, or "producer" which means they are a farmer. Also, DO NOT STOP to chat or marvel right in the flow of foot traffic. Drives me effing nuts.

I think September is a fun time to go--the weather is a little cooler and the hordes who apparently don't get out around people much are fewer.

So, Davebough, the seafod place is good? It looks kinda skeevvy from the outside, but you're not the first person to tell me they like it.

Aug 29, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Swenson's Drive-In (NE Ohio)

I highly doubt they are top quality beef, just good and greasy and there is an unsual buttery taste to the bun I have never found anywhere else. The Galley Boy has BBQ sauce and I think some kind of onion on it--I am a minimalist when it comes to burgers so I can't speak to any toppings. Fries are thick-cut and fresh. And the shakes are like real malts. Now I am hungry again, darn it!

(Since you're from my part of the world, Xman--my husband brought me a Big Chief burger from Duggan's and it did the trick, even though they are not similar).

Aug 11, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Swenson's Drive-In (NE Ohio)

I am 3 months pregnant and craving exactly this meal: a Swenson's cheeseburger, fries and a redpop. With a chocolate shake for later.

Here's the problem--I live in Detroit. And none of my Ohio family is coming to visit nor do we have any trips planned for the foreseeable future (my aunt and uncle used to bring my Galley Boy-loving brother a sack of them when they'd come up for visits). I doubt they deliver (especially out of state), huh? If any of you are looking for an exucse to indulge, have one for me....

Aug 10, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Lemon Verbena Drink

As someone who is pregnant and pretty damn sick of my usual repertoire of "water? or fizzy water?" I appreciate having non alcoholic options on here, especially those that don't sound too sickly sweet. Going to try this this weekend!

Aug 10, 2007
AmyIM in Recipes

Leftovers: The Career Killer

I think it's interesting that the editor claims both she and Helena bring lunch--but then Helena spouts this ridiculous BS about it being a bad career move. I've usually brought lunch to the office, and if friends were going out or there was a social obligation at lunchtime, I went and saved my packed lunch for another day.It never hurt or helped me. I know in some professions you are meant to be out and about at lunch wooing clients and networking (sales, for instance) but in my days in journalism and advertising, if there was no source or client meeting scheduled most of us brought our food.

Aug 09, 2007
AmyIM in Features

Troy/Bloomfield Hills/ Birmingham/Royal Oak Rehearsal Dinner sites...HELP!!

My friend's was at a place called Picano's in Troy--decent, not outstanding, but Italian. Another friend's wedding was at Big Rock and was beyond nice. They now have a banquets-only spot open nearby. With Birmingham and Royal Oak, be aware that parking can be a big problem, especially for older guests or those unfamiliar with the area.

Aug 07, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Best Kielbasa in Detroit?

We just had some great kielbasa from Randy's Sausage at Eastern Market (in the Gratiot Central Market building). OH MY. My daughter ate it up. My grandfather used to make it in their meat market in Warrendale, so I am a bit picky. My grandma generally buys Dearborn or Kowalski. That smell of the wrapped sausage bundle even before you cook and eat--yummm.

And North Oakland Gal, your post made me hungry!

Aug 04, 2007
AmyIM in Great Lakes

Green Zebras--when are they ripe? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Forgive me if this is the stupidest question ever posted on Chowhound, but...

I am growing Green Zebra tomatoes in my garden. They have started to come in, but I can't tell when I should pick them! Does their pretty bi-color green change a little, or do they get softer? Right now they are still kind of hard-to-firm, without that slight fullness and "squeeziness" I get from my red tomatoes when their time is nigh. I can't wait to eat them but want to make sure they are ready. I should add it's been pretty seasonable to cool here for July -- most nights have been in the 60s and sometimes even the 50s.

Jul 26, 2007
AmyIM in General Topics

Just Watch Me Drink

My inlaws are the exact same way -- although they will have a glass of wine or two at our house but never offer when we are eating with them at their house (their sons are the exact same way -- I have had to school my husband in the concept of "being a good host."). It's irritating, but more because it reflects a fear of pleasure in all aspects of their lives than their not drinking per se. They also make little jabs at what I cook (and I am known to be a very good cook) -- they even thought roast chicken was adventurous and unusal. ROAST. CHICKEN. I have friends who don't drink and are unadventurous eaters, and it doesn't bother me to have them over like it does my inlaws because they are more gracious and not so Puritanical. Those friends aren't the kind of people who would make a fuss that I don't offer them, say, milk for their meal -- they would just ask for the milk. My inlaws were actually baffled when I mentioned I don't like milk and never drink it except in coffee, like "What do you drink with dinner then??"

I will say that as someone who is currently pregnant and thus not imbibing, you really notice a difference in people after two drinks, MAYBE three if the person is large or has a high tolerance. If I am dining with a nondrinker, I'll stop at one drink -- it's just not fun to have a bunch if you're drinking alone. And I always offer friends a choice of alcoholic and non when they come over, so people who aren't drinking don't feel they have to fend off booze or call attention to their not drinking. Like, "What can I get you to drink? We have fizzy water, iced tea, wine, beer..."

Jul 20, 2007
AmyIM in Features

Cocktails Outside/Metro Detroit

(whispering) Can I jump in?

I thinnk Dino's appetizers are great and on par with their wonderful drinks, but their meals are just eh. Not bad, not great. I think you'd do better to enjoy lots of nibbles to share with your dining companions than to order entrees. It's my favorite go-to place for a quick grownup drink and atmosphere and seems to draw a wide range of ages and hipness levels.

Jul 13, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Cocktails Outside/Metro Detroit

Since I started this....the gay-friendly aspect of Como's is about the only thing I can stand.I just baffles me why the place is so popular. There are even better gay bars in Ferndale, if that's your scene!
And back on topic....I totally forgot about the rooftop at Tom's Oyster Bar. LOVE IT there.

Jul 12, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive

Where to eat in South Haven, MI

I would say almost everything there is family friendly, esp. in the daytime. There are a few fancier places, but we used to stay there every summer and it is generally a pretty family-oriented vacation spot. Have fun--we miss it there!

Jul 09, 2007
AmyIM in General Midwest Archive