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5 Detroit Restaurants with Quick and Inexpensive Lunch Specials

I always find that lunch is never long enough to get a good meal and have the time to enjoy it.  So I decided to put together a list of 5 places around Metro Detroit that serve up a fast and good lunch.  Of course they also have good lunch specials as well.

SaharaSahara Restaurant in Warren and St. Clair Shores – Sahara Restaurant in Warren has only been open for a few months now but they are making a good impression in the Warren area, while the St. Clair Shores location has been open for decades. The service is good and the food comes out fast – the Lunch Special is from 11AM – 2PM.  Every day you get any sandwich + 1/2 salad or cup of soup and a soft drink for $7.99 (fattoush, tabbouleh and Sahara salad are upgraded for a dollar extra as a salad.)

G.Subu’s Leather Bottle is located on Middlebelt Road in Livonia south of Eight Mile Road.  A longtime staple in Livonia, G. Subu’s Leather Bottle serves a quick and hearty lunch special. Monday through Friday from 11AM – 3PM you can get a half sandwich with side salad or a cup of Soup Du Jour only 6.99.  Choose one of the following:  Roast Turkey, Dearborn Sausage Ham, Tuna, BLT, or Marinated Chicken.

 

eg nicksE.G. Nick’s in Downtown Plymouth – The nice thing about E.G. Nick’s in Plymouth is the parking right behind the restaurant.  This makes it easy to get in and out of the Downtown area quickly.  Get their $1.95 Prime Rib Sliders every Monday for lunch.  You WON’T be disappointed!

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American Coney Island in Downtown Detroit has been around since 1917 and the food is still as good as ever.  Although they don’t have a lunch special per say you can get a Coney, Fries and Pop for $5.90.  The best part?  You can be in and out in 15 minutes!

 

 

eclipseEclipse Burgers in Sterling Heights offers up one of the best burgers in Macomb County.  The service is great and the hamburger is fantastic.  I would, however, call in my order ahead of time because they are quite busy during lunch.  After you eat there you will see why.  The special is every day from 10AM – 3PM where you get any burger or sandwich with fries and pop – $8.99.

 

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Free Webinar – Social Media Marketing for Michigan Restaurants

Attention Michigan Restaurant Owners and General Managers!

Are your customers using social media? Are you properly engaging them via social networking tools? Used properly, your Website, Facebook and Twitter can help you improve customer loyalty and build awareness for your restaurant.

Michiganflavor.com and best-selling author of eBootCamp, Corey Perlman have teamed up to bring you this one-of-a-kind webinar! Corey will share his tips and strategies on ways your restaurant can stay top-of-mind with your customers and potential customers while becoming relevant on these social media sites.

YOU WILL LEARN:
• How to maximize your Facebook business page.
• How to protect yourself against negative online reviews.
• Ways to use Twitter to broaden your reach.
• Like word of mouth? Tips to get your best customers singing your
praises to ALL their friends.
• Tips for a more effective Website. Are you guilty of color pollution?
You’ll find out!
• Easy steps on improving your search engine ranking.

According to a 2009 Google study, 90% of diners go online to find information about restaurants. 80% of diners use search to decide where to eat, while 52% of diners are there looking for specials and coupons. Are they finding you in their searches? This webinar will teach you how to make sure you have a powerful online presence. Don’t Miss This One-time Only Event!

Where:  Online – Register TODAY at http://www.conveneweb.com/?meeting=9902447

When:  Wednesday, August 24, 2011 – 3:00pm EST

For more information contact Dennis at 248-302-2738 or dennis@miflavor.com.

*Due to a limited number of “seats”, this event is open to Michigan Restaurant Owners and General Managers only.
 


Authentic Mediterranean Food in a Friendly Atmosphere

CK Mediterranean's famous hummusCK Mediterranean Grille features authentic Mediterranean food served in friendly atmosphere by a customer service-focused staff and also operates an exceptional catering service.

Everyday, more and more people are trying to limit their intake of both carbohydrates and fats. The menu offers a variety of homemade Middle Eastern dishes utilizing only the freshest ingredients, consistent with their high standards for quality without added carbohydrates and fat.

They offer a menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern prepared dishes that include but are not limited to: A variety of salads, soups, appetizers, falafel, kabobs, vegetarian items, grilled meats, poultry and combination plates. Some of the signature dishes include vegetarian favorites like the Falafel , Hummus made daily, Fattoush Salad and their amazing Crushed Lentil soup.

CK Medterranean Grille also offer up some of the best wraps in Detroit (available in white or wheat pita), such as a Beef or Chicken Kafta or the Chicken Fattoush wrap.  For those looking for a Vegetarian wrap choice, included are the Grape Leaf, Mujadara with fried onions, and Falafel.  For a little bit more you can add hummus and CK Grille’s garlic sauce to your gourmet wrap; and for an extra $2.99, you can make it a combo with soup, salad or rice, and a drink.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner or catering your office event, CK Mediterranean Grill looks forward to providing you with the best meal and the most fantastic service.

To learn more about CK Mediterranean Grill in Detroit, visit their profile page at MichiganFlavor.com or “like” them on Facebook.

CK Mediterranean Dining Room

CK Mediterranean Store FrontCK Mediterranean Grille

Vegetarian Plate

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Summer Tipping Do’s and Don’ts

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Summer Tipping Guide

A recent article in Real Simple Magazine summarized some helpful hints for tipping service providers especially during the summer months.  To avoid awkward moments with your food delivery person or hotel housekeeper, follow these helpful hints from Real Simple’s Summer Tipping Guide.

  1. Airport Skycap – keep in mind, large or bulky items such as golf bags and strollers may warrant a little extra gratuity, but a good rule of thumb to follow is $1.00 – $3.00 per bag.
  2. Bellhop – etiquette coach, Patricia Rossi suggests tipping the bellman an extra dollar for suitcases that are on the heavy side, but the typical car-to-room tip should be $1.00-$2.00 per bag.
  3. Camp Counselor – Make sure to read the camp handbook to find out if gratuities are allowed.  If tips are against the rules, a simple thank you note will do; however, at camps were tips are permitted, your child’s counselor should be given up to $10.00 per week.
  4. Dog Groomer – While 15 – 20 percent gratuity is the norm, if your dog is a handful, you should consider tipping an extra 5%.
  5. Dog Walker – According to dogwalker.com, if your pooch is exercised for a week or more, your dog walker should be tipped up to 20 percent of the bill.
  6. Food delivery – 10 – 15 percent is an acceptable amount unless your ordering for a small army in which case, another 5% is warranted.
  7. Gardener or Pool Cleaner – This gratuity should be awarded at the end of the summer and should total $20-$50 or the cost of one visit.
  8. Hotel Housekeeper – It is important to remember that since the cleaning crew changes daily, you should tip daily, even if you’re staying for a week or more.  Acceptable amount? $2.00 – $5.00 per night depending on how nice the hotel is and be sure to add an extra couple dollars if you have a large family.
  9. Housesitter – No gratuity is necessary, but if you’re feeling generous, bring the house sitter a gift from your travels.
  10. Seasonal Sports Instructor – No tip necessary.  You are paying for the sessions with this professional, so no gratuity is expected.
  11. Shuttle-Bus Driver – The Emily Post Institute advises travelers to tip a shuttle-bus driver only if he waits for you, helps with your luggage or gets you to your destination quickly.  Proper amount?  Up to $2.00.
  12. Valet-Parking Attendant – Tip $1.00-$3.00 in small cities or  $3.00-$5.00 in large cities.  Remember, since large vehicles like SUV’s are more difficult to park, be sure to give the attendant a little extra for the trouble.
Michigan Restaurant DirectoryThese Summer Tipping Do’s and Don’ts have been brought to you by MichiganFlavor.com, the place to go before you go out.  Looking for a great place to dine during your Michigan vacation?  Visit www.michiganflavor.com from your computer or download the free app from the Android marketplace and search for restaurants from your mobile device.  More more great information about Dining in Michigan, “like” us on Facebook or connect with us on Twitter.
Article Source: Real Simple Magazine, July 2011, Yelena Moroz
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West Bloomfield Breakfast Bliss

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Michigan Flavor's Blog Author Jodi

I don’t like breakfast. I never have. And until recently, I probably would have told you that I never will. I have a difficult time trying to order off a breakfast menu…because, I just don’t enjoy breakfast.

Usually I end up eating steel cut oatmeal or Greek yogurt and a handful of walnuts. Not sexy, but it does the job of fueling me for my busy day. I don’t eat eggs, never have. I don’t really care for pork sausage or bacon. I occasionally eat turkey bacon when I need a little pre-workout protein. I like bagels or toast with peanut butter, but the caloric content usually keeps me from indulging.

Mother always told me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I always eat breakfast. But honestly, I just really don’t like breakfast.

That is, I’ve never liked breakfast before. Here’s how the story goes. Last week I was sitting in my office working quietly and diligently, unaware of the unassuming pancake that was about to change my life. As a surprise, my husband brought me an order of the most delectable, delicious, incredible breakfast item I’ve ever eaten.

Red Velvet Pancakes Zoe's House of Pancakes West Bloomfield

Red Velvet Pancakes

The restaurant – Zoe’s House of Pancakes in West Bloomfield, MI.
The dish – Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, powdered sugar and whipped cream.
The verdict – Utter breakfast bliss!

With every bite, my love affair with those pancakes grew. They were three light, fluffy pancakes with the distinct red velvet flavor that cannot be mistaken for anything else. The cream cheese icing melting just beneath the powdered sugar finale were the perfect complements to this not-too-sweet breakfast confection. And the whipping cream added an additional layer of flavor that took my taste buds to places they’d never been before.

West Bloomfield Crepes

Hazelnut Chocolate Banana Crepes

My only complaint is that they were far too good to stop eating. I finished every bite of the enormous helping of pancake euphoria. The caloric intake that morning was a new record for me. The guilt I felt afterward was pretty overwhelming…but not so bad that I won’t indulge over and over and over again. One final problem. I’m concerned that every breakfast item on Zoe’s House of Pancakes‘ massive breakfast menu is equally as good. If so, I’ll be in need of a new wardrobe of larger sized clothing – or many long days in the gym working off every delectable calorie.

For more information about Zoe’s House of Pancakes and other fantastic Michigan Restaurants, visit the Metro Detroit dining directory at http://www.michiganflavor.com. My final bit of advice, visit Zoe’s and check in here with your comments.

Zoe's House of Pancakes in West Bloomfield, MI

Zoe's House of Pancakes in West Bloomfield, MI


Detroit Restaurants Celebrate Spring with 2011 Detroit Restaurant Week

2011 Detroit Restaurant Week is so much more than just a chance for Detroiters to get a fantastic meal at an even better price.  It is a collaboration and celebration of the Greater Downtown Detroit Districts, with participating restaurants in Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, Eastern Market and New Center Detroit.  Beginning Friday April 1, 2011 and running through Sunday, April 10, 2011, this culinary celebration of Detroit boasts some of the most amazing dining our beloved city has to offer.

Detroit Restaurant WeekDuring Detroit Restaurant Week, diners will indulge in fabulous three-course meals at select fine-dining restaurants in the city for a meager $28.00 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity).   The best part?  To take advantage of the Restaurant Week Deals, diners need only to dine at one of the 18 participating eateries during the 10-day period.  While reservations are not required, to ensure a table during this very busy week, a reservation is highly recommended and can be made by visiting the restaurant page within the event website.

The spring 2011 edition of Detroit Restaurant Week marks the fourth opportunity for diners to participate in this promotion since the Fall of 2009.  Detroit Foodies wishing to take part in boosting the city’s economy by participating in the Spring 2011 Detroit Restaurant Week may do so at the following fine dining restaurants:

  • 24 Grille in the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit
  • Andiamo Detroit Riverfront in the GM Renaissance Center
  • Angelina Italian Bistro, Downtown Detroit
  • Atlas Global Bistro, Midtown Detroit
  • Caucus Club in the Penobscot Building
  • Coach Insignia in the GM Renaissance Center
  • Cuisine, New Center Area
  • Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille in the Fox Theatre Building
  • Detroit Seafood Market in Paradise Valley
  • Iridescence in the MotorCity Casino Hotel
  • Mosaic Restaurant in Greektown
  • Opus One in Downtown Detroit
  • Rattlesnake Club at Stroh River Place
  • Roast in the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
  • Roma Cafe in Eastern Market
  • Saltwater in MGM Grand Detroit Casino
  • The Whitney in Midtown Detroit
  • Wolfgang Puck Grille, MGM Grand Detroit

Visit one or dine at all 18 fine dining establishments during this week of culinary celebration in the City of Detroit.  Each restaurant will create a delicious, spring inspired 3-course menu specifically for this promotion, giving Detroiters the chance to participate in a unique and memorable dining experience at an affordable rate.  After dinner, hit the town to enjoy one of the many exciting events planned to inspire a celebratory mood throughout the city during the entirety of Detroit Restaurant Week.  Visit the event website for more details about after-dinner activities.

Help make every week a Restaurant Week by frequenting your favorite Michigan Restaurants and become an important part of stimulating the economy in Detroit and throughout the State of Michigan.  To find places to dine and drink in Michigan everyday, visit http://www.michiganflavor.com and point, click, dine.  MichiganFlavor.com is the place to go before you go out.  Already out?  MichiganFlavor.com is mobile.  Download our free Android App from the Android Marketplace or visit our mobile site from any internet-based mobile phone at http://mobile.miflavor.com.

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American vs Lafayette- Can “Food Wars”, “Food Feuds” or “Man v Food” Settle the Score?

The Travel Channel‘s Camille Ford (Food Wars), Michael Symon’s Food Feuds and Man v Food’s Adam Richman all made the trip to Detroit to settle the bitter feud that has caused dissent among Detroiters for decades.  Detroit natives agree that in the world of coney dogs, there’s none better than the Detroit Coney; however, that’s where the harmony ends.  Two Detroit Icons, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island share a building but little else.

Stop any Metro Detroiter and simply ask, “American or Lafayette” and chances are, he/she will have an immediate and emotional response.  One thing’s for sure when it comes to this rivalry, diners are fiercely loyal to one or the other.

During the Travel Channel’s “Food Wars” trip to Metro Detroit, the competition was as fiery and dramatic as ever.  Which Detroit Coney Island came out on top in the D?  Watch this video clip from the Detroit Coney episode of Food Wars to find out.

The Travel Channel’s Food Wars

Iron Chef Michael Symon, owner of Detroit Restaurant Roast and host of “Food Feuds” attacked this topic head-on.  Did he meet with the same level of dissent among Detroiters when he asked diners to choose between Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island?  Only one way to find out.  Take a look at the video clip below.

Michael Symon’s Food FeudDetroit Coney Island Wars

The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, host of Man v Food, also made his way to the D primarily to tackle the country’s biggest burger. But during his visit, he made stops at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island to weigh in on this age old dispute. The following slide show chronicles his visit.

Man v Food
http://www.travelchannel.com/travelchannel/TV_Shows/Man_V_Food/Photos/Slideshow_Detroit_1

Even after the experts weigh in, the question remains.  Which is the better Detroit Coney – American or Lafayette?  I guess you’ll have to be your own judge and jury.  This is one battle that may go down in the history books as being one of the most epic food fights of all time.

For more information about American Coney Island, Lafayette Coney Island and other Metro Detroit Restaurants, visit our Metro Detroit Dining Guide and remember, MichiganFlavor.com is the place to go before you go out!

Would you like to have your restaurant listed in this Directory of Michigan Restaurants?  Visit http://www.miflavor.com/contactus or contact Dennis at 248.302.2738 or via email at dennis@miflavor.com.


The Top 30 Healthiest Foods

Think about this the next time your dining in Michigan.   According to the February 2011 addition of Real Simple magazine, the country’s top dietitians and nutritionists have highlighted the top 30 super-powered ingredients we should try to incorporate into our diets regularly.  So the next time you’re visiting a Michigan Restaurant, try to choose dishes prepared with some of these super healthy ingredients.

broccoli

Broccoli - a Vitamin C Gold Mine

walnuts

Walnuts - A Great Source of Omega-3's

oranges

Oranges - Your go to source of Vitamin C

  1. Skim Milk
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Whole-Grain Pasta
  4. Walnuts
  5. All-natural Peanut and Almond Butters
  6. Steel-Cut or Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  7. Barley
  8. Quinoa
  9. Lentils
  10. Bulgur
  11. Almonds
  12. Eggs
  13. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  14. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  15. Wild Salmon
  16. Sardines
  17. Kale
  18. Kiwi
  19. Blueberries
  20. Broccoli
  21. Avocados
  22. Black Beans
  23. Sweet Potatoes
  24. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  25. Edamame
  26. Chard
  27. Kidney Beans
  28. Oranges
  29. Spinach
  30. Pumpkin

To find some great Michigan eateries who specialize in healthy menu selections, visit http://www.michiganflavor.com and search by Restaurant Cuisine and Features.  Have some great super-food recipes?  Share them here on our blog.

Ever find yourself out and about, wishing you had some help finding a place to dine? Michigan Flavor has a mobile site and an android application.  Visit your android market and search “miflavor” to download the free app.

*Source:  February 2011 Real Simple Magazine The 30 healthiest foods…


Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe: A Photo Blog

Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe offers a wide selection of home-style foods in a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Located at 1301 W. Lafayette in Detroit, this homestyle cafe serves up healthy portions of honest-to-goodness comfort food.  Your next trip to Detroit will not be complete without a stop at Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe!

 

Fried Catfish and French Fries

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Fried Chicken Wings, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Carrots.

Irresistible Peach Cobbler!

 

Reggies Soul Food Cafe

1301 W. Lafayette Avenue

Detroit, MI

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3 Fantastic Dessert Places in Grand Blanc, MI

Dessert menus in MIchiganThere’s always room for dessert!  Let’s be honest.  One of the best things about dining out is the dessert menu.  Who has the time to actually make dessert?  Things have changed.  Even full-time moms are constantly on the go.  While everyone has room for dessert, no one has the time to prepare it.  My husband and I are foodies.  We love to cook.  We love to dine out.  We love to eat dessert.  So it is with the utmost confidence that I present to you my choices for 3 great dessert menus in the Grand Blanc, MI area.

 

  1. Da Edoardo North – Located at 8185 Holly Road in Grand Blanc, Da Edoardo North has an extensive, delectable dessert menu that boasts tasty dessert options and several after dinner drink options.  The perfect ending to your fine dining experience is the Da Edoardo Tiramisu.  Italian Lady Fingers soaked in fine espresso and Tia Maria, layered with mascarpone custard and dusted with cocoa, tiramisu is exceptional especially when served along side a glass of Port or an after-dinner cordial.  Other tasty seasonal desserts accompany the Tiramisu on the Da Edoardo dessert menu earning the restaurant a place in my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  2. Le Grand Bistro – The menu at Grand Blanc’s Le Grand Bistro (12745 South Saginaw, Grand Blanc, MI) changes regularly in order for owner Bernice to express her passion for European foods; but you can be sure that you’ll always find Gelato.  Gelato is a healthier and creamier alternative to American ice cream, which has a higher butterfat and sugar content and is whipped more to add air and volume. In Paris, gelato can be found on every corner but a good Gelato in Michigan is tough to find.  You have to taste the Gelato to understand the richness of the smooth frozen desert. The gelato flavors change regularly, but, since you’ll always find a flavor to love, Le Grand Bistro is one of my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  3. Luca’s Chophouse- A list of great places for dessert would not be complete without Luca’s Chophouse located at 12793 South Saginaw in Grand Blanc.  Where else can you find banana’s foster prepared tableside?  More than a dessert, the banana’s foster is an experience.  As delicious as it is entertaining, the dessert at Luca’s Chophouse is one-of-a-kind, making this fine dining restaurant a staple on any list of great dessert restaurants.

Living in Grand Blanc, MI, I am blessed with many fabulous dessert eateries.  The list of places to find interesting and yummy after dinner treats in Grand Blanc, MI is extensive enough to rival any big city.  Even finicky foodies will find reason to rejoice in the small town atmosphere with big city taste.  I don’t know if Grand Blanc, MI will ever be known throughout the Country as the place to go for dessert, but for my money, there’s no better place to be after dinner.

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To find more great places to dine throughout Michigan, visit http://www.michiganflavor.com where users can point, click and dine.  And remember, Michigan Flavor is the place to go before you go out.  Already out?  No worries.  Michigan Flavor is mobile.  Find our mobile app in the android marketplace.

Are you a restaurant or bar owner/manager who would like to have your restaurant listed on michiganflavor.com?  Call Dennis at 248-302-2738 or email dennis@miflavor.com