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Hidden Gem in Downtown Plymouth

n2Nico & Vali Italian Eatery  is located on Wing Street in downtown Plymouth. Owners Paul and Silvia DePalma, have done a fantastic job designing their building with both indoor and outdoor seating. They offer a wide variety of food including freshly prepared items for dining it or taking out. The menu offers traditional Italian dishes made fresh, using authentic Italian cooking methods.

Open for breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week (9AM – 3PM on Sunday), Nico & Vali serve a first-rate Italian breakfast highlighted by the panzerotti (served with fresh fruit) and a strawberry mascarpone crepe. Other menu items include the breakfast Panini, 3 different Frittatas ( all include hash browns and toast).

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For lunch and dinner you will find a variety of items starting with numerous deli sandwiches like their Ruben and corned beef sandwiches to the burgers and 15 different Panini options. You can also get pizza by the slice for $1.95 or an entire pan for $9.95.  The menu also offers you the option to try some of the traditional family entrees like the Butternut Squash Ravioli, Veal or Chicken Parmiggiana  and Gnocchi.  All of the entrees include the homemade bread and choice of soup or Caesar or Garden Salad.

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For those who don’t have time to cook at home you can always order from their selection of “Gourmet-To-Go” entrees that include U-Bake pizzas, beverages, and pre-cooked gourmet entrees ready to be heated.  Favorite items such as their Meat and Vegetable Lasagne are always available, other entrees are available to select from but change daily so you may want to  call ahead to see what is available.

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When weather permits on Thursday and Friday nights, the outside patio has live entertainment.

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5 Detroit Burgers that Don’t Suck

I was talking to  a friend the other day and we were discussing what Detroit Restaurants and bars had the best burgers.  For most, it is very easy.  For others like me it is very difficult to name just one place who has the Best Hamburger in Detroit.  I personally have different favorites for the different type of hamburger I may want and where I might be on a given day.  I think the only thing my favorite hamburgers in Detroit have in common are cheese and bacon.  This list will be added to and revised as I visit more Detroit Restaurants and bars.  So here is my  list of 5 hamburgers in Detroit that don’t suck.

Sandy’s by the Beech is a long time Redford staple and the burgers are so fresh and juicy.  When I am here I like to order the Bacon Cheeseburger with Cheddar, what you add to it after that is completely up to you.  1/2 lb burger with fries $7.95.

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Eclipse Hamburgers located in Sterling Heights is a nice burger joint.  Here I order my burger with Bacon and White Cheddar.  Again, whatever you do to your burger after that is up to you, given the numerous toppings from which they have to choose.  They 1/2 lb burger, fries and drink for $8.99 and they do deliver.

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Jay’s Stuffed Hamburgers in Downtown Plymouth is a fast favorite of mine.  I love how they stuff the cheese and toppings inside the burger (hence the name).  Here I like to get the All American which is stuffed with Cheddar Cheese (other options are available) served on a toasted Brioche bun.

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When I am in the Royal Oak/ Clawson area I like to stop in at Tavern on the Main.  Here the Tavern on the Main Burger is my selection, a 1/2 lb burger, bacon and Swiss cheese on a Brioche bun always hits the spot.

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Shelby Pub & Grill in Shelby Township is an East Side favorite for me.  Here I like to get The Works Burger, 1/2 lb burger, with bacon, mushrooms, onions, Swiss and American cheese on a Brioche bun.  I also like to upgrade to the Waffle Fries.

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Brighton’s Gem

Downtown MainDowntown Main Martini Bar & Grille located in Downtown Brighton offers an award winning menu and service to match. You can satisfy your drink desires with more than 100 different martinis, over 200 different kinds of liquors and over 100 beers, and a wine list that offers more than 55 wines.  The bar is unique and very cool with the way it lights up and the atmosphere is very inviting and relaxing.  They also offer outdoor seating weather permitting.  The Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff and takes pride in offering every guest a night worth telling everyone about. 

dt2The  Tapas Menu has dishes like the Portabella Sliders, Pear Pizza (which is topped with mozzarella and crumbled bleu cheese, diced pears, walnuts, bacon) and Pulled Pork Sliders.  You can also make any of the Tapas items an entree and get a basket of the fresh baked bread and soup or salad for $4.00.  There are also healthy and Gluten Free items available on the Tapas Menu as well.

dt4On the Entree Menu, Chef Joe offers everything from sandwiches and salads to some of the best entrees you can find in any Detroit Restaurant.  The Scallops Toscana are a big hit (Pan-seared scallops served with fettuccini pasta sautéed with sweet bell peppers, baby spinach, and garlic in a light vin blanc sauce) so is the Lobster Mac and Cheese, my favorite is the 12 ounce Veal Porterhouse.  There are many great items to select on the Entree menu, but leave room for dessert.

dt3After dinner Downtown Main is one of Detroit’s premiere places to hang out.  There are many different events such as: ladies night, live entertainment, wine tastings, happy hour and weekly food specials.

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Macomb County’s Oldest Micro Brewery

gboo 1If you’re a beer lover, Great Baraboo Brewing Company in Clinton Twp. is a must visit. Here, great food is matched with great beers.  Great Baraboo Brewing Company is Macomb County’s first Michigan Craft Beer Brewery.

Signature brews include Kings Peak Caraboo Wheat, Shark Tooth Bay Golden Ale, Hoppy Heartland Pale Ale, Snake Eye Canyon Red Ale and Boston Blackstone Porter, Great Baraboo offers mini-samplers for the indecisive, which provide five-ounce tastes of each flavor.

The food menu is filled with selections from burgers, fish and chips, salads to the T-bone steak and BBQ ribs.  Regardless of the meal, lunch or dinner there are plenty of options for everyone.

The atmosphere is very relaxed, and on different nights there are different options as far as entertainment from Trivia, karaoke and Ladies Night where they give away a coach purse.  Sports are always on the televisions that line the restaurant along with Keno.

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Detroit’s Best Deli? You Decide!

Mudgie’s Deli was founded in February 2008 in Corktown, when the owners of McNally’s decided to move their location.  The restaurant’s manager, Greg Mudge, opted to stay in the Corktown location and start his own deli to cater to McNally’s existing patrons.

Greg named the sandwiches after “anyone who picked up a paintbrush” to help. All the food is house-made, including the Fudgie Mudgie dessert — a brownie baked to order in a waffle iron, topped with ice cream and Sanders hot fudge.

Mudgie’s Deli was nominated for “Best Deli” and “Best Soup” two years in a row by WDIV-TV through their “Click On Detroit” website, and won “Best Deli in Wayne County” in the Metro Times “Best of Detroit” in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Mudgie’s was also awarded “Best Sandwich” by Hour Detroit Magazine in 2012.

Owner, Greg Mudge says he uses as much locally grown and organic food as he can to help support the local farming community. You can obviously taste the difference in the fresh vegetables and meats used in the salads and sandwiches.

And for the Vegetarian, Mudgie’s Deli is Vegetarian firendly, they offer 4 veggie sandwiches on the menu – 2 vegetarian, 2 vegan and one of their two soups each day is either vegetarian or vegan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Calabria, Italy to Shelby Township

Da Francesco’s Italian Cuisine & Taverna is located in the heart of Shelby Township in Macomb County. Owned by the Belcastro family for over 15 years, the Belcastro family pride their success on their authentic dishes, friendly service and casual dining atmosphere.

The wait staff is very friendly and always make you feel at home when you visit the restaurant. Da Francesco’s offers a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.  The perfect spot for a lunch with friends or co-workers or a nice romantic dinner.

Da Francesco’s menu offers a large variety of pastas, chicken, veal, seafood, and steak. Some of their specialty dishes are pasta Marinara, veal di bosco, homemade gnocci, and cannelloni. There is something for everyone on the menu.  Don’t forget Wednesday is free cannelloni day.

 

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After Work Specials Around Macomb County

Here is  list of a few restaurants and bars around Macomb County who are offering great deals after work.

Great Baraboo Brewing Co in Clinton Township.

 3PM-6PM  Monday – Friday $1.00 off all drinks, buy one get one 1/2 off appetizers.

Sabby’s Lounge in Saint Clair Shores

 $1.00 off drinks -4PM-7PM Monday – Friday

Dooley’s Tavern – Sterling Heights

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Monday – Friday 11am-8pm  Drink: $2 Labatt Blue Light Lime; $1 draft of the month; $1.75 Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Labatt, Labatt Light

Izzy’s Bar & Grill – Roseville

Monday – Friday 11AM – 6PM – $2.00 Domestic Beers, $2.00 Domestic Boombas

Lime Lite – Warren

2PM – 7PM All drinks, including on-tap beer, top-shelf hard liquor, and wine, $4 Appetizers, $3 Dom. Boombas, $3 ANYTHING pints, $5 Well Martinis, $15 Buckets of ANYTHING

RUB BBQ Pub – Warren

Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm Bar only 1/2 off Appetizers, $2.00 domestic bottles.

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Emil’s Italian Restaurant – a Family Friendly Eatery

Emil’s Italian Restaurant emphasizes its family heritage and calls itself a family-friendly eatery. With the soft lighting and intimate booths, many also consider it a romantic destination for first dates or anniversaries. In business since 1921, Emil’s is the oldest restaurant in Lansing, and is still owned by the same family.

Emil’s is a warm and inviting restaurant, filled with patrons out for the traditional Italian-American fare Emil’s has been serving for generations. The dining room is lined on either side with booths, backs are high and it makes you feel like there’s no one else in the room and the extensive woodwork, stained glass and Tiffany lamps hanging from ceiling add to the ambience and charm of the restaurant.

You can go a number of different directions in regards to what to order.  From the BBQ ribs, the pizza and of course the spaghetti (on special Monday – all you can eat for $5.95 and again on special Tuesday for $5.49).  Other options include Italian sausage and peppers; shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, shrimp, and crab meat, eggplant primavera, and the lasagna (layers of spicy sausage, tangy sauce and silky ricotta).

Emil’s is a very popular spot for students, residents, and visitors to dine while in Lansing.  There need not be a special occasion to visit Emil’s other than the fact you want a fantastic meal and maybe start a family tradition of your own.


Urban Flair in Shelby Township

Metropolitan Café, a labor of love for owners Gary and Jennifer Barney.  Located at the corner of Van Dyke and 24 Mile in Shelby Township.  The Metropolitan Café offers an eclectic American bistro menu and stylish urban-loft vibe.

The eclectic menu caters to a wide range of palates, offering everything from burgers and fish & chips to fresh seafood specials and an inventive small plates menu.

The bar has delicious infused liquors where they will whip something up for you if want something different.  A great selection of wine and beer, too, including a selection of Michigan beers and wines.

The contemporary decor, exceptionally friendly wait staff, and American bistro menu are the perfect ingredients for an exceptional night out in Metro Detroit.

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A Little bit of Memphis in Fenton

Memphis is a city that takes great pride in its barbecue. They claim to have the best barbecue in the world and have become famous for it. But what exactly is Memphis-Style Barbecue?

Traditional Memphis barbecue is usually smoked pork served in one of two forms: ribs on a slab or pulled. Memphis is probably best known for its dry barbecue. Most frequently used on ribs, the dry style is highly flavorful and is less messy to eat than wet. In the dry process, the ribs are coated with a rub made from ingredients such as garlic, paprika, onions, cumin, and other spices. They are then cooked in a smoker until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. Typically, dry ribs are served with a sauce on the side.

Beale Street Smokehouse is named after the famed street in Memphis, Tenn. Beale Street Smokehouse is located on North Road in Fenton and serves Memphis-style barbecue, and that means the dry-rub or spices is key to their style. They use a mixture of 16 spices on their meat, then off to the smoker.

To accompany your ribs or pulled pork, Beale Street has sweet potato fries that are dusted with a sweet cinnamon maple powder. One of my favorite sides to go along with my barbecue is one of their 14 Michigan craft beers either on tap or in bottles.

When you are there, you can view upcoming blues bands they have scheduled to play at Beale Street Smokehouse on the chalkboard inside or you can view weekly on www.michiganflavor.com.

If you are looking for a little Memphis, you can find it at Beale Street Smokehouse. Memphis Smoked Barbeque, Michigan Craft Beers and live Blues.