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.


Patio Season in Full Force in Mid Michigan

I love this time of year, the weather is perfect for eating and drinking on patios at restaurants all over Detroit. Here is a list of a few that you may not know about. I love eating at restaurants in Detroit that offer outdoor dining.

E.G. Nick’s Plymouth – My favorite patios in Plymouth, unlike a lot of the outdoor dining in Plymouth. At E.G. Nick’s you won’t get a mouthful of exhaust with every bite.

Bar None Brighton – This out of the way Brighton restaurant has fantastic food and a nice patio where you can relax and enjoy a very well prepared meal.

Downtown Main Brighton– Right in the heart of Downtown Bright, here you can relax and enjoy music on the patio. The thing I like about here is, the patio is not close to the road and you can still enjoy the weather, music and of course a great martini.

The Hills Bar & Grille Rochester Hills – 3 different outdoor dining area at this Rochester Hills restaurant.

Pizzeria Biga – Southfield – Pizza outdoors, need I say more?

Salvatpore Scallopini – Southfield – With the recently re-done garden and patio area, a very nice place to grab some lunch or dinner.

Doc’s Sports Retreat – Livonia If you like sports and watching sports eating and drinking a few ice cold beverages outdoors this would be a good spot to try.

RJ’s American Grill – Farmington Hills This Farmington Hills restaurant has a very nice outdoor dining area well away from Northwestern Highway.

Tavern on the Main – Clawson – If there is a better restaurant in Clawson to eat outdoors I haven’t found it.

Ginopolis BBQ Smokehouse – Located at 12 Mile rd & Middlebelt, this Farmington Hills restaurant serves up some pretty good barbeque in a nice relaxed outdoor setting.


10 Mediterranean Restaurants around Detroit you may want to try.

Here is a list of 10 Mediterranean Restaurants in the Metro Detroit Area  you may
or may not have heard about.

Bostaan – Located on Van Dyke in Warren, Bostaan offers healthy and fresh meals. They have lunch specials every day.

Ellie’s Mediterranean Grill/Bar – Located in Birmingham, Ellie’s is a fun place to fine or just meet up with friends for drinks and sample some of the appetizers or share a few entrees.

La Marsa – with 6 locations around Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor La Marsa has been serving Detroit some of the best food for years.

Brighton 

Farmington Hills 

Middlebelt Rd 

Bloomfield Hills 

Waterford 

Ann Arbor 

Cafe Jole – The newest kid on the block, located in Warren you can order off the Doctors menu.

Le Chef – Located in Farmington Hills, Le Chef is one of the fine dining Mediterranean restaurants in Metro Detroit.

CK Mediterranean Grille – with 2 locations, Southfield and Detroit, CK Mediterranean Grille is a quick serve casual restaurant.

Southfield

Detroit

La Pita – This Dearborn restaurant has one of the best atmospheres in the Detroit area
and the food is on the same level.

Cedar Garden – 2 locations one in Garden City and the 2nd in St. Clair Shores.

Garden City 

St. Clair Shores 

Al Makan – Located in Clawson, Al Makan has fantastic lunch specials Monday through Friday.

La Sharm – Located in Canton, La Sharm is a good place to dine for lunch or dinner. They have a coupon available as well.


A Good Time to be Had for All at Plymouth’s Penn Grill

The Penn Grill & Bar located on the north side of Penniman Avenue, in Downtown Plymouth is a great spot to meet up with friends, dine, drink or just have a good time.  The fun atmosphere complete with large high-top tables and eight flat-screen televisions is the perfect place to catch any game.

The Penn Grill has plenty of fun for the non-sports fan as well, including Keno and a digital jukebox.  Monday is Karaoke night and be sure to stop by on Tuesdays to participate in Trivia.

The Penn Grill & Bar offers a wide variety of bottled & draft beers, the menu is full of items for everyone to enjoy, with specials offered throughout the week.

Monday – 12 oz NY Strip – $10.95

Tuesday – Spaghetti & Meat Balls – $5.99

Wednesday – Half off Pizzas (dine in only)

Friday – Fish & Chips – $6.95

Monday – Friday Lunch Special- 1/2 Sandwich & soup – $4.95

Regardless of when you visit the Penn Grill & Bar, you will be sure to have a good time and a great meal!

For more great Metro Detroit Restaurants, visit www.michiganflavor.com.


A Few good Pizzas

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza

Tony Sacco’s, located in Novi is a fast growing pizza company with Michigan Roots. They have a fantastic Coal Oven Pizza and the Garlic rotolis are a great starter. Monday through Friday lunch is a good time to go, they have an All you Can Eat Pizza Buffet for $6.95 or you can get a 9 in Personal Pizza and a Drink for $5.95.

E.G. Nick’s – Plymouth

Located in Downtown Plymouth, E.G. Nick’s serves a mean pie. The bread is fantastic as well.

Valentino’s Pizza

Located in Livonia, Valentino’s Pizza has one of the best pizzas in the area. The pickup specials is fantastic!  You can carry out a Large 1 tem pizza for $7.40.  This special is available every day.

 

Pizzeria Biga

Looking for an authentic Italian pie?  Located in Southfield, Pizzeria Biga is a favorite. The best time to go is on Monday when they have Half off small Pizzas from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Rogala’s

Located on Ford Rd in Garden City, Rogala’s is home of the Thin and Snappy – A very good thin crust pizza.

Mothers Pizzeria

Located on Five Mile Rd in Plymouth just west of Sheldon Road, the homemade dough is very good.  A great time to go is on Sunday when you can get a Large 1 item for $8.00!


The 10 Best Places in Metro Detroit to Watch March Madness

10. Harry’s Detroit – Detroit 

Great spot Downtown Detroit. Specials, lots of TV’s and food is good.

9. Hermann’s Olde Town Grille – Plymouth –

Great spot in Plymouth, good beer selection, nice menu and specials.

8. Bailey’s Sports Grill – Dearborn –

Good food, lots of beers on tap, plenty of TV’s.

Tavern on The Main

7. Tavern on the Main – Clawson

Tavern burger, couple beers and games.

6. Gator Jake’s Bar & Grill – 

Good specials, lots of TV’s.

Rub BBQ Pub

5. Rub BBQ Pub – Detroit – 

BBQ and games. Plenty of beers to choose from and good specials.

Ironwood Grill in Plymouth

4. Ironwood Grill of Plymouth – Plymouth – 

Pizza is good, ribs are well prepared. Specials and lots of TV’s.Doc’s Sports Retreat

Doc's Sports Retreat

3. Doc’s Sports Retreat – Livonia – 

Food is good, specials are nice, plenty of TV’s to watch all the games on.

2. Dooley’s Tavern – Sterling Heights –

Pizza, Burgers, Beer and games.

1. Lakepointe Yacht Club – Livonia – 

No explanation needed.


Blackstone’s: a Flint Favorite

Blackstone's PubBlackstone’s, located in Downtown Flint, MI offers a relaxed, warm environment for family and friends to get together for lunch, happy hour, casual dining and all sporting events. Blackstone’s has open air seating April through October with doors opening to the sidewalk so patrons can further enjoy Downtown Flint events.

On the inside, exposed walls and the original steel ceiling 23 feet above the stained concrete floor. There are historic photos of the auto industry and a 46-foot mahogany bar.

The restaurant, serves lunch, dinner, and happy hour. The Irish-themed pub offers appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, Irish fare and dinner entrees. There is something for everyone on the menu, from the Blackstone’s Chili and Baked Five Onion soup to the sandwiches and entree items. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert.
The bar has a variety of beers and specialty drinks daily. There is also live music on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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The Lunch Studio: A Downtown Flint Lunchtime Fav!

Located in Downtown Flint, The Lunch Studio is serving up some of the best and healthiest sandwiches in the Flint area.

They use quality, fresh ingredients for all items, including soups and salads. They try to serve healthy  but delicious menu items for every taste.  Their efforts with low-sodium, low-fat and preservative-free offerings have led to Healthy Lifestyle Awards from the Genesee County Health Department.

The Lunch Studio is also known for accommodating special diets, including choices appropriate for individuals on the Weight Watchers program. They offer a veggie burger that resembles a fast-food favorite, and is only 200 calories. Some of the favorites include the veggie pita, chili and the turkey and avocado sandwich.

The Lunch Studio also serves breakfast sandwiches and bagels for breakfast. And for dessert, there are a variety of cookies and brownies, including peanut butter, chocolate chip oatmeal and cherry oatmeal.

The goal for the Lunch Studio is to keep their customers happy and healthy. Serving sandwiches they way they do, they accomplish their goal everyday.  So if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to some of the lunch offerings available in the downtown flint area, visit the Lunch Studio during your next lunch break.  You’ll be happy you did.  Visit their Michigan Flavor profile for weekly lunch specials and to view their full menu.

 

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Rub BBQ Pub – Sport’s Bar Atmosphere, Authentic BBQ

Rub BBQ Pub, located yards away from Comerica Park offers a lively sports bar atmosphere and a menu including St. Louis style ribs, beef brisket and pork, as well as sandwiches and steaks.

The most popular item on the menu is the St. Louis-style ribs.  Dry-rubbed with a spice and herb blend before cooking, the St. Louis-style ribs are cooked to perfection and served with two sides. At Rub BBQ Pub, they mix their own rubs and sauces from scratch using over 20 different varieties of herbs and spices, and the flavors really do show.

Rub’s sandwiches are served on a choice of a Brioche Roll or Texas toast and all are named after things Detroit.  On their menu, you find the “Kaline” beef brisket (smoked low and slow and topped with Rub Slaw) and the “Slim Shady” (pulled pork topped with Rub Slaw), all served with Fries.

Rub BBQ Pub offers 30 Beers on Tap(12 0f them Michigan Made) & More than 100 Bottle Beers(19 of them are Michigan Made). For those of you who may be up to the challenge, there is the 5lb. Burrito, including everything but the kitchen sink. If you can handle this monstrosity of a burrito, you’ll be the proud owner of a Rub BBQ Pub T-Shirt, limitless bragging rights, and a photo on the Rub Wall of Fame.

There isn’t a seat in the house without a good view of one of the 30 flat-screen TVs located throughout both rooms, all of which are displaying one sporting event or another at all times.  Rub BBQ Pub is a great place to meet up before or after the game and it’s the perfect place to get together with friends after work to unwind and watch the big game. 

 

At Detroit’s Rub BBQ Pub, there’s not a bad seat in the house and everything on their extensive, Detroit themed menu is out of this world.  Next time you’re downtown Detroit, stop in for some fantastic BBQ.  You’ll be happy you did.

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You be the Judge at The Courthouse Grille in Plymouth

You be the Judge at The Courthouse Grille in Plymouth, formerly Ernesto’s Italian Country Inn.
The Courthouse Grille provides a unique setting for your dining pleasure in an historic and grand Plymouth site, formerly Ernesto’s Country Italian Inn located next to the 35th District Court on Plymouth Road. With convenient parking and an updated menu, they are pleased to be a part of Plymouth Michigan dining scene.
Their new menu offers a unique selection of menu items including a new collection of starters, a large selection of fresh-cut salads, gourmet burgers and pizzas.  The menu still includes a vast selection of popular Italian dishes developed by the beloved Chef Ernesto.  The menu is the perfect blend of old favorites and new dishes that are sure to become instant classics.
The exceptional service, warm atmosphere and phenomenal menu make your dining experience at The Courthouse Grille Restaurant and Bar one of a kind.  The updated interior, elegant dining atmosphere, and excellent service from the warm and friendly wait staff provide the recipe for the perfect evening out.
Looking for a place to have your next business meeting or party?  The Courthouse Grille has eight banquet rooms to accommodate any event or special occasion be it a casual luncheon or elegant evening celebration.  The banquet staff will ensure that your special event is everything you’d hope it could be and more.  The Courthouse Grille is the perfect venue for any affair.

For more information about this phenomenal Plymouth restaurant, visit The Courthouse Grille page at Michigan Flavor.  http://www.miflavor.comis the only resource you’ll need for searching Michigan restaurants, bars and banquet and catering facilities.  Available also in a mobile version and an Android application with an Iphone application to be launched soon, Michigan Flavor is the place to go before you go out.  Point. Click. Dine.

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