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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!

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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.


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.
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Article Source: Real Simple Magazine, July 2011, Yelena Moroz
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The Matt Prentice Restaurant Group Demonstrates “Lobster Corn Dogs”

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Lobster Corn Dogs: MyFoxDETROIT.com


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!

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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

Reggie’s Soul Food on Michigan Flavor


The Old Shillelagh – A Corktown Classic

The next stop on our historic tour of culinary Detroit is in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Corktown.  Founded by metro Detroit’s vast Irish-American population, Corktown is home to many traditional Irish Pubs, none more steeped in tradition than the Old Shillelagh.  So what characteristics do all Irish Pubs share?  What makes a bar worthy of calling itself an Irish Pub?  Despite the onslaught of bars around the city calling themselves “Irish Pubs” around St. Patrick’s Day, a true Irish Pubs must strictly follow a couple of strict rules.

  1. The “plastics” rule:  If, around St. Patrick’s Day, a bar has any sign of green plastic shamrocks, green plastic cups or anything green and plastic for that matter, it is not a true Irish Pub.
  2. The “green beer” rule:  Similar to the “plastics” rule, if, on St. Patrick’s Day, a bar serves any type of green beer that is not Miller Lite, the bar is not an Irish Pub.
Detroit's Old Shillelagh Irish Pub

Detroit's Old Shillelagh Irish PUb

With that said, few places in Detroit can proudly bear the name “Irish Pub”, but of those that do, one of Corktown’s favorites is The OldDetroit's Old Shillelagh Logo Shillelagh.  John Brady and Charlie Taylor opened the Old Shillelagh in February 1975 and the pub quickly became a success.  The third generation of Brady’s now runs The Old Shillelagh which has since been expanded to include a second floor.  A rowdy hangout year-round, the pub is packed to capacity from open to close during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Since its opening almost 35 years ago, the Old Shillelagh has remained true to its Irish roots by hosting authentic Irish bands, a large Irish (and non-Irish) clientele and, of course, corned-beef sandwiches.  A trip to Detroit simply isn’t complete without a visit to The Old Shillelagh, whether you’re Irish or not., This traditional Irish Pub has phenomenal food, an incredible beer selection, a lively, fun atmosphere, great live entertainment 7 days a week and to top it all off, a fantastic friendly and attentive staff. It is one of Detroit’s true culinary gems.

For more information about The Old Shillelagh, visit them at http://www.miflavor.com/detroit/restaurant/Old-Shillelagh_346. Also search for other fantastic Michigan eateries, read about daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink specials and even print coupons to various local bars and restaurants at michiganflavor.com – The place to go before you go out!



The American Coney Island: an iconic stop on our culinary tour through the history of dining in Detroit

“Those who shall be so happy as to inhabit that noble country cannot but remember with gratitude those who have discovered the way by venturing to sail upon an unknown lake for above 100 leagues.” – Father Louis Hennepin, 1679 report on the Detroit area

History of Dining in Detroit

Detroit, MI is a city with a rich history.  I think too many of us forget that history during a time that has largely seen our beloved city in such a state of disrepair.  With crime rates soaring and unemployment reaching record levels, it can be difficult to see signs of the flourishing city that once was.  Despite the wreckage that encircles our city, despite the stories of violence and despair and despite the hard times that have fallen on the good people of the city, Detroit has a proud heritage and a “never say die” spirit that resonates throughout the state.

Nowhere is this spirit more evident than residing within the walls of the proud Detroit dining establishments that have stood the test of time.  I hope you’ll join me on a culinary travel through time as I take a look at some of Detroit’s iconic eateries.  Our first stop is on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lafayette in the heart of the city at one of Detroit’s most beloved places to dine, American Coney Island.

The American Coney Island is one of the oldest restaurants in the City of Detroit and is as popular today as ever.  Diners from al lover the country pay a visit to this historic eatery when visiting Michigan.   As much as Detroit is known for its coneys, American Coney Island is known for bringing this culinary favorite to the city.

The American Coney Island was founded in 1917 by Constantine “Gust” Keros, who immigrated to Detroit from Greece in 1903.  Having landed in New York on his trip from Greece, Gust immediately fell in love with the hotdogs of coney island.  Gust relocated to Detroit and opened American Coney Island.  Having added Greek chili, sweet vidalia onions, mustard and a steamed bun to the dog, American’s coney dogs became a Detroit favorite.

Gust Keros’ “coney island” hotdogs quickly made a name for themselves and Gust’s business became such a success that he sent for his brother William from Greece and trained him in the business.  Around 1924 as the story goes, an argument ensued between Gust and William over the chili used on the dogs.  Unable to resolve their differences in opinion, William opened Lafayette Coney Island Restaurant next door to American and the debate over which coney island is the Detroit favorite continues.

For the past 65 years, American Coney Island has been owned by one of Gust’s five sons, Charles “Chuck” Keros and has been run for the past 20 years by Chuck’s daughter Grace, the first and only Keros woman to become actively involved in the family business.  It is due much to the hard work and dedication of Grace that American Coney Island has remained one of Detroit’s favorite places to dine nearly a century later.   The family tradition of excellence lives on inside the walls of this popular eatery.

American Coney Island

The American is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, making it possible for the Detroiters and visitors alike to have a comfortable, friendly place to relax and enjoy this nostalgic culinary masterpiece any time of the day or night, any day of the week, any season of the year.  Whether a native Detroiter, a suburbanite or a visitor from afar, American Coney Island is sure to satisfy your coney craving.

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