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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.

eclipse

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.

jays-burger

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.

shelby

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 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.


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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