Nico & 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).
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.
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.
When weather permits on Thursday and Friday nights, the outside patio has live entertainment.
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Downtown 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.
The 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.
On 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.
After 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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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.
Sahara 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.
E.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!
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!
Eclipse 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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Located on Ford Rd in Garden City, Rogala’s is home of the Thin and Snappy – A very good thin crust pizza.
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!