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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

Free Webinar – Social Media Marketing for Michigan Restaurants

Attention Michigan Restaurant Owners and General Managers!

Are your customers using social media? Are you properly engaging them via social networking tools? Used properly, your Website, Facebook and Twitter can help you improve customer loyalty and build awareness for your restaurant.

Michiganflavor.com and best-selling author of eBootCamp, Corey Perlman have teamed up to bring you this one-of-a-kind webinar! Corey will share his tips and strategies on ways your restaurant can stay top-of-mind with your customers and potential customers while becoming relevant on these social media sites.

• How to maximize your Facebook business page.
• How to protect yourself against negative online reviews.
• Ways to use Twitter to broaden your reach.
• Like word of mouth? Tips to get your best customers singing your
praises to ALL their friends.
• Tips for a more effective Website. Are you guilty of color pollution?
You’ll find out!
• Easy steps on improving your search engine ranking.

According to a 2009 Google study, 90% of diners go online to find information about restaurants. 80% of diners use search to decide where to eat, while 52% of diners are there looking for specials and coupons. Are they finding you in their searches? This webinar will teach you how to make sure you have a powerful online presence. Don’t Miss This One-time Only Event!

Where:  Online – Register TODAY at http://www.conveneweb.com/?meeting=9902447

When:  Wednesday, August 24, 2011 – 3:00pm EST

For more information contact Dennis at 248-302-2738 or dennis@miflavor.com.

*Due to a limited number of “seats”, this event is open to Michigan Restaurant Owners and General Managers only.

Inspired by the Food Network: What is the Best Thing You’ve Ever Eaten?

What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? and where did you eat it? Was it something you made at home out of a cookbook, something you concocted on your own or something you ordered in a restaurant? MiFlavor.com wants to know, “What’s the Best Thing You Ever Ate?” Michigan Flavor wanted to weigh in on the subject as well.  Here’s how we feel about some culinary creations that have made us take note.

Best Cheesecake

Paul’s Coney Island in Flint makes the most phenomenal cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. This glorious, light and fluffy, rich and creamy, crust-less, culinary miracle is a secret family recipe shared by only three restaurants in the country, two in Michigan, one in New Jersey. I can’t do it justice by writing about it. This cheesecake is an experience that should not be missed. Need a whole cheesecake for a holiday? Be prepared to order at least one month in advance because this glorious masterpiece is in high demand. You simply MUST go to Paul’s for a piece of cheesecake…I recommend it with strawberry topping, but this cheesecake does just fine on its own. It’s a new fav in my house.

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Best Burger

I know there’s going to be a ton of debate in the area of “best burger”, heated debate at that; but for my money, there’s only one burger! Flint’s Starlite Diner‘s Cheeseburger Deluxe has my vote for the best burger hands down. The patty is juicy and delicious, the bun is lightly toasted, the american cheese is melty and gooey and the vegetables, lettuce and tomatoes, are always fresh and flavorful. Add a little mayo and what you have is the best burger I’ve ever eaten. As if the incredible burger doesn’t fill you up, I suggest pairing it with an order of hand-battered onion rings…or anything else on the menu for that matter. Starlite Diner is a top-notch restaurant with a family feel and excellent wait staff. Eat in or drive through – same fantastic food either way.


Best Coney

Best coney is a no-brainer for me. The hands down winner goes to American Coney Island in Detroit. I love their coney dogs as much for the dog itself as for the fun, entertaining atmosphere and warm, kind and funny employees. A very friendly waiter comes to your table during an incredibly busy lunch rush, takes the time to make conversation with you and then proceeds to yell out your order to Dan, the man making the coneys. Minutes later the coney arrives at your table. From the delicious “snap” of biting into the dog, to the warm, steamed bun, to the fantastic,  creamy chili, onions and mustard, this coney is the stuff of legend.


This “Detroit Style” coney is the best I’ve ever eaten by far. American Coney has the friendliest staff, most fun atmosphere and the yummiest product. American Coney Island in Downtown Detroit is in a league of its own, in my humble opinion. What’s your take on this subject? Do you prefer the “Flint Style” or “Detroit Style” coneys better and which Michigan restaurant makes the best one? We’d love for you to weigh in on the subject, but for my money, American Coney is THE best coney in the state.

Best Pizza

Ok folks. This one is going to fuel many, many debates. Best Pizza. I’ve had pizzas from all across this great state, some fantastic, some…not so much. But one pizza stands alone as by far the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. New to the Southfield, MI area, Pizzeria Biga makes the most amazing, authentic Italian style pizza. Its thin crust and amazingly fresh toppings make your dining experience one of a kind.


Choose from their “white pizza” menu listing interesting sauceless pizzas or their “red pizza” menu which highlights their vast selection of sauced pizzas. Choose one of theirs or create your own. Just be careful not to over top your authentic, thin crust pizza. Too many toppings weigh down this culinary delight. Their secret recipe dough is topped with only the freshest ingredients and cooked in one of their two wood burning ovens yielding a one-of-a-kind Italian masterpiece.

My fav Biga pizzas? From the “White” menu, Bacco Sausage, roasted onion and roasted red peppers. Phenomenal! From the “Red” menu, and my overall favorite Biga Pizza, is the Margherita Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil. You simply have to taste it to believe it. My advice is to get in your car, drive to 29110 Franklin Road in Southfield and enjoy a little piece of Italy in our own backyard.

Well that’s how Michigan Flavor weighs in, but what do you think?  Attention guest bloggers!  Submit your “best of” blog posts to round out our tribute to the Food Network and our very own list of “the best thing I ever ate”.  Looking for new places to dine and drink in Michigan?  Visit www.miflavor.com for a comprehensive, interactive online Michigan dining directory.  Let Michigan Flavor be your one stop Michigan restaurant resource.  Find everything culinary in one site – http://www.miflavor.com – the place to go before you go out.  Already out?  No worries, Michigan Flavor is mobile.  Look for us in The Google Marketplace.

Dearborn’s Original Martini Bar

Located in the heart of Downtown Dearborn, Double Olive was the first original martini bar to open in July of 1997.  Since then it has become one of mid-Michigan’s hotspots, serving over 12 different flavored martinis.  The beautiful interior and relaxing atmosphere make this bar one of the best places to relax and have a cocktail with friends.  Full of ambiance and the perfect mood, Double Olive is an enticing place for an intimate date or the perfect place to meet new people.

With an attractive and attentive wait staff, pool tables, dance floor, music and more,Double Olive has something for everyone.  Visitors can sit back and relax, get up and dance, shoot some pool or cozy up to the bar and try one of their many signature martinis.  There’s no shortage of fun to be had.  Everything that Double Olive has to offer makes it an interesting and exciting addition to the Michigan Flavor family.  Visit them on MiFlavorat http://www.miflavor.com/restaurant.php?rst=498 to browse through their photo gallery, get a map and directions, view their hours of operation, see upcoming specials and events and even check for available coupons and offers.
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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.com is 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.

Looking to Market Your Michigan Restaurant, Bar or Catering Business Locally? Start with the World Wide Web. Part 1 of 7

In light of the growing number of restaurants, bars and caterers in any city across the state of Michigan, marketing your business and building your brand can seem an insurmountable task.  Many owners don’t even know where to start.  It may seem counterintuitive, but considering the current social climate, the best place to start marketing your Michigan restaurant business locally is on the World Wide Web.

This blog post will be #1 in a seven part series, so let’s get started.

Families are Trading in Their Phone Books for Laptops

With the overwhelming popularity of social media websites like TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, Digg, StumbleUpon, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others, marketing your Michigan restaurant locally has become easier and less expensive than ever before.  Gone are the days of t.v., radio and print advertising for your Michigan restaurant, bar or catering business.  While the traditional markets still have merit, when marketing dollars are as tight as they are in the current Michigan economic climate, restaurant owners are no longer able to afford to saturate those markets.  And unfortunately, an occasional radio or print ad won’t give your restaurant the return on investment for which owners are searching.

Fortunately, social media and internet marketing can be very inexpensive and in some cases, costs restaurant owners nothing but the investment of their time.  If a restaurant/bar owner can establish their brand locally with a good internet presence, half the battle has already been won.  A recent Google study revealed that 90% of Americans search for places to dine and drink on the internet.  That’s right.  A staggering 90% of Americans are using internet search engines to decide where to have dinner, get together with friends or hang out for happy hour.  They’re searching for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink specials and events online.  They’re finding and printing Michigan restaurant coupons.  They’re looking to join restaurant loyalty programs.  The list goes on and on, but the bottom line is this.  They’re doing their research via internet search engines.

Diners are Turning to the Internet to Choose Restaurants

Step 1: While internet and social media marketing can be a bit overwhelming at first, it’s really quite simple when you break it down.  First and foremost, if you don’t have a website, get one built.  Do it yesterday.  You must have a website in order to build a web presence for your establishment.  Your website is the center of what will become your entire marketing strategy.  This doesn’t have to be expensive.  A simple, yet effective website can cost as little as $500.00 – $750.00.  You really don’t need anything elaborate and flashy.  A clean, well-organized, easy to navigate website will serve your business well.

Before you can get your website built, you need to buy a domain name or url.  This will become the internet address for your business.  If the name of your restaurant or bar is available, that should always be your first choice; i.e. if the name of your restaurant is Mike’s Place, your first choice for domain name should be http://www.mikesplace.com.  However, sometimes your business name will be unavailable because it is owned by someone else.  In that case, you’ll need to get a little more creative.  There are a number of websites you can visit to find out if the domain name you want is available, one of which is http://www.godaddy.com/.  Once you settle on a domain name or url, you’ll need to purchase that domain and register it (again, this can be done through godaddy.com as well).  You can register your domain for approximately $10/year and, while you can register it for as little as 1 year, you should make a 10 year commitment.  You’ll learn more about this later, but owning your domain for 10 years tells search engines that you plan on being around for a while and will increase your ranking.

Once you’ve chosen a domain name, registered your domain and chosen a developer to design and host your website, you need to start shouting your web address from the rooftops.  Social media marketing expert, Corey Perlman (ebootcamp.com) would tell you to “hurl your url”!  Your web address should be displayed on every piece of direct mail you send.  It should be posted on your business cards, written on your menu and displayed anywhere you can think to display it.  Use every opportunity you have to promote your website because remember, this website and the domain name that will become your Michigan restaurant‘s website address are about to become the center of your marketing universe.

So that concludes Part 1 of your online marketing strategy.  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to choose a domain name (url), register that domain name (for 10 years) and find a developer to design and host your simple, clean and unique Michigan Restaurant website.  This is a great start to what will become a fantastic local marketing strategic plan for promoting your restaurant, bar or catering business in Michigan.  My advice, if you haven’t done so already, is to get this done as soon as possible.  If your restaurant in Michigan doesn’t have a website, you’re missing out on wide variety of inexpensive brand management.

The Place to Go Before You Go Out

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