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From Calabria, Italy to Shelby Township

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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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.


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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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 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.

 

Lunch Studio on Urbanspoon


The French Laundry: A Fenton, MI Culinary Treasure

The atmosphere of the French Laundry is reminiscent of a Paris cafe. The tables are close together, but customers are still able to be sat comfortably. There is a bar with stools if you are coming in specifically for the large selection of Local Craft Beers and  fantastic wine selection. When weather permits outside seating is available.
The menu ranges from lunch time sandwiches (like the Georgia Reuben and Croque Monsieur) and salads to more traditional French dinner entrees (like Coq au Vin) and other entrees like the Scallops over spinach and mushroom risottos.
Breakfast is served from 7 A.M. to Noon and includes bagels as well as delicious egg dishes.
The dessert menu from scones, croissants, Creme Brulee. Be sure to save room for dessert, there are enough choices to satisfy any sweet tooth two..
French Laundry is an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The perfect place for bringing a date, dinner with friends or having the family together for a special meal. As one of the best restaurants in the Flint and Genesee County area, it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t been to The French Laundry..

French Laundry on Urbanspoon


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.

cheesecake, Pauls_coney_island

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.

starlite_diner_burger

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.

American_coney_island_dog

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.

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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.


Fantastic Pub Fare From Across the Pond

Livonia’s Claddagh Irish Pub – Across the Pond and Into Your Backyard!

Claddagh Irish Pub

When you have a craving for authentic Irish Pub fare, it doesn’t get much better than Claddagh’s fresh, simple, tasteful menu options. Whether you’re ordering off the lunch or dinner menus or making a selection from their “late night bites” options, you’re sure to leave with your craving satisfied.

Claddagh Shephard's Pie

Claddagh’s entrees range from traditional Irish favorites such as Corned Beef and Cabbage with agarlic parsley sauce and Fish and Chips with Cole Slaw to the less traditional Guiness BBQ Ribs or Shrimp Risotto. There’s truly something for everyone. The late night bites menu features Irish Sausage Sliders, Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls and Curry Fries. Each and every selection is truly an experience for the taste buds!

Claddagh Corned Beef and Cabbage

While Claddagh’s tempting and unique menu is sure to bring you in, its lively, fun atmosphere andfantastic drink specials will surely bring you back time and time again. Claddagh Irish Pub takes great pride in providing its guest with a memorable experience based on superior service and a fantastic product.

claddagh Guiness Draught

You simply can’t go wrong when you choose Claddagh. Check them out at Michiganflavor.com. Take alook at the menus, browse their photo gallery, get a map and directions, read about the daily lunch, dinner and drink specials and even print coupons. Why wait? Check them out today.

Claddagh Dining Room


The Travel Channel’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down

The Travel Channel’s 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down
The USA boasts more than its fair share of chow down joints serving some of the biggest and best dishes of deliciousness around. So now, the Travel Channel presents the most definitive and appetizing countdown food fanatics have ever seen!
Welcome to the 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown, where 5 one-hour specials will take you on a non-stop, coast-to-coast, mouthwatering tour of the 101 absolute best places to get your grub on in the country. These are the go-to chow joints certified by the people who know best — the locals! And every craving and food fantasy will be satisfied — from couch cushion sized burgers to the biggest breakfast burrito in the country, and from award winning barbecue to fresh sizzling fried chicken.

We’re starting at No. 101 on the list and making our way to the absolute No. 1 place to eat big in America!

101 Tastiest Places To Chowdown

Congratulations from MichiganFlavor.com to the Michigan Restaurants who made the list!

22.  Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island

The travel channel settles on an age-old debate in the Motor City over who has the best Detroit-style chilidog.  It’s the clash of the Coney dogs!
118 and 114 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

29.  Tony’s I-75

Right off I-75 in Michigan, the Travel Channel finds the most insane BLT ever – made with a full pound of deep-fried bacon!
8781 Main Street, Birch Run, MI 48415

40. Slow’s BBQ

This Detroit joint has perfected BBQ styles from all across the country, but what brought the Travel Channel to Slows BBQ is their mouth-watering twist on tradition: brisket enchiladas!
2138 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216
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Grand Blanc’s Da Edoardo’s North is the perfect place to go for a quick getaway

One of the newest members of the Michigan Flavor family is Grand Blanc’s Da Edoardo’s North.  One of Grand Blanc’s finest eateries, Da Edoardo’s has an elegant and quaint atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and a fantastic menu full of phenomenal cuisine.


Da Edoardo’s owners, the Barbieri family, have loaded every dish they serve with the passion and pizzazz handed down to them from grandfather to father and now to them. Their training started at the elbow of their grandfather and father and cultivated to a level of excellence it is today. Da Edoardo’s food is honest, authentic, real and most importantly – delicious.


Da Edoardo North is located in Grand Blanc, MI. Grand Blanc is approximately 30 miles north of Detroit.  Da Edoardo North, overlooking a small lake, is the perfect place to go for a quick getaway. In the summer, the private deck is open for Italian “al fresco” dining.


Da Edoardo Restaurant North is cozy and elegant. The rich wooden bar is perfect for drinks after work or dessert and cordials after the movies, perfect for a romantic date night.  The interior is comfortable and inviting and the staff is always friendly and helpful.

Treat yourself to Da Edoardo signature entrees like Chicken Marsala, Veal Saltimbocca or pasta dishes topped with Da Edoardo’s own sauces. Steaks, chops, and seafood items are available at lunch and dinner along with individual pizzas to be shared as an appetizer or as a full course entree.  For starters, the Minestrone Soup, a creamy version of the Italian favorite, is a can’t miss.  It’s one of the Barbieri’s most treasured recipes.


Delight your palate with sophisticated culinary creations, chock full of award winning classics with modern twists. Da Edoardo’s menu features spectacular appetizers and large Italian-sized portions at great prices.  It is one of Michigan’s most phenomenal dining destinations.

For more information about Da Edoardo’s North, visit http://www.miflavor.com/ and search Grand Blanc Restaurants.  Once there, browse through their photo gallery, view and print their menu, read about the daily specials and events, get a map and directions, view hours of operation and get contact information in addition to so much more.  Michigan Flavor is one of the most comprehensive Michigan Restaurant Directories on the web.