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Hidden Gem in Downtown Plymouth

n2Nico & 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).

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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.

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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.

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When weather permits on Thursday and Friday nights, the outside patio has live entertainment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Emil’s Italian Restaurant – a Family Friendly Eatery

Emil’s Italian Restaurant emphasizes its family heritage and calls itself a family-friendly eatery. With the soft lighting and intimate booths, many also consider it a romantic destination for first dates or anniversaries. In business since 1921, Emil’s is the oldest restaurant in Lansing, and is still owned by the same family.

Emil’s is a warm and inviting restaurant, filled with patrons out for the traditional Italian-American fare Emil’s has been serving for generations. The dining room is lined on either side with booths, backs are high and it makes you feel like there’s no one else in the room and the extensive woodwork, stained glass and Tiffany lamps hanging from ceiling add to the ambience and charm of the restaurant.

You can go a number of different directions in regards to what to order.  From the BBQ ribs, the pizza and of course the spaghetti (on special Monday – all you can eat for $5.95 and again on special Tuesday for $5.49).  Other options include Italian sausage and peppers; shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, shrimp, and crab meat, eggplant primavera, and the lasagna (layers of spicy sausage, tangy sauce and silky ricotta).

Emil’s is a very popular spot for students, residents, and visitors to dine while in Lansing.  There need not be a special occasion to visit Emil’s other than the fact you want a fantastic meal and maybe start a family tradition of your own.


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.

 

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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..

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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.

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The Top 30 Healthiest Foods

Think about this the next time your dining in Michigan.   According to the February 2011 addition of Real Simple magazine, the country’s top dietitians and nutritionists have highlighted the top 30 super-powered ingredients we should try to incorporate into our diets regularly.  So the next time you’re visiting a Michigan Restaurant, try to choose dishes prepared with some of these super healthy ingredients.

broccoli

Broccoli - a Vitamin C Gold Mine

walnuts

Walnuts - A Great Source of Omega-3's

oranges

Oranges - Your go to source of Vitamin C

  1. Skim Milk
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Whole-Grain Pasta
  4. Walnuts
  5. All-natural Peanut and Almond Butters
  6. Steel-Cut or Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  7. Barley
  8. Quinoa
  9. Lentils
  10. Bulgur
  11. Almonds
  12. Eggs
  13. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  14. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  15. Wild Salmon
  16. Sardines
  17. Kale
  18. Kiwi
  19. Blueberries
  20. Broccoli
  21. Avocados
  22. Black Beans
  23. Sweet Potatoes
  24. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  25. Edamame
  26. Chard
  27. Kidney Beans
  28. Oranges
  29. Spinach
  30. Pumpkin

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*Source:  February 2011 Real Simple Magazine The 30 healthiest foods…