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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!

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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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Summer Tipping Do’s and Don’ts

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Summer Tipping Guide

A recent article in Real Simple Magazine summarized some helpful hints for tipping service providers especially during the summer months.  To avoid awkward moments with your food delivery person or hotel housekeeper, follow these helpful hints from Real Simple’s Summer Tipping Guide.

  1. Airport Skycap – keep in mind, large or bulky items such as golf bags and strollers may warrant a little extra gratuity, but a good rule of thumb to follow is $1.00 – $3.00 per bag.
  2. Bellhop – etiquette coach, Patricia Rossi suggests tipping the bellman an extra dollar for suitcases that are on the heavy side, but the typical car-to-room tip should be $1.00-$2.00 per bag.
  3. Camp Counselor – Make sure to read the camp handbook to find out if gratuities are allowed.  If tips are against the rules, a simple thank you note will do; however, at camps were tips are permitted, your child’s counselor should be given up to $10.00 per week.
  4. Dog Groomer – While 15 – 20 percent gratuity is the norm, if your dog is a handful, you should consider tipping an extra 5%.
  5. Dog Walker – According to dogwalker.com, if your pooch is exercised for a week or more, your dog walker should be tipped up to 20 percent of the bill.
  6. Food delivery – 10 – 15 percent is an acceptable amount unless your ordering for a small army in which case, another 5% is warranted.
  7. Gardener or Pool Cleaner – This gratuity should be awarded at the end of the summer and should total $20-$50 or the cost of one visit.
  8. Hotel Housekeeper – It is important to remember that since the cleaning crew changes daily, you should tip daily, even if you’re staying for a week or more.  Acceptable amount? $2.00 – $5.00 per night depending on how nice the hotel is and be sure to add an extra couple dollars if you have a large family.
  9. Housesitter – No gratuity is necessary, but if you’re feeling generous, bring the house sitter a gift from your travels.
  10. Seasonal Sports Instructor – No tip necessary.  You are paying for the sessions with this professional, so no gratuity is expected.
  11. Shuttle-Bus Driver – The Emily Post Institute advises travelers to tip a shuttle-bus driver only if he waits for you, helps with your luggage or gets you to your destination quickly.  Proper amount?  Up to $2.00.
  12. Valet-Parking Attendant – Tip $1.00-$3.00 in small cities or  $3.00-$5.00 in large cities.  Remember, since large vehicles like SUV’s are more difficult to park, be sure to give the attendant a little extra for the trouble.
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Article Source: Real Simple Magazine, July 2011, Yelena Moroz
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Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe: A Photo Blog

Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe offers a wide selection of home-style foods in a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Located at 1301 W. Lafayette in Detroit, this homestyle cafe serves up healthy portions of honest-to-goodness comfort food.  Your next trip to Detroit will not be complete without a stop at Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe!

 

Fried Catfish and French Fries

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Homestyle Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Greens.

Fried Chicken Wings, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Carrots.

Irresistible Peach Cobbler!

 

Reggies Soul Food Cafe

1301 W. Lafayette Avenue

Detroit, MI

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3 Fantastic Dessert Places in Grand Blanc, MI

Dessert menus in MIchiganThere’s always room for dessert!  Let’s be honest.  One of the best things about dining out is the dessert menu.  Who has the time to actually make dessert?  Things have changed.  Even full-time moms are constantly on the go.  While everyone has room for dessert, no one has the time to prepare it.  My husband and I are foodies.  We love to cook.  We love to dine out.  We love to eat dessert.  So it is with the utmost confidence that I present to you my choices for 3 great dessert menus in the Grand Blanc, MI area.

 

  1. Da Edoardo North – Located at 8185 Holly Road in Grand Blanc, Da Edoardo North has an extensive, delectable dessert menu that boasts tasty dessert options and several after dinner drink options.  The perfect ending to your fine dining experience is the Da Edoardo Tiramisu.  Italian Lady Fingers soaked in fine espresso and Tia Maria, layered with mascarpone custard and dusted with cocoa, tiramisu is exceptional especially when served along side a glass of Port or an after-dinner cordial.  Other tasty seasonal desserts accompany the Tiramisu on the Da Edoardo dessert menu earning the restaurant a place in my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  2. Le Grand Bistro – The menu at Grand Blanc’s Le Grand Bistro (12745 South Saginaw, Grand Blanc, MI) changes regularly in order for owner Bernice to express her passion for European foods; but you can be sure that you’ll always find Gelato.  Gelato is a healthier and creamier alternative to American ice cream, which has a higher butterfat and sugar content and is whipped more to add air and volume. In Paris, gelato can be found on every corner but a good Gelato in Michigan is tough to find.  You have to taste the Gelato to understand the richness of the smooth frozen desert. The gelato flavors change regularly, but, since you’ll always find a flavor to love, Le Grand Bistro is one of my top 3 dessert restaurants.
  3. Luca’s Chophouse- A list of great places for dessert would not be complete without Luca’s Chophouse located at 12793 South Saginaw in Grand Blanc.  Where else can you find banana’s foster prepared tableside?  More than a dessert, the banana’s foster is an experience.  As delicious as it is entertaining, the dessert at Luca’s Chophouse is one-of-a-kind, making this fine dining restaurant a staple on any list of great dessert restaurants.

Living in Grand Blanc, MI, I am blessed with many fabulous dessert eateries.  The list of places to find interesting and yummy after dinner treats in Grand Blanc, MI is extensive enough to rival any big city.  Even finicky foodies will find reason to rejoice in the small town atmosphere with big city taste.  I don’t know if Grand Blanc, MI will ever be known throughout the Country as the place to go for dessert, but for my money, there’s no better place to be after dinner.

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Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe – Detroit’s Comfort Food

Soul food is synonomous with comfort food.  Originated and developed by slaves in the United States, Soul food has evolved into a multi-million dollar industry. Popular throughout the U.S., soul food is the result of cooking techniques and recipes handed down from generation to generation for over 300 years.

"chicken and Mac n Cheese"Many common foods that make up a soul food cookbook originated in Africa, such as okra, black eyed peas and leafy green vegetables.  The slaves used these ingredients to fuel them for the long workdays in the southern heat.  Soul food cooking became popular among the masses in the 1960’s and today makes up one of the most popular segments of the American restaurant industry.

The city of Detroit has been home to many successful soul food restaurants over the years, many of whose doors remain open today.  One of"Reggie's Soul Food Cafe" the most popular soul food destinations in the city today is Reggies Soul Food Cafe.  Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe offers a wide selection of home-style foods in a cozy, inviting atmosphere.  Their caring and talented staff are dedicated to making your dining adventure fun, relaxing, and pleasurable. Whether you bring your family in for quality time together or gather with your friends for a hearty meal, Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe is the perfect place for satisfying your comfort food cravings.

Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe menu includes soul food favorites such as mac ‘n cheese, chicken and waffles, catfish fillets and salmon croquettes. "soul food meatloaf and greens" Looking to try something new?  How about a southern fried pork chop or a slab of turkey meatloaf.  There truly is something for everyone, a dish to satisfy every tastebud.  They pride themselves in always providing delicious meals, personalized customer service, and competitive, affordable prices. Whether you are dining in or getting yours to go, they work hard to replicate the flavors of home.

No visit to the city of Detroit is complete without a stop at Reggie’s.  Visit them at Michiganflavor.com to download their menu, check out their specials or get a map and directions.  Dine at Reggie’s Soul Food Cafe for an historic taste of Detroit.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Top Secret Family Recipe Cheesecake Unlike Any Other at This Pair of Michigan Restaurants

My husband and I have a new vice I’m sorry to say.  One bite of this top secret family recipe cheesecake and we were hooked!  Where can you find this little piece of culinary heaven?  You’ll have to travel to the Flint area, but regardless of where you live, this cheesecake is worth the drive. Paul’s Coney Island in Burton and Flint’s Telly’s Coney Island, two family-owned eateries, share this one-of-a-kind dessert.

What makes this cheesecake so special?  Unlike most cheesecake’s you’ll find, this one has no crust but beyond that, good luck trying to find out any details.  We spoke to Paul’s Coney Island owner while trying to guess which cheeses where used in his recipe and all we got was a smile.  This recipe has been a family secret for decades and I’m sorry to say, the secret’s not going to be out any time soon.

Stop in any time for a piece of this delectable dessert and enjoy one of their great appetizers and entrees…and don’t forget to try an authentic Flint style coney dog while you’re there.  Both restaurants have cozy atmospheres, great service and fabulous food!  For years, Paul’s Coney Island has been committed to providing quality food at reasonable prices. Their fresh, wholesome menu features a variety of home-style favorites.  Paul’s Coney Island offers the taste of home, the food you grew up eating and the kind of food you’d make every day if you could. Paul’s does the cooking for you, so just go on in, bring family or friends, and enjoy your meal.


Telly’s Coney Island Restaurant, located on Miller Rd in Flint is known for their family-friendly food and service, and the variety of selections on the menu. They are open seven days a week, all of their menu items are home made.  Breakfast lunch or dinner, Telly’s is sure to have a homemade meal you will be sure to love.

Both of these family-owned restaurants are the perfect places to go for a relaxing, enjoyable meal any day of the week…just don’t forget to try the cheesecake!



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Top Ten Tips for Tough Times in The Michigan Restaurant Market

Do tough economic times really have to spell trouble for small businesses, specifically the restaurant industry?  Blogger Mike Clough wrote a great post called “Top Ten Tips for Tough Times”.

In this post, Mr. Clough says “Good business and financial practices are the ultimate defense against economic storms. And, they can provide the insurance you need to capitalize on new opportunities when good times return.”  Nowhere is this more true than within the Michigan Restaurant Industry.  With Michigan going through one of the worst economic downturns in history, restaurant owners are faced with a whole new set of issues.  Read Mike Clough’s “Top Ten Tips for Tough Times” at http://bestbizpractices.org/2010/03/10/top-ten-tips-for-tough-times/ for some great advice about keeping your restaurant afloat in a drowning economy.
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