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Old 03-08-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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Wings - Slightly better than Sweetwater and They Say is Detroit Wing Company on 9 Mile in Easpointe. http://detroitwingco.com/
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Sala Thai Eastern Market location - I love taking friends and family to this hidden place. Most people get scared before walking in seeing the boarded up/windowless restaurant. But everyone loved their food. Welcome to Sala Thai Restaurant they have other locations but nothing beats the Eastern Market location

Yeman Café, Hamtramck - Best gallaba you will ever eat. The Yemani food are more spicy (mixture of Middle Eastern and Indian). We go there weekly

Amar Pizza, Hamtramck - Unique Indian style Pizza. featured on Travel Channel Bizarre Foods and Real Detroit's Hungry Dudes. If you like Tandoori, try it on your pizza. Its even better http://www.amarpizza.com/
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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In Detroit:


Shake Shack. Supposedly amazing burgers (and frozen custard?). I still cannot get in there. I am not one to stand in lines and there are lines even late and early lunch time.
They have an app. Order ahead and skip the line. Yesterday, I got to waltz right past the 20-30 standing outside in the rain
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Damn this thread is going to keep me busy most of the year trying to get to these places lol. We have actually had a few threads like this before but it's time for a update. Now that I have time to make this post.

Pizza:
Buddy's
Loui's
Shield's
Green Lantern
Cloverleaf
Pizza Papalis
Detroit Pizza Factory
Nicki's
Honorable Mention- New York Pizza Depot. If your craving deep dish pizza late at night this spot is open until 4am. Worth it if you live in or near Ann Arbor.

Burgers:
Mallie's bar and grille. If you like big burgers, this place was featured on Man vs Food and made the biggest burger in the world. But you can order burgers whatever size, 3 pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, ect.
Green Dot Stables
Mercury Bar
Taylor Made Burgers

Ribs:
Capers
Slows
Bert's Marketplace
Vicki's BBQ
Rub Pub BBQ
Detroit BBQ company (food truck)
It's a place I can't think of that's near Gratiot and Van Dyke as well.

Steakhouse:
Capers (again)
Roast
Cameron's
Ruth Chris
Black Rock

Dessert:
Treat Dreams
Ice Cream La Michuacana
Lucki's Cheesecake
Kitty's Cheesecake
Detroit Water Ice Factory
Traffic Jam and Snug
Insomnia Cookies

Other places:
Motor City Soul Food
Southern Fires
They Say
Sweet Soul Bistro
Captain Jay's
Sweetwater Tavern
Harlem Fish and Chicken
City Wings
Coney Island
Spud Headz
Potato Palace
Starter's
Assembly Line Buffet (inside Motor City casino building)
Fishbones
Joe's Crab Shack

But this doesn't even scratch the surface, this is just pretty much a list of my "safe options" just in case I don't feel like trying something new or eating somewhere mediocre. I've always had great food at these places.
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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"Damn this thread is going to keep me busy most of the year trying to get to these places lol. We have actually had a few threads like this before but it's time for a update. Now that I have time to make this post."

Me too. I have not heard of many of the places on your list, but given we are approaching 400 new restaurants in Detroit alone since 2013, it is not surprising.

"Burgers:
Mallie's bar and grille. If you like big burgers, this place was featured on Man vs Food and made the biggest burger in the world. But you can order burgers whatever size, 3 pounds, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, ect.
Green Dot Stables"

What about Miller's Hamburgers in Dearborn? Some people rave about them. I tried it a few times and they definitely do have hamburgers (which is pretty much my reaction to every fancy burger place so far)

I will have to try Green Dot Stables again. I found them pretty uninspiring and awfully expensive for sliders. Maybe I just need to try more things. I did try Poutine there for the first time, but I found it pretty disgusting.

"Ribs:
Capers
Slows"

In that order? While I really love Slows brisket, pulled pork and pretty much everything else. I found their ribs tough overcooked flavorless and excessively smothered in overpowering super sugary sauce. I thought grocery store ribs were considerably better. I have not eaten at Capers. Where is it?


"Steakhouse:
Capers (again)
Roast
Cameron's
Ruth Chris
Black Rock"

Ruth Cris and Mortons I find overhyped most of the time. However if I go there someone else is paying and we usually get wine, so by the time the steak arrives during the second bottle, I am no longer at my best for remembering tastes for comparison purpose. I will say I liked Ruth Chris considerably better than Mortons.

What about Texas De Brazil? I have not eaten there, but people rave about it.

The best Steak I can remember having since we moved back to Michigan was the $56 steak at Cliff Bells that the waiter brought my wife when she ordered a salad.

I found Black Rock annoying (not just because it is a chain and therefore bland). Cooking my food mouthful by mouthful means I am completely preoccupied with cooking and cannot really focus on conversation or just relaxing. If I have to slice and cook my food myself, what is the point in eating out? They do not even discount the food for not needing a chef or cooks. Plus having that 700+ degree slab of rock sitting in front of me makes me uncomfortable I am always afraid I will forget about it and set my hand down on the table and get branded. It was also a difficult place for asthmatics in our family. All the cooking at every tables means the place is very smoky. Kind of like being seated in the kitchen. Blcok rock is odd. I have never heard of or seen one before then all of a sudden there seems to be one in every area. They are everywhere. Invasion of the hot stones!.



Dessert:

Insomnia Cookies

They have one of those in Bowling Green. My daughter loves them. I didn't but only tried them once. They were hard. I like cookies soft. I usually do not eat dessert, but when I do, I really love that bakery in greektown that starts with an A. Sometimes I go in there just to look.

I thought The Whitney was supposed to be the key place for dessert in Detroit?

I sometimes meet guests at the Coach Insignia for dessert. Their desserts are not that great, but the view! I have no intention of ever eating there again. Their food is mediocre to bad and astronomically priced. However if you have out of town guests, you have to meet there for drinks and or dessert once.

Other places:

Sweetwater Tavern

Coney Island


Which Coney? Any?

I just do not get the hype over sweetwater tavern and the "best wings in town" claim. THeir wings are at best ordinary. I found them to be a bit goopy. It is not horrible, but best in town? If that is true, that is kind of a sad statement about the quality of wings in Detroit.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:00 PM
 
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What about Miller's Hamburgers in Dearborn? Some people rave about them. I tried it a few times and they definitely do have hamburgers (which is pretty much my reaction to every fancy burger place so far)
If you like ridiculously overpriced burgers served by rude staff that taste like every other bar burger in the country, then sure, Miller's is awesome. I don't get the hype with them, and never will. Miller's will always be an overpriced dump.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:29 PM
 
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Miller's is fine if you know what you're getting yourself into and if the person you're meeting there really wants to go. I go there once every six months to meet with my mentor who likes the place. I don't mind it horribly, but it's far from the best burger I've ever had.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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Tried to look up Coach Insignia and looks like it went kaput. Looked up The Whitney and drowned in drool. I want that Beef Wellington NOW.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:39 PM
 
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If I have to slice and cook my food myself, what is the point in eating out? They do not even discount the food for not needing a chef or cooks.
This made me laugh. CJ, you're one of the more esteemed members of this site and it's fine if this kind of cuisine isn't for you, but this was pretty ignorant. Here's a bit of reading material on the subject and maybe also look up shabu shabu if you want to learn more about communal table meat cooking. They are neat eating experiences and the fact that you control the cooking process is the main part of it. The chefs still have to be there to marinate the meat, etc.
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Coney Island
Perhaps here's where I show my own ignorance. I get that Coney restaurants are sacrosanct to Detroiters, but I really don't get them. To me they are nothing more than Denny's/Bob Evans with a side of gyros or an occasional six thousand calorie "Michigan" salad. Yay?
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Old 03-09-2017, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Southeast Michigan
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Haru Japanese Food and Noodle House is so very good! In Novi on Grand River near Haggerty, in Partridge Plaza across from former fancy car dealer. They have a good sized Korean menu, too.
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