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Help! NYC foodie trapped in Pontiac, Michigan!

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So I’m working in Pontiac, Michigan (about 1hr north of downtown Detroit) until the end of the year. I’m up to my ears in Applebee’s and Wendy’s. Attempting to find decent dinners for clients and fellow colleagues has been quite a depressing experience.

This is a desperate plea for help. Please, please is there anyone with local knowledge of the area that can point me to a decent place for dinner?

Have rental car, will travel.

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  1. Very easy. Take Woodward South, and in ten minutes you will be in the Birmingham area. This is excellent and high end dining.
    Streetside Seafood (casual bistro)
    Camerons (posh steakhouse)
    Mitchells (casual seafood)
    Forte (nice trendy)
    Phoenicia (upscale Lebanese)
    220 (casual lively)
    Rugby Grille (upscale at the Townsend Hotel)
    City Cellar

    1. Oh, and even a little closer to you on Woodward is Northern Lakes Seafood, about 4-5 minutes before you get to Birmingham. Also good.

      1. Thank you Cherie! I think Northern Lakes Seafood will be first on the list.

        1. For funkier places, keep going on Woodward to the 9 Mile corner, the center of downtown Ferndale. Several fun places on 9 Mile west of Woodward. Crepes are not exactly on the foodie cutting edge, I guess, but there's a place that serves good ones there called Josephine's.

          1. ON THE EAST SIDE OF WOODWARD BETWEEN 13 MILE AND TWELVE MILE IS THE RED COAT TAVERN, HOME OF ONE OF THE DETROIT AREA'S BEST BURGERS. DO NOT MISS THE CARRIBEAN CHOWDER.

            IN THE NORTHWOOD SHOPPING CENTER AT THE SW CORNER OF THIRTEEN MILE AND WOODWARD, TRY REXY'S BANGKOK CUISINE. NOT ONLY IS THE FOOD EXCELLENT, THE PLACE IS GREAT LOOKING.

            AT THIRTEEN MILE AND SOUTHFIELD THERE IS A NEW 'STRANT CALLED CRUSH. CALIFORNIA CUISINE IN AN UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE. GO SOON BEFORE IT IS DISCOVERED AND YOU CAN'T GET IN.

            ALSO ON SOUTHFIELD NORTH OF THIRTEEN IS THE BEVERLY HILLS GRILL, BUSY EVERY DAY SINCE THEY OPENED ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO. ECLECTIC CUISINE. ALWAYS GOOD. ALSO HAS THE BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN.

            IF THERE IS ANY KIND OF CUISINE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, RESPOND AND I'LL TRY TO HELP.

            ROYAL OAK WHICH IS BETWEEN 10 MILE AND MAPLE (15 MILE) EAST OF WOODWARD IS LOADED WITH ALL KINDS OF RESTAURANTS. YOUR DINING IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.

            1. I second that there are some great restaurants within 20 minutes of where you are. All of the Birmingham locations are worthy - although I have not been happy with City Cellar for food the last 2 times I was there, but they have a great wine list. There are also many high end (but chain) steak houses in Troy (adjacent to Birmingham) - Capital Grille in Somerset Mall is high on the list and there is a Mortons down the street. Also, in Birmningham (east of Woodward) is Big Rock Chop House - I highly recommend it.

              Royal Oak and Ferndale, while farther south, have some great eats too. Boocoo in Royal Oak is supposed to be good, eclectic French (still trying to get there myself). Lily's Seafood in Royal Oak is another good one.

              You can do other research by going to metrotimes.com or detnews.com and go to their restaurants sections.

              1. boocoo - hour magazine's restaurant of the year a couple years ago. unfortunately, they closed a few months ago.

                northern lakes on woodward at long lake rd is very good - part of the matt prentice family of places.

                agree with all the recs for ferndale (assaggi is my favorite), royal oak (give bastone a try for belgian bistro), and birmingham (220 merrill, streetside, cameron's steakhouse, and dick o'dows for a good pint).

                you might also consider the jeremy or nectars in keego harbor area.

                in pontiac, bo's bistro is a safe brew pub pick. and i have to give a shout out to a little place called andre's. it's a walk-up/carryout place about a mile west of downtown on m-59 (highland rd) - look for the bright yellow house-looking place. fantastic jambalaya, red beans & rice, po-boys, mac-n-cheese, etc. a hidden gem.

                1. I would also suggest any of the Kruse & Muer restaurants (www.kruseandmuerrestaurants.com). There are 6 within a short driving distance of Pontiac, including locations in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, and Lake Orion. Good seafood, pasta and steaks.

                  1. Here's a place you should seek out - not a restaurant, but worth a detour: le Petit Prince, 124 W. 14 Mile Rd. in Birmingham.

                    A real French patisserie. Madame is the real thing - she's French all right. If you appreciate this kind of thing ck it out. It's top drawer.

                    1. Head out on 59 West for about 15 minutes to Chef's Cuisine in White Lake.
                      Well-prepared food in a not too fancy setting.
                      http://www.chefscuisine.net/
                      Chef's Cuisine
                      10790 Highland Road (note - this is M-59
                      )White Lake, Michigan 48386
                      (248) 698-8823

                      Or go a little further to Milford for the 5 Lakes Grill.
                      http://www.fivelakesgrill.com/
                      424 N. Main Street
                      Milford, MI
                      248-684-7455

                      Pontiac used to have a high end place Pike Street, that was great for a while, then pretty bad, then good again, then finally closed.

                      1. Try The clarkston cafe exit 91 off I-75. French American cuisine after 5 pm. Very worth it!