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Mar 30, 2007 09:30 PM

MI - Auburn Hills, Pontiac, etc. Veg possible?

Hi folks. I've been doing some searching with little real success in recent posts anyway. Wondering if you might have fresh recommendations for a Thursday night early dinner before concert up at the Palace. Show's at 7:30, so kinda early. We'll be up from Pittsburgh and staying over that night, but we're not much for late night dinner after the event, plus the weeknight would make that troublesome I suspect, so before is it.

Something with good vegetarian options, if anything worthwhile, would be especially intriguing. My companion is mostly veg, though she will occasionally eat fish (picky about it, only certain types, and no sushi) so that wouldn't be entirely out of the question. Not looking for a grand night out dinner, just something casual but perhaps more worth eating than the typical chains I know we could easily fall into out there in the far suburbs. It doesn't have to be right at these locations, obviously, but it'll need to be a reasonably short drive to the Palace when we're finished.

Recommendations for breakfast the next day also welcome.

Hope that's enough info. Thanks!

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  1. You could get something vegetarian at La Shish on Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills or Rochester Hills. This is Middle Eastern, and not that expensive.
    Only 5-10 minutes from the Palace.
    You could also eat at Lelli's on Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills. This is fairly expensive Italian.

    1. You can get something vegetarian (or seafood, perhaps) at the Kruse & Muer restaurants ( around town - six locations total. The closest locations to the Palace would be at the Village in Rochester Hills or the K&M at the Lake in Lake Orion.
      If you mention where you're staying you'll probably get more suggestions, especially for breakfast.
      Good luck!

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      1. re: mi2ca2mi

        Thanks for the replies so far. The hotel is in Pontiac, hence the mention. Marriott at Centerpoint, thanks to a Priceline bid.

        Kinda been going back and forth on the Kruse & Muer idea. In looking at their menus on the web site I'm not convinced that it'll be anything standout for the veggie Ms. CrazyOne (she's not too keen about freshwater fish, for instance, and won't eat any heavier fish like salmon), but I know they've had several positive mentions here.

        1. re: CrazyOne

          I'm not real familiar with that part of the metro area, but the way to go if you want good vegetarian food around here is Arabic/Middle Eastern. Half the menu is always vegetarian. I haven't tried that La Shish (they're different from one another), but it's a promising line of thought.

          1. re: CrazyOne

            You could grab breakfast at the Original Pancake House in Birmingham (33703 Woodward Ave) which is about 6 miles from where you're staying. They have a good selection of pancakes, omelettes, etc. I know there are other breakfast options further south on Woodward like Bart's Breakfast Club at Club Bart and Toast (both in Ferndale) but I've never actually been to either place - just heard good things about them. Perhaps someone who has been to either restaurant can weigh in.

            1. re: mi2ca2mi

              "You could grab breakfast at the Original Pancake House in Birmingham (33703 Woodward Ave) which is about 6 miles from where you're staying."

              You could...if you felt like paying exorbitant prices for wholly unremarkable food. I guess the people in Birmingham truly don't care about quality of food, as long as it *costs* a lot! Original Pancake House is about as head-shaking a place as I can think of. If they cut their prices in *half*, they'd only be *moderate*. Their food is nothing better than what you'd get at any corner coney, and it's just ridiculously priced. Avoid.

              The Club Bart suggestion is, actually, quite a good one. I've been there for breakfast, and it's worth it. The trouble with that is that it's quite a ways from Pontiac for a good breakfast, and I would think that, for the time/cost it would take to get to Ferndale, the hotel would probably do just as well, if not better.

              I haven't personally tried Toast myself, but have heard good things as well.

              1. re: boagman

                Actually, these are great, thanks! On that morning it probably won't matter so much if they're farther away so long as they're towards the way home (which I think, if memory of the map serves, they are).

                Although, we're likely doing a goofy side trip to Hell on the way home ;-) so maybe they won't be on the way. That opens up other ideas like lunch in Ann Arbor or something, which is a different thread I guess....

                1. re: boagman

                  I don't find the prices exorbitant at Original Pancake House and a lot of their menu items cannot be found at the corner coney. I really enjoy their pumpkin pancakes in the fall. And I don't know of any other place in the area that offers the same type of apple pancake or dutch baby.

                  To each his own!

                  1. re: mi2ca2mi

                    Well, I'm the first to admit that I'm not the most adventurous at breakfast, but I've been to TOPH several times, and every time, without exception, I've felt like I just got reamed. I've never, ever chosen this place of my own accord, and never would. There's just something about paying $15 for 2 eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, toast, and orange juice that's all served by a disinterested waitress with various body piercings that just, well, doesn't mesh with what I consider to be appetizing or fair-priced. Not to mention the fact that it's incredibly *slow* (and how they're always packed is just beyond my understanding), and they have never, *ever* understood what "I want my eggs over-hard-as-a-hockey-puck" seems to mean. Unremarkable service, mediocre (at best!) food, *and* a time-consumer? It's the trifecta! ;)

                    As you say, though, to each his own!

                    1. re: boagman

                      Wow - sounds like you've had your share of bad experiences there. I must say that I never go there for breakfast, only lunch or dinner, so I'm usually not affected by the crowds. I will admit that service can be erratic but I've had decent serivce the last few times I've been there. My food has always been good and my BF loves the place so we go once in a while. I will have to try Club Bart and/or Toast sometime soon. Thanks for the info.

          2. Just want to give you all a big thanks for your input! This is the first trip we've taken with these sorts of recommendations for restaurants, and it really made the experience that much better.

            On Thursday night we finally decided on going ahead with Kruse & Muer after all. We went to the Kruse & Muer in the Village, Rochester Hills. Just fantastic, right atmosphere, great service, whatever that bread is that everyone talks about (our server brought us a whole second hit after we munched the first one, and we got through about half of that too, just the two of us, yikes!) and great food, particularly the signature Lobster & Shrimp Fettuccine with saffron cream sauce. Right price, too, a bit less than we've paid for similar or perhaps lesser experiences like Mitchell's. We arrived early (about 5:15) as we figured would be necessary to get the show in time, and were seated right away. When we left, lots of people were waiting. Very small. I dunno if they take reservations, but you'd be waiting a long time on a weekend I suspect with that small dining room.

            Friday we went to a late breakfast at Toast! Yeah, screw that chain stuff. We flirted with the idea of Original Pancake anyway. There is one here in Pittsburgh, and we haven't ever been there. But indie is more our style, and Toast really epitomizes this. We had to wait, even at 10:30am on a weekday. It was nearly noon by the time we left. But it was worth it. Gotta love the wall of toasters, really funny. Food was excellent. One slip was a missing ingredient for one of the specials, so we had to choose again, but still came out great. Try the bourbon french toast. Those of you who were saying they've only heard good things and haven't been really should go!

            Then on our way back our timing was right to pull off a stop at a recommendation from another thread, Tandoor in Toledo. Get there early or you'll be waiting, another small room. Good Indian and inexpensive.