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Nov 23, 2007 05:55 PM

Secret Santa - Detroit Area

The family had it's traditional Thanksgiving dinner which culminates with the Secret Santa drawing for adult kids, grandparents (I and Donna), etc. Anyway, I got my son-in-law who's request was "food I've never had before". He's weird. He and my daughter have experienced all the usual ethnic places, Indian, Thai, etc. but I need a really off the wall place to which I can send them (gift cert). Something like Ethiopian, Ukranian, - you get the picture. The more bizzare, the better. Please help.
Thanks - Bob

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  1. In Ann Arbor, there's the Blue's Ethiopian food. My kids like it because you can eat it with your hands. It's not spicy enough for my taste, though.

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    1. re: momskitchen

      Blue Nile is also in Ferndale.

      Everest Express is Nepali food, I read that the Farmington location is closed but I think there's one in Royal Oak.

      The Fiddler on Orchard Lake is Russian.

    2. I just mentioned this place in another post but it seems to fit here as well. Unless it's an urban legend and doesn't exist see if you can procure a gift certificate to Kola's Food Factory in Riverview. It seems to be a Downriver "wild game" restaurant. That means muskrat is on the menu. This gift would be quite the topic of conversation around the holiday table! I have never been to Kola's so I cannot vouch for anything here. But here's a description:

      1. El Comal (sp?) is non-Mexican in Mexican town...very good reviews. I think it's maybe Colombian?

        And at 15 and Main is Priya, a South Indian restaurant, beautiful dosas. It's accessible but still exotic.

        Then there's always a fie selection of head cheese...

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        1. re: berkleybabe

          I think Priya is the best Indian in the area...good idea.

          1. re: momskitchen

            Priya isn't good any more. I used to love the place. What I tasted today broke my heart, and I took people there today, too. What's the world coming to? Another sign of the bad economy?

            1. re: bapu_d_light

              I don't know if that's a recent development--my Indian coworkers at my old job never had anything good to say about Priya, and that was a couple of years ago. They much preferred Ashoka and Rangoli.

              1. re: bapu_d_light

                I don't know but I'm far more inclined to take the advice of other CH's that have been around VS a new member with only two posts both digging up old threads to say some thing negative.
                Why not just post an actual review of Priya instead of saying it's no good? At least tell us why you don't think it was good.

          2. Bob,

            Took one of my toughest food critics from Chicago to a place called El Barzon. Norberto is the former chef at Il Posto and has opened a simply wonderful restaurant/

            It is half Puebla Mexivan and half Italian. He does both with complete expertise. Many of the dishes you will remember from Il Posto.

            I cannot say enough about this place. Located at Michigan & Junction in Detroit or just Gooogle it.


            1. This is all great stuff! Keep 'em comming. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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              1. re: SonyBob

                What about Sangria in Royal Oak? It's a tapas restaurant. Kathmandu also in Royal Oak was the most unusual place I had dined, but I have heard they might not be open anymore.