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Heading to Dearborn....Annam or M & M cafe?

Sugarbritches Feb 1, 2008 01:55 PM

Our Indie film meet-up group is heading to Dearborn on the 23rd to see U2-3D at the Henry Ford IMAX theater. It also happens to be my birthday (WOOT!) Anyhow, we'd like to have dinner before the film and I was wondering if anyone would recommend one over the other. I saw one review of Annam but can't seem to find anything on M & M Cafe. I'd like to be able to let the group know what kind of food they serve and pricing, if possible. We most likely will be a group of 8-10.

Thanks a bunch!

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    Summerfield Feb 1, 2008 02:38 PM

    Sugarbritches,

    M&M Cafe is one of the better restaurants in Dearborn. They have menu specials which change daily, e.g., crab cakes, salmon cakes, white fish, spaghetti and sausage. Soups are great (lentil, lemon rice, tomato basil which also rotate daily). Regular menu items like chicken stir-fry and patty melt are always good. French fries are the best in the area. Call for specials and hours. I've never had a bad meal here and it's in east Dearborn, so no hourly parking scam going on. Pricing is moderate and they should be able to accommodate 8-10. Hmmm, I'm gettin' hungry.

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      Docsknotinn Feb 1, 2008 03:48 PM

      Happy B-day!
      The IMAX is killer if you haven't been there yet. They do offer AAA discount.
      Enjoy. ;)

      1. momskitchen Feb 1, 2008 06:50 PM

        You really want to go to Annam, especially if it is your birthday. The M&M diner used to be good when it was across the street on Michigan and was more of a dive and was called the "M&M Diner". It had an "alternative" feel to it and served things like meatloaf. It moved across the street and now it's called the M&M "Cafe" and has the ambience of a Big Boy, and the food is just okay. I haven't tried the white fish, but I've had a few lunches there and was underwhelmed in this latest incarnation. I'd suggest it for lunch sometime, maybe, but not for a birthday dinner. Plus, I don't think it has a bar, and Annam does. It's also not open on the weekend, and not after 7 pm. For your birthday, you want Annam. It's got wonderful food, and a beautiful ambience.

        Hope this helps!

        1. dearborn barkis Feb 2, 2008 05:41 AM

          Happy Birthday Sugarbritches! The only review I can find of M & M is Jane Slaughter's from 2002
          http://www.metrotimes.com/metropolis/...
          I believe M&M is closed on weekends, but it's well worth a trip during the week.

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            Summerfield Feb 2, 2008 09:02 AM

            Well, Jane Slaughter's Metro Times review of M&M Cafe pretty much blows a hole in momskitchen's take on the place. But, as Dearborn Barkis noted, they are closed on weekends, so this leaves you Annam by default.

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              momskitchen Feb 2, 2008 12:38 PM

              Summerfield, we're just going to have to agree to disagree again (grin). You don't like the Common Grill, I do. You like the Earle. I don't, except for the wine. You like Paesano's - I don't. We'll have to add M&M to the list.

              P.S. I think we both liked eve!

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                Summerfield Feb 2, 2008 02:33 PM

                Well, I can't say any more that I don't like the Common Grill because I haven't been in 5 years, so my "don't like" is out of date. I plan on updating my take on the Common Grill soon. I will post on it. Unlike you, who still slams Paesano's even you probably haven't been there in a long time (What did your last post say? Two times in 15 years?). Anyway, I read, and I just shake my head, then chuckle.

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                  momskitchen Feb 2, 2008 05:08 PM

                  You're right - It's easily been 5 years since I've been there, so my "statute of limitations" on Paesano's has certainly run out on it. I'll give it another shot.

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                    Summerfield Feb 2, 2008 11:36 PM

                    Atta girl!

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            North Oakland Gal Feb 4, 2008 10:36 AM

            Since it's your special day, have you thought of a casual and romantic place like Ristorante Ciao on Monroe? It certainly is a little jewel which not only has wonderful Tuscan style food - but the service is personal and attentive! They have great spaces for larger type groups, too.

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