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Mt. Clemens/Clinton Township MI recommendations?

LulusMom Apr 16, 2008 11:06 AM

Hi, I'll be visiting family who live in that area next month with my 2 year old daughter. She's very well behaved and we both have very open minds about food (she loves curry, snails and garlic, if that gives you an idea). I'd like to take my family out for dinner at least one night when we're there (hopefully more than that) someplace nice with great food. Any thoughts?

Thanks very much in advance for any ideas you can share.

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    amandaqtpie Apr 16, 2008 08:30 PM

    I remain a huge fan of Luigi's, classic Italian and very family friendly and comfortable, but nice, with excellent food. One on Jefferson in Harrison Twp. and one in downtown Mt. Clemens.

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      LulusMom Apr 17, 2008 02:44 AM

      Thanks amandaqtpie, I'll look into that one.

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      Docsknotinn Apr 17, 2008 04:12 AM

      Why restrict your your self to just this small area? There are so many great restaurant not that far off. Here's one on Roseville that's pretty close. However if you open your self to a little trip to the West side IMO you will find far better options. There are lots of chain restaurants on M-59 near Lakeside or the new Partridge Creek Mall. ;)

      http://www.mrpaulschophouse.com/index...

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        LulusMom Apr 17, 2008 09:32 AM

        I'm restricting myself to a small area mostly because of the toddler. You add travel time to and from a restaurant to the time expected to politely sit in a chair with grown ups and it can be a bit much, especially on top of being away from home. So I'm hoping to find places that aren't more than 10-15 minutes tops from my parents place.

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          boagman Apr 17, 2008 11:29 AM

          Wow...you know what? You sound like one of the ever-so-increasingly-absent people who honestly know how to control children in public places. I admit that I was shy about recommending a place to you specifically because I roll my eyes when people take young kids out to decent places to eat, and then ruin the evening for every other stinking patron in the establishment. And yes: I know several people like this. They're not *normally* idiots...but they certainly don't see their own idiocy in this area of their lives, even if directly pointed out.

          I honestly wish that I had a recommendation for you, as I'd surely give it, but I'm really not too familiar with that particular area. Thanks for being considerate of others, though!

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            LulusMom Apr 17, 2008 02:16 PM

            Ahem. My daughter is fantastically well behaved, but it helps that she doesn't have long car rides before going out to dinner. I can't tell you how many waiters and waitresses have come to us after dinner and complimented me (or her) on how well behaved she is. She is often given little gifts by people working in the restaurants because of it, and knows to always say thank you.

            We live in an area where we have a lot of restaurants close by, so she's used to getting to them fairly quickly, as am I. I do realize we're really lucky to have that. Honestly, no need to assume the worst on her part - I promise you, as someone who spent a lot of time without kids and going out to dinner a lot - that it is of utmost importance to me that she behaves at all times in restaurants (and elsewhere!).

            The point of keeping the place relatively close is exactly so that a kid doesn't end up tired, which can end up meaning cranky and ill-behaved. I'm doing it to be proactive.

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              boagman Apr 17, 2008 04:27 PM

              I understood that completely. You *do* realize that I was paying you what amounts to a *fantastic* compliment from me, right? Because I was.

              You sound very concerned about the dining experiences that others have, too, and I greatly, greatly appreciate that, even if we never happen to run across each other.

              Now if I could just think of a non-chain place to recommend to you up that way...

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              momskitchen Apr 17, 2008 04:32 PM

              Children have different temperaments, and some kids have temperaments better suited to a restaurant environment. It has nothing to do with "parenting skill" or being able to "control" children in public places. All that's required is good judgment about your kid's personality and what kind of restaurant works. I think that maybe your friends might still be figuring that out for themselves and their kids, but I'm pretty sure they probably wouldn't appreciate anything being directly pointed out by someone that's not a parent. I learned this the hard way - giving advice about parenting before I was one myself! Oh, the crow I have eaten!!

              Even now that I am a "well seasoned" parent, I would be hesitant to point out flaws in people's children or their parenting styles.

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                boagman Apr 17, 2008 06:16 PM

                Boy howdy, I didn't mean to derail this thread. I'm here to say, though, that I'm not backing down. When I'm asked about seating preferences in a restaurant, my standard phrase is "Non-smoking, non-screaming little kids", and I *darned well mean it*.

                I cannot give you a number of times that I've been out in places where people have children who are yelling, crying, screaming, *running around the room*...and the parents literally do nothing about it at all. Nothing. They're only too happy to ruin everyone else's evening, because hey! They got to get out of the house! Yea! *And* they saved *all that money* on the babysitter! Now they can get appetizers!

                Heaven forbid that they exercise a little discretion, or discipline. It's apparently against their religion.

                Now, just to be clear: I don't go to McDonald's, or Olive Garden, or any type of restaurant that caters to family/kids and expect anything more than get-in-and-get-out-before-you-get-a-headache.

                Why anyone's taking what I wrote as a backhanded compliment is beyond me...I'm proud of LulusMom, and honestly wish there were more like her.

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                  amandaqtpie Apr 18, 2008 07:14 PM

                  boagman, dear friend,

                  You are reading WAY too much into the replies to your response. I don't think anyone took your note as anything more than a compliment or simple response as a fellow public diner, much less a backhanded one.

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              Docsknotinn Apr 17, 2008 12:25 PM

              There is quite a lot near the malls I mentioned. Those should be roughly 15 minutes from you.

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                LulusMom Apr 17, 2008 02:18 PM

                15 minutes is definitely doable, so thanks Docsnotinn. We're looking to do something different from chains - the malls will have that?

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                  Docsknotinn Apr 17, 2008 06:31 PM

                  Near the mall is primarily chains but neither Clinton Twp or Mt. Clemens are great dining destinations. There is a PF Changs which IMO is very nice for a chain as well as just about every other chain you could imagine. The Restaurant I mentined earlier has another restaurant on Hayes in Clinton Twp called the Brewery. IIR North of M-59 on Hayes is a new Polish market as well as an Achatz pie store. There is a kowalski delli on M-59 as well. There is an Adiamo at Lake side circle as well.

                  http://www.andiamoitalia.com/sterling/index.html

                  http://www.kowality.com/where.asp

                  http://www.achatzpies.com/locations.php?osCsid=eb2c04d5f18910509a913154c44fdfc1

                  http://www.pfchangs.com/

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            RedTop Apr 17, 2008 02:17 PM

            Sajos has its flagship restaurant on Gratiot Avenue south of Masonic in Roseville, and its new location on Moravian Road, south of Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile), and just west of Garfield Road. They have an extensive Mediterranean flair to their menu, but do ribs and steak very, very well. One of our favorites...kid friendly...very reasonably priced.
            www.sajos.net

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