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In Search of Excellent Diner/resturant - NOT CONEY, Livonia, MI

mgoblue55 Sep 21, 2008 03:09 PM

I live in Livonia Michigan just west of Detroit. I have been on the search for about a year now for an excellent quality Diner style resturant in the close area. We are totally tired for the usual Coney Island type place. We especially like Great breakfasts, good sandwichs and the like. Fresh Turkey & Salmon burgers maybe??? Any ideas or suggestions would be great.

We just recently tried Thomas' on Plymouth and we go to Gest Omlettes alot, they are good but not great.

Thanks in advance for any recomendations!!!


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    Jim M Sep 21, 2008 05:57 PM

    Try Bode's Corned Beef House in Plymouth on N. Main, maybe a half mile north of the town center. I've only had breakfast there, but the corned beef hash is primo.


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    1. re: Jim M
      mgoblue55 Sep 21, 2008 06:29 PM

      Thanks & keep them coming. Ill try bodes on the way to work in the morning.

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      Fibber McGee Sep 22, 2008 01:56 PM

      Silverman's on Orchard Lake just South of 12 Mile was long a haunt of mine. It's now Hazel and Roberto's. While it does indeed have Coneys now in the name, it's pretty much the same large menu as when it was Silverman's. I think Hazel was a waitress and just took it over.

      1. JanPrimus Sep 22, 2008 02:17 PM

        Also looking into surrounding communities...

        1. Canton
        a. Thai Bistro
        b. Matsuchan

        2. Plymouth
        a. Little Bangkok Cuisine (The Hottest Thai I have had yet, and very good)
        b. Sweet Afton Tea Room
        c. Box Bar (Top Notch Beer Menu but food is normal bar fodder)

        3. Westland
        a. My House (avoid the restaurants in Westland)

        4. Farmington
        a. Tribute
        b. Dagwood's Deli

        I could keep surrounding you but I have to go pick up kids from school!

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        1. re: JanPrimus
          mgoblue55 Sep 26, 2008 11:37 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I Tried Bodes on Monday and you were right the Hash was excellent!

          Jan Primus - SHOW ME THE MONEY! Maybe something in Livonia??


          1. re: JanPrimus
            mgoblue55 Sep 26, 2008 11:42 AM

            Im Thinkging Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I love that show. I need something like that close to home...............

            Let me hear it!

            1. re: mgoblue55
              Jim M Sep 26, 2008 12:30 PM

              I assume you've tried Bates Hamburgers.

            2. re: JanPrimus
              JanPrimus Sep 27, 2008 03:22 AM

              Ok if I had to eat in Livonia...

              Bates Burgers

              Livonia and Westland to me are culinary dead zones for the most part.

              1. re: JanPrimus
                mgoblue55 Sep 27, 2008 03:02 PM

                That is true, Anyone ever been to the real seafood company in Ann Arbor?

                1. re: mgoblue55
                  Jim M Sep 27, 2008 06:14 PM

                  Some people don't like it because it's a chain, but I've had pretty good experiences there. Bottom line is they go through a lot of fish, so you get fresh fish cooked with simple recipes that are hard to screw up. They have a pretty good b-day discount as I recall. Common Grill in Chelsea may be better, but for a fun lunch on my birthday (or somebody else's) it's fine.

                  1. re: mgoblue55
                    boagman Sep 27, 2008 10:37 PM

                    I like it! Nothing blow-your-mind-away caliber, but altogether good from my experience with it. It's not going to come off as too chainy from what I remember, and they'll do fine with the seafood. I really enjoyed the chowder.

                    Last time my I was there, my brother and I made reservations during halftime at the Big House, and we ate while the city cleared out...and we enjoyed ourselves. Are there places we've liked better? Yes. Does that take anything away from Real Seafood Company? Not at all.

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                midwest rivi Sep 29, 2008 04:41 PM

                Try the Rosewood in Novi. Right on Grand River west of Novi rd. Great breakfast and been there for over 50 years.

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                1. re: midwest rivi
                  mgoblue55 Sep 30, 2008 11:25 AM

                  Whats up with the Rosewood? I cant find any info on the web about this place.


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                  interplanetjanet Sep 30, 2008 04:40 PM

                  Try the Fly Trap in Ferndale. Their tag line is "a finer diner" and it really holds true

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                  1. re: interplanetjanet
                    mgoblue55 Oct 14, 2008 03:27 PM

                    I ve been to the fly trap, it was pretty good actually. Any others out there local?


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