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Metro Detroit - Share info on great deals!

Hey there Metro Detroit Hounds!
With all of the coverage of the economy and the impact to Metro Detroit, I thought it would be great to share info about restaurants that are trying to help (and stay in business) with discounts, specials, etc. Everything counts – a good deal is a good deal!

Here are a few that I have seen/read about lately – let's keep the list going!

Assaggi Mediterranean Bistro, 330 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale, - offering several of the dishes on their menu in two portion sizes, so those who wish may have a smaller portion at a smaller price, but without sacrificing quality. The dishes include gnocchi with wild mushrooms, veal reduction and truffle oil at $12 or $21, rainbow trout $16 or $24, duck $14 or $26 and lobster ravioli $14 or $24. Even the Caesar salad comes in $7 or $14 portions.

Big Rock , Birmingham - The restaurant in the revamped train station also is offering special three-course lunches at $15, and three-course dinners, with a glass of wine, at $40.

Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, has dropped its menu prices by as much as half for some dishes, while reducing portions to amounts more in keeping with traditional Italian dining.
Via Nove – 4 course prix fix “date night” on Friday - $50 for two; higher end menu on Saturday (includes Lobster!) and wine $89/couple

Wolfgang Puck – 3 course prix fix meal Sunday – Thursday $35/$55 with wine

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  1. Modern Food & Spirits has a 10%-off deal if you tell the server their weekly
    "password" when seated; no later. The password is on their webpage:

    http://www.modernfoodspirits.com

    1. On the eastside:

      DaEdoardo in Grosse Pointe Woods offers half off bottles of wine on Tuesday and Wednesday with the purchase of an entree.

      Cafe Nini in Grosse Pointe Farms is running a special through the end of March that offers dinner for two with a bottle of their house wine for $49.95. The special menu for this promo includes a choice of between 6 or 7 entree's and a house salad.

      Both of these restaurants are owned by the same family, and they offer, IMO, some of best, most consistent, high-end Italian food around.

      1. This is a great post!!! Here are a few that I know of:

        1. Mon Jin Lau, at the bar or lounge only, Mon-Fri until. 6:30 -- lots of 1/2 off sushi, appetizers and drink prices.
        2. WAB 1/2 food on Mondays.
        3. Sweet Lorraines -- get on their email list and they send out specials (last week a free entree).
        4. Mitchells 1/2 off wine on Wednesdays. I think they do this at Andiamo too.
        5. Ronin has a few happy hour specials until 7:00 p.m.

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        1. re: cherie

          Thanks Cherie - I really thought it would get a lot more traction though! I have heard of a number of places doing 1/2 off wine.

          Dino's in Ferndale - 1/2 off wine on Sundays; they also have a decent Bloody Mary bar on both weekend days. Tuesdays are happy hour specials all day long.

          Monterrey Cantina - 1/2 off your entire bill Friday and Saturday after 10 pm. OK - I know that their food ranges from mediocre to "OK", but 1/2 off includes alcohol too. A good place to hang with your non-Chowish friends (like my boyfriend - grrr).

        2. Today's Freep has a story about Whistle Stop Cafe in B'ham having a "name your own price" promotion
          http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...

          1. Olga's Kitchen gave out coupons for a free Olga's Original sandwich to all those in line at the Palace for the free Jay Leno concert in April.

            1. Here's a recent roundup in Ann Arbor. Ten bucks for an entree at the Earle isn't bad.

              http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/an...

              1. I've been finding $5 and $10 coupons in the coupon packs lately for purchases of $50 and $100 at Vince and Joes. They also have on line coupons and you can see a PDF of the weekly flier. This store is really growing on me and the fax deli form is schweeet. Saves a lot of time. I actually like the butcher shop better than Nino's and Pappa Joes.

                http://www.vinceandjoes.com/

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                1. re: Fritter

                  I just joined their loyalty program too... 1% off purchases (can't hurt). Their deli for lunchmeats is always busy, but you can order from the computer up near the front/flowers and it will be ready for you in 10-15 minutes. No taking a number and standing there for 10-15 minutes.

                  1. re: kellycolorado

                    Cool! I didn't know there was a discount with the loyalty program. The VanDyke quarterly had a $5 off coupon on a $50 purchase again and a coupon for a free loaf of bread. They may have the best Italian bakery (pastries) in the area.

                2. This one from the Detroit News:

                  This is the final weekend for an attractive special at Mitchell's Fish Market restaurants in downtown Birmingham, the Village of Rochester Hills, and Livonia's restaurant row on Haggerty Road. Three-course dinners, which include house or Caesar salad; an entree choice of lobster and shrimp cakes, shrimp and scallops mixed grill or Asian salmon duo; and a dessert choice of creme brulee or fudge brownie with ice cream, are $19.95.

                  1. On Monday's @ Modern Food & Spirits, they have a (microbrew) beer tasting
                    with (small) burgers.

                    Four beers & four burgers for $16. Resv highly recommended.

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                    1. re: rainsux

                      Just back from Modern's first microbrew & burger night.
                      In one word; excellent.

                      - Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter with a Pot Roast slider
                      - Brooklyn Local 2 with a grilled salmon slider.
                      - Oberon Ale with a Jamaican Jerk Turkey Meatball slider.
                      - Bell's Amber with a Black Bean slider.

                      They plan to do this every Monday and the menu will vary.

                    2. Here is another "deal" - at Black Finn in Royal Oak.

                      Black Finn in Royal Oak offers half-price meals Mondays

                      By Sylvia Rector
                      Free Press staff writer

                      Monday nights through Labor Day, Black Finn Restaurant & Saloon in Royal Oak is offering 50% off all dine-in food items from 5-10 p.m.

                      Restaurant operating partner Rossi Penney calls the promotion the Black Finn Economic Recovery Plan and says it is intended to help people go out to eat more often, despite the economy.

                      The restaurant, offering an extensive American menu, is at 530 S. Main, Royal Oak.

                      1. Sajo's, in Roseville & Clinton township is running two internet coupon specials on a regular basis: A $7.99 Rib Basket, with veg & bread basket included; and a $10.99 Blue Plate Special. Diners need to sign up with Sajo's to receive the coupons.
                        www.sajos.com

                        1. This one is only a "deal" this week...

                          Treat your staff to lunch, get a gift certificate at Seldom Blues
                          Ursula Watson / The Detroit News
                          Seldom Blues restaurant celebrates Administrative Professionals Day today. Employers who treat their administrative staff to lunch now through Friday will receive a $10 gift certificate that can be used that day or go toward a future lunch or dinner purchase at the restaurant. Seldom Blues is in Tower 400 of the Renaissance Center, Detroit. For reservations, call (313) 567-7301.

                          1. Rosy O Grady's has all pizzas 50% off on Tuesdays at the Clinton Twp (23 mile East of 94) location.

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                            1. re: Fritter

                              The Rosie's in Ferndale has a great special every day. My fave is still the $2.99 burger, but I can't remember what day it's a special (I'm thinking Saturday). They also do a half-slab rib night (w/salad and sides, I think) for 7.99. And they always have some sort of beer special! http://www.4rosieogradys.com/

                              And, if you're a particpating member in the NWA Dining for Miles thing, you get miles there, too. (Don't know how that program is affecting by the whole Delta-NWA thing, tho.)

                              1. re: aliasrlm

                                They do the Delta miles deal as well. That's actually what motivated me to try the one on 23 mile road. As an interesting aside as I was coming back yesterday I swear I saw Vin Diesel pulling out in a white Saleen Mustang. If it wasn't him it was his doppelganger. I haven't seen a mustang like that since I worked for the Pistons during the '89-'90 championship season.

                                1. re: aliasrlm

                                  $2.99 Burgers is Saturdays and I think Tuesday. They also sometimes run specials if there is a Tiger's or Wings game on (any Detroit sport for that matter). The ribs deal is Sunday. Pretty good drink specials as well, i.e. $5 pitchers.

                              2. Sangria in Royal Oak offers tapas at half-off until 6.

                                Tuesday through Thursday the food at Cliff Bell's is half-off until 8. Considering the quality of their food, this is one of the best deals going. Also, on Tuesday you can buy a bottle of wine for half price.

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                                1. re: Tabrams

                                  I haven't been to Cliff Bell's since the kitchen opened - tell me more! They have live music during the week too - don't they?

                                  1. re: Ludlows23

                                    They have something going on every night of the week: http://www.cliffbells.com/events.php

                                    When the food is half off you can get a braised pork belly in a cider reduction with fingerling potatoes for $6.50. Amazing!

                                2. In today's Free Press:

                                  Wine event to be held at Assaggi Bistro in Ferndale

                                  By SYLVIA RECTOR
                                  FREE PRESS RESTAURANT CRITIC

                                  The Detroit Wine Organization heads to distinctive, four-star Assaggi Bistro in Ferndale next week for its monthly Wine Down Wednesday event, where guests will have the opportunity to sample 40 new French wines.

                                  Assaggi will provide hors d’oeuvres, included in the ticket price.

                                  Billed as “a French wine tasting like no other,” the event is 6-8 p.m. April 29. Tickets are $40 for DWO members and $45 for non-members and can be ordered at www.detroitwine.org.

                                  Assaggi is at 330 W. Nine Mile.

                                  1. Andiamo's has great specials for their Mille Grazie members. There's usually a 2 for 1 dinner one night of the week (Mondays I think). Plus they have 10 meals under $10 on their lunch menu now.

                                    1. Here's another... The Whitney

                                      During the month of May, the Whitney is offering a two-for-one entrée deal on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 5 and 7 p.m.

                                      Also, they are switching to a buffet brunch instead of menu based. It is $34, including mimosas but not tax or tip. Reservations are taken starting at 11 a.m., finishing up with the last ones at 2:30 p.m. (not exactly a "deal" but good CH info...)

                                      1. Just got e-mail from Cameron's Steakhouse (Birmingham). They have a 3-course meal (choice of filet, salmon or chicken) for $33. Includes salad, entree, dessert and one side. Details: http://www.camerons-steakhouse.com/cm...

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                                        1. re: aliasrlm

                                          I know it's a chain..but it's one of my favs - PF Chang has 2 dinners for $40. Includes 2 soup, one app, 2 entrees and dessert.

                                          1. re: tdmort

                                            Which I tried, and enjoyed, as did my friend. While PF Chang is good, we prefer the quicker-serve Pei-Wei Asian Diner, which offers some of the very same things that PF Chang offers (same company) at a cheaper price and it's always faster.

                                            1. re: boagman

                                              Thanks for that info...now maybe I'll try that place. Plus in Rochester (not sure if there is another location) it's next door to that new gelato place and it's so good! Creamy and great selection of flavors, sadly I can't remember the name. It's a chain and we had some in FL last month, when we got back and I noticed it was the same company I dragged the family up there. Funny we had gone to Peng Lai, on Rochester Rd., for dinner prior to the gelato and it was just ok.

                                              1. re: boagman

                                                I wish they would open one in the Canton/Plymouth area!!

                                                1. re: tdmort

                                                  Would you consider Novi too far? There's one on Grand River just off Novi road.

                                                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                                                    No!! I didn't realize there was one in Novi! It's not take out only, right?

                                                    1. re: tdmort

                                                      I don't think so. I've never been, but it's a decent-sized building. It's not as big as P.F. Chang's. but certainly large enough to have a few tables inside.

                                                      1. re: Fibber McGee

                                                        Not directed at any one but it seems incredibly sad to me that so many
                                                        "Chowhounds" see value in a dumbed down chain he++ restaurant.
                                                        Sticking chop styx in my ears now.

                                                        1. re: Fritter

                                                          Oh, we all have our little indulgences, don't we? I mean, it's one chain (Pei-Wei) that I find does a good job as I define "good dining experience". I'm hardly someone who doesn't put his money where his mouth is; I support the good, local places far more, but am I embarrassed that I enjoy an occasional jaunt to Pei-Wei? Not at all.

                                                          Sometimes, you get a taste for something, and *that's* the only thing that'll quench that taste.

                                                          1. re: boagman

                                                            I happily get Pei Wei for carry out over 90% of the Chinese food around here. At least it's not dripping in grease with mystery meat and old, discolored veggies. (yes, I've seen all of the above at area Chinese joints) If anyone has a decent or halfway authentic Chinese place in the Rochester area to recommend, please do! In the meantime, when I'm too tired to cook and have that hankering, Pei Wei it is. (and the kids love it and their brown rice)

                                                            1. re: kellycolorado

                                                              "I happily get Pei Wei for carry out over 90% of the Chinese food around here. At least it's not dripping in grease with mystery meat and old, discolored veggies"

                                                              I'm not sure whether I should just say I couldn't possibly disagree more or simply feel for any one that can not find quality places to eat after spending a few minutes on CH. The only Chinese carry out in this area I have ever had with any thing that resembled "Mystery meat" is the corporate crud from a box or a bag.
                                                              Pei Wei is not Chinese, it's Pan Asian. Mon Jin Lau is Pan Asian and it has been The Hour magazine Restaurant of the Year. Located at Stevenson and 15 mile.
                                                              Pings Chinese at the Corner of John R and Auburn Road. Excellent carry out and it gets great reviews.
                                                              Peng Lai at the Corner of Tienken (26 mile) and Rochester road in the Papa Joe's plaza.
                                                              There are almost always quality options if you seek them out.
                                                              The Give Thanks Bakery is a prime example.

                                                              http://local.yahoo.com/info-16262159-...

                                                              http://www.monjinlau.com/

                                                              http://events.detnews.com/rochester-m...

                                                              http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detro...

                                                              1. re: Fritter

                                                                Give Thanks Bakery is wonderful- I'm getting my birthday cake from there this week. I can't recommend them enough for quality pastries and pain au levain.

                                                                I've found many good independent restaurants, but not any Chinese ones nearby to write home about. We were not impressed with Pings. Honestly, Peng Lai's menu isn't that much different than Pei Wei but they have a better children's menu at the latter and it's less expensive so it is convenient for us. Pei Wei is one of the few chains I support. It reminds me of Chinese. :-) I have no delusions that it is authentic, but it's tasty and non greasy and comes with brown rice for no extra charge. (Now, P.F. Chang's upscale gimmick and matching prices annoy me- go figure).

                                          2. Hi Hounds!

                                            Reviving this thread because there is new info! I just checked Wolfgang Puck's website and their 3 course meal is now $29 ($45 with wine pairings). I think it is only Wed, Thurs and Sunday.

                                            Also, the Prentice restaurants have a $30 3-course meal "deal" with a glass of wine @ all 4 locations through the end of the year (Monday - Friday only). The menu's are on their website.

                                            Keep 'em coming!