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Mar 18, 2009 06:19 AM

Moved to Novi from Ann Arbor

I left my comfort zone of Ann Arbor and moved to Novi. Now I'm at a loss as to where to eat or where to pick up Chinese, falafel, Indian, subs, burgers, etc., etc., etc. I knew all the places in A2 to fit my bill: where to go for the freshest ingredients, where to go for quick service, where it was worth it to wait in line, etc. Now that I'm staking out my new territory, I need some tips. I'm near 9 and Haggarty. I already know to get pizza from Tomatoes Apizza and Japanese from Ajishin... And I REALLY need a suggestion for Chinese take-out tonight.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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  1. For tonight, (hope it's not too late) I would suggest China Cafe on Novi Rd. just north of 10 Mile. It's not the best in the area, but I'm thinking you need something close for takeout and I'd say it's worth a visit. They don't appear to have a website, or I'd post a link to their menu. As for the others, I don't have a lot of experience around Novi, but I do like Pita Cafe in the Novi Town Center for good, reasonably priced middle eastern. Let me know how you like Tomatoes Apizza - I can't seem to convince my friend in Novi that it's worth the couple of extra dollars to try it. So, I have yet to go...

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    1. re: tokyo

      Thanks! I think we've decided on Hunan Palace (if it's still there) on 10 Mile, as my roommate went there in the 90s and wants to try it again. But will keep China Cafe in mind.

      Tomatoes Apizza is just wonderful. Crisp, thin yet flavorful crust, sauce that literally bursts with fresh tomatoes, lots of different choices (white pie is great) and done to perfection. The one complaint I have is they hacked up our pizza into trapezoidal slices. I went to the one near 9 and Grand River, which is brick oven. The one up near 12 mile is coal-fired. Have yet to go there.

      1. re: charlesbois

        charlesbois, did you go to hunan palace? i've lived in the area and still have not found a chinese restaurant i love. just love that tomatoes apizza though!

        1. re: Rheta

          The Hunan Palace has been closed apparently. Unless we went to the wrong location (my friend was going from his memories circa 1991) it had been renamed Pearl and now that is closed too. We ended going to Rainbow in Farmington Hills at 9 and Farmington. It was decent, pretty pedestrian.

          I'm told Gourmet Gardens and Hong Hua are the better places to go...

          1. re: charlesbois

            I like Hong Hua, but it most definitely is on the high end. If you go, never *ever* order anything on the menu that's tagged as "market price". It's absolutely outrageous. Still, I liked what I had, and Hong Hua is *the* destination for the Chinese crowd in the area.

            1. re: charlesbois

              Haven't been to Rainbow. Went to Hong Hua once and it was good but their takeout menu was very limited. Just not what I'm looking for. Maybe I should try Rainbow. I've noticed it but never tried. Where is Gourmet Gardens?

              1. re: Rheta

                Gourmet Garden is on middlebelt near 12. There's a location in Ann Arbor too (in an old ponderosa on Stadium).


      2. For just a really nice place to eat in Novi you could go to Diamond Jim Brady's. Always good-

        1. Guernsey for ice cream and broasted chicken. Flavor profile a little different from Stucchi's with more flavors like moose tracks and peanut butter iditarod, but definitely nice and rich. SO loves the butter pecan.

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          1. re: tex888

            Thanks, Guernsey is definitely on my list!

            1. re: charlesbois

              I really like Guernsey. It's not the best ice cream I've ever had, but to my knowledge/recollection, it is absolutely the smoothest. Their chocolate on a sugar cone is my second favorite, second only to Baskin-Robbins, and even then, BR wins based on flavor, not on smoothness...Guernsey is definitely smoother.

              More than that, though, is the fun of being at Guernsey itself. It's definitely an important part of that community, and on a warm spring or summer night, it's packed with a line out the door, and there's nothing better than getting a cone and going outside and eating it. Sitting on the rock, walking up to the train tracks to see if one's coming...etc. I find it to be great, and far better and cheaper than unadulterated *crap* like Coldstone.

              1. re: boagman

                I'm with you on Coldstone. The ice cream seems very airy and not very flavorful. My daughter thinks it;s just the best. ick. I'd take a Hershey's ice cream cone over Coldstone anyday. Guernsey too!