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Apr 4, 2009 11:21 AM

Detroit places with 'Off Menu' items we should know about.

I think the title says it all.

I have not ever had anything off menu in the Detroit area that I can remember but I always hear about off menu items on different food shows (Mainly at Ethnic restaurants)

Can I be admitted to the club please?

I would say that my only reservations on food would be eye balls and the other balls. Is there Middle eastern items I am missing, Chinese, Japanese or some other ethnic cultures?

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    I don't have any answers, but I'll be watching this thread for the feedback.


    1. There are several establishments downriver that alledgedly
      serve muskrat. But I'm guessing that you're seeking something
      beside rodents.

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      1. re: rainsux

        Nope...they are on menu at a few places...

        Kola's Food Factory in Riverview for one.

      2. Well not what i was looking for but this goes with the spirit of the thread.

        1. Not really off menu, but rather different menu items is what i can offer.

          in ypsi/a2

          Hidden Dragon ( some really good Sichuan stuff using actual peppercorns),Asian Legend( they have a taiwanese menu in english, but even more specials in Chinese),and Tk Wu all have chinese menus. You might have to be kinda convincing to get access, but in my experience, once you show you like the more authentic options you'll be in good. I know there's some other places around here that reportedly offer "secret menus" but not sure of which places do.

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          1. re: moose734

            the asian supermarket located on John R and 12.5 mile (in the asian strip mall across the street from Big Boy burgers)

            on weekends, if you talk to the butcher they have fresh duck blood soup. (tiet canh viet.. rough spelling\pronounciation). yummy!

          2. Bangkok Pavilion in Sterling Heights on Schoenherr at Canal by Lakeside Mall. Besides having very good Thai food, they will make you a bowl of Vietnamese Pho not on the menu but if you ask they will make it fresh. If you have not tried this hugh bowl of soup yet it is a must that will open a whole new Cuisine for you.


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            1. re: firestalker

              Good tip! I've got to try that.

              The veal chop at Lino's in Rochester is fantastic but it's often not on the menu. They are located at Tienken (26 mile) and Rochester Road right near Pappa Joes although unlike Pappa Joes they have been there for a very long time.