SF Hound Visiting Detroit Suburbs - Any Must Eats?
I am going to be in Novi for 1 week due to a work trip. I am visiting from San Francisco, and would like to try the local fare. Can you please suggest restaurants in the area (will have a car) and what are the must have items from the menu.
Requirements: looking for local restaurants, not interested in any nationwide chains. Also - looking for some restaurants that will be open late - serving past 10PM. Open to any type of cuisines. I will be traveling with colleagues (including 1 vegetarian), so it must be good for groups and have some vegetarian items on the menu.
The vegetarian is joining us later in the week - so if you have any suggestions for bbq or some steakhouses, bring 'em on!
Thanks so much!
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I will second either of Brian Polcyn's restaurants. Maybe for the nights the vegetarian is out of town.
Novi is pretty devoid of any good BBQ. If you want to travel a wee bit I would suggest going to the Dragonmead Brewery and have some Lazybones BBQ brought over.
If you have time to make a trip downtown, there are many good options. For the meat lovers, Roast is getting a lot of good reviews on this Board. I am personally a huge fan of Slow's BBQ - its in an old part of downtown with not much else around, but has great food, beer & scotch selection.
The Novi/Canton area is supposed to have some very good Japanese choices - I'll leave it to others to comment.
Ann Arbor also has good Indian options.
Lots of good Sushi in Novi-
Cherry Blossom - http://www.cherryblossom.biz/Novi/abo...
Sushi Ajishin- Really yummy Udon- http://www.yelp.com/biz/ajishin-novi
One world market- A cool Japanese grocery store with a sushi bar in the back- http://www.yelp.com/biz/one-world-mar...
We have always liked Happy Sushi- http://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-sushi-novi although someone just gave them a poor review.
Those are the places we like around in Novi. And of course the Diamond Jim's Bistro mentioned already. Also the No VI Chop House is really pretty good too- http://www.mattprenticerg.com/urc/nov...
It's getting tough to find Lake Superior Whitefish. Regrettably the economy and the lower prices from the Canadian vendors has hit the Michigan commercial fisheries very hard. Nearly all the perch are now from Canada.
The only Michigan commercial Perch fishery I know still operating is in Bayport. If you see perch in the Native American fish stores in the Northern areas they are buying them by the boat load from Canada.
I can't imagine driving from Novi to St. Clair Shores for perch.
Best whitefish I’ve ever had was prepared at Roast. They serve it skin-side-up and the skin is caramelized and slightly crunchy. Nice dish.
On the original topic, there is an upscale Mexican place in Novi called Rojo Mexican Bistro. I haven’t been there yet but considering they have mole and huitlacoche on the menu it can’t be all that bad. http://www.rojomexicanbistro.com/
Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi (tell 'em SonyBob sent you)
LaBisteca in Plymouth - a little pricey but very good steaks.
Inn Season is our best vegetarian restaurant:
You mention local fare ...
Polish: Polish Village Cafe:
Soul Food: Beans & Cornbread
Kosher: Milk & Honey
BBQ: LazyBones (to go ....)
Take the BBQ to DragonMead MicroBrewery
Seafood: Real Seafood
Seafood & Microbrew: Lily's