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Jun 1, 2009 06:39 AM

Best in Novi, F.H. Area?

Visitor from Ontario staying in Novi, Farmington Hills area for 3 nights and looking for something that may be considered unique to the area and that maybe has stood the test of time. Not looking for anything high end and can travel a bit and interested in all food types. Also, a good pub happy hour would be nice as that's unique for us. So far I have:

Tomatoes Apizza
Pizza Papalis


Zingermans in Ann Arbor

Five Guy Burgers

Taverns & Bubs
Matt Prentice Flying Fish Tavern

All comments and suggestions welcomed and appreciatted.

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  1. For the pub visit I am going to point to either Kuhnhenn's Brewery or Ashley's in Ann Arbor. - Try the Raspberry Eisbock

    1. For the deli visit I would go to Ron's Bagel Deli. M5 and 14 mile. Excellent corned beef and pastrami and really good bread. And their bagels are really good too! Tomatoes Apizza is the best!

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      1. re: Rheta

        Ron's closed a couple of months ago. They're pretty much the same (food wise) as Bread Basket on Greenfield in Oak Park. The nearby Siegel's, at Maple and Haggerty, is farily comparable.
        Everybody loves Tomatoes Apizza.
        However, lefty, Five Guys is actually a chain that's just making its way into Michigan. If you want unique, try a sliders place like Greene's on 10 and Orchard Lake or Bates, with a location on Middlebelt.

        Bates Hamburgers
        22291 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

        greene's hamburgers
        farmington, michigan, farmington, michigan

        bread basket
        oak park, michigan, oak park, michigan

        west bloomfield, michgan, west bloomfield, MICHIGAN

        1. re: Fibber McGee

          I didn't realize Ron's had closed. That's too bad. I'm glad I found out before going there for my fix of corned beef.

          1. re: Rheta

            Have to bring this back, because Ron is BACK! He (Ron Foreman) has teamed up with Michael Schwartz to open Schwartz's at the same location Ron's was at 14 Mile and M-5 in Commerce Twp. Your fix is back, Rheta.

            1. re: Fibber McGee

              Hey thanks Fibber! That is great news! Will have to check it out soon!

      2. Diamond Jim Brady's in the Novi Town Center by the theatres for lunch or dinner. Had dinner there last Saturday (softshell crabs, yum) and had a nice talk with Mary Brady. Everything is as wonderful as always. Please try to make it.

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        1. re: SonyBob

          I heartily second the suggestion for DJB...I absolutely love it!

        2. You may want to call Priya before heading there. A friend drove on Friday and it looked deserted. She called their phone number, no one answered and the voicemail box was full. My daughter was there a few months ago and they had started charging for rice and naan, so possibly they were starting to feel the pinch of the economy. If I could make a suggestion, try Ashoka, they have a Troy and Canton location.

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          1. re: grouper

            My Indian colleagues preferred Ashoka or Rangoli in Auburn Hills to Priya.

            1. re: coney with everything

              India Spice is much better than Priya, and cheaper. 12 Mile just east of Orchard Lake. I much prefer it to House of India and Bombay Grill. Royal Sweets on Orchard Lake for chaat etc is very good though.

          2. > Burgers: Five Guys

            You can do MUCH better. Bates' or Greene's is good for sliders. Jaws is GREAT for burgers, fries and malts. They also have chicken sandwiches & subs.

            Modern Food & Spirits is just up the road in Keego Harbor - an excellent kitchen.
            Lots of specials & promos:


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            1. re: rainsux

              As much as I love Bates and Greene's....I still really like Five Guys alot. I know its a chain..but it works for me. Although if they are looking for uniquely local I also would go elsewhere.

              Jaws I have yet to get to...that I am looking forward to when i get in that neck of the woods.

              1. re: JanPrimus

                I'll spot that the burgers at FG are at least good, but the fries are almost completely unsatisfying to me. Yes, they give you a lot...but a lot of something lousy isn't any good, either. I'm not completely anti-chain (hey, I likes me a Pei-Wei fix and such), but FG is *not* inexpensive, especially in terms of the cost of a burger.

                As a whole, I find myself less inclined to go to FG specifically because the fries aren't up to snuff, and the burger isn't enough to fill me up.

                1. re: boagman

                  I kind of get that....since I just went to Bray's in Westland yesterday and got 5 burgers for $5 bucks...but I did not get the fries...They have crinkle cut fries....the worst! I just got the burgers in a sack and took them home to enjoy with a beer.

                  Actually the FG fries I don't remember the taste of...I have had them...just did not think they where offensive nor worthy of remembering. Just there....

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    Crinkle cut fries...the worst?! Blasphemy!!!

                    1. re: yorbacus

                      I have no love for the official fry of School lunches.