Detroit breakfast house and grille..
My group was looking for a place to eat after a long night of partying in Dearborn. Looked up this place online and it had good reviews so what the heck..
Located on Woodward, south of the ball park. Had its own valet parking so that helps. I'll chalk up the extensive wait for a table due to the fact that it was Father's day.
Super cool decor. Bright, modern, and fun inside. Its a great family or place to take a date. The sign of a good restaurant for me is when I open the menu and there are so many fantastic choices that I can't decide what to get. HUGE variety of waffles, frittatas\souffles, savory and sweet dishes of all sorts. Exotic choices include chicken and waffles, a delicious sounding portabello omelette
I end up ordering the Chicken and waffles with cheesy grit. My date gets an English muffin with bacon, eggs, and cheese. The other couple orders a salmon egg benedict and the other biscuits and gravy.
My baseline reference for chicken and waffles is the immortal Roscoes chicken and waffles, and this is pretty darn close. Excellent tasty batter on the chicken wings, not too greasy. It was a touch salty, but the overall good flavor made it forgiveable. Waffles were big, fluffy without being chewy. Cheesy grits are as good as anything you're going to get down south. Rich without being overbearing. Loved every bit of my plate.
Salmon eggs benedict was good as well. Not fantastic though. This, I felt was somewhat straightforward, if not well done. Fresh fish, fluffy eggs, good sauce.
The english muffin sandwich goodness called "Mama's old fashioned sandwich" on the other hand... seemingly simple but devilishly good. Bacon, super crisp, lovely saltiness and porky flavor to it without being too greasy. Eggs, fluffy and just bursting with flavor, made in a restaurant way that can't be replicated at home. Super, super good sandwich. Funny thing is that I playfully chided her for ordering this at a real restaurant only to have the tables turned on me.
Finally, biscuits and gravy. Goddamn that was a good biscuit. Crusty outside, with a beautifully soft and warm center. I enjoyed the gravy in that it wasn't too heavy, but on the other hand... the gravy was another 'meh'. Nothing spectacular.
All in all: This place it worth waking up for. Overall excellent food. Even the 'meh' stuff was very solid, if just not outstanding. Probably my second favorite breakfast place now after Toast (Ferndale's). The Atlas is another great breakfast place that is now bumped into third..