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Jan 25, 2010 08:12 AM

SE Michigan: Have we talked French Onion Soup?

I have a few foods that I am always seeking the best of.. Chicken Wings, A Reuben and French Onion Soup. That might end up being my Death Row meal if I ever have my way with a few political commentators.

Anyways...the French onion is one that I always seem to have 1/3'rd problem with and 2/3's happiness with. Each Third being the the Soup, the Cheese and the Under Crust. I guess I could add the vessel that they are served in...but I will stick to ingredients today.

Where are your favorites?

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    1. re: charlesbois

      Hmmmmm,,, Cassoulet on the menu too! I have never ventured there before....looks like fun!

      1. re: JanPrimus

        know what's really awesome about the Earle? Happy hour. Lots of deals to be had. Check out their wine bar menu and website for tips on prices, etc.

    2. Mr. Paul's on Groesbeck in Roseville. Sublime.

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      1. re: RedTop

        Wow I actually have not been out to this place since about 1992-93. I really do not remember the food that night.

        I only remember what the girl I was dating at that time proposed. It was something suggestive that made my night, week, month and year...ahhhh the good times from back in my youth! I might have to go back for more than one reason! Sorry you had to hear that....

        1. re: RedTop

          This thread put the thread of FO soup into me. Went to Mr. Paul's today for lunch. Very nostalgic in the supper club sort of way. The soup was beef stock with Kitchen bouquet, some sliced onions and rye croutons with pseudo-gruyere melted on top in a v-shaped soup bowly thing. My FO soup hasn't been satiated but Sylvia Rector's review in the freep today will get me to Luxe in B'aham soon. Still on the hunt. Mr. Paul's wasn't it for me.

        2. Elmhurst in Dearborn. I can't tell you why it will be good to you, but I love it because they take their time with it, it's amazingly rich, and it's served piping hot.

          1. I enjoy the French Onion at Elmhurst, but prefer the French Onion at Richters Chalet on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

            1. In the best-Detroit thread, The Oxford Inn was mentioned for French Onion soup.

              I have mixed emotions about the physical site ... as it happens to be the scene of one of my
              youthful "crimes." I don't recall the name of the prior establishment, but the ownership (and
              ROPD) asked (insisted) that we never return. It wasn't "me," it was "her." Honest! Hint: Don't plan a break-up outing with a too infrequently medicated manic-depressive, paranoid that has
              unresolved jealousy issues ... for a public place where there are things that can be thrown. But
              I digress ...

              I arrived ~12:50PM and found only two tables in the dining room occupied.

              The service was prompt, attentive & effective. The french onion soup was hot and quite good,
              but not so hot that I risked scalding myself. If craving FOS and I am in the area, I will return.

              The only downsides were a very wobbly table and WiFi that was a hopeless mess. I'm getting
              to the point that if I'm dining alone, I want WiFi.

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              1. re: rainsux

                I'll have to give Oxford inn a try. I had dinner there once on many strong recommendations about their ribs, and I left severely disappointed.

                How do you guys like your soup? Thin and watery? Or more thick with some viscosity? I prefer mine watery with lots of gruyere cheese melted on top. No swiss or mozzarella please.

                Best french onion soup I've found in SE-Mi is Capital Grille. Hard to justify its steep $7 entry price though.


                Capital Grille
                2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084

                1. re: donbui82


                  Oxford Inn's FOS trends towards the thin/watery. Their cheese may be a disappointment
                  for you. It is not a thick stringy layer. Rather, it is a thin, slightly crisp'd layer ... and since
                  you mentioned it, it MIGHT have been melted/crisped swiss. Set your expectations to "Low."

                  1. re: rainsux

                    With my FO soup at the Oxford Inn expectations set to low I ventured forward. I haven't been inside before but the Oxford out supper club's Mr. Paul's by a long way. The FO soup was sweet and almost vegetal rather than beefy. Not very warm and the cheese lid was swissy rather than gruyereish (not nutty at all). One more off the list but not very satisfying.

                2. re: rainsux

                  LOL @ your youthful "crime", rainsux! Reminds me of stories my husband has told about getting "banned for life" TWICE from Ted's Pub in Clawson (now Moose Winooski's bar).

                  I'm going to check out Oxford for the French Onion now... sounds so good on these winter days! :-)

                  Moose Winooski's
                  38 S Main St, Clawson, MI 48017

                  1. re: jjspw

                    My banning was from the Box Bar in Plymouth. Let us never speak up it again...

                    Of course after a year or two I was back.

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      best onion soup in michigan ?

                      win schulers in marshall ~~

                        1. re: rainsux

                          Pardon me rainsux, what does +1 mean when you post it after another post.?
                          Thank you.