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Great Specialty Markets in SE Michigan

JanPrimus Apr 19, 2010 12:45 PM

You know the places I am talking about....

We all know the Zingerman's and the other great specialty markets...

What are your favorite small places to visit. Where do get you great Charcuterie, Cheese, Fresh Meats, Veggies, Import foods, Beer, Wine, Spices, Mushrooms or what ever.

My Favorites are....

Sparrow Meats in Ann Arbor
Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn
Plum Markets in West Bloomfield (For Cheese)

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    chodges1 RE: JanPrimus Apr 19, 2010 02:44 PM

    I like Morgan and York for wine in Ann Arbor.

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      tdmort RE: chodges1 Jul 17, 2010 06:37 AM

      I just went to Morgan and York for the first time last weekend. Loved it!! Picked up some great finds to make a picnic lunch on the way to the Metropark!

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      vtombrown RE: JanPrimus Apr 19, 2010 08:00 PM

      West-sider tyranny! I say go East---
      * Champane's "cellar warehouse" for wine, at 7007 Chicago Rd in Warren
      * Hassan Bros. for non-piggy meats such as spring lamb (get it while it lasts) and veal, at 2904 E Long Lake Rd in Troy (the girls at the counter are clueless, so ask for the butcher; he is top notch)
      * Kim Nhung Superfoods for Asian groceries (esp. SE Asia), at 30925 Dequindre Rd in
      Madison Heights (Han Mi on Rochester Rd for Korean, but I'm not calling them out with their own line item)
      * Polish Market for smoked meats GALORE and Eastern Euro groceries, at 2938 E. Maple Rd in Troy
      * Royal Oak Farmers Market for veggies (soon), mushrooms and organic spices (cute Spice Girl, not ironically)
      * For cheese, at the risk of sounding partial to these upscale businessmen, I'm going to have to go with Papa Joe's in B'Ham (or Rochester?). Pick your own cheese plate across from the fresh bread, then walk up front to grab a glass of wine and a cut/cleaned fruit plate and snag the adjacent cramped seating (or hit the couple hidden tables upstairs?) ....and enjoy the food in spite of the so-so atmosphere (hey, bring a magazine if you don't like the sites).
      * my wife says there are three notable cake decorating supply stores in the central/East side, if someone wants them called out, but I don't want to do so unless requested, lest JP make light of me.

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        vtombrown RE: vtombrown Apr 19, 2010 08:11 PM

        PS---Can one of you West-siders write a review of that little smoked fish + gourmet prepared foods store right across Detroit St. from the front of Zingerman's (and facing Kingsley, I think)? Thx

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          momskitchen RE: vtombrown Apr 21, 2010 03:19 PM

          Do you mean Durham's Tracklements? It's a very small shop in Kerrytown and it is right on Kingsley. I have bought many kinds of smoked fish there, and it is the best I have ever had. Salmon's great...T.R. Durham wrote a wonderful cookbook too called the Smoked Seafood cookbook, which you can buy at the store or online or check out of the library. I got it for Christmas last year. He keeps odd hours, though...so check the website before you make a trip out to Ann Arbor to visit:

          http://www.tracklements.com/index.php

          Saturday's your best bet....he has product tastings on that day.

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            vtombrown RE: momskitchen Apr 21, 2010 04:14 PM

            momskitchen, Hey, I think that's it! Thanks for the encouragement to get over there. I just might head over to Tracklements this Saturday! Cheers

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              vtombrown RE: vtombrown Apr 26, 2010 09:26 PM

              Okay momskitchen, I went to Durham's Tracklements on Saturday. They are quite generous with the samples. I tried the smoked lamb and smoked duck..not my cup of tea. Then, I moved on to the cold smoked gravlax salmon (quite good), and then settled on the hot smoked (cooked texture) salmon---one that had first been brined (kippered) and one that had just undergone a miso and pepper rub. These were sublime!
              The place was overstaffed and cluttered all to heck, suggesting that the owner is not a business type person, but that's none of my concern as I'm all about the food, and it was stupendous. I really appreciate the tip.
              PS--next, I stepped around the corner to Sparrow Meats, and was eyeing their fresh boar sausage, but I was just too full to consider the purchase. I couldn't help but think, though, that JanPrimus would have given that boar meat a whirl.

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                momskitchen RE: vtombrown Apr 27, 2010 05:18 AM

                Glad you like it...T.R. is a unique character and fun to talk to...and check out his cookbook...it's wonderful

                http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetai...

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          RedTop RE: vtombrown Apr 20, 2010 04:02 AM

          Another eastside wine merchant of note is Bommarito Bakery on Greater Mack in St Clair Shores. Check out their wine porn photos at http://www.bommaritobakery.com

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            vtombrown RE: RedTop Apr 21, 2010 04:22 PM

            Thx RedTop-- Bommarito has a pretty intriguing website. Any offer of 3 large pizzas for $12, though, is a bit of a turnoff to me, but maybe I'm a snob. In any event, the other items definitely look worth the drive to check out. Any specific can't miss items?

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              RedTop RE: vtombrown Apr 22, 2010 02:38 AM

              vtom...the pizza is pedestrian at Bommarito. The bakery's Italian Sub Sandwich is stellar. (take out only)(and a bit of a wait at lunchtime). Cannoli are made to order and very good. And the gelato is a house mix, and good, if not great. We buy dozens of the bakery hard and soft rolls every year. A grilled hamburger, or a spaghetti dinner in our house is not complete without those rolls. (ask for the rolls in paper--not plastic)

              The Wine Guy there, does know his product!

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                vtombrown RE: RedTop Apr 26, 2010 09:06 PM

                Thanks RedTop. Went to Bommarito Sunday, with your rec's. Sub and accompanying Pinot Grigio were solid. Cannoli was fantastic, and the biscotti interesting and worth an enchore. Because I was there at closing time on Sunday, the rolls were picked over, and the gelato machine was being cleaned (but I got a pre-packaged quart I'm saving for tomorrow). This is a fine place and I'm looking forward to going back. Thanks again. :-)

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                  RedTop RE: vtombrown Apr 27, 2010 04:34 AM

                  Glad you had a good experience, vtom. I failed to mention, Bommarito is closed Mondays. So plan your next trip accordingly.

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            momskitchen RE: vtombrown Apr 21, 2010 03:24 PM

            I was wondering how Polish Market is....I grew up in Warren and go back often to visit the parents. They are advertising that place pretty heavy on the radio. My favorite has always been Kopytko in Hamtramck. And do tell about the cake decorating places....I'm game!

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              vtombrown RE: momskitchen Apr 26, 2010 08:53 PM

              Hi momskitchen, I've not been to Kpytko, so I cannot compare. I can just say that I imagine Troy's Polish Market to not be surpassed for size/selection in SE Mich. It is right across the street from the Polish Cultural Center, and on weekends it can get jam packed. In the back, near the raw meats section, there is a mirrored entrance way to the store's annex, which has even more packaged goods (so don't miss that area). The smoked meat selection is the greatest aspect of the store.

              I do wish they did more in-house, rather than just retail wholesale goods. But, I'm sure you will, as do I, keep this place in your shopping arsenal!

              PS-- The places where my wife gets her cake decorating supplies is Heinrich's on 10 Mile near Van Dyke, and Baker's Delight at Dequindre Rd north or 14 Mile. I'm not a fancy baker (she's no pro), and when I need equipment for baking, it usually is something I can find at Restaurant Equippers (retail & wholesale) at Greenfield and 11 Mile. Great place!

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                momskitchen RE: vtombrown Apr 27, 2010 05:21 AM

                I have been to that restaurant supply store - bought some sheet pans. It's a good place! I'm not a great cake decorator but I like to make candy and usually those places have candy supplies. I will be in Warren this weekend and I've have to check out Heinrichs....if it's been there a long time, I think I went there for a Girl Scout field trip in the 1970s.

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                  gooddog RE: vtombrown Apr 27, 2010 12:38 PM

                  Another good restaurant supply place is Gold Star Products, on Coolidge & Northend (btwn 8 & 9 mile). They've been around forever. Only drawback, they're not open evenings or weekends, whereas Equippers is open Sat mornings.

                  www.equippers.com
                  www.goldstarproducts.com

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                    goatgolfer RE: gooddog Apr 27, 2010 02:14 PM

                    I have seen the Gold Star website before but it didn't appear inviting for counter retail. Do they do in-store retail and is there a showroom?

                    I agree that equippers has a very good price on sheetpans but I have found the breadth of selection isn't complete.

                    In a similar vein, Williams Restaurant supply in Windsor (1 mile from the bridge Canada side) http://www.williamsfoodequipment.com/ is a candy store for equipment junkies. Big showroom, friendly. The exchange and taxes are always a question but if you want to touch it before you buy they have some suppliers I have never seen before.

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                      gooddog RE: goatgolfer Apr 27, 2010 05:25 PM

                      Gold Star has a retail showroom with a pretty good assortment of cookware, dishes, utensils, etc for cash-and-carry customers.

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                aeg719 RE: vtombrown Apr 27, 2010 09:56 PM

                What are the 3 notable cake decorating supply stores? I'm always looking for new ones. I mainly go to Kitchen Creations in Farmington Hills.

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                  gooddog RE: aeg719 Apr 28, 2010 02:54 PM

                  I think vtom mentioned in his earlier response Heinrich's Decorating Nook on 10 mile E of Van Dyke, and also Baker's Delight on Dequindre N of 14.

                  I'd second the recommendation of Heinrich's and also add Miles Cake Supply on Gratiot N of Metro Parkway and Sarah's Cake & Candy on John R & Square Lake Rd.

                  www.milescakesupply.com
                  www.sarahscakesupplies.net

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                    momskitchen RE: gooddog Apr 29, 2010 04:53 PM

                    I went to Heinrich's just the other day...and it is exactly as I remember it from the 70s....I bought some excellent candy molds and some cookie cutters. Great store!

              3. cholderby RE: JanPrimus Apr 22, 2010 04:33 PM

                I really like the One World Market on Grand River in Novi. Its a Japanese Grocery (oh, the junk food...so good. Sushi quality fish too. Sushi too, for that matter).

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                  JanPrimus RE: cholderby Apr 22, 2010 07:02 PM

                  Good call....I have to go there this weekend!

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                    boagman RE: JanPrimus Apr 22, 2010 07:13 PM

                    The sushi there is one of the (three) Noble Fish places. I'm not surprised that it's good.

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                  trapani RE: JanPrimus Apr 24, 2010 04:03 PM

                  I live in Ann Arbor and enjoy many of the (high-end) places that have been posted in this thread. But let's not forget the ethnic, more neighborhood oriented speciality markets.
                  Some of the best shopping is in Dearborn:
                  Alcamo's (on Shaeffer): great Italian place; try the ammoglio sauce, fresh sausages
                  New Yasmeen (on Warren): amazing Lebanese bakery plus delicious prepared dishes, to eat in or take out

                  and in Ann Arbor, I enjoy
                  China Merchandise (Plymouth Rd): a vast collection of Chinese, but also other Asian groceries
                  Manna (Broadway): a smaller, mostly Korean grocery; check out the homemade specialities in the fridge, such as kinds of ban chan and kimchee.

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                    JanPrimus RE: trapani Apr 24, 2010 05:24 PM

                    I have been meaning to get over to Alcamo's but I keep forgetting when I go by. I am a bad food addict.

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                      trapani RE: JanPrimus Apr 24, 2010 06:03 PM

                      Alcamo's is closed Sunday!

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                        JanPrimus RE: trapani Apr 24, 2010 06:11 PM

                        Tomorrow I am going to dodge rain and thunder to hunt for more Ramps and hope to find some Morels. :)

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                        momskitchen RE: JanPrimus Apr 27, 2010 05:25 AM

                        I know lots of people love Alcamos, but it's just okay, not great. If you were going to make a pilgrimage to Dearborn to visit it, make sure to try some of the other suggestions like New Yasmeen or you might be underwhelmed if you just went there for Alcamos. (I work in Dearborn). One thing I will say about them is that they have the most tasty Jordan almonds (those sugary almonds used in wedding favors). If you were looking for those, I'd send you to Alcamos!

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                          JanPrimus RE: momskitchen Apr 27, 2010 05:30 AM

                          It would not be too bad of a pilgrimage for me...Live near Michigan and Merriman. :)

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                            JanPrimus RE: momskitchen Jun 5, 2010 12:28 PM

                            I finally got over there....nice little deli counter. I picked up some real provolone (not the crap Subway serves), Mortadella and some hot Capicola. I will be back soon for the sausages and some of the cheeses. They were all out of Ricotta Salata :(

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                        goatgolfer RE: JanPrimus Apr 27, 2010 02:19 PM

                        Western Market in Ferndale got a "Best meat market" from Metrotimes this week. http://www.metrotimes.com/bod/story.a... so I went there on Saturday. Very impressive beef selection (angus and locally grown both) and the prices were very competitive.

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                          JanPrimus RE: goatgolfer Apr 27, 2010 05:38 PM

                          How about the pork, goat and lamb?

                          I could give a rats ass about poultry though... except for maybe duck.

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                            goatgolfer RE: JanPrimus Apr 27, 2010 07:55 PM

                            The pork was also from a "local" farm. They named it although I don't recall the farm and I don't believe they displayed the pig breed. The lamb was marked only as USA and no goat.

                            For lamb and goat I have been very satisfied with Hassan & Bros on Long Lake @ Dequindre in Troy (2904 E. Long Lake). I was looking for goat neck in Feb. and they had it fresh. Trimmed it and portioned it in the bandsaw without even blinking. Very good selection of packaged curry and behrani mixes with bulk spices as well.

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                              vtombrown RE: goatgolfer May 1, 2010 08:13 PM

                              Thanks goatgolfer. I went to Western Market and it had (limited) cuts of some nice looking local organic beef and pork. Also available were some decent looking cuts of grass fed beef in their freezer case. One of the main local providers was C. Roy, Inc., aka Roy's Meat Processing in Yale, MI---a longstanding establishment which generally processes meat just from St. Clair and adjacent counties (and is a sponsor of the Yale Bologna Festival each July). Among other things, I got some Delmonico cut steaks that had INCREDIBLE marbeling. I probably just got lucky(?).

                              By the way, I don't know whether you still are on a county ham kick, and/or whether you noticed, but Western Market had TWO different brands, including the touted Broadbent Kentucky Ham. http://www.broadbenthams.com/. The meat counter also sells sausage casings.

                              Excellent tip.

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                                goatgolfer RE: vtombrown Jun 5, 2010 12:54 PM

                                VTB: I just realized that C.Roy is likely the pork butcher at Eastern market in the white trailier. ?? Any idea on hog breed(s)?

                                Thanks for country ham lead. I will get some on Sunday.

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                                  vtombrown RE: goatgolfer Jun 5, 2010 09:32 PM

                                  GG, Sorry, these questions are above my head. I'm not even sure how much control C. Roy exerts over its farmers/ranchers. If you find Berkshire or something, please make a post. (I have to get mine frozen, by the half hog, which is inconvenient.) Thx

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                                    JanPrimus RE: vtombrown Jun 6, 2010 07:31 AM

                                    You can get Berkshires and Duroks from Sparrow meats in Ann Arbor. Have yet to find any Tamworths in the area. I also would like to find some Ossabaw's for some charcuterie projects.

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                                      vtombrown RE: JanPrimus Jun 6, 2010 12:22 PM

                                      Hi JP, Not sure whether that question was for me or for GG. Anyway, the only Tamworths I know of are at Chelsea's Back Forty Acres farm. But, they generally don't sell the meat in any smaller portion than a half hog. Maybe this is changing. They sell chickens etc. at the Chelsea Farmer's Market and at the Ann Arbor Produce Station, so maybe they'll start selling pork, too. If you want to split a half hog (i.e., a quarter) let me know---I'm not picky about the make-up of my quarter, so you could get your fav's. There is a bit of a wait, last time I checked. Cheers
                                      PS--thanks for the tip on Sparrow's. I've never tried Durok, but will have to do so. Papa Joe's has Berkshires ($$), and I'll probably just keep buying them there so as to save the drive to AA (unles the Sparrow's source is local).

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                                        JanPrimus RE: vtombrown Jun 6, 2010 02:13 PM

                                        The Sparrow's pork is from Sandusky Ohio.

                                        As for that Tamworth...I have one question. I know this is something that will have to be researched....but are they grain fed or pasture fed. I personally don't want any grain fed pigs. I am getting real snobby about my pork lately! :)

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                                          vtombrown RE: JanPrimus Jun 6, 2010 06:39 PM

                                          I understand!
                                          Anyway, the pigs get a mixed diet. Yes, including some grain, especially during the dead of winter. But, they get no antibiotics or other crap, and much of the time, they get to run all around. Back Forty Acres' goats and lambs are pasture fed...no grain. (I don't think some grain messes up pigs, in the way it does red meat animals, but I'm not even close to being an expert.)

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                                            JanPrimus RE: vtombrown Jun 7, 2010 05:37 AM

                                            Grain finishing is fine. I know I should have clarified... :)

                                            I might get one with you later this year.

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                            RedTop RE: goatgolfer Apr 27, 2010 09:49 PM

                            Isn't Angus Beef simply a marketing ploy? Like "The Other White Meat".

                            I'm making this comment as a carnivore who has no like for the breeded meat.

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                              JanPrimus RE: RedTop Apr 28, 2010 03:56 AM

                              http://cheaphealthygood.blogspot.com/...

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                                goatgolfer RE: RedTop Apr 28, 2010 06:25 AM

                                Angus is/are both breed(s) and a brand. In this Buckhead meats video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHOBGo... (very interesting about how the decisions are made on which cuts to take from a side) he describes the marbling as the criterion as to whether a side can be in the "angus" program. They don't even know until the rib section is split what the side will be graded.

                                Most ironic for me is the angus burger. It's really a grind of lean/fat from a better marbled animal???

                                My family used to get 1/2 a black angus steer in the fall from the rancher. I don't recall a better steak. The only problem is you have limited number of the better cuts (only 2 porterhouses per side) so this is one example where co-oping (like insurance) spreads the needs of all the users.

                                Growing up in the country and tasting holstein steak (milk producers) and black angus (beef producers) you will clearly become a fan of the Black Angus breed (but perhaps not the brand).

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                              AmyIM RE: JanPrimus Apr 27, 2010 06:12 PM

                              I love R Hirt's in Eastern Market for cheese -- and they are open Tues.-Sat. Cost PLus wine in the market also has inexpensive, interesting choices. Honeybee Market on Bagley in Southwest Detroit has an amazing selection of Mexican specialties. And Pat's in Wyandotte has great kielbasa.

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                                coney with everything RE: AmyIM Apr 28, 2010 05:35 AM

                                +1 for Honeybee/La Colmena, although I go to Carnival in Pontiac more frequently due to location

                                I also like the Middle Eastern market on Dequindre just south of 17 mile, can't remember the name (International Market, maybe?), but they have the BEST hummus I've ever had. They're next door to Laxmi so it's a good stop for Indian as well.

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                                  goatgolfer RE: coney with everything Apr 28, 2010 06:30 AM

                                  HoneyBee has the most consistent availability of skirt steak (both inner and outer) anywhere in the Metro. Even Hollywood (the meat guys) and Holiday don't carry skirt. They direct you to flank.

                                  Also, I had been looking for a non-marinated tri-tip sirloin roast and after explaining to their butcher what I was looking for ... 2 minutes later... out comes the tri-tip he happily cut from the whole sirloin. Inexpensive and good (choice) quality for the right price/lb.

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                                    orangewhip RE: goatgolfer Apr 28, 2010 07:41 AM

                                    Alcamo's is pretty good. Maybe not great, but it's the best in the Dearborn area.
                                    I have been meaning to check out Honeybee, I hear it's great.

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                                    JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Apr 28, 2010 09:50 AM

                                    You also can usually get Beef Cheek from them too. They are my first stop if I am cooking Mexican.

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                                      crw77 RE: JanPrimus Jul 17, 2010 05:17 PM

                                      I mostly stick to the Ann Arbor area, and if you need Mexican near there, in Ypsilanti is Dos Hermanos, which has a full butcher area, and which is good. It's in the lineup of stores (the yellow building) at the northeast corner of Hamilton and Michigan Ave. in downtown Ypsi. You may have known that store as a good Korean place a few years ago (which I miss, but DH is a heckuva trade).

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                                        JanPrimus RE: crw77 Jul 18, 2010 09:29 PM

                                        They also have a sister store on Ford Road in Westland.

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                                  Bradleybrb RE: JanPrimus Jul 20, 2010 08:38 PM

                                  Koyama Shoten on 6 and Newburgh in Livonia is a cool Japanese grocery. Not as big as One World... A little bigger than Noble Fish... But... They have in my opinion the best bento box lunch in Metro Detroit... They are never the same each time and they only make about ten a day. They always sell out quick! You can call ahead and order them though... Well worth it!

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                                  45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

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                                    JanPrimus RE: Bradleybrb Jul 21, 2010 09:50 AM

                                    What time do they become available? That is on my way to work.

                                    YES people....my 16 months of unemployment is over!

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                                      boagman RE: JanPrimus Jul 21, 2010 10:55 AM

                                      Congrats, JP! Now you can afford to eat well! ;)

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                                        rainsux RE: JanPrimus Jul 21, 2010 12:33 PM

                                        Congrats! Still a byte wrangler? Or; have you secured an honest job? <g>

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                                          JanPrimus RE: rainsux Jul 21, 2010 03:39 PM

                                          Yep...back to making the zero's and one's behave. Systems Administration for a nice media company. Not enough money to eat like I want...but much better than Marvin.

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                                            boagman RE: JanPrimus Jul 21, 2010 03:44 PM

                                            That would be "Starvin' Marvin", I take it?

                                            Congrats again on being a member of the Working Week/Weak. ;)

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                                              JanPrimus RE: boagman Jul 21, 2010 04:07 PM

                                              Danke!

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                                                momskitchen RE: boagman Jul 22, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                Congratulations JP~!

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                                                coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Jul 22, 2010 05:41 AM

                                                I was so happy when I got my job after 3 months of calling Marvin, I sent out an email to my friends and family titled "I'm divorcing Marvin"!

                                                Congrats, JP, fantastic news! Hope you enjoyed your "vacation" (don't get me started on those idiots who think people milk unemployment because they enjoy the leisure time)

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                                                  JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Jul 22, 2010 04:34 PM

                                                  Hardly a vacation when you worry every week about losing your house, car and self worth. If they only knew...2-3 resumes out a day and I had less than 10 call backs in that 16 months.

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                                                    coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Jul 23, 2010 05:16 AM

                                                    Totally feel your pain. My idea of a vacation is waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety attacks and heart palpitations!

                                                    So to go back to chowishness...please report on anything in that Haggerty/Livonia corridor that catches your interest. We have family on that side of town and are always at a loss to eat somewhere besides chains (my SIL loves Macaroni Grill...)

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                                                      JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Jul 23, 2010 06:20 AM

                                                      Lunch Wednesday was La Casita Taqueria on Pontiac Trail in Wixom. Authentic Mexican (Cabeza, Barbacoa and Tinga)...I will be back. Have not have enough to give a good review but first impression was good.

                                                      Yesterday it was Siam Spicy in Novi...Not too hot about it.

                                                      Have yet to make up my mind about today.

                                                      :)

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                                                        JanPrimus RE: JanPrimus Jul 23, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                        Is Diamond Jim Brady's any good?

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                                                        210 S Main St Ste 1, Crown Point, IN 46307

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