Sterling Heights Rec
here are a few notworthy places:
the brewery - long time, moderate upscale eastside standout http://www.thebreweryonhayes.com/
j baldwins -a good place from a chef that started at the whitney (a long time ago) and put mac & rays on the map http://www.jbaldwins.com/
ernie's mediterranean - 25 years ago it was ernie's kings mill and they were known for their chicken, then it became a club/night spot, and now it is a pretty good middle eastern place http://www.erniesmi.com/menu.asp
sherwood brewing co - never eaten here, but their beer is pretty good. http://www.sherwoodbrewing.com/
I am going to have to disagree on one front heavily.
I think my dad wrote the most damning review of Sherwood Brewery ever I think....
The highest ABV available is 6.0, the highest IBU was 25. Samples were provided in a small plastic thimble and the taste wasn’t close to reflecting the same beer from a pint glass (the server agreed that the tastes aren’t the same). Three of us had a different beer and each was very disappointed and agreed that the beers we were served were like a beginning brewer using an extract kit where the finish doesn’t. This shop has been open for 2.5 years. I can’t figure how a brewer could stay open with such empty tasting products (this bud is not for me). It is in a strip mall near many big box retailers. Perhaps that is their target audience.
I was there with him that day and have to agree with everything he said. Now...some back ground on my dad. He goes to Belgium for beer vacations, has a larger selection than most stores in his basement and can hang on beer knowledge with most I have ever met. He has shared the beer table with Frank Boon, Pierre Celis and many other brewers of note. AKA he is not a beer weekend warrior.
I think the major issue we had that day was there was not a single "Adult" beer. They all were the safe beers from microbrews from 15 years ago. All watery and nothing with any flash. There was no IPA's, Barleywines, Imperial Stouts, or other big kid beers to be found. We thought even for the styles presented they were pretty weak.
I know my post was very "Buzz Killinton" and beer snobberish, but we had what some call a very very bad experience there.
Well Abuelo's is a chain, even though that is the only location in Michigan. And that area, around Lakeside mall, is especially chain-restaurant saturated. How big an area are we talking about and any preferences for type of food?
44350 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48313