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Apr 30, 2010 04:23 AM

Sterling Heights Rec

Like abuelo's in Sterling Heights. Any other chow worthy casual places in that area other than the usual chain restaurants?

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  1. 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

    1. 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/

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      1. re: xman887

        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.

        1. re: JanPrimus

          all i can say is "wow." i have been in there twice about two years ago for a beer and both times i had a decent beer.

          and for the record, i now wanna take beer vacations when i grow up.....

          1. re: xman887

            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.

            1. re: JanPrimus

              "I know my post was very "Buzz Killinton" and beer snobberish, but we had what some call a very very bad experience there."

              And do you know *why* you had a bad experience there?

              Because they were *Scots*. ;)

              1. re: JanPrimus

                JP, "What ju talkin' 'bout Willis?" I don't see any other reviews on Sherwood Brewery. Where may I find it--on the Web?

                1. re: vtombrown

                  Ratebeer.com or beeradvocate.com are your beer friends...

                  Like I said...my dads review is the harshest, yet I had the same experience as he did. I would much rather take my time and get on over to the Kuhnhenn Brewery.

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    Kuhnhenn???!!! That was my first family, until my fiancee (now wife) threatened the whole polygamy charge thing---you know, no more lost hours at the bar...no more kegerator...etc..
                    Ever been there for the Octoberfest smoked pork? (now too big for its own good)

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