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Just wanted to share Mary and myselfs latests outings.....

Melting Pot
My wife has been wanting to try this place so on our anniversary I finally took her there. This was also my sons birthday so we combined the outting. We let Tyler choose the options....

This was a fun place to dine. We had the four course Big Night Out. We started with the cheese/spinach fondue. It was good, but I think I would try another cheese option next time. Some of the dipping options were not of the best quality. The nacho chips seemed like cheap stadium chips. I would think for their prices they would stick to better quality options...
Next we had salads. All three were different. Mary had Spinach and Mushroom, Tyler had Caesar and I had the California Salad. All three were great..
Then came the main course. We had the Pacific Islands Fondue Fusion. Bourguignonne Oil.
It had:
Lobster Tail, Sesame Crusted Teriyaki Sirloin,
Citrus Infused Pork Tenderloin, Sushi-Grade
Ahi Tuna, Garlic Chili Chicken Breast, Kiwi
Lime Shrimp, Spring Vegetable Dumplings,
and Fresh Vegtables
The portions were good and fresh. The pre-cooking dippings didn't stay on during cooking too good. The dumplings didn't cook very well also. Overall everything was very good.
We finished with the chocolate cookie fondue. My son wanted the S'more fondue but our server told him the chocolate and cookie was better....we'll have to go back to see. This fondue came with strawberry's, marshmellows, pound cake, rice crspy treats....All in all a good ending.
Overall this was a fun dinning experience. I would recommend this as an outing. It wasn't cheap so don't be surprised. $165 for three with drinks.

Tomatoes Apizza
I heard this place mentioned here and had to try it. After the football game on Friday and on the way home we ordered a pie to go. I didn't know much about this prior so my wife just ordered a large pepperoni and mushroom. After seeing the menu we would try one of there specialties next time. The pizza was very large and thin crusted. I instantly thought of NYC pizza... The cheese was great, the sauce was the best i've had. Pepperoni were the smaller t ype (which I love...) and mushrooms were OK The only problem was that the crust was burned on one side. The price was a little more then expected (19.08) Overall I would have to agree with you Chowhounds, one of the best pizza in the area.

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Tomatoes Apizza
29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

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  1. Thanks for the thorough report mm23red. Many people have felt their T.A. crusts were too dark. (There's not much room for error at those temperatures...) They'll ensure it's lighter if you request in advance. Hey, be sure to also try http://www.pizzeriabiga.com/

    Boy, The Melting Pot is just too expensive....even for a birthday. Ouch. But, hey, if you can afford it, more power to you! :-)

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    1. re: vtombrown

      Vince....you seem to have gotten around to all of the good pizza places...between T.A., Biga, Supino's and Cellar 849...

      Who wins?

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      Supino
      2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

      1. re: JanPrimus

        Between Tomatoes, Biga, and Supino, I almost think that's like comparing apples to oranges to bananas. They're all different, all shine in their own way. What do y'all think?

        (Haven't tried 849 yet, but I thank you guys for turning me on to it!)

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        Supino
        2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

        1. re: jjspw

          Though Biga actually gives you instructions on how to reheat their pizza, I think it doesn't "carry out" well compared to Tomatoes. (I've only had Supino's twice, so I don't have as good a handle on that.) I think it's hard to argue against Biga being the best dine-in experience of the three--it has a bar, the most attractive non-pizza menu offerings (meats, cheeses, appetizers, etc.), outdoor seating, etc., though I was surprised to learn they don't offer large pizzas for dine-in (only carry out), which, in addition to the other factors above, makes it the most expensive of the three for dine-in.

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          Supino
          2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

          1. re: Leonard Kim

            > their pizza, I think it doesn't "carry out" well
            > compared to Tomatoes

            Loui's was kind'a odd tasting after being re-heated.

            1. re: rainsux

              There's definitely a fine art to reheating Loui's pizza, and Rule #1 is that microwaves are a death knell. Hope you didn't do that. Much better is reheating in a skillet with a lid, or in the oven on a cookie sheet.

              Hope that helps!

    2. Have you guys checked out the various reviews on serious eats of Detroit area pizza places?

      Or did you write them :)

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      1. re: coney with everything

        will check it out (never seen "serious eats"). while jjspw brings fresh energy to this board, for the old guys getting lazy (boagman), you may want to include a link.... is it this one?: http://slice.seriouseats.com/reviews/
        cheers CwE

        1. re: vtombrown

          Yes, that's it. Didn't include a link because, well, Google is our friend :) and I wasn't sure if chowhound mods would allow it.

          There are several Detroit-area pizza reviews and the rest of the site is interesting as well.