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Oct 21, 2010 03:27 PM

Top 10 best things to eat in Metro Detroit

Idea stolen from the Dallas Board.
Name your top ten food items from Metro Detroit establishments. Format: The item, where to get it.

Mine in no particular order:
The supino, Supino's pizza
vegetarian Botana, Monterray's Cantina
chicken torta sandwich, Avalon Bakery
tart frozen yogurt, Swirlberry Westbloomfield
the boot. Flytrap
rainbow swirl cookies, Zeman's Bakery
Apple orchard doughnuts, Wiard's apple orchard
whipped goat cheese appetizer, Cafe Habana's Ann Arbor
Wild Mushroom crepe, What Crepe
Fresh baked Pita with side of garlic dip, Pita Cafe

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

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  1. Mexican - Taqueria Alameda (Westland)
    Pizza - The Smokey @ Supino's (Eastern Market)
    Polish - Polish Village Cafe (Hamtown)
    Beer - Raspberry Eisbock @ Kuhnhenn's (Warren)
    BBQ - Lazybones in Roseville (I usually get the Texas Sampler)
    Thai (Spicy) - Little Bangkok Cuisine (Plymouth)
    Thai (Flava) - Thai Bistro (Canton)
    Indian - Neehee's (Same Plaza at Thai Bistro!)
    Fish and Chips - Scotty Simpson's (Westside Detroit)
    Soup and/or Sandwiches - Mudgie's (Corktown)

    Still hunting for great French Onion Soup, Chicken Wings, Chili and Burgers (Sorry Guys, I am not a Miller's Guy) in Detroit.

    Thai Bistro
    45620 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187

    Polish Village Cafe
    2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

    Little Bangkok Cuisine
    545 Forest Ave, Plymouth, MI 48170

    1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

    2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

    1. i will give it a try:

      veal parmesan - roma cafe, detroit
      pulled pork - lazy bones, roseville
      puffy taco - el charro, fraser
      tomato soup - assaggi, ferndale
      round pizza - alibi inn, troy
      square pizza - cloverleaf, eastpointe
      el guapo (dark mexican lager brewed for cinco de mayo) - black lotus, clawson
      veal tenderloin - cafe via, birmingham
      cheese burger - red coat, royal oak
      lobster bisque - detroit athletic club, detroit

      nostalgia: seared salmon with carmelized capers - joe muer's, detroit

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      1. re: xman887

        This was tough, but here are my picks (unfortunately including a couple places now closed and dishes no longer available, but such is life in metro detroit)...

        strozzapreti norcina - bacco
        'the egg' - tribute
        pork shoulder - gourmet garden
        sweetbread risotto - forest grill
        roasted lamb sandwich - fiddleheads
        pho - thuy trang
        cheeseburger - millers
        lobster bisque- dac (good call, xman887)
        foie gras - rugby grille during the david gilbert reign
        bao zi - shangri-la

        1. re: rcloud

          2 questions:What is bao zi? Can one eat at the dac if a person isn't a member?

          1. re: schaf1

            Bao zi (包子) is a essentially a filled, steamed bun that is a stable of dim sum. Their version, while not the best ever, is still very tasty and the authentic Chinese options in the area are very limited, which may have clouded my judgement in ranking it so high.

            Regarding the dac, it is members only, but I believe they have events for prospective members. With the economy the way it has been, membership has taken a substantial hit (from what I can tell). So, if you called and said you were interested in joining, I'm sure something could be arranged.

          2. re: rcloud

            I can concur with Miller's. One of the top 2 burgers I've had in the US. It was simply excellent.


            1. re: Davwud

              How long ago did you have one? The last three or so times I've been to Miller's, their burger just didn't impress me at all, and it used *definitely* used to. Now? It's certainly edible, but it's nothing I couldn't get in a lot of other places, and far better in a few places locally.

              I'm wondering if something's gone on behind the scenes.

        2. This is a really good topic! Thank you to everyone who has posted so far--you have given me many things on my list to try!

          reuben - The Onion Roll Deli (Royal Oak)
          chilli chicken - Namaste Flavours (Farmington Hills)
          pasteles - Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno (Mexicantown, Detroit)
          smoked ribeye - Union Woodshop (Clarkston)
          exotic mushroom scramble with boursin - Cafe Muse (Royal Oak)
          izakaya grub - Kitchen Hanzo (West Bloomfield)
          southern Thai noodle - Thai Taste (Troy)
          cheese burek - Te Mergimtari (Sterling Heights)
          andhra special pesarattu - Athidhi Indian Cuisine (Sterling Heights)
          chicken gyro - New York Red Hots (Madison Heights)

          Onion Roll Deli
          27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

          Cafe Muse
          418 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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          1. re: jjspw

            re: Onion Roll Deli ...

            I've been driving by it for years, but never stopping. Today I wanted a reuben for lunch. It was terrific ... and large enough for both lunch & dinner.

            Onion Roll Deli
            27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

            1. re: rainsux

              Rain, same for me...lived on the Woodward corridor forever and just got there this year. Just wonderful and the prices are totally reasonable. My sister and I split a sandwich and still couldn't finish it, plus it's a little funky place that hasn't changed since it opened.

              1. re: rainsux

                "Rainsux killed the Onion Roll Deli from the grassy knoll.

                After searching the archives it's clear that RS is an IRS historian via DC and now we have to search for better pastrami in RO. RS.. You can do better than raining down on such people...who need their pastrami." Attributed to Adrian Cronauer..

                Time to refresh this thread, y'all.

                1. re: goatgolfer

                  Heheee. If by refresh you mean add to it, then I'll offer up Ridley's (Rochester Rd in Troy) healthy muffins. Darn, those oat/bran items are delicious.
                  Also had a tempeh slider with wasabi "mustard" and Japanese seaweed relish kind of stuff at Green Dot Stables tonight which was wonderful. Way better than it may sound to most carnivores.

                  1. re: goatgolfer

                    Lately, I've been traveling to Hygrade Deli for my reubens.

              2. Chocolate babka: Zemans
                Country bread: Zingermans
                Tortilla chips and guacamole (housemade): Carnival Market, Pontiac
                Onion rings: Redcoat or Hoggers (Berkley)
                Shawarma sandwich with garlic sauce: Pita Cafe
                Pita bread: New Yasmeen
                Hummus: International Market, Sterling Heights
                Chicken and rice: Beirut Bakery, Redford
                Scones: Elwins (must get from the source in Berkley)
                Broasted chicken and potatoes: Chicken Shack

                Thought I couldn't come up with ten I think I could come up with twenty!

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                  1. re: interplanetjanet

                    Preface--- Firstly, rcloud needs to have his/her Bush tax cut expired. Second, coney with everything needs stop beating me to the punch, and thirdly, jjspw needs to get some motivation and post something about Athidhi if it's so damn good.


                    a. Picano’s of Troy’s Fettuccine with basilico sauce

                    b. Papa Joe’s Grocery of Birmingham’s roast “Kobe” beef sandwich, with a house rose…I love drinking at a grocery because it makes me feel like I’m getting away with something.

                    c. Topor’s pickles, available at many Detroit grocers.

                    d. Ajishin of Novi’s udon noodle soup

                    e. Give Thanks Bakery of Rochester-- almond croissant.

                    f. Polish Market of Troy—mixed bag of sausages from the meat counter

                    g. La Saj Lebanese (non vegetarian) combo for two, at Lakeside mall

                    h. Blue Nile Ethiopian in Ferndale, (non vegetarian) combo

                    j. Sy Ginsberg (United Meat Co.?) corned beef available at Hollywood Mkt, Hiller’s Mkt, etc.

                    k. Je Yook Kimchi (pork belly sauteed with spicy pickled napa cabbage and steamed tofu) from Korea Palace in Sterling Hts.

                    wow, that was fun, wasn't it?
                    PS---Because I'm a nice guy, I'm going to help Sir Boagman get his list started:
                    1. Giovanni's Italian of Detroit

                    42270 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375

                    Korea Palace
                    34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

                    Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
                    545 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

                    La Saj
                    13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

                    1. re: vtombrown

                      Vtb: Based on your k. recommendation for Jaeuk Kimchi Bokum (their spelling) at Korea Palace I went today for lunch. I have no idea how I have missed this place for so many years. Correctly spiced for my palate, friendly people, authentic (according to the Korean couple at the next table) and spotless inside. This kimchi dish is lucious and a new combination for me. I am going back soon to try some more authentic Korean food.

                      P.S. I am working on my ten list and this may make it.

                      Korea Palace
                      34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

                      1. re: goatgolfer

                        Neat-O ! Glad you liked Korea Palace, goatgolfer. This is a place touted by donbui82. It's not really a Korean BBQ place, but many of their other stews and stir fry dishes are quite nice.

                        Looking forward to seeing your Top 10.

                        PS--I hope rcloud, jjspw and Cw/E know that I was just teasing them, in my Top 10 preface.

                        1. re: vtombrown

                          vtombrown- no offense taken, it is all in good fun! Although I feel compelled to say I've always been against the Bush tax cuts :-)

                          By the way, I can't wait to try out Korea Palace. After living in China, strangely one of the biggest things I miss is quality Korean food.

                          Also, jjspw: thank you for the reminder of Kitchen Hanzo. It's been far too long since I've been there and definitely deserves a spot on anyones top 10 (and after reading your review of Thai Taste I now have another place I can't wait to try).

                          Korea Palace
                          34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

                          1. re: rcloud

                            rcloud - I rarely make it out to Hanzo myself, as it's quite a hike from where I live. Definitely one of the most under-talked-about places in town! Thai Taste is also a winner! You'll enjoy it.

                            VTB - no offense taken here, either. Will post an Athidhi write-up soon!

                          2. re: vtombrown

                            No, I'm totally offended :)

                            Especially because you mentioned Sy Ginsberg corned beef and I regret not including it on MY list!

                        2. re: vtombrown

                          Have you had McClure's pickles?

                          1. re: schaf1

                            Oh I have and they are to me.....One of the best things on Earth.

                            1. re: JanPrimus

                              Agreed (and with that said, I think I will make a trip to the fridge right now)

                          2. re: vtombrown

                            Day #2 of eating my way through this list ... visited the Give Thanks Bakery to verify that
                            the almond croissant is worthy of Ten Best. It is. I like the first one so much, I ate a
                            second. That was a mistake. They are deceptively rich.

                            Tip: Their address, 225 South Main Street, is quite misleading. They do not have any
                            signage on S. Main. You gotta go to alley behind (west) of South Main Street.

                            Ciao, hounds.

                            1. re: rainsux

                              Yeah, it was a challenge to find Give Thanks the first time I went! But good stuff for sure, just wish they'd stay open later than 3 so I could go after work

                      2. Eastside slant (I don't travel well)

                        Medallions of Beef - Mario's, Second Ave.
                        Veal Oscar - Boodles, Madison Heights,
                        Clams Risotto - Bucci, GPW
                        Grilled Hamburger - Eastgate Pub, Roseville
                        Lake Perch - Pat O'brien's, SCS
                        French Fries - Classic Coney Grill, Fraser
                        Lemon Pepper Chicken - Park Grill, GPP
                        Crawfish Bisque - Howe's Bayou, Ferndale
                        Italian Sub - Bommarito Bakery, SCS
                        Ice Cream treats - Chocolate Bar, GPW

                        Eastgate Bar
                        26449 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI 48066

                        Classic Coney Grill
                        34553 Utica Rd, Fraser, MI 48026

                        Pat O'brien's
                        22385 E 10 Mile Rd, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080

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                        1. re: RedTop

                          Here's my list:
                          Rye bread - Star Bakery, Oak Park
                          Lentil soup - Pita Cafe Oak Park
                          Fattoush - Al Berdouni, Dearborn
                          Italian (anything) --- Giovanni's, Detroit
                          Corned beef sandwich --- Bread Basket, Oak Park
                          Corned Beef Hash (also turkey hash) -- Deli Unique, Bloomfield Hills
                          Ice creams - Ray's, RO
                          BBQ shrimp and Crawfish bisque - Howe's Bayou, Ferndale
                          Root beer - A& W drive-in, Berkley
                          Breakfast --- tie, Toast, Flytrap and Deli Unique

                          Bread Basket
                          17740 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

                          Deli Unique
                          39495 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

                          Corned Beef Cafe
                          9296 Broadview Rd, Broadview Heights, OH 44147

                          Berkley Breakfast Cafe
                          1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072