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parrot cove - Madison heights, MI re: specifically prime rib

donbui82 Dec 4, 2010 12:29 PM

I've always been intrigued by this place. Its located in the middle of mostly industrial buildings. The restuarant itself appears to be made of aluminum siding, but there's a quaint fountain in front and a sign that advertises awesome prime rib. Call me sucked in.

My partner in crime and I have frequented the place twice now, due to the fact they ran out of prime rib the first time! We had the ribs and fajita instead with a side of salad and french onion soup (included). All of the above were very meh. Nothing exciting or out of the box. All very edible, but very average. Oh wait, I take that back. The sweet potato fries were excellent!

The second time, we showed up nice and early and I ordered the "big" cut of Prime rib. 18oz and served with the bone in! I enjoyed the piece of meat thoroughly. Very tender and soft with excellent flavor. It wasn't overbearingly salty or spiced. Just enough fat to make it tasty, but not huge chunks of it that after I removed didn't leave much meat left to eat. I didn't see any bread pudding, and I'm not a huge horseradish fan, so I didn't ask for the sauce. Exceptional value too, as I think it was per oz the cheapest of the edible prime ribs I've have around here.

Ambiance was fun. AWesome wait staff both times. Very friendly attentive and fun. I dig the Key West interior. Imagine Bahama Breeze without the manufactured artificial feel.

All in all, I'd go again in a heartbeat. Keeping in mind, I've never had homemade prime rib to compare to, but these was a pretty delicious piece of meat and I devoured mine.

Detroit prime rib rankings:
1) J. Alexanders. (more salt/spice, softer meat, more $)
2) Parrot Cove
3) Redcoats
4) clawsons Steakhouse.

Anyplace else I should try?!


Parrot Cove
33475 Dequindre Rd, Troy, MI 48083

  1. JanPrimus Dec 4, 2010 12:50 PM

    Have you tried Monroe Street Steakhouse (Greektown) yet?

    Monroe Street Cafe
    561 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226

    1. jjspw Dec 4, 2010 12:53 PM

      Wow, I've driven by this place countless times, and never once did it occur to me that they might have good food... much less, good prime rib! Interesting -- will keep it on my radar.

      1. v
        vtombrown Dec 4, 2010 01:13 PM

        Okay donbui, against my better judgement (having seen this place from the outside), I shall give it a try. On which evenings do the serve the Prime Rib---everyday, until sold out?

        1. v
          VTB Jan 20, 2011 06:39 PM

          Well donbui82, I gotta give you credit. I finally tried Parrot Cove, and I’m glad for it. They serve “prime” rib Thu-Sat. On Thursdays (i.e., tonight) they offer an 8oz Special slice with two sides and edible garlic toast for $12.95. This is a good deal, and I could have sworn my slice was much bigger than 8oz. I’d say 12 oz…maybe my waiter didn’t know the menu?

          Unlike your giant piece, mine did not come with the rib bone. It was very tender, albeit lean, and was cooked evenly throughout. Obviously, it was done in a very low temp environment. I would have preferred a darker, richer exterior, but given that the interior was deep pink THROUGHOUT, and had no thick tan or grey band in the first 1cm of the perimeter, I was very happy.

          The cook is from a defunct Mountain Jacks, and he makes the prime rib according to their methods. It may have been me, but the au jus seemed curious, as if a drop of vanilla extract was in it or something. No worries. I ate every bite of beef and thankfully for my health* no more was placed in front of me. Next time I go back, and there WILL be a next time, I’ll order rare instead of medium rare, because I think their scale is tilted towards more doneness.
          *if the Supreme Court legislates Obamacare out of existence (likely), I may one day have to buy health insurance on the open market, so I want low cholesterol numbers such that I don’t get scr*wed out of a plan I can actually get and pay for. :-)

          The salad greens were shockingly fresh. Great choice for a side, unless you love dressings (I think their dressings are pretty run of the mill, by the gallon). My other side was a baked potato, so what can I say other than it was a baked potato. I added a Bass Ale for just $3. Yes—a very satisfying meal for $20 out the door. For that kind of deal, I’ll gladly suffer through “Macarena” on the sound system and Red Wings pre-game chatter on the TVs. Too, the employees really are nice; bless their hearts. Caution: As donbui82 once experienced, Parrot Cove does run out of prime rib on busy nights.

          Parrot Cove
          33475 Dequindre Rd, Troy, MI 48083

          3 Replies
          1. re: VTB
            goatgolfer Feb 11, 2011 09:59 AM

            Lunch at Parrot Cove today for a prime rib lunch. I was going for a prime rib sandwich but @$12.95 for the soup/meat/starch for 8oz (really ~12 as VTB says) it was hard to pass up. I have put the French Onion soup in that thread but I enjoyed it.

            The meat (rare) was missing a salty zing that even the au jus didn't help. It was very good but not great and to have it served all day (as in lunch too) Thu/Fri/Sat it's a good find. As mentioned the chef's Mountain Jack pedigree is presented proudly and the sweet potato fries are pretty darn good too.

            Value/taste/atmosphere I think it's worth a go. Only seats about 30(cozy) but has a very comfortable demeanor. I would definitely go back after my lipitor kicks in.

            Parrot Cove
            33475 Dequindre Rd, Troy, MI 48083

            1. re: goatgolfer
              JanPrimus Feb 11, 2011 06:39 PM

              Hell I used to work at a Livonia Charlies...that turned into a Mountain Jacks...does that make me a food genius?

              1. re: JanPrimus
                goatgolfer Feb 11, 2011 07:50 PM

                As Jack Webb used to say: Nothing but the facts m'am. ;-) The MJ pedigree was not an endorsement just an ambiance (pushy server) comment.

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