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ilovefoodlongtime Jul 29, 2011 08:40 AM

Hi,

Last minute road trip from Burlington ON, to Sterling Heights area MI, to Cleveland OH Aug 1-6. I love food so lay it on me! No restaurant too cheap or far! Authentic Mexican/latin is definitely a fav for the hubby!

Please help!

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    BobRe Jul 29, 2011 09:05 AM

    Mon Jin Lau is one of my favorite restaurants in the Sterling Heights area.

    For appetizers my favorites are the Chili Pepper Squid (extremely tender and awesome), blue crab crabcakes (delicious with a kick-*ss sauce), and the Mussels in black bean sauce.

    For entrees, my fav's are the Spicy Seafood Noodles (shrimp, lobster, scallops, veggies, in black bean sauce served over pan fried noodles), and the Barbequed duck with garlic chives (recommend the Mon Jin Lau fried rice with the duck).

    http://www.monjinlau.com/

    Bob

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    Mon Jin Lau Restaurant
    1515 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083

    1. firestalker Jul 30, 2011 07:29 AM

      Mon Jin Lau is nice with good food it's Asian Fusion which I know is abundant in the Toronto thru Hamilton area.

      Not sure your times or route but if you do the 402, Paddy Flahertys is a nice stop in Sarnia neat place the Bar was actually brought over on a ship from Ireland. Or the Chip Trucks on the Sarnia side along the river under the Blue Water Bridge Yogi's is my favorite.

      If you go 401, you might try Supino Pizzeria in Eastern Market. Or the Detroit style Pizza at Loui's Pizza in Hazel Park it's incredible. They are both closed on Monday though! If travel is on Monday try another Detroit Classic American Coney Island downtown.

      In the Sterling Heights area, this area is very ethnic there are Middle Eastern places everywhere would recommend La Saj by Lakeside Mall or Ike's, if you really want an experience Beirut Palace at 15 Mile and Dequindre in the same shopping plaza grab some sweets next door at the Bakery and walk around the corner of the strip mall and grab a few Cheesie Breads to go from Maatouk Bakery for your road trip.

      In Cleveland a great spot is Melt Bar and Grilled, have been several times and I think it is a genius concept and awesome food. Also the Westside Market is suppose to be an incredible hangout for foodies. Another great food spot is Sterle's Slovenian Country House stick to your ribs home cooking for sure.

      Enjoy your trip,
      Gary

      http://www.paddyflahertys.com/
      http://www.supinopizza.com/
      http://louispizza.net/
      http://www.americanconeyisland.com/home.htm
      http://www.lasaj.com/
      http://www.ikesrestaurant.com/
      http://www.beirutpalace.com/
      http://meltbarandgrilled.com/
      http://www.westsidemarket.org/
      http://www.sterlescountryhouse.com/

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      Sterle's Slovenian Country House
      1401 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

      Beirut Palace Restaurant
      2095 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

      Loui's Pizza
      23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

      Mon Jin Lau Restaurant
      1515 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083

      Supino
      2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

      La Saj
      13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

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        ilovefoodlongtime Jul 30, 2011 09:58 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions!!! I have friends that have eaten at Melt in Cleveland and wont stop raving about it.

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          tokyo Jul 30, 2011 10:30 AM

          > if you really want an experience Beirut Palace at 15 Mile and Dequindre in the same shopping plaza grab some sweets next door at the Bakery<
          +1. I think the bakery is called Mid-East Pastry Delight, if you're talking about the same one I'm thinking of. After Beirut Palace and the bakery, check out the small middle eastern market next door.
          For Lebanese restaurants, I prefer La Marsa, on Rochester Rd. north of 16 Mile, to La Saj. I like their pita and hummous better. Small thing, though.

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          Beirut Palace Restaurant
          2095 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

          La Saj
          13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

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            VTB Jul 30, 2011 09:34 PM

            I like La Saj more than La Marsa, but that's just my personal preference, and I do like both. Tip-- When going to La Marsa bring yer own b*v*rag*.

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            La Saj
            13776 Southcove Dr, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

        2. jjspw Jul 30, 2011 03:55 PM

          For Mexican and Latin fare, check out Mexicantown in Detroit. Here's a recent relevant conversation:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/798669

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            ilovefoodlongtime Jul 31, 2011 03:23 PM

            thanks! the other post is one of mine too lol! Are there any great markets, fairs, etc happening this week?

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            smorgen Aug 1, 2011 09:18 AM

            Here are some of our Cleveland favorites:

            Fire Food and Drink
            Flying Fig
            Fat Casual BBQ
            B Spot
            Umami - Chagrin Falls
            Paladar Latin Kitchen
            Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Mitchell's Ice Cream or Honey Hut Ice Cream are all regional favorites.

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            Flying Fig
            2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

            B Spot
            28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122

            1. rockandroller1 Aug 1, 2011 09:48 AM

              In Cleveland, you may want to try Momocho. Their chef calls it "modern Mexican" and it is very good.

              There are obvious popular places such as some of the (IMO) better restaurants on E 4th street (Lola, Chinato, Greenhouse Tavern), but you might like to try something more hole in the wall. I recommend the Little Polish Diner in Parma, the Happy Dog or the XYZ Tavern in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood (the latter has VERY good whiskey selection), or Luigi's pizza in Akron (cash only, very old school place, great pizza).

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              Momocho
              1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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                ConfitMe Aug 3, 2011 06:27 PM

                Second Momocho- awesome

                Greenhouse Tavern is IMO best restaurant in CLE right now, but can't go wrong with Lola or Chinato

                Tremont and Ohio City have some great places; The Flying Fig and Momocho in Ohio City; Fahrenheit, Lolita, and Parallax in Tremont. All great.

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                Flying Fig
                2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

                Momocho
                1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

                The Greenhouse Tavern
                2038 E 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

                Chinato
                E 4th St, Cleveland, OH

              2. firestalker Aug 9, 2011 06:46 AM

                How was your trip? Comments or suggestions on places that you found?

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                  ilovefoodlongtime Aug 11, 2011 02:59 PM

                  Hey everyone! Thanks for all the suggestions! Here's what went down on my trip around Lake Erie

                  Momocho-
                  grilled corn on the cob / chipotle + lime butter / cotija + pico--YUM
                  queso fundito / house made chorizo sausage / rajitas / corn tortillas-YUM
                  carnitas / adobo braised pork / honey-chipotle mojo-MEH

                  All in all a pretty cool looking joint (on the main floor...... the upstairs is weird) I wish i tried some of the guac but the hubster doesn't eat it.

                  We also visited the West Side Market and at in the cafe for breakfast. Quick and cheap. Typical breakfast (get the Canadian Bacon...DELISH)

                  I also got some jerky at czuchraj meats in the market and noshed on that for the next few days, thank god I brought a cooler as they don't have preservatives and need to be kept in the fridge!
                  Crazy good jerky, like a freakin steak! I wish we had a kitchenette in our hotel to heat up some of the mexican food they were selling at the market but alas we had to move on. To stay on the cheap, one meal we had was Sonic. Nothing special with the burger but the Cherry Limeade brought me back to my childhood! Delish!

                  Michigan our first stop was the Pupuseria Restaurant in Detroit. HOLY COW amazing. Hubster had 2 pork and cheese and one chicken and cheese. I had 2 pork and cheese and one bean, cheese and loroco. AMAZING! I was sad leaving that restaurant knowing that I can't have them again.....or at least for a while. I am planning to visit family again in MI, yes, that's what I will say the reason is! Not for the delicious mexican and el Salvadorean treats! lol We ate at the famed Loui's Pizza, yum! Whats up with all the Chianti bottles? The waitresses are hilarious and it was packed! On a Thursday night! Few restaurants in my area are ever that full on a weekday. We also went to Taquiera Lupita-Yum and super duper cheap! Couldn't believe my bill. I wish i could eat there every meal of the day. We then hopped down the street near the bridge to the Bakery..cant remember the name sorry. Had a good churro and picked up some varied sweets for snacks later. MY cousins took us to Greektown for dinner and were soooooooooooo excited to take us to Cyprus, only to find out it has been replaced with a BBQ restaurant. They were crushed. It seems the casino owns the strip and is forcing out all of the old restaurnats to bring in variety. We ate at another greek restaurant a few doors down (cant remember the name) and it was VILE. HOly cow was it bad, needless to say it ruined all of our nights. We also visited the bakery Athena or Adonis, (cant remember) and i got some baklava that was pretty good. We also ate at Beirut Palace in Royal Oak and got Bumpy Cake at some Candy shop attached to a huge restaurant with a purple sign. Cant remember, all a blur. It was pretty good cake, i wouldn't get it again. Well i think that tops off all the good. Again thanks for your help, if you are ever in my neck of the woods, let me know! The options are limited but good!

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                  West Side Market
                  1979 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH

                  Momocho
                  1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

                  Beirut Palace
                  105 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

                  Loui's Pizza
                  23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

                  1. re: ilovefoodlongtime
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                    ilovefoodlongtime Sep 1, 2011 06:51 AM

                    Hey chowhounders, round two in the Detroit area in September. Got any suggestions for the best coney island place? Apparently its sacrilege that I have yet to eat there.

                    1. re: ilovefoodlongtime
                      rainsux Sep 1, 2011 07:02 AM

                      For the traditional coney experience, visit both American and Lafayette (downtown).

                      For the better coney food-wise, Hippo's in Troy.

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