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Filet Mignon Sandwich at Jeremy in Keego Harbor, MI [DTW]

Dear sweet merciful heavens...today, I may have eaten the best sandwich I can recollect. I honestly cannot think of any that I've enjoyed more, for at least several years. This sandwich is absolutely, positively solid "A/A+" territory. I really don't have any complaints about it, but if there *must* be a caveat, then fine: some of the juices spilled onto my hands and I was a bit embarrassed about licking them clean. Didn't stop me, of course...

A couple of things to know right up front:

1. This sandwich is not on the regular menu at all, *nor can it be ordered* at a dining room table. This sandwich is only on the bar menu, and is available exclusively there. From what I understand, there are no exceptions.

2. It's $10, and doesn't come with any "sides" but the standard crackers and hummus that they serve to everyone (which I rather like, BTW). There is no discount on the food during Happy Hour so far as I know, and any BOGO coupons wouldn't apply to it.

Here's the description from the bar menu itself: "Toasted Sourdough with
Onion Marmalade and Zap Sauce $10". This is a *ridiculously* modest description. It also comes with lettuce and tomato, and every ingredient on the one I had was *perfect*. Aesthetically speaking, the sandwich was gorgeous, and it only got better.

The filet itself was a gorgeous deep pink/reddish color, and the color of the grilled sourdough was picturesque...a perfect golden brown. Crispy and buttery...in fact, the whole sandwich, stem to stern, practically *screams* that it's a heart-unhealthy thing, but that if you're going to die, you might as well die happy!

It's one of those moments where you'll never forget your first bite of a fantastic thing. It's an orgy of sweet, salt, and savory flavors just mixing together and pulling off a Command Performance. Every bite, first to last, was a treasure. Their onion marmalade, in conjuntion with their superior ability to prepare beef, is just masterful. The whole thing is art. Art that should be eaten. NOW.

I was there on Sunday, of course, and Sunday's the day that they really celebrate/push their hamburger (the "J Burger"), which is $13, and comes with fries. I've had it, and it's really good, but I can't fathom ordering it when the filet mignon sandwich is only $10. Comparitively speaking, while the burger might be (well, *is*) pricey, they're practically *giving this sandwich away*, considering the quality and taste of the whole thing.

So, um, yeah. I was out the door for $13 (Fred the bartender did a very good job, and when I asked if he'd had the sandwich before I ordered it, his two-word response was an emphatic "Love it!"), and while I might normally chafe at the price, I must say that it's *completely* worth it, especially considering that the crackers and hummus are gratis.

Next time, I'm getting the *exact same thing*, and maybe a nice cocktail. We'll see. They've certainly earned my money *again*, and I'm still amazed at Jeremy's prowess in the kitchen. To think that they've elevated the humble sandwich to this level...what a revelation.

Get there, and get that sandwich. You'll be just so, so happy that you did.

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  1. I've driven by that place so many times and always considered a stop in. This might be the convincing to do so. When the Boagman speaks gloriously like this about sandwiches, you know it has to be great.

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    1. re: GrueLurks

      GL, give me a ring when you want to go. I'll join you.

    2. I've not driven by it...because it would be a special trip for me. Now, I'm starting to think that it just may be worth that trip! (and, I'm not even a filet mignon kind of guy...I usually like a strip or prime rib)

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      1. re: VTB

        Anytime, VTB. Anytime but Monday, anyway, since they're closed Mondays. It's worth the trip. Let me know when you want to go.

      2. Just FYI: I stopped by and had it again tonight, after thinking about it since Sunday night.

        My opinion is unchanged. Next time, I'm going during Happy Hour (5-7PM), and having a $5 Grapefruit Passion with it. It's amazing.

        1. > Get there, and get that sandwich. You'll be just so, so happy that you did.

          This week, I'm single. Not, single-single. Just a single diner. It was dinner time,
          I'm a klutz in a kitchen. I was hungry. You posted your damn review.

          I am conflicted. You posted several positive reviews about a place that simply
          doesn't ring my bell. The food has never been 'Wow." One visit was quite, "bleech."
          The dining room is a tad over-stuffed with tables & chairs. I *hate* their valet-only
          schtik on weekends. But enough of me re-hashing olde objections.

          Their FMS was delightful. Your description nailed it. Perfectly. I decided to order a
          cup of chili as an appetizer. It was good, not great, but I will order it again. I also
          ordered the girly drink that you mentioned.. It was delightful. The service was delightful.
          The show was delightful. I am stunned that you failed to mention the "show."

          Is it every night? It seemed to be improv. Is it? Whaddyamean, what show???

          Moments after I arrived, a pair of 30-something (40-something?) cougars sat down at the bar.
          My earbuds made me invisible to them. Or, perhaps it is the fact that I'm 55. Or wearing a
          wedding ring. Or wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Or ... oh, NEVERMIND! I'll admit that I was a voyeur
          ...

          Their tuna appetizer looked delicious, but I wasn't about to engage them directly. So, I
          asked the bartender/waitress, "what did they order? It looks delicious." All three answered
          simultaneously, "the tuna appetizer." So, I wasn't quite as invisible as I first surmised. But
          they were wrong about the earbuds.

          They certainly raved about the tuna. But it was just an appetizer. The long-haired one was
          awaiting the arrival of her entree: 52 year-old, Bloomfield Hills Dentist. The guy doesn't stand
          a chance. She already has his credit report, property records, criminal history check, educ
          background, legal history ... and the fact that he's not (yet) divorced.

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          1. re: rainsux

            Ah, "The Show". Yes, it can be quite common, though not universally true. When I was there Tuesday night, I was quite literally the only customer in the joint, dining room or bar area, so I didn't have "The Show" on Tuesday night. There was a bit of it on Sunday, though...I guess that bar is pretty "social". Or something. ;)

            Glad you liked the FMS...I'm just over-the-moon about it. And that Grapefruit Passion is, indeed, a girly drink (really, that's about the only kind of alcohol I'll imbibe), but a Girly Drink Supreme! I was quite impressed the first time I had one, and I'll definitely get one next time.

            You had the chili as a warmup, I had the green beans as a side (it was between that and the zucchini), and I liked them quite well. Not stratospherically so, but they were certainly good, well-prepared, and added another taste and texture to go along with the sandwich. I would get them again, but it's not a must-have or anything like that. I liked the garlic that they were prepared with, too. There are, of course, other things that could be ordered just as easily, though obviously chili wouldn't be my cup of tea.

            Anyway, RS, glad you enjoyed the FMS. That thing just has me wrapped around its little finger, it does. And oh yes: you're right about the dining room. It's just cramped in there with all the tables in the middle, and that birthday party at the adjacent table's drunken party girl *does* tend to grate on you after a while when you're in such close proximity. And I *never* valet...I hate the very *idea* of it. It's...it's just awful.

            1. re: boagman

              > a Girly Drink Supreme!

              Only real-men are comfortable enough in their masculinity to order/drink GDS's.
              Or; <oh my gawd>

              BTW; after listening to them dish the details they'd discovered about Dr. <Blank>
              on the various internet background-checking sites ... on my way out the door, I
              *almost* introduced myself as Dr. <Blank>. Frankly; I thought it would've been
              hilarious, but I refrained. Ought naught interfere with matters of the heart and
              hormones.

              The Truth: The tuna appetizer looked, well, appetizing. I want it ... and I did not
              want to do anything that might result in my banishment.

          2. Loved your review... I am also a fan of Jeremy. Please try the seared diver scallops when they have them. The most perfectly prepared scallops I have ever had. This has been my two cents...

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            1. re: Quit2Chef

              Hmm. I'm sure that they do them well, but the allure of scallops honestly escapes me. The only place I've ever really enjoyed them was at a restaurant in Vancouver called either "C's" or "Seas"...I can't remember which. It was their signature dish at the time, and rightly so, worthy of the designation. Not before, and never since have scallops made me stand up and take notice...and they're a rather expensive gamble, frankly.

              Thanks for suggesting them, though!

              1. re: boagman

                I'm heading there now if anyone wants to join me for a bite. Should be there in about 30 minutes. Maybe I'll see you there!