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Jan 13, 2012 02:44 PM

Valentine's Day Dinner in Detroit Metropolitan Area (DTW)

I need some help in locating a nice restaurant for Valentine's Day in the Detroit metropolitan area. My girlfriend and I have been to Forest Grill, Bacco Ristorante, Iridescence, Roast, Wolfgang Puck Grille, Rugby Grille, Logans, the Chop House in Ann Arbor, and Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor, 42 degrees north, and 24 grille and was looking for a new place. We thought about Root Restaurant in White Lake, Due Venti in Clawson, or Common Grille in Chelsea , but the drive is a bit far for a weeknight (about 40-45 minutes from Canton). Any place you would recommend? Rattlesnake Club? Table 5? Cuisine?

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  1. Have you been to the West End Grill in Ann Arbor? I think it's a cozy place for Valentine's Day and the food is excellent...martini's aren't too bad either. That should fit into your drive time, but they don't seat many so you may have to make reservations soon.

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    1. re: grouper

      Thanks grouper. I thought about West End Grill as well. I'll definitely consider it.

    2. NoVI, Northern Lakes Seafood or The Lark.

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      1. re: rainsux

        Thanks rainsux. We're probably going to do NoVI for our anniversary. The Lark is out of my budget range and I heard Northern Lakes Seafood isn't that good.

      2. It's a Matter of Taste in Union Lake.

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        1. re: MARISKANY

          That is a good idea Mariskany. Thanks.

          1. re: vniemo

            Didn't think about Bistro 222 vniemo. Thanks.

            1. re: vniemo

              I think West End Grilll is the most romantic restaurant ever. Go for that!

            2. Shiro in Novi is great if you like japanese. It is outstanding and the ambience would be perfect for Vday.

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              1. re: IndyGirl

                Good suggestion! In the asian spirit; I'll also suggest Hoa Hung in FH for Chinese.

                1. re: rainsux

                  I adore Shiro. Only been there once but just because it's kind of far away for us. The stir-fried egg noodles seem like a safe option, but they are absolutely outstanding. And they serve up a generous portion!!! Great place, highly recommend.

                  Making a note of Hoa Hung!

                  1. re: IndyGirl

                    Is that a fact? I've only ever driven by there, and my pinball club is right around the corner from it! I'll have to try out those stir-fried egg noodles.

                    1. re: boagman

                      Fact. Also, my dining companions are sushi and sashimi freaks and they were very impressed (one of them has spent lots of time in Japan).

                      1. re: IndyGirl

                        Hey IG, I was just looking over Shiro's menu...are you referring to the egg noodles in a *black bean* sauce? That sounds...awful. It sounds like a total starch overload, or am I reading too much into it?

                        When I go, I want to try the right thing, dontchaknow...

                        1. re: boagman

                          Unfortunatley, I CANNOT remember which sauce I ordered. Probably the black bean sauce, since I distinctly remember asking for whatever was spiciest, and then they brought out additional spicy condiments. I got tofu, if that matters.

                          These are the egg noodles and NOT the udon noodles... I'm not a huge fan of udon noodles in the first place, but especially not sauteed.

                          1. re: IndyGirl

                            Hmm. Well, at least that's something to go on. Were there any veggies in with the noodles? I'm not a tofu guy...I'll get some *real* protein with it. ;)

                            1. re: boagman

                              IG, I tried that noodle dish you were talking about and it is fantastic. You were so right, and I thank you for the great suggestion! I'll definitely be back for it.

                              1. re: boagman

                                So glad you liked it!!! I must get back out there... I'm jonesing for a fix.

                                1. re: IndyGirl

                                  Oddly enough, IG, me too!

                                  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, because when I went and got carryout, it seems (well, *was*) a bit pricey for carryout, or at least I thought it was. As well, I asked to try a bit of the black bean sauce they use for the dish before I committed to buying the dish, and to be honest, I didn't think much of the sample of the sauce. Still, I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, so I asked if that was the spiciest of the sauces they offered with the stir-fry egg noodles (it was), and so the only difference between what you had and what I did was that mine had chicken as the protein, compared to your tofu.

                                  I honestly don't understand how that sauce "changes" when cooked, but whatever the case, the finished product was very, very good. The salad that came with it (which I didn't know about, and definitely helped when factoring in the "pricey" consideration) was very fresh, if completely standard fare (iceberg lettuce, some half tomato slices, some cucumber slices, and their version of the Asian ginger dressing on the side). I would have liked it to be more far-reaching in the ingredient category and have a better dressing, but considering that I didn't even *know* I was getting a salad, it was very nice.

                                  But oh, those noodles. Not only did the whole dish taste very good, but it was also surprisingly eye-catching/aesthetically pleasing, even in a carryout container! That's pretty hard-to-get, so far as I've seen. Usually carryout containers are recipients of ingredients that are unceremoniously (for lack of a better term here) "dumped" into them, and then they're closed. This stir fry was visually appealing, and it was good hot, at room temperature, and cold.

                                  How do I know this? Because it never made it home! I ate the salad immediately because salad doesn't last, and then ate about 1/3 of the stir fry, and went in to play some pinball. 1.5-2 hours later? Another 1/3 of the stir fry kissed itself goodbye. Another 1.5 hours later? It was the last gasp of life for it...and not one bit of it was wasted. Plus, the chicken pieces were properly cooked, juicy, and very recognizable as chicken. No, "What's that?" moments. The veggies included were vibrant and still had the proper amount of crunch.

                                  Bonus points for including chop sticks *only* with my carryout. I look forward to having the same thing for less money at lunch later this week!

                                  1. re: boagman

                                    Fantastic!!! Makes me so happy!!

                                    1. re: boagman

                                      you got brass - asking for a sample of sauce before commiting to a carryout.

                                        1. re: xman887

                                          Well, yes. But, in fairness to me, it wasn't like I wasn't going to get something, anyway. The whole point of the visit was to dip my toe in the water, so to speak, and the server understood that. Whether it was that dish, or another, they were getting some business from me that night. The only thing I was sure that it *wasn't* going to be was sushi. Just wasn't in the mood for that, but I was definitely getting a noodle dish of some kind, based on IG's recommendation.

                                          Whether the sauce was the correct one was a good reason to try it beforehand, yes? It was that info that allowed me to be sure I was getting the same one IG had said was so good. It would be *seriously* gauche to ask to try out a sauce for carryout and then order nothing at all. I wouldn't do that, ever.

                                          But yes, you're absolutely right: I'm brassy. Got big brass ones, I do. ;)