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One Eyed Betty's Ferndale (DTW)

coney with everything Feb 20, 2012 05:54 AM

Anyone realize this place existed? It took over the spot of the late unlamented Cantina Diablo's in Ferndale.

We ate there on the spur of the moment Saturday (breakfast only til 2 PM, had to readjust from a burger and beer craving!).

We liked our breakfasts and $5 Absolut Bloody Marys very very much (unfortunately the breakfast menu is not online..my "Sweaty Betty" consisted of amazingly good potatoes, smoked sausage, spicy peppers and two eggs for $7, side of sourdough toast extra).

Service was slow...they've only been open for two weeks so I'm willing to cut them some slack

And the non-breakfast menu looks very interesting, along with the 40 beers on tap! We will go back.


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    gan911 Apr 5, 2012 04:04 AM

    been here twice in a week or so. first time got the gumbo and onion rings. grossly oversalted. second time a pork belly sandwich with pickled carrots, onions, 'asian mayo' and some fries. The pork is delicious, however it needs more acid. The bun was overly greasy + the sloppy mayo + pork belly was just too much. I surmise if there was cilantro or jalopenos or a squeeze of lime, it'd perk up much more. Also the breading on the onion rings tend to be of the thick type, and 1/2 of my friends rings were inedible due to the raw fried batter that was stuck to it.

    though overall, a great addition to the area. i don't know if there's anywhere else like it. I would definitely like to see more rare things on the cheese + charcuterie plate. Cottswold, cheddar, and some kind of blue just doesn't get me excited.

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      berkleybabe Feb 28, 2012 06:36 PM

      We went there Sunday evening...very nice vibe. The front is a bar and communal tables (I think they're wasting valuable space with the pinball machines when you walk in.) We were in the back. Server was very earnest but wanted to know if the chardonnay I wanted was white or red. But explained the million list beers... so many! Berkleygary had Moose Drool --dark and Guiness-like.. our dining pals had very hoppy beers. Po' boy oyster sandwich was great...but just a little too salty, we had to ask for another side of fries that were hot and they were delicious. Burgers done well. I think this is a keeper, just smoothing off some of the rough edges.

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      1. re: berkleybabe
        boagman Feb 28, 2012 08:34 PM

        "I think they're wasting valuable space with the pinball machines when you walk in."

        I'm not sure I can count the number of ways this statement is unequivocally wrong. Just sayin'.

        1. re: boagman
          VTB Feb 28, 2012 09:50 PM

          Heeheee. Saw Sir Boagman's comment coming from a mile away. Clarification question--does 'doing burgers well' mean overcooking? I'm going to try this place, based on your tips, regardless.

          1. re: VTB
            goatgolfer Feb 28, 2012 10:25 PM

            No food service 2-4 pm weekends(not open unitl 4 weekdays) snacks and breakfasty items before 2 on weekends and the place is still packed. Don't quite get it but if you go get the German breakfast and a big beer. You'll be happy.

            1. re: VTB
              berkleybabe Feb 29, 2012 04:25 PM

              VTB, it means they were cooked correctly per diner's request...first time around for my friends last week, they were overdone. So I think they're getting up to speed. Had a nice long chat with the chef -- she's a pro, really ready to please people, open to suggestions. I think they're still getting on their feet, but it's a great start and a very comfortable place I can see going back to regularly. Re: goatgolfer - German breakfast w/ beer??? I'm all over that.

              1. re: berkleybabe
                sharonmj Mar 5, 2012 03:24 PM

                My husband & I like it lots after one visit. Cool vibe, huge draft list, great bar manager, Michael, knew his stuff. Food okay. I think it will get better. We will be back!

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                  donbui82 Mar 18, 2012 05:57 PM

                  Went there for happy hour/dinner on a weekday

                  Amazing beer selection. Extensive, varied, with lots of Michigan brews.

                  Love the communal/bench style seating.

                  Food - Mixed. Charcuterie was nothing special, but we are spoiled being near Forest Grill and Cork. We had the steamed cockels, which were amazing. The juice at the bottom of the bowl was unbelievely good. we are fighting for bread bits to sop it up. Pretzel sticks with three dipping sauces were the best i've had outside of Bell's brewery in K-Zoo. And how can you not order Bacon with a side of Bacon?? Sadly, it didn't completely live up to the lofty expectations. The Bacon was pretty good. smoky, not too thick. well fried and crispy. The fried poached egg had AMAZING consistency and textures. fluffy, cripsy exterior with this mellow soft interior. but it was absolutely completely bland. However, when eaten with the salty bacon it averaged out to something delicious in your mouth. The pork belly was decent as well. For dinners we had the pork belly sandwhich and the fried oyster po'boy. po'boy was good. oysters had an excellent cornmeal bredding with an excellent sauce. the Pork belly is asian -inspired and good enough THey both had the same problems though. The ratio of bread:stuffing is all wrong. HUGe honking rolls of all bread. We actually ripped the top off and ate it that way. Much better.

                  Love this place. Will come back.

                  1. re: donbui82
                    VTB Mar 18, 2012 09:17 PM

                    Today, I finally made it to OEB, too. Will be back. Great hours and tip top notch beer list. Servers are a little rough, but after spending 60hrs in the corp office, it's CHARMINGLY refreshing to see women who drag out of bed directly to work without any notions of exfoliates or designer purse entrances. Not that I've ever been one who did, or could afford to, discriminate.

                    Okay, my food experience--- The salad greens were past their prime (requested and got replacement) but the blue cheese was very tasty IMO. Moving on to the main course, I had a dilemma. Goatgolfer’s German breakfast and a beer, or Coney with Everything’s Sweaty Betty and a bloody mary. I blew it. I ordered the German breakfast (even though I was in the mood to eat something a lot more sloppy), and the bloody mary (even though I am a beer guy). These food and drink choices seemed less diet unfriendly, but I should have flip flopped the picks, and indulged the bulge.

                    The little cold slices of sausage and cheese were fine, the whole grain mustard seemed imported from Europe, and the disproportionately large bread was from an actual bakery. Indeed, the breakfast was good. Could have used a gerkin and marinated onion, a la Novi’s Toasted Oak. But, at $9, who can complain?

                    And, hey, my kid had leftovers for me from his brunch: grilled cheese and fries. That dish was particularly respectable. It better have been for $9 ! Bakery bread, with a generous portion of co-jack, fried in butter that was hit with a handful of shredded parmesan seconds before the sandwich was laid on the griddle. Two thumbs up. The accompanying fries were almost as good as Bastone pomme frites (the only thing at Bastone's which doesn't deeply disappoint). The sandwich was complimented by a very homemade tasting tomato jam, with flavors suggesting a vintage of last year's peak LOCAL growing season (just an impression).

                    My bloody mary didn’t work for me. Perhaps if I hadn’t first previewed the beer list and become aware of the opportunity cost...? Granted, they gave me name brand vodka options from which to choose; at $5, no harm, no foul, I suppose.

                    OEB breakfast/brunch (haven’t tried dinner) may not take hip, DTW casual foodie-ness "to the next level," but at least it gives me another spot I can enjoy from time to time, for a change of pace. Thanks for the lead, you guys.

                    1. re: VTB
                      boagman Mar 18, 2012 11:51 PM

                      $9. For grilled cheese and fries. Nine stinking dollars.

                      Now, I understand that, for the most part, I'm a cheese-hating freak show. I get that, and I can attribute at least some of my wincing to this aspect of me. There's no getting around that, and I totally cop to it.


                      Wo-stinking-ow. VTB, if you've got that kind of scratch to lay down, give me a call when you go, eh? ;)

                      1. re: boagman
                        Markcron Mar 19, 2012 07:16 PM

                        Kids can be expensive dates. But they generally do not run up huge bar tabs.

                      2. re: VTB
                        Markcron Mar 19, 2012 07:17 PM

                        I agree about the Bastone fries!

                        1. re: Markcron
                          gan911 Mar 20, 2012 07:27 AM

                          i had awful bastones fries once...and awful pizza, and awful 'bernaise'. i've written it off. maybe i should step in one more time to try the fries?

          2. coney with everything Feb 24, 2012 06:14 AM

            And a short article in the News

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              goatgolfer Feb 21, 2012 11:43 AM

              They open at 4pm weekdays FYI

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                berkleybabe Feb 21, 2012 10:13 AM

                The chow-oriented son of berkleygary and berkleybabe and his SO went there just after it opened and recommended it highly. Esp. beer selection --looks like a great addition to the area. Coney thanks for the breakfast tip, was curious about it and sounds like a winner.

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                  SonyBob Feb 20, 2012 08:37 PM

                  Also reviewed favorably in the Free Press. The New Orleans style barbecued shrimp looked especially tasty!

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                    VTB Feb 20, 2012 08:57 AM

                    Great tip. Thanks CwE!

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                    1. re: VTB
                      GrueLurks Feb 20, 2012 06:34 PM

                      They have pinball machines too!

                      1. re: GrueLurks
                        boagman Feb 20, 2012 08:38 PM

                        Ergo, I'll be checking it out!

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