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Jun 5, 2012 06:15 AM

vinsetta garage (Royal Oak, DTW)


i do foresee some name confusion with the lackluster Vinsetta grill that sits cross-corner.


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  1. Hmm. That does, indeed, sound promising. Here's hoping for a continuation of great food *and* extended kitchen hours. Seriously: it's time for Redcoat Tavern to feel the heat of some local competition! ;)

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    1. re: boagman

      Plus, Red Coat is like a 5 out of 10, 6 if you're feeling generous. At least as far as burgers go.

      1. re: jrrtubbs

        Really? I find them to be better than that. I'd say 7 out of 10, and when you add the wonderful onion rings, things get even better than that.

        1. re: boagman

          I agree with boag here.

          Give me the Zip Sauce and the incinerated onions on that burger, and I'm a happy puppy.

    2. Kind of sad they changed the exterior so much, that place has been a photo backdrop in every car magazine in print because of the vintage appearance. Out front there used to be some old gas pumps (not functional for years) and they have been replaced with electric car chargers!

      But totally looking forward to it opening and BTW it's in beautiful Berkley, not RO.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        Vinsetta Garage opens at 4pm TODAY, per their FB page.

        1. re: ak994

          and it's been reviewed/featured just about everywhere. It will be nuts

          I wonder if it will cause the Crispelli's crowds to lessen; that place has been packed just about every night since they opened.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Hi Cw/E, Have the wait times inside Crispelli's been bad? I've only been twice, and while the parking lot has appeared scary crowded, the wait time inside was not bad. Maybe I just haven't been there when they were really at peak.

            1. re: VTB

              I've only been in to buy bread (good!) but the parking lot crowdedness has been intimidating...will have to walk there, I think.

      2. Thanks for the heads up, I missed the hype but was searching Dover/New Phil Ohio (think I'm out of luck there) and read about the opening, went by. Fabulous in every way. Affordable and all the delicious ingredient options anyone could possibly desire to create all elements of burgers, pizzas, pasta with balls and sauce, even mac and cheese. sides and variety of main dishes, cutting edge but classic comfort desserts. And it is a coca-cola house.
        I went with chief's house Vinsetta burger, it is the platonic ideal and the best I've had since getting an apartment in the area a year and a half ago. Subtle house sauce, yum. The mac&cheese was food therapy with a crusty top a la creme brulee.
        Convivial,service pleasant and efficient. A community table, (wistfull memories of Legal Seafood in Lynn Square, Boston!) Balanced elements of old; garage clock, handwash sink,key safe, stickered cabinet, etc and new; spotless stainless steel open kitchen/full bar, stone pizza oven, substantial furniture, service items clever but not too cute. Beams browns and olives, glowing orange lamps, votives, flat screens and just enough great music.
        All on Michigan route 1, Woodward Avenue, the dream cruise heaven, it doesn't get any better than this; well thought out new revival Detroit.

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        1. re: Szakacs

          Wow, what a wonderfully written review! Thanks for this. Hope to get there soon as we can ride our bikes there. Hope to see more your comments!

        2. I was there on Opening Night Thursday after 10PM, and the only clear thing is that I'm going to give them another shot. They were pretty much spent at that point. They were out of multiple items, the day had been a constant slam on everybody (though spirits were still good!), and it was just too early to properly judge. I like the decor, and if you like draught beer, it looks like you'll be happy here.

          The only thing I'll say that surprised me a bit in a bad way about the place was the pricing of the burger I had. I had the Vinsetta burger (8 oz. patty [usually two 4 oz. patties, but such was the night], Woodshop bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and "Vinsetta sauce" on the side), which was $10.95. Now, normally, that only includes chips, but tonight, they were out of chips, so they upgraded me to fries at no charge, but that'd normally be another two bucks! My Coke was $3. Do the math: as it was, my total bill (with tax and tip) came to $17.50! That a lot for a burger and a drink, at least to me it is! That bill would be no fewer than three bucks cheaper up the street at Redcoat, and possibly four!

          There were some other food issues which can be directly related to Opening Day jitters, or at the very least, Ultra-Slammed Opening Day jitters, and I'm willing to overlook those for the time being. Staff was great to speak to, other patrons were fun to be around, and I still had a good time. Still, if I'm going to raise an eyebrow at Clubhouse BFDs prices, I've got to raise *both* of them, here.

          I have to say this, though: the physical place itself? Fantastic. Staff looks to be really good, too.

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          1. re: boagman

            Man, you guys are brave, trying to deal with the first few days of this zoo-ish opening.

            1. re: VTB

              Well, to be fair, I went after 10PM to (the thought was, anyway...) avoid the nuttiness. The problem? The nuttiness had already taken its toll.

              Still: I really like what they've done with the place. If they can be as good/affordable as the Woodshop, they'll get high marks from me. Time will tell.

              1. re: boagman

                Ok, fair to say it is a bit higher price, certainly than fast food, and although I am not extremely wealthy I know as you do that one may have to pay a bit more in exchange for the total effortlessness of being served and the effect of the time spent in a given environment; tea at the Townsend or dinner at Forest Grill will be way more expensive and a splurge might or might not be satisfying. This meal struck me as being reasonable all things considered and I ended up with fries, too; good point that it was our trade off for the first night. I guess for me the angus beef and freshness--everything made from scratch--made it worth it. Having researched my new home state on this site and elsewhere on the net, I know Redcoat is a local favorite. (Love the soldier at the entrance - it fulfilled my fantasy that I might find trappers and Canadians and English soldiers wandering around!) I am a pretty serious cook. When I eat out I usually want something as good as or better than what I would make at home. I kept wondering what they would do with brunch. I certainly will have to try Union Woodshop...

                1. re: Szakacs

                  You'll like Woodshop...same owners as Vinsetta Garage. If you go, call ahead and see if they'll put you on the seating list. Don't be afraid of their BBQ. Good stuff, Maynard.

          2. i tried to go yesterday. 1.5 hr wait for two on a weekday. so i left. guess i'll try again some other time.

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              1. re: prcentauri

                Drove by it last night on my way to Westborn and they were lined least it was a beautiful evening to be outside!

                1. re: prcentauri

                  You never can predict, I guess. I was quoted 1 1/2 hours and decided to stay because I had a newspaper and reasoned I would NEVER get in if I came back on a later day, but it turned out to be a shorter wait than that; about 1/2 hour.

                  1. re: Szakacs

                    > I was quoted 1 1/2 hours ... a shorter wait than that; about 1/2 hour.

                    Good grief. What time was it when they quoted you a 1.5 hour wait?

                    1. re: rainsux

                      It was at about 7:45, but I had the time that night...

                  2. re: prcentauri

                    If you don't want to wait I'd go around 10:30ish. Kitchen closes at 11:00. I thought the decor was amazing. One of the coolest places I've been in.