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Jul 19, 2012 05:30 PM

Good Steak/BBQ/Breakfast Auburn Hills, MI area?

Hi. I am planning a visit to S.E. Michigan in September. I will be staying somewhere in or around Auburn Hills. I used to visit Big Bucks, but I believe that it is now closed in Auburn Hills. Any ideas as what would be a good steak restaurant to visit? Any suggestions for good BBQ? Of course, I will be making my pilgrimage to The Breakfast Club in Madison Hts., but anywhere else in the same league?
Thanks for your help Michigander Chowhounds!

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  1. lelli's just about a mile south and the other side of the street (corner of opdyke & featherstone) from the defunct big buck. started in 1939 in midtown detroit, they opened this suburban outpost in 1996. fantastic food and service. pricey, but worth it. get a big steak with zip sauce. they are known for chataubriand for two.

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    1. re: xman887

      If you're going to go to Lelli's *do not forget* to try the minestrone soup. I don't know, exactly, what they do to make that stuff as good as it is, but it certainly is marvelous. Certainly the best version of minestrone that I've ever had, by far and bar none. I honestly can't tell you how their steaks are, but if the soup is any indication, they'll be top shelf, well-prepared, and yes: expensive. Certainly might fit into the "Costs a little more, but it's worth it" category, though. The soup *definitely* qualifies.

    2. In order for me to provide relevent input, could you first let me know what you like about The Breakfast Club?

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      1. re: VTB

        Thanks with the suggestions. What I like about The Breakfast Club is it's nice bacon eggs, and really nice homefries. The waffles are pretty darn nice too!

      2. Frittata does a much better breakfast, than the Breakfast Club. Sadly, much more expensive too.

        For steaks, there is also Kruse & Muir in Rochester.

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        1. re: rainsux

          "Frittata does a much better breakfast, than the Breakfast Club. Sadly, much more expensive too."

          Right there with you on this. I *wish* I could go to Frittata as much as I'd like to, but as it is, I haven't been there for a couple of years. I just don't have ~$20 to spend on breakfast, no matter how good it is.

          1. re: boagman

            Concur. ~3 times per patio-season, we splurge on breakfast. Too expensive to become a regular in our Sunday morning rotation.

          2. re: rainsux

            Rochester Chop House is more red-meat oriented than Kruse & Muer, I think, though it's run by the same people. It's in downtown Rochester, other side of the street from K&M.


            1. re: gooddog

              My last couple of times at RCH have been lackluster. The blue cheese hash browns are still money though.

              The closest *good* BBQ is Lockharts in Royal Oak, but you could venture north to Lake Orion to Blue Ox BBQ which is sufficiently decent for the money.

              I know you didn't mention pizza, but Fresco Wood Oven Pizzeria in Rochester Hills is one of the best wood fired pizzas around. It's worth a trip out there, only 10 minutes east of downtown Auburn Hills.

              1. re: GrueLurks

                I also purposely left out Union Woodshop as I don't think it's worth the wait for the bbq there. It's ok, but I'd rather drive 20 minutes south to Lockharts and be eating in under an hour compared to 2-3 hours.

                1. re: GrueLurks

                  If the OP is in the Rochester area, just east on 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township is the rather new outpost for Bad Brad's Barbeque. Busy dining room and good reports out of this place.