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Sep 4, 2012 05:42 AM

Chow in/near Bloomfield Hills (DTW)

I will be driving in on a Sunday for a Mon-Tues conference and leaving Weds, so have wheels. I eat all kinds of food, and am looking for recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner - bakeries, ethnic, anything chow worthy! TIA

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    Lots of good places; nearby Bloomfield Hills. The
    nearby 'burbs are: Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield,
    Royal Oak, Berkley, Ferndale. Farmington Hills is a
    not-to-far drive.

    Dearborn, Hamtramck and downtown Detroit have
    good options, but you're gonna drive ... and if you
    are only in the area for two days, the other thread
    will fill your tummy several times over.

    Birmingham is adjacent, but is loaded with restaurants
    where their primary business is catering to customers
    that wish to "be seen." That said, I do like Forest Grill.
    If you are on an expense account, consider it.

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    1. re: rainsux

      Thanks; I particularly appreciate the geography lesson as that helps me with searching for past posts. I did actually search on Bloomfield Hills but didn't turn up much. We actually ate at Forest Grill on our last visit to Detroit, but evidently didn't order too well, as we we didn't really enjoy our lunch. Maybe I'll try it again, as most posts are positive, but there are many other options.

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        If Forest Grill did not delight, no reason to return. PLENTY of alternatives nearby.

        1. re: rainsux

          Be sure to at least peek into Birmingham's Tallulah restaurant and wine bar. I've had several very good dishes of the day there. If you like crepes for brunch, there is a pretty good place weirdly named "What Crepe?" in Birmingham. As well, Le Petit Prince is fun for a take out pastry.

    2. Niki- I'm not an expert on restaurats in Bloomfield Hills, but I've eaten several times at Restaurant 220 in Birmingham. The food is very good and the prices reasonable.

      1. I think one of the great breakfasts is at the Unique Deli at the Radisson Kingsley Inn - Woodward and Long Lake. Best corned beef hash I've ever had in a restaurant -- equally good is the turkey hash, a bit lighter/healthier. Busy kind of diner vibe, but terrific chow and you can linger or get a fast breakfast as you want. Also great lunch option - deli sandwiches on good bread, but also lighter fare that isn't insipid. Vinsetta Garage in Berkley (Woodward south of Catalpa) is very happening -- renovated 20's garage with BBQ, pizza, mac & cheese -- doors open to the avenue. Probably will be quite a wait but has become a fixture. Crispelli's also in Berkley is @ Woodward & 12 mile -- very good wood fired pizza, pasta -- it's a go up and order and pick up your food place but atmosphere is light and airy with outdoor seating as well. Moderate pricing.
        Let us know where you land.

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        1. re: berkleybabe

          Thanks! I'm actually staying at the Radisson so both Unique Deli and the seafood place there are on the list for breakfast/lunch/dinner. I'm trying to figure out a place to take a friend for Sunday evening; would like a place with a decent wine list, not too loud so we can linger and talk, and of course, eat well. He's an omnivore, but he isn't crazy about ethnic (more a meat and taters kind of guy although he does like Italian). Is Crispellis open on Sunday and do they have a good wine list?

          1. re: Niki in Dayton

            The wine list at Northern Lakes Seafood Co. is good. Not great, but good/solid.

            Also consider Rugby Grill at the Townsend Hotel.

            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              Sweet Lorraine's in Southfield, 13 &Greenfield is always a stalwart option in my world. Great food, relaxed environment, veggie and carnivore friendly and nicely casual. Not too far from where you're staying. They also do a brunch/dinner/lunch on Sunday. Good for talking and probably much better wine list than Crispelli's. I've had so many good long talks over great food there with family and friends, I can imagine you could, too. Hope you have good time. This is only about half a mile down 12 mile from Crispelli's. Let us know where you land.

          2. I was born and raised in the bloomfield area. I now live in hong kong and this is what i always make sure to go to .... when i come home. i think first and foremost be prepared to drive 30 minutes anywhere ....

            anyways these to me are the classic detroit institutions that my friends and i go to when we reunite:
            Olga's Kitchen (telegraph / sq lake in bloomfield)
            Buddy's Pizza (west bloomfield)
            Zingerman's deli (Ann arbor)
            Blimpy burger (Ann Arbor)
            Maize N Blue Deli (Ann Arbor)
            Coney Island (for hot dogs ...i used to go to Leo's on telegraph / maple)
            stage deli (in bloomfield)
            pizza papalis (in bloomfield)
            My brother likes to go to the Original House of pancakes for breakfast in Royal Oak
            Franklin Cider Mill (cider / donuts / caramel or candy apples)
            The indian food is quite good here but i usually take a pass since i live in asia and I'm indian so i eat my mom's food.

            the detroit area has the largest middle eastern population outside the middle east so the middle eastern restaurants are on par with those in the middle east to be honest ... i used to always go to Lashish which i think closed down ... any suggestions ?

            1. Ended up at Sweet Lorraine's on Sunday evening. Very nice; my friend had ribs and fries and I had perch. We shared an app (calamari, cooked correctly) and dessert (Orange-chocolate cheesecake). He had a beer, I had a glass of sangria before and a glass of wine with dinner. The tab, before tip, was about $90. Thanks for the recommendation, BB, it was a good place to sit and chat and catch up.

              I was staying at the Radisson Kingsly Inn, and was in class all day Monday until almost 6:30, so did Unique Deli there for lunch and the Northern Seafood Company for dinner Monday. Both were good, not great, but Weds breakfast of the corned beef hash at the deli was a delight indeed (the only breakfast of the trip).

              Tuesday night I celebrated passing the Court of Master Sommelier's Intro Course by dining at Tallulah, which I absolutely loved! I had a glass of Austrian Zweigelt rose, which was a new experience with my app (a mini lobster slider) and a glass of 2009 Drouhin Moulin-A-Vent Beaujoulais Village with the lamb ragout and house-made saffron cavatelli. All very good indeed, as was the ambiance. Thanks, DTW hounds!

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              1. re: Niki in Dayton

                Congrats on the class! Glad you had a great time.. thanks for your post. Share anytime you get here again.