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Any suggestions for a Friday night dinner for six close to Cranbrook?

Unfortunately we have one very unadventurous eater in the group, a real meat-and-potatoes only kind of guy. He'll also eat lasagne, pizza or chicken wings. The rest of the group is much more willing to -- and looks forward to -- trying something new.

We have people coming to and from Rochester and Livonia to attend the event at Cranbrook, so staying semi-close to that area would work best.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. What is your budget?

    Nearby: Northern Lakes ( also does meat and potatoes. I really like their beet salad.)
    West: Hogan's or Andiamo
    North: Moose Preserve
    South: The usual Birmingham choices, maybe Sweet Lorraines

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    1. re: rainsux

      Not trying to pick nits here, but I'd probably dissuade from Moose Preserve a bit. It's not what it once was, and they've kind of lost my business as a result.

      Please don't go to Andiamo, almost on general principle.

      Northern Lakes Seafood Company is in the Kingsley Inn, and I'd recommend that.

      The problem with Cranbrook is that, geographically-speaking, it's really just not near anything else.

      1. re: boagman

        That's why Cranbrook had me stuck, it's not near anything. I think we'll give Northern Lakes a try. Thanks!

        1. re: Rosedale

          Cranbook is very close to Birmingham so there is plenty of choices just down Woodward. I'll second the notion of avoiding Andiamo and the Suggestion for Great Lakes Seafood if you must have a venue in the immediate vicinity.
          Depending on which part of Cranbrook you will also be very close to all the selections near the Sommerset mall via Quarton / W. Big Beaver(16 mile).

          1. re: TraderJoe

            I second the thought of Birmingham. Nortern Lakes Seafood was decent but I'm certainly in no hurry to go back. If they served wine, I'd even suggest Pasta Fagioli.

            1. re: VTB

              I thought about including Pasta Fagioli, but the lack of liquor
              and the extra distance, bumped it off my original list. Otherwise, it is a fine place.

              Why did I include Andiamo? Kind'a, sort'a met my distance test
              and would probably appeal to the unadventerous dining
              companion.

    2. What is the general principle against Andiamo? Haven't been for years. Northern Lakes is closest.

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      1. re: mgebs

        Andiamo is a chain that, in my opinion, defines what's wrong with chains. High prices, substandard food, poor service...it's the trifecta! I only go there when I'm forced, and the last time I went, several years ago, it was as bad as expected. I left pretty ticked off, and I just refuse to patronize them or recommend them to anyone.

        1. re: boagman

          I really hesitate to bring this up for a third time (sorry), but since the question is posed--- The last time I went there was ten years ago. I asked about the fish of the day and was told "sole." I ordered and enjoyed it. It came with a standard salad, rice and green beans I think. I didn't feel the need to ask about the price because most dinners were $17 or so. When the bill came, they had banged me for $50, NOT including my drink, tax or tip. That's more than $60 in 2013 dollars. Imagine $85 out the door for one glass of wine and a good fish dinner in Warren. They are punks. Rich, yes. But, they're no longer making their money off of me.