Allen Park Restaurants

Griff’s Pub

Griff’s Pub, which opened earlier this year, brings something different to the area by being one of the few gastropubs Downriver. Neighbors know Griff’s address as the spot where Big Apple Bagels used to be on Southfield Rd in Allen Park, MI. Serving up English style pub food with an upscale spin, this gastropub even makes their own “weekly sausage.” See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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Nothing like a nice cold, refreshing Summer Shandy!

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The Lamb Burger: Seasoned combo of lamb and beef, goat cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, red onion, cherry peppers, dill tzatziki. You had me at goat cheese and dill tzatziki! This burger was juicy and flavorful. The lamb was delicious and the red onion added a nice crunch and bite. Dill goes great with lamb, but this creamy, tangy tzatziki was a nice finishing touch.

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The dining space is small, but nice. Service was good and the staff was very knowledgeable and even offered a few recommendations. Griff’s Pub takes casual, simple classis, and elevates their flavors, turning them into upscale dishes. With a full bar, craft beers, and seasonal drinks, Griff’s offers an advantage over local bars and restaurants. I can’t wait to go back and try the roasted garlic!

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Leo’s Coney Island

Today on the Bite Tonight: Leo’s Coney Island

Located in Allen Park, MI in the Fairlane Green shopping center, or as I like to call it, “the Hill,” is Leo’s Coney Island. Leo’s Coney Island is a chain with over 50 locations spread throughout Michigan. I really like Leo’s because it is more of an upscale coney joint. With a menu including Greek classics, coney traditions, Burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads, breakfast, and even healthy options, it’s no surprise why Leo’s is so successful. Ma and I decided to treat ourselves and go out for breakfast. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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Spinach & Feta Omelet: with hash browns. Tip: Order hash browns well done for a crispy finish. The omelet was cooked perfectly (I hate it when the egg is a little runny). The feta adds a little saltiness to this otherwise light breakfast. The spinach brightens this meal up and doesn’t judge you for eating carbs. The hash browns were nice and crispy.

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Service was good and fast. The prices are good and portions are generous. Leo’s is usually busy, which is different from other coney places I’ve been to, but the dining room is larger so you never have to wait to be seated. My favorite thing about Leo’s is that they bottle their delicious Greek dressing. You can purchase this dressing, gift cards, and even order online. How many coney islands offer that level of service?

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Z Shawarma King

Today on the Bite Tonight: Z Shawarma King

Located on Southfield Rd in Allen Park, MI is Z Shawarma King. Offering Middle Eastern traditional dishes as well as burgers, fresh shakes, and a fruit juice bar, Z Shawarma King has become my new favorite place. Most of their sandwiches are available on french bread, also! See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Fattoush Salad: Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, red cabbage, toasted pita, and a lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Fresh ingredients with a light and satisfying dressing. One of my favorite salads! The toasted pita really adds a nice crunch to the veggies.

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Falafel: Ground garbanzo beans, garlic, parsley, onions, and spices. Crispy outside with a tender, moist inside. Full of flavor and delicious. I love the fresh and pickled veggies on the side.

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Grape Leaves: Stuffed with ground meat, rice, lemon juice. Grape leaves are one of my favorite dishes because they taste good and they are good for you. The lemon juice really brighten up each stuffed grape leaf. The meat and rice mixture was well seasoned and moist.

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Chicken Shawarma: White meat chicken breast with garlic sauce, pickles and onions wrapped in a pita. The chicken was moist and flavorful. The pita was fresh and soft, with a nice chew. The pickles are the perfect condiment without taking away from the grilled chicken.

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Z Shawarma King is a great choice if you are looking for vegetarian options without sacrificing flavor. Fridays and Saturdays they stay open til 2 to cater to the late night munchies. I just love this because usually the only places that are open are fast food joints or bars. The next time you are craving Mediterranean food, but don’t want to make the drive to Dearborn, try Z Shawarma King. Service is good and the prices are very reasonable.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Today on the Bite Tonight: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

I like Potbelly because they have their own thing going on and it’s a nice break from Subway or Jimmy John’s. This past weekend, Josh and I visited the Allen Park, MI. location on the hill. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5  bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Italian: Capicola, Mortadella, Pepperoni, Salami &  Provolone Cheese on Multi grain bread. Fresh ingredients on hearty, soft bread. My favorite thing about Potbelly is the hot peppers! Boy, are they hot.

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Potbelly has gluten free (varies by location) and skinny (less meat and cheese on thin cut bread) options as well as soups, salads, smoothies, shakes, and baked goods. Established in 1977, Potbelly is still staying true to their roots and doing things the same. Stop in and check em out.

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Thai Vylai

Today on the Bite Tonight: Thai Vylai

Located in Downtown Allen Park on Allen Rd. is Thai Vylai. I’ve been meaning to try this place ever since it opened several months back. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 1 out of 5 bites

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Pineapple Kow Pa: Fried rice with chicken, pineapple, egg, onions, and carrot. Fried rice is one of my favorites as long as its done right, and this one was! Spicy, sweet, and salty.

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Mee Khoua: Egg noodles fried to a crisp and topped with chicken, peapod, carrot, green onion, and bean sprouts in a garlic Oyster sauce. The veggies were fresh and crisp. The egg noodles were crunchy, yet soft while they soaked up the deliciously rich sauce. However, towards the end of the dish, the sauce became a little too salty and overwhelming.

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Thai Vylai is a nice addition to Allen Park, but price and service were pretty mediocre. The dishes tasted pretty good and I look forward to trying more Thai very soon. My next stop is Coastal Thai in Wyandotte.

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Wheat & Rye

Wheat & Rye is a local favorite known for huge stacked sandwiches and great drink specials. My parents went there when they were younger and it’s a place I’ve visited a few times. Of course, the Allen Park location has been revamped since back in the day, but if you’re looking for a neighborhood place to relax and watch the game, check out Wheat & Rye and grab a burger!

Mom and I met a couple of her high school friends, Robin, Marcia, and Greg (Marcia’s husband). Mom and I split the stacked ham sandwich (Yes, it’s big enough to share)! I remembered my dad telling me stories about how big the sandwiches used to be and how inexpensive, but this one was still a good size for around $10 including tip.

Stacked Ham Sandwich: Virginia Ham piled on an onion roll served with a kosher dill pickle. The ham wasn’t your average deli thin sliced, it was thick cut, caramelized edges, and delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a little dry. I don’t really care for mayonnaise, but a little horseradish would’ve put this sandwich over the edge. I settled for good old yellow mustard.

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The service wasn’t the best, but in my experience, bars and dives like the Wheat & Rye only have one or two servers/bartenders for the whole place so when it’s busy, your drinks will get neglected. I need lots of water when eating a salty ham sandwich, too. For a Wednesday night, the place was half full, but the Tiger’s were playing and it was all you can eat Spaghetti night! Check out the Wheat & Rye of you haven’t already for daily food and drinks specials. If you want a local bar that’s not too crowded to watch your favorite team, they have flat screens and Keno!

It was good to see you guys. Thanks Robin, Marcia, and Greg!

I have to go get ready for tonight, Josh bought me tickets to Dane Cook for my birthday ❤

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