BBQ Chicken Pizza

Small Plates

Located on Broadway St, behind the Detroit Opera House sits Small Plates, an upscale, snazzy tapas restaurant. Small Plates offers a unique dining experience designed around sharing. With a menu consisting of everything from Chicken and Waffles to Fried Green Tomatoes, appetizer sized portions are served making it ideal to sample. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (presentation and style)

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Lotus Flower Tuna: Seared sesame crusted tuna over mango & jalapeño salsa, wasabi aioli, avocado, soy reduction in a fried wonton flower. Gorgeous presentation! Fresh, light with layers of texture. Creamy avocado, light and fresh mango, crunchy wonton, finished with sesame tuna. The only thing this dish was lacking was heat, as we didn’t get much from the jalapeno or wasabi aioli.

lotus flower tuna

Chicken Tostadas: Pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese, mango & jalapeño salsa, key-lime sour cream. Chicken was tender and moist, but could’ve used a little more seasoning. The toppings were fresh and my only complaint was that as I got to the bottom of the shell, it was soggy.

chicken tostadas

Signature Mac & Four Cheese Gratin: White cheddar, gouda, pepper jack, parmesan. Our favorite! Perfectly cooked pasta covered with cheesy goodness and topped with a crunch.

Mac and Cheese Small Plates

BBQ Chicken Pizza: Grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce. I really liked that the BBQ sauce had a hint of heat to help balance the sweetness from the caramelized onions. Not overly done with cheese with a nice crispy browned edge. Pretty good for a deep dish, but ordering it well done would’ve put this pizza over the top.

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Josh and I came here around 5 on a Friday and although it wasn’t busy yet, it was starting to fill up with reservations. The service was good, and the dim lighting was perfect for our dinner date. I have to say we were a little disappointed because the food was just OK, and not as good as we excepted for the price. We still had fun ordering different items and trying them all out.

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Joe Kool's

Today on the Bite Tonight: Joe Kool’s

Located on Big Beaver Rd in Troy, is Joe Kool’s, a sport’s bar and grill. Joe Kool’s has a pretty tasty menu consisting of pizza, bar food, steaks, Mexican favorites, and sandwiches.  Joe Kool’s also offers a wide array of Michigan brews, imported and domestic beers, and a full liquor bar. 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: 2 out of 5 bites

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Southwestern Eggrolls: Cajun chicken, corn, black beans, onion, red pepper, pico de gallo and Monterey Jack in a spring roll with a side of Chipotle mayo and salsa. Whenever I see these on a menu I just have to order them. The combo of the crispy shell filled with the cheesy, spicy filling is delicious. I really liked the Chipotle mayo as well.  I will be picky about the name and the description: They are called eggrolls yet made with spring rolls? Well, which one is it?

spring rolls

Southern Fried Chicken Wrap: Strips of lightly fried chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Cheddar cheese, topped with Ranch dressing, wrapped in a Lawash tortilla. I really liked the idea of a fried chicken wrap, but this was just OK.

Southern Fried Chicken Wrap

Wow Factor: Joe Kool’s offers sauces that they serve with their wings, but Josh and I had to get a couple to try with our pizza and wrap. We picked General Tso’s (pictured on left) and Caribbean Jerk (pictured on right)!! The General Tso’s was, well, amazing! Sweet and spicy and exactly what we expected and the Caribbean Jerk had a lot of island spices and heat.

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BBQ Chicken Flatbread: Crispy flatbread topped with our sweet and tangy BBQ sauce loaded with diced chicken breast, red onion, fresh cilantro and a blend of Jack, Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. This was my favorite dish of the night. The flatbread was crispy, yet slightly chewy on the inside and the BBQ sauce wasn’t too rich and overpowering. It was the perfect amount of cheese and perfect balance of toppings.

BBQ Chicken flatbread

Joe Kool’s is a good place to go to if you’re looking for a change from your typical chain restaurant. They offer decent food and service. The only thing I would change is the amount of garnishes they used. I’m all about huge portions, but this was way too much and honestly unnecessary.

This was the bed of greens the flatbread was on. It was more than most restaurants side salads and is a huge waste.

wasted lettuce

Despite the overload on greens, it was a good time and Josh and I left very satisfied.

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You Wanna Pizza Me

Josh and I stopped in to this new carryout/delivery pizza joint in Eastpointe on Friday. Located on 9 Mile Rd, owner and operator, Will, opened You Wanna Pizza Me about three months ago because he wanted to make pizza’s that he would want to eat (say the name in an Italian mobster voice for the full effect). Check out the delicious and creative speciality pizzas we indulged in.

We started off with boneless wings with mild sauce: Huge pieces of gorgeous white meat chicken breast. Now, I love Buffalo Wild Wings because I’m in love with Asian Zing sauce, but most of the time you get more thick, crunchy breading then you do chicken. These wings were lightly breaded so you get that wing feel, but the chicken is still the star of the show. The mild sauce is made in house and has all that Frank’s Red Hot flavor you love from wing sauce, but wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t thick, didn’t really stick to the chicken and collected in the bottom of the container. I would’ve liked to try the Asian Sesame, but it was busy and Will forgot and made all Mild.

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This is where things got a little crazy. It was hard for me to choose between the options, so we decided to get 3 different speciality pizza’s in one so we could try a little bit of each.

Readers, meet the BBQ Chicken-Chicken Cordon Bleu-Four Cheese- Parmesan, butter, and garlic crust pizza. At first we thought all the different toppings would melt into each other, but they didn’t. It was awesome!

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BBQ Chicken: BBQ sauce, chicken, red onion, bacon, and premium mozzarella. Underneath all the cheese and toppings was a layer of spicy pizza sauce which was a nice compliment to the sweet BBQ drizzle. I appreciated the balance because although I love Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, the BBQ sauce is a little overwhelming for my taste.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu: Breaded chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, and ranch sauce. The chicken was battered and deep fried, which was a surprise because I expected chicken Parmesan style breaded chicken, but it was still decent. The nutty, sweetness from the Swiss went well with the ham. The only thing I would change would be to cut the chicken into smaller pieces. Although, the huge honks of chicken make it worth your money, it makes it hard to get that perfect bite.

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Four Cheese: Premium mozzarella, Muenster, cheddar, and parmesan cheeses. This was my favorite! The Muenster cheese caught my eye and I had to try it. You could really taste each individual flavor, without it being too cheesy. What I liked about the pizza was that despite the four different cheeses on each slice, it was not greasy at all!  Kudos.

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The downfall is that You Wanna Pizza Me doesn’t have their own parking and we had to use the lot across the street. We also ordered fried pickles, which Will forgot as well, but after waiting over 35 min, we didn’t want to wait longer so it was no big deal. That’s the disadvantage of a one man show, but this place has a lot of potential. My tip would be to call in your order so you don’t have to wait like we did. Overall, our experience was good. The menu includes, pizza, pasta, subs, sides, wings, and salads. You Wanna Pizza Me definitely has the competitive advantage over franchises because they offer pizza with pickles as a topping. A little weird, but it’s heaven for a pickle lover like me. Stop in and try the Bacon Cheeseburger pizza today.

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Rollin' Stone Wood Fired Pizza

If you frequent my blog, you will know that I first heard about Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza during lunchtime in Campus Martius. The pie was so tasty that they get their own write up. Started in 2007, this food truck hails from Howell, MI and is family operated, cranking out delicious wood fired pizza in less than 5 min.

BBQ Chicken: Chicken breast, bacon, cheese, red onions, BBQ and pizza sauce. My favorite thing about this pizza was that they used their amazing pizza sauce along with the BBQ sauce. I like Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, but with all the BBQ sauce they slather on its heavy and rich. Rollin Stone’s pizza was sweet, but didn’t punch you in the face with BBQ sauce, making it the best I’ve ever had. The ingredients were so fresh (they shop local) and the crust was light, airy, and chewy.

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Check out the facebook page for location updates. I’m not engaged, but I’m already seriously considering these guys to cater my wedding. Pizza is great and good for any of your upcoming events! If you’re looking for awesome Artisan pizza done right try Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza. They can’t go wrong.