breakfast

Detroit: Parks & Rec Diner

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I love that Parks & Rec has an old school diner vibe, yet they are amping things up with fun and creative twists on the classics. Think of your standard diner offerings, only taken to the next level. The Coney Waffle features Detroit-style chili, cornbread waffle, shredded cheddar, onions, house mustard. I took a ride back to my childhood with the Saturday Morning Cartoons which consist of cereal milk pancakes and toasted marshmallow syrup served with two eggs. Thirsty? They even fresh squeeze orange juice for Mimosas, serve Bloody Marys with a beer back, and mix bourbon and Vernors (my favorite). See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (menu, quality)

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I was really sad because I came here for the Biscuits and Gravy, but they were all out of the gravy by the time we got there. I didn’t want to just get biscuits so I went with the Steak & Eggs Benny: House biscuit, shaved Michigan cover crop NY strip, chimichurri hollandaise, pickled red onion. The pickled red onion was slightly sweet, but had a bit. It went well with the tender, thinly sliced steak. The chimichurri hollandaise was unique and unlike anything I have ever had before. It added a nice brightness and freshness.

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Allison decided on the “Build Your Own” hash with crispy, caramelized bacon and white Cheddar cheese. I liked that the hash browns were shredded and extra crispy (just how I like them). There was a cheesy pool of white Cheddar on top of the hash browns and thick pieces of delicious bacon sprinkled on top of the cheesy layer. Killer!

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Parks & Rec is one of the few diners in the area that is doing things with such high standards. Don’t expect to get your typical greasy breakfast items here. Parks & Rec goes that extra step to crank out quality dishes. Just be sure to get there early (they close at 2 PM) so you don’t miss out on the Biscuits and Gravy like I did.

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Gold Cash Gold

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Located in Detroit’s Corktown, Gold Cash Gold is getting ready to celebrate it’s two year anniversary. Once the home to pawnshop owner, Sam Rubin (grandfather of Les Gold, owner of American Jewelry and Loan), the space now houses the farm to fork restaurant, which is serving up American food with a Southern twist. Gold Cash Gold offers classics such as Fried Chicken and the signature GCG Burger and also unique items such as Chicken Liver Mouse and fries with a pimento cheese sauce and a fried egg. See how they ranked.

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The front door. How cool!

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Bloody Mary: Pickle juice bloody Mary mix. Those that read my blog or follow me on Instagram (@thebitetonight) know that I am obsessed with Bloody Mary’s. This one was really good! Fresh, spicy, and the pickle juice was the perfect amount of sour. The rim was seasoned with a killer spice blend. The only thing I could put my finger on was cumin and chili powder, but our server mentioned a few other flavors that he wouldn’t reveal. Kudos to the pickles, olive, and pickled asparagus garnish.

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Biscuits & Gravy: Mushroom gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and poached eggs. That gravy though! I loved the mushroom gravy, it was delicious! Rich and hearty with big chunks of fungus. The gravy was thick and acted as the perfect sauce for the dense biscuit. Once the yolk broke and mixed with the gravy, it added a light yet silkiness that took this dish over the top.

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Chicken Biscuit Sandwich: Pickle brined fried chicken, homemade ranch, spicy slaw, mixed greens. Disappointing. Brining chicken is supposed to add moisture, but this fried chicken was dry even for being dark meat. It also didn’t help that the homemade ranch was missing. I asked for a side of it and it made the sandwiches a little better, but not much. I did like the spicy slaw. It had a subtle kick, nice crunch, and pickled punch.

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My favorite part of Gold Cash Gold (besides the Bloody Mary, of course) was the décor and design. I would describe it as art deco meets antique with a touch of history with the original loan sign. I love the stained glass and the chandelier. Service was good and our food came out quick (there also weren’t many tables @ 1 PM on a Saturday). Our server did a good job of describing the menu and answering our questions. Don’t expect to get lunch here, GCG skips it altogether, only offering brunch (Saturday & Sunday) and dinner service. They also offer dining via the Chef’s Table where guests are sat next to the kitchen with a distinct view into Chef Brandon’s technique and skill.

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After brunch, Jacki and I stopped by Motor City Wine for a drink where I received a full consultation from the bartender on sour beers. It was great. Take note.

Petrus Aged Ale (sour beer): A little bite with a touch of sour. Not as sour as I’m used to, but still really good.

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Snooze

Today on the Bite Tonight: Snooze, Denver! The first stop on my Colorado adventures with two of my besties, Michelle and Amanda was to Snooze, an A.M. eatery. With a super friendly and eclectic vibe, Snooze is the place to be for breakfast and lunch. Now, I believe that a long wait just means great food. Snooze even had a 50 min wait on a Friday morning, but it was so worth it! We visited the Colorado Blvd location. See how they ranked. snooze menu Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 bites (never before have I given a perfect score)! Price: 4 out of 5 bites Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (eats and creativity) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We started with coffee and mimosa’s Look how cool that cup is, it has a place for your thumb to rest comfortably! ❤ coffee cup Mmmm Mmmm Mimosa: Snooze Sparkling, Orange Juice & Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. Super fresh with a nice balance of sweet and tart. Honestly, a little too dangerous because I ended up drinking two. Hey, at least I loaded up on vitamin C for the day. mimosa My pick Juan’s Breakfast Tacos: Three fresh corn or flour tortillas topped with scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, jack cheese, green chile hollandaise & pico de gallo. I added turkey sausage and avocado. Now, it was incredibly difficult to choose, because everything on the menu looked so good. When in doubt, go with Mexican! There’s something about having your whole breakfast wrapped up on one vessel that just appeals to me. The creaminess of the avocado and cheese cooled down the spiciness of the green chile and pico. The turkey sausage was a lighter touch, but I think that I would’ve preferred either chorizo or beef barbacoa just to add a little more authenticity to the dish. breakfast tacos2 Amanda’s pick 3 Egg Omelet: Our farm fresh eggs with barbacoa, avocado, and cotija cheese served with hash browns and toast. When Amanda saw this on the menu, it brought her back to the food she grew up with. It was delicious and created the right touch of nostalgia. beef barbacoa omelet Michelle’s pick 3 Egg Omelet: Our farm fresh eggs with chorizo, spinach, roasted garlic, and goat cheese served with hash browns and toast. You haven’t lived until you’ve had huge chunks of roasted garlic in your omelet. The chorizo was salty and went well with the creamy, tangy goat cheese. The hash brown stack was delicious as well, lightly seasoned and crispy. The fresh fruit preserve was delicious and I appreciated the homemade effort that was added. chorizo omellet After all that, we were stuffed! We couldn’t leave without dessert, so we ordered a half order. OMG French Toast: Bread & Cie brioche stuffed with mascarpone then griddled and topped with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut. O. M. G! I am not a huge sweet in the morning type of gal, but this was amazing! I also don’t like coconut, but I could definitely appreciate it in this french toast. There was this sweet, but light glaze soaked into the toast that was heavenly. The vanilla creme and mascarpone were creamy and really added a nice smooth and silky component to the dish. The fresh strawberries just tied everything else together. french toast2 If you haven’t had a chance to check out Snooze, get your butt in there! Although we had to wait, there was complimentary water and coffee stations as well as corn hole and other games set up to make the time fly by. With options such as Chile Verde Eggs Benedict, a Breakfast Pot Pie, and even a Reuben sammy served on a pretzel roll you are bound to have as much trouble choosing as I did. The good news is that you can choose a half order of any two benny’s and all portions are big enough to share. Snooze opened my eyes to brunch flavors and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Love you girls! ❤ Myself, Michelle, and Amanda. the girls better Snooze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gus and Us Grill

Today on the Bite Tonight: Gus and Us Grill

Gus & Us Grill is a Greek restaurant located on the corner of Southfield Freeway and Outer Dr. in Allen Park, MI (right across from the Fairlane Green shopping mall on “the hill”). Gus & Us used to be the Opa restaurant years ago, but has transformed into a great new eatery. Gus & Us offers a full menu including Greek favorites, daily specials, Italian & Barbeque dishes, sandwiches & wraps, salads & soups, burgers and Coney’s, appetizers, broasted chicken and pork chops, and breakfast. Whatever you are in the mood for, Gus & Us has it. Josh and I happened to stop in 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

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My Pick

Country Omelette: Three eggs with onions, green pepper, sausage and hash browns inside, smothered with sausage gravy. Tip: Order the hash browns extra crispy. Ordering the hash browns well done ensures that you still get a crunch after the sausage gravy saturates the omelette. The Country Omelette is one of my favorites. There’s something about the “surprise” of all the goodies that are stuffed inside. The sausage gravy is rich, salty, and velvety. Delicious!

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Josh’s Pick

George’s Special Skillet: Served with two eggs (over medium), hash browns, green pepper, onions, topped with Cheddar cheese, and bacon. I don’t know who George is, but he has a pretty tasty skillet. I highly recommend any one of the three skillets from Gus & Us. This skillet has everything you could want all in one. When you break the yolk from the eggs, it drips down on top of the crispy hash browns, veggies, and bacon and acts as a sauce. The bacon was crispy, sweet and salty and the cheese covered every little bit of the skillet ingredients. On point!

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Service was really good and our server was really nice and did a good job at recommending the skillet. The menu is reasonably priced for the portion and quality of food you get. The dining room was clean, updated, and full of people. It’s always a good sign when a place has a lot of customers. Gus & Us is doing something right and it’s comforting and refreshing when the servers know the “regulars.” They serve breakfast all day and their menu is pretty impressive for a smaller Greek restaurant. You can really taste the love and passion put into their food with each bite. Skip your usual night out at (insert chain restaurant here) and try Gus & Us.

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Iheart Kolache

Today on the Bite Tonight: Iheart Kolache Coffee-Bakery

Last week, my mom and I traveled to Texas to visit Jay. One of our first stops on my culinary journey was to experience a kolache. Kolaches first originated in the 1700’s in Czechoslovakia and were brought to Texas by immigrants who settled there. These delicious little pastries come in savory choices such as Philly Cheese steak or BBQ Beef, but also can be enjoyed with fruit fillings including blueberry, cheery, and apricot. Kolaches are also popular in Oklahoma and Montgomery, Minnesota, where they are rumored to be the kolache capital of the world. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of bites (unique-ness and menu)

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Kolache assortment (6 for around $12): Chicken enchilada, Ranchero, Sausage, Sausage croissant, sausage, egg, and cheese, (breakfast), and Bacon, egg, and cheese.

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Chicken Enchilada: Chicken breast, tomato sauce, cheese, and sour cream. I’ll start with the best part, the pastry! Warm, soft, with a slight chew and sweetness. The perfect dough to hug the delicious filling. Not to spicy, with tender chicken, and a perfect balance of cheese and tomato sauce.

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Sausage, egg, and cheese: Move over mcmuffin! All I can say is that this is perfect for breakfast on the go. All the great breakfast ingredients you want baked into a soft roll.

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The service was good in the nice, clean bakery. I love that you can get different types of kolaches. You can get a meal in one or simply a croissant wrapped around a European sausage (even better than the breakfast). The combination of the soft, warm, buttery roll and the filling is out of this world. If you get the chance to try one, do it and then order more to go!

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Kate’s Kitchen

Today on the Bite Tonight: Kate’s Kitchen

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Located in Flat Rock, MI on W Huron River Dr, is a local gem that has been a family owned favorite since the late 70’s. Famous for their homemade pies, Kate’s Kitchen is only opened for breakfast and lunch and serves up some mouth-watering country home cooking. Allison and I wanted to take our mother’s somewhere special for Mother’s Day last week and Kate’s Kitchen was perfect! See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (homemade biscuits and pies)

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Breakfast special: Two eggs over medium,  home style potatoes, and a thick piece of ham. First of all, the ham was the size of a small plate and it was absolutely amazing. Salty, with a hint of sweet, sightly browned, and just enough fat to add some moisture. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the potatoes were insane. I’m not sure if they were cooked in some delicious bacon fat or what, but they had the best flavor. Perfectly cooked with a nice outer crisp. Tip: get a double order!

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Ma and I had the intention of getting a slice of pie, but we were too full and didn’t have the means to take one to go. We had a mother/daughter movie date afterwards. I will say that in the hour and a half we were there, we watched the pies fly out the door.

There’s only about 20 tables in the whole place, but it’s well worth the wait.  There’s actually an up side to waiting because you know the food is going to be on point and delicious. Kate’s Kitchen is the kind of place that knows every customer and has an incredible family feel it. The food is great, the service is good, and the quality of the home cooking is really something to write home about (or blog)! I am not ashamed to say that this was my first experience at Kate’s Kitchen because the first time you eat here is so nostalgic and meaningful. It’s just one of those places you HAVE to try. I do wish I would’ve made the trip years ago, but better late than never, right? I will definitely be back soon for a slice of the pie!

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The Zenith

Today on the Bite Tonight: The Zenith

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Located in the Fisher Building on W Grand Blvd. is The Zenith, a funky, retro, and quirky gem that I just had the pleasure of experiencing. For Mother’s Day, I took my dearest friend, Amanda out to brunch. With a one of a kind Southern-Mexican inspired menu that’s full of flavor and color, the Zenith’s decor is equally as vibrant. With goodies like Red Velvet Waffles, Pistachio Crepes, and omelettes filled with everything from rice and beans to candied mango bacon, the Zenith is sure to attract a serious crowd. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Meximash: Scallion mashed potatoes topped with chorizo, two fried eggs, chipotle sour cream and black beans. The chorizo was salty and slightly spicy and mashed potatoes still had some texture. The chipotle sour cream was seriously spicy and had such a good flavor. The eggs were a little undercooked for my liking, but when the yolk broke it really pulled everything together. 

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Candied Mango Bacon and a side of Jalapeno Hollandaise: The bacon was the perfect marriage of sweet and salty, without being too overwhelming. The sugar from the mango really caramelized the bacon. When i saw the jalapeno hollandaise on the menu, I just had to try it so I ordered a side. The Jalapeno was subtle, but just enough to kiss you with spice. Thumbs up!

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The Zenith is just one of those places you have to try. With faux snake-skin covering the benches and a style that makes you think “upscale vintage garage sale,” it’s really quite the adventure. The dining room is filled with interesting pieces that can only be described as art. The service was good and the menu is one of the most unusual and creative I have come across. Whether it’s a theater performance or just a hungry tummy that brings you to the Zenith, I promise that it won’t be your last visit. You just don’t come across places like this everyday. Check em out!

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