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Bierkeller Tavern

For lunch, Lauren and I decided to try out Bierkeller in Taylor, MI. I will admit that I heard both good and bad so I was nervous to try this spot out. Located on Goddard, Bierkeller brings a taste of Germany to Downriver. With a creative menu, over 30 beers on tap, live music, and food and drink specials, Bierkeller has quickly become part of the neighborhood. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (creative menu, German theme)

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Of course, I had to start out with a mead.

B. Nektar Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser: Refreshing, light, with a slight sweetness. I first had my first taste of mead about 3 years ago and fell in love. It’s so yummy!

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My pick

German Taco’s: Three flour tortilla’s stuffed with shredded corned beef, red cabbage, and haus sauce served with your choice of side. Delish! The haus sauce was some sort of horseradish aioli concoction and it was very good. It added just enough zip to balance the salty corned beef. The cabbage added a nice crunch. My only disappointment was that the cabbage was seriously juicy and caused the tortilla to get soggy. I also never received my choice of side with this entrée.

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Kellercakes:  Crispy potato pancakes stuffed with bacon and sharp Cheddar cheese. Topped with green onions and served with a side of sour cream and wasabi ranch.  Of course a Polish girl cannot pass up potato pancakes. These were crispy, salty, and cheesy. The wasabi ranch added just enough creamy, cool, spice to send my taste buds into overdrive.

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Lauren’s pick

Bierkeller Burger: Beef patty topped with carved ham, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, spicy brown mustard, served on a pretzel bun. Fat & juicy! The combo of beef and ham never disappoints. The subtle Swiss paired with the sweet onions and spicy, tangy mustard. The fries were cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Service was OK and the food was pretty tasty. I do give Bierkeller credit for the unique and creative menu. The German theme brings something different to the area. I liked that the seating is family style with long wooden tables and benches. Stop in for some sauerkraut balls and get a growler of your favorite beer to go.

Lauren, I cannot wait for our AZ adventure!
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Moo Cluck Moo

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I have to give all the credit to April for finding this gem. Moo Cluck Moo, located in Dearborn Heights, offers all natural, no preservatives, no gluten, or additives “fast food.” With a plethora of burgers, fried chicken, shakes, sides, and hot dogs, Moo Cluck Moo is doing things different. Who knew that we can still eat fast food and be healthier? See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites (creative theme and menu)

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My Pick:

The Baa Burger: Ground lamb topped with feta, sliced onions, and homemade cumin aioli (also pictured above) . I added a side of garlic fries (tossed in homemade garlic oil) which were crispy and flavorful. The only thing I didn’t like is that they seemed to soak up the garlic oil.  The lamb was so flavorful, juicy, and lean. Moo Cluck Moo offers the option of getting your bun fried, so naturally that’s what I did. It gave the bun a nice crispiness and prevented it from getting soggy from the juicy burger. You can never go wrong with feta and onions on a burger and they paired well with the lamb. I added pickles for an added sour crunch. It was messy, but a burger isn’t a burger unless you have lamb juice dripping down your hand. I highly recommend this burger!

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I couldn’t leave without also ordering Cluck Bites.

I went with the Garlic Cluck Bites: Fried chicken bites tossed in garlic oil with ranch . Crispy on the outside and juicy, tender, white meat chicken on the inside. The chicken didn’t seem to soak up the garlic oil like the fries did. Very good!

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Notorious Cluck: Deep fried and sprinkled with spicy seasoning and topped with picnic slaw. The fried chicken was awesome! Lightly battered, tender, juicy, and delicious. The slaw added a nice crunch and creaminess. This sandwich is where it’s at and I will be getting it on my next visit.

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With an order of Romano Parsley Fries: Tossed in garlic oil and sprinkled with romano cheese and parsley. The fries were yummy, not oily. The romano added a nice saltiness and the parsley brightened up the fries.

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This place is small inside, but offers a few tables if you wanted to dine in. We did dine and the service was great. Since it was our first time, we asked for recommendations on what to order. The staff was so helpful, friendly, and just all around awesome. Moo Cluck Moo offers vegetarian options as well as yummy shakes, and soda sweetened with real cane sugar. I love that they offer better quality food, but a decent price. Even though, I deep fried my bun, I felt a little better doing it. Plus the cow and chicken theme is creatively adorable.

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April, we are do for a dinner date!!!

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Rosie O’Grady’s

Today on the Bite Tonight: Rosie O’Grady’s

Moving into the neighborhood in the place Malarkey’s used to occupy, is Rosie O’Grady’s. I really like Rosie O’Grady’s Irish pub because everything is made from scratch and never frozen. Their menu consists of award winning burgers, pizza and pasta, sandwiches, amped up appetizers, and traditional dishes including Fish and Chips, Shepard’s Pie and Cajun Chicken and Biscuits. With three locations in Michigan, Rosie O’Grady’s is becoming more and more popular. When Michelle was in town, Nastassia, her mom, Jen, and myself all decided to check out the menu. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites (menu and decor)

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Since there was a special on select appetizers, we ordered a bunch to share.

Little League Chili: Texas style chili with black beans, shredded Cheddar, bacon, and sour cream. Hearty chili with a nice balance of spice. The sour cream added a creamy coolness and who doesn’t  love bacon? I don’t know why I never thought to add bacon to chili, but I will from now on.

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Fried Pickle Spears: Deep fried pickle with sriracha ranch. I prefer a fried pickle chip, but this spear was on point. The breading was nice and crispy and adhered to the pickle with each bite. (One of my biggest pet peeves with fried pickle spears is that the breading comes off when you first take a bite). I’m not sure how the sriracha ranch was because our fried pickles were served with original ranch. The ranch was pretty tasty.

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Jalapeno Cheese Balls: Breaded and deep fried, cream cheese, roasted jalapeños, ranch dressing. Perfectly golden brown. Delicious! Crunchy, spicy, creamy, fried goodness wrapped up in a bite size.

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Garlic Parm Fries: Your choice of regular or sweet potatoes tossed in garlic Parmesan, served with ranch dressing. We went with regular fries. The garlic Parm seasoning was pretty good and wasn’t overpowering. The fries were perfectly cooked. The only downfall was that we thought we were getting the full order when our server brought us a side order.

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Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza: Ranch sauce, shredded chicken mix, Monterrey jack, topped with bacon bits. The ranch sauce was a nice break from the traditional tomato sauce and went well with the chicken. The saltiness from the real bacon bits with the spicy zip from the Buffalo sauce was delicious. The flatbread was the perfect thin crust with a slight chew.

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Service could have been better, but the food was pretty good. The dining room is huge and the decor is very rustic with a fire place, brick walls, and even the random animal head on the wall. Rosie O’Grady’s offers something different for each day of the week: Trivia on Mondays, live music on Wednesdays, and even 20% off your bill on Saturdays if you work in the service industry. They also offer a Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6 P.M which includes 1/2 off appetizers and $1 off drinks. Rosie O’Grady’s is more than just an Irish pub, they really care about serving up home cooked meals. It’s a good place to go if you’re on your lunch break or if you want to celebrate a night out with friends. I will definitely be back to try the Cajun Chicken and Biscuits.

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B Boomers

Located on Southfield Rd. in Allen Park, MI, B Boomers is a local bar dishing out good food with big portions. Getting more bang for your buck is always a good feeling and a lot of spots aren’t as generous as they used to be. B Boomers offers a typical bar menu consisting of pizza, burgers sandwiches, soups and salads, and fried favorites. With flat screen T.V.’s, cold beers, and a full bar, B Boomers is the place to enjoy a nice dinner and watch your favorite game. Ma and I decided to grab a quick bite before heading to the Allen Park Street Fair a couple weeks ago. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bits

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 (good food and portion size)

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Reuben Sandwich: Thinly slice corned beef with sauerkraut on marble rye served with thousand island dressing and homemade chips. The corned beef was lean and juicy which made it tasty, but also made the bottom half of the bread soggy (I hate that). It’s sometimes the risk you take when enjoying a nice Reuben sandwich. The home made chips were really delicious and were served warm (so you know they were fresh).  The corned beef was stacked high and was enough for Ma and I to share. The sauerkraut added a nice bite to the salty corned beef. I really like how the sandwich was served on newspaper paper. It adds character and uniqueness.

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I sometimes forget about B Boomers since they are one of the last restaurants before you hit Southfield Freeway and because they re-opened under new ownership a little over a year ago. Since rediscovering it’s charm, I have a feeling that they are my new local favorite. My next visit will be to try the pizza (which I hear is amazing). B Boomers is a great place if you are looking for good food and service at a local price. Stop in for live music, events including fantasy football, trivia, and fundraisers, and great food and drink specials.

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Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill

The Bite Tonight’s next stop is to Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill located in Addison, TX.

With a classy, yet warm, atmosphere, Kenny’s is meant to have the feel of a 1940’s Chicago chophouse. The dining room is dimly lit adding a sexy, swanky style, but the overall vibe is very relaxed. Kenny’s menu consists of American classics with a funky upscale twist. Enjoy appetizers such as Mama Foo’s Chinese Meatballs and entrees like the U-10 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with avocado crema, chipotle cream, smoked jalapeno, and corn salsa. With Grey Goose on tap, what else could you ask for? See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites (service, delicious food, and overall experience)

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We started off the meal with the most amazing thing I have ever encountered…

The Popover: Flaky, buttery, and airy outside, with a doughy and soft inside. Words cannot describe what this tasted like. If you get the opportunity to try one, do it! It will change your life. Just look at this beauty!

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Grey Goose on tap: Served at an icy cold 28 degrees, there isn’t any other way to enjoy Grey Goose. The best past was that our server switched out my brother’s martini glass for a chilled one every few minutes.

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Tenderloin Crostini: Sliced filet, béarnaise, demi glace. The tenderloin was tender and cooked perfectly to a medium. The sauce was slightly salty and didn’t kill the texture of the crostini. I really enjoyed how the crostini held it’s crunch. Delicious!

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My choice

Chicken: Sun-dried tomato, basil pesto, artichoke, mushroom, walnuts, goat cheese. My taste buds were all over the place! The artichokes were slightly sour, but paired well with the creamy, tangy goat cheese, and nutty, warm walnuts. The chicken was delicate and juicy. The basil pesto and sun-dried tomato really brightened up the dish.

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Side: Bubbie’s Potato Cake: Cheddar, smoked bacon, lemon, dill sour cream. Crispy, smoky, and cheesy. The lemon, dill sour cream really cooled down this potato side.

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Jay’s choice

Beef Short Rib: Five hour braise, port demi, tobasco fried onions. The short ribs were so tender that as soon as the fork hit them, they just fell apart. The sauce was sweet and smoky, perfect for ribs. The fried onions were light, but still offered that delicious onion ring flavor that everyone loves.

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Ma’s choice

The special: Chicken Fried Steak: Topped with bacon and served with mashed potatoes and a creamy horseradish dipping sauce. The crispy breading was delicious, the tender, juicy steak was perfectly seasoned and melted in your mouth like butter. The bacon was salty, sweet, smoky and cooked perfectly to a crisp. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the horseradish cream sauce was the perfect compliment to the rich steak.

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Side: Jeff’s Really Good Creamed Corn: OMG! Creamy with a hint of heat. This was so delicious that we asked our server what the spice was and he gave us the recipe! Seriously?! What restaurant would just hand over their recipe? One that is super confident in the quality of their dishes.

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Key Lime Pie: We absolutely didn’t have room for dessert, but didn’t want to miss out. So we got a slice to go. Creamy and thick with a nice punch of real lime.

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Kenny’s is awesome because the owner has successfully opened three other restaurants as part of the group: Kenny’s Burger Joint (wood grilled burgers), Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, and Kenny’s Smoke House all in Texas. Between the four places, you are sure to find one that suits your taste buds. The service was amazing! It was just honest and effortless. We could tell that our server, Richard really enjoyed waiting on us. He went above and beyond, but it gave me the impression that this was just how things were done at Kenny’s. The fact that our service printed off the owner and chef’s creamed corn recipe and even gave us his personal email for questions really took customer service to a whole new level. The quality and taste of the food was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. That made this dinner the favorite of the trip. I really liked that Kenny’s has an upscale atmosphere without having super expensive or overwhelming prices. Every single restaurant can learn a lot from Kenny’s! Experience any one of their restaurants as soon as possible.

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Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: Hard Rock Cafe.

Located in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Monroe St in the Compuware World Headquarters building, is Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock opened in 2003 and has been a favorite for locals and travelers ever since. After work last week, Inda and I decided to grab dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites (a little pricey for bar food, but standard for Hard Rock Cafe)

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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I went with the Original Legendary Burger: Half pound Angus beef topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato. The burger itself had good flavor, but was a little over cooked for my liking. I really liked the crispy onion ring which added some sweetness and crunch. And who doesn’t love Cheddar and bacon? Pretty solid burger which was served with crispy, delicious fries and some sort of spicy mayo for dipping and spreading which was very tasty.

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Inda went with the Chicken Fajitas: served with pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas. Inda seemed to like it because she couldn’t put these down. Fresh veggies and grilled chicken served on screaming hot cast iron. Kudos for presentation.

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We went at about 6:15 on a weekday and there was no wait and service was decent. If you’re looking for some culture and a good meal, check out Hard Rock Cafe. They have an extensive menu including everything from burgers to steaks and salmon to twisted mac and cheese. Be sure to swing by the merch shop and pick up some memorabilia on your way out.

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Red Hawk

Today on the Bite Tonight: Red Hawk

Located on State St in Downtown Ann Arbor is old bookstore turned bar & grill, Red Hawk.  Josh and I decided to meet our friends Lauren and Steve for dinner. Red Hawk has been serving locally sourced, scratch cooking since 1992. With weekly specials, happy hour, and a menu consisting of pub favorites, wine, booze, and local brews, Red Hawk is a popular local spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 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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Lamb Burger:With roasted pepper-olive tapenade, grilled onions, feta cheese. The combo of the salty feta, sweet onions, and the bite of the roasted red pepper-olive tapenade (traditionally pureed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil) was delicious. The lamb burger was cooked medium and was full of flavor and juice.

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Burton Town Cheese Steak on grilled cibatta: grilled shaved house-roasted sirloin, peppers, onions, mozzarella.
****A portion of the sale is donated to the university musical society, which is awesome! *** The steak was seasoned well, but the peppers could’ve been a little more crunchy. There was a lot of cheese which made it delicious, but also made it messy.

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Hand Dipped Beer Battered Onion Rings: Super crunchy, salty, and delicious! The beer batter really makes for a great onion ring.

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Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich: Served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled on sourdough. The meatloaf was moist and had spices and seasonings that gave it tons of flavor. Very delicious, yet light!

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Smoked Salmon Burger: Served on a grilled bakery bun with tarragon-caper mayonnaise, crisp lettuce. Side of steak fries. The burger itself was dry due to not enough mayo. Our server was busy with other tables and Steve wasn’t able to get another side of mayo and just ate it anyways.

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For Ann Arbor, Red Hawk was decently priced and had good food. The service was OK, we didn’t have enough silverware so it was a pain having to wait until our server came back around to check on us. I really liked that the menu had a nice variety and there was gluten free and vegetarian options.

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