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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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Bucharest Grill

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Located inside Park Bar Behind the Fox Theater lies a small little counter cranking out some of the best shawarma’s in the area. Normally I order to go, but this trip, Tiffany and I grabbed a seat. With a menu consisting of Middle Eastern favorites, burgers, gourmet dogs, and sides, Bucharest Grill is the hot spot after any concert, Tiger’s game, or night on the town. We stopped in for lunch and it was pretty busy.

How they measured up: 

Atmosphere: 3 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: 2 out of 5 bites

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Chicken Shawarma: Grilled marinated chicken, tomato, lettuce, pickles, garlic, and spices wrapped in a pita. First, the shawarma is huge and all for $4.50 plus tax. Second, the chicken is perfectly seasoned, grilled, and still juicy. So moist that the juices will drip from the sandwich and onto my hand.  It’s a beautiful thing. This time, the pita was a little wet from it’s contents but when you eat it as fast as I did, it doesn’t matter. Next, the pickles! Skinny, slightly sour, but still crunchy. I don’t know what it is about these pickles, but they are my favorite. Lastly, the garlic sauce can be a little overwhelming so I often get mine on the side.

Tip: Beware because they charge you $0.25 cents to get your sauce on the side. This boggled my mind, because actually getting it on the side is a smaller amount than what they slop on the wrap. I brought this to the attention of the woman who took my order and she only said they charge to get it on the side versus on the shawarma. Isn’t that backwards?

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“New” Cheese Pie Turnover: Crispy pastry crust loaded with feta, asiago, and muenster cheeses. I was disappointed when this was brought to our table and I’ll tell you why. By the description I expected a pastry crust similar to phyllo dough. What I got was basically pita bread or a tortilla. It tasted delicious, but it was more like what I would expect a quesadilla to taste like. And it even came with a side of sour cream just like a quesadilla!! On the other hand, muenster and feta make everything betta so it turned out to be good.

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If you haven’t been to Bucharest Grill, you are missing out. The shawarmas are seriously the best around. They’re so good that I have even stopped in on my way home from a long night. I’m not normally a person who eats alone, so this is kind of a big deal. Bucharest Grill is opening a new location in Corktown so stay tuned. They also cater and deliver for your every need.

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