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Camino Real

Located on Eureka Rd in Wyandotte, MI is Camino Real. This spot is actually where Ponderosa used to be and opened it’s doors about a year ago. Camino Real uses quality meats and produce and serves authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer food and drink specials. live music, and events. I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for a while and it seemed perfect to meet Janet here for dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4  out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 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:

There Flour Taco dinner: Al Pastor (marinated pork), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese served with rice and beans. The meats all had great flavor and were moist. I think my favorite was the al pastor. Slightly sweet and salty pork never disappoints. The rice was perfectly cooked and the beans were delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was that by the time I made it to my third taco, the tortilla was very soggy from all the juice.

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Janet’s Pick

Three Corn Taco dinner: Chorizo (Mexican Sausage), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with cilantro and served with rice and beans. Janet’s taco dinner was a little more authentic than mine and verydelicious. The cilantro was fresh and brightened up the tacos. The chorizo was spicy without being super greasy.

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If you haven’t visited Camino Real yet, get in there. The portion sizes are generous (our tacos were filled to the brim with meat) and service was good. I do want to go back on a weekend when the live music plays.

Janet, let me know when you want to go back!

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Mercury Burger & Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Mercury Burger & Bar

Residing in Corktown, Detroit, on Michigan Ave, Mercury Burger & Bar is one of those places that you must visit. A neighbor of Slow’s BBQ and Mudgie’s Deli, Mercury Burger & Bar is adding it’s own flare to burgers. They have amped up some favorites by putting their own spin on fresh ingredients. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, shakes, and hand cut fries. What goes best with a burger? Yep, you guessed it, beer! It is a bar after all, so Mercury offers a full bar including beer and liquor. 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: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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My pick

Southwest Detroit: Burger topped with a chorizo slider, jalapeños, münster cheese, tortilla strips, avocado, and zanahorias (pickled spiced carrots). I also added green olives and Southwest ranch. Mercury does not skimp on the toppings, that’s for sure. I think they went a little crazy with the tortilla strips. I had to knock a handful off the burger just to taste the other toppings. I’d rather have more than not enough and they added a pleasant crunch with each bite. The Meunster cheese caught my eye and added a nice mellowness to the spicy, salty burger. The pickled spice carrots were subtle, but the vinegar was just enough to waken up my taste buds. The chorizo slider was smaller than I expected which was a good thing. It was juicy, spicy, and paired well with creamy avocado. 20150830_175634

Josh’s Pick.

Bacon Cheddar Burger: With a fried egg, crispy onion straws, and Dreamland BBQ sauce. Messy, but tasty! The yolk from the egg acted as a rich, silky sauce and went well with the tangy, sweet, BBQ sauce. The crispy onion straws were not your usual wimpy thin straws, these were thick onion rings! Deliciously fried goodness.

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Strawberry Milkshake: Sweet, creamy, with chunks of strawberry. Delicious, without that artificial strawberry taste.

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Service was good and the staff did a good job at recommending items off the menu. I really liked that the menu wasn’t too large. There’s nothing more difficult than being faced with a bunch of choices when you’re as indecisive as me. I’m expected to only pick one or two things? C’mon! Mercury Burger & Bar offers a handful of items and they really put all their energy into doing those items right. There are pieces of Detroit incorporated into the item names (Eastern Market & Flint) and Mercury serves tater tots and poutine! Next time, I am ordering the Faygo Orange Creamsicle Milkshake. If you haven’t been, you have to check em out.

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La Feria Spanish Tapas

Today on the Bite Tonight: La Feria

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Located on Cass Ave, in Midtown Detroit, La Feria was born in 2012 when three friends decided to bring their joyous experience of the Seville Fair (a week long celebration in Spain) to Detroit. They submitted their idea to the Hatch Detroit contest and won $50,000 to start their business. La Feria Spanish Tapas soon became one of the few restaurants of it’s kind in the area. Popular for serving small plates perfect for sampling and sharing, La Feria, offers authentic dishes. My former co-worker, April and I stopped in for dinner and drinks. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 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 (creative style and seasonal menu)

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Our server recommended the Sangria. We didn’t want to be rude, so we tried it.

Sweet, fresh, fruity, with a bold red wine flavor. This Sangria was dangerous because it was so tasty. April and I could’ve easily finished another pitcher. One of the best Sangria’s I have ever had. I really appreciated the fresh fruit.

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Tostada De Almogrote: Cured Goat & Sheep Cheese Spread. Baguette. The baguette was grilled and toasty, but still had a chew. The cheese was creamy and nutty. Perfect starter!

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Patatas Bravas: Fried Potato. Spicy Tomato Salsa. Aioli. One of my favorites! The potatoes were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tomato salsa had the consistency of a marinara sauce and had a nice flavor with a hint of spice. We should’ve ordered two!

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Tocino Relleno De Datil: Bacon Wrapped Dates. Stuffed with Almond. The best! I want to recreate these at my next gathering, but I afraid I won’t do them justice. The bacon was that perfect balance of chewy and crispy and added a nice saltiness to the sweet date. The texture of the almond was delicious. You must try this!

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Chorizo: Grilled Pork-Spanish Paprika-Wine Sausage. The sausage had a good flavor, but was just a little too charred for our taste. When we asked the server about it, she said it was intended to be charred, but it was dry and not appealing. So we asked for something else.

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Our server brought us the Chicken Skewers instead of the sausage. They were grilled with nice grilled marks and still moist. Not spicy, but flavorful.

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Service was good and we really enjoyed the tapas selections. Our server was really knowledgeable and made recommendations based on what our likes were. It was nice sharing and trying different things. Everything we tried was really delicious and fresh (aside from the sausage). You can really taste the passion and love the chef and owners put into every recipe. La Feria offers plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items so there’s something for everyone. La Feria is really cute inside with exposed brick,  paintings, and vibrant red walls that displays Spain’s culture. I can’t wait to enjoy Sangria and small bites as soon as it’s patio season!

To our next date, April!

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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

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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