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Cornwall Bakery

Today on the Bite Tonight: Cornwall Bakery Located on Kercheval Rd. in Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Cornwall Bakery offers all natural, fresh pastries, Artisan breads, cakes and tortes. You can also find gorgeous European style desserts, wedding cakes, homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. In order to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, the office treated us to delicious corned beef sandwiches from Cornwall Bakery. See how they ranked. Corned Beef Sandwich: Thinly sliced corned beef piled between two slices of freshly baked Rye bread topped with sauerkraut and brown mustard. First off, you could really tell the bread was fresh. It was that perfect marriage of a chewy outer crust and a soft inside. The corned beef was tender and delicious. The sauerkraut and mustard topped off this solid sandwich. My only complaint was that there wasn’t more! Cornwall Bakery

Since this sandwich was delicious, I know everything else at Cornwall Bakery must be. Stop by and see for yourself! I can’t wait to try the rest of the menu. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday! And I hope everyone gorged themselves with corned beef and cabbage! Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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The Electric Cheetah

Today on the Bite Tonight: The Electric Cheetah.

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Located on the east side of Grand Rapids on Wealthy St. is the creative and eco-friendly Electric Cheetah. With a quirky, hipster menu using fresh, local ingredients every chance they get, the Electric Cheetah is pretty popular. They are whipping up some pretty unique mac and cheese. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 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

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One of the cool things I liked what that aside from local tap beers, they offer a full list of unique root beer choices.

My first selection: Ginger Beer. Whoa! Super strong ginger taste that burned my throat. Our server told us that was the common reaction, so I picked another option.

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Root Beer: I asked for a creamy root beer and this is what I got. Nice and smooth and creamy. Delicious.

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Josh went with a Butterscotch root beer: Slightly sweet root beer. Rich and smooth.

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Westside Mac & Cheese: Our house-seven cheese-blend, smoked kielbasa, green onions, beer cheese and crispy haystack onions. The mac and cheese was creamy and the crispy onions were a hit! I was disappointed on the small portion size for the price of $13.

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Reuben Gonzalez: House-roasted corned beef brisket, caramelized red onions, spicy red cabbage dill slaw, 1000 island and Swiss on a grilled pumpernickel monkey served with kettle chips. The corned beef was fresh and delicious. The spicy slaw was outstanding. My only complain was that I would’ve asked for less dressing because the sammy was saturated and super messy.

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If you’re looking for a fresh, healthy break from brewery food, travel East to the Electric Cheetah. And if you’re not, go there anyways because they have something for everyone! Just beware of the pricey mac and cheese. Shouldn’t local be affordable?

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Sweetwater Tavern

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sweetwater Tavern

Located in Detroit across from St. Andrew’s Hall is Sweetwater Tavern. This tavern has a reputation for serving real deal grub for the past 30 years. Amanda took me here for the famous wings. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 2.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Sweetwater Wings: Marinated in a house specialty for 24 hours, dredged in spices and fried. Now, I prefer boneless wings because you can pop them right in your mouth, but there’s something about a juicy traditional wing that’s done right that I can’t ignore. These were spicy, savory, and full of delicious heated flavor. No wonder they were voted best wings in Detroit by the Detroit Free Press.

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Potato Skins: Three potato boats, packed with bacon, cheddar and jack cheese. Cheesy, bacon-y, and tender. I hate when a potato skin is too dry. These were the total opposite, being a little on the greasy side, but what’s a potato skin without a little grease?

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Corned Beef and Swiss: Half pound of lean house-made corned beef, sliced thin, piled high, on an onion roll. The corned beef was thin, tender, and had a nice marbling of fat. It was served with creamy coleslaw. In my opinion, the sandwich and tablespoon of coleslaw wasn’t worth $9.

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Service started out good, but started to lack on drink refills. I always hate saying service was poor due to drink refills, but isn’t being attentive to needs the job of a server? The atmosphere was very neighborhood tavern-esque with a comfortable, friendly, atmosphere. Halfway through our meal, loud rap music started to play. I like rap, but its hard to enjoy dinner and converse with company when there’s noisy music pouring through the speakers. Otherwise,  Sweetwater Tavern has a great local vibe and if you haven’t paid them a visit, do it.

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Bill's Ham Place

My brother was in town for a couple days so we decided to get breakfast. We wanted something quick so we stopped in to this local dive breakfast/coney place in Lincoln Park. I remember stopping in to Bill’s Ham Place located on Southfield Rd, growing up and always liked it. Check out how this trip turned out.

Service: 4 out of 5 stars

Quality/Taste: 2 stars

Atmosphere: 4 stars (Friendly & authentic coney feel)

Price: 3 stars

Wow factor: 2

Western Omelette: Huge helping of eggs, ham, green pepper, onion, and cheese. This was enough for two and everything you would expect from a coney breakfast. Pretty spot on.

Tip: Order the hash browns well done.

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I went with the Corned Beef Sandwich: Thinly sliced corned beef on an onion roll. I added a slice of Swiss cheese. It was good, but unlike the omelette, the portion was lousy. I decided to order it because it was marked “Famous” on the menu. More like disappointing. It still tasted good, but I scarfed it in seconds. For around $7, it was not worth it (the cheese was an extra 80 cents).

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Check out what Ma made for breakfast a couple days later. Best of both worlds:

Corned Beef Hash with a fried egg: A great idea for leftover corned beef and it’s way better than the stuff out of the can. Brown potatoes and saute with onions and corned beef and top with a fried egg. When you break the yolk it creates a delicious, rich sauce that melts all over the potatoes.

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OK, back to Bill’s. The waitress was friendly and made conversation the whole time in between greeting and waiting on her other tables. Bill’s Ham Place is a great breakfast and coney spot, but if you’re looking for a huge, stacked deli sandwich that they are “famous” for, try Hops & Barley or Wheat & Rye.

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Foran's Grand Trunk

Holly was in town so Janet and I met her @ Grand Trunk on Woodward in Detroit. The food is always amazing and this time was no different. The thing that I liked best about this visit was all the local ingredients. I just can’t get enough of this place.

Deep Fried Green Beans: served with house made Calder’s buttermilk ranch. The green beans were vibrant green, crunchy, and fresh. It tasted like they were fresh out of the garden. Well done!

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Breaded Mushrooms: The Calder’s buttermilk ranch was thick, rich and complimented the hot out of the fryer battered mushrooms. The breading was the perfect combo of light and crispy.

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The Majestic: Featured from Eph’s Deli: Wigley’s corned beef, turkey breast, cheddar, 1000 Russians, Avalon 313 Onion-Poppyseed Roll served with Better Made Chips. The corned beef was slightly salty, yet sliced paper thin. The dressing wasn’t overwhelming and was light and tangy. Here comes the star of the show: the roll was amazing! Fresh from Avalon Internatioonal Breads, the onion-poppyseed combo was subtle, and the roll was light, buttery, and sweet. It was the best roll I’ve ever had.

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The food was delicious and I was so full after. It was good catching up, thanks girls!

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