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Downtown Detroit: Townhouse

The Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit is full of fresh, bright flavors. This roll combines Granny Smith apple, salsa verde sauce, and cilantro. Find the full post on www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Townhouse’s Detroit location lies on Woodward Ave in the heart of Downtown, across from Campus Martius. Townhouse offers a massive Whiskey and Bourbon menu as well as an array of different small plates that are reasonably priced. I recommend dining in the “glass house” because the natural light will pour through and illuminate your experience. If you want drinks, grab a seat at the bar. The menu is all over the place and there is no theme, but I like this. You can find pizza, salads, burgers, sushi, and also some unique dishes such as Elk Tenderloin, Braised Short Ribs, and Butternut Squash Pizza.

Sweet Corn Chowder: House Chorizo, Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas), Cilantro, Lime. The chorizo had a subtle spicy flavor without being greasy or heavy. The chowder had a smooth, silky texture which complimented the crunchy pepitas nicely.

This Sweet Corn Chowder topped with chorizo and pumpkin seeds from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit was a good way to start our meal. This chowder combines spicy, creamy, and nutty flavors without being super heavy. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Brussel Sprouts: Balsamic Brown Butter, Parmesan, Pistachio. Since I love pistachios, I couldn’t pass up this dish. I liked that the Brussel Sprouts were tender on the inside, yet crispy and caramelized on the outside, but they were a little overcooked for my liking. The Parmesan adds a nice salty flavor which paired well with the balsamic.

The Brussel Sprouts from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit are topped with toasted pistachios and salty Parmesan cheese. The combination of balsamic and crispy Brussel Sprouts is delicious. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll: Crab, Granny Smith Apple, Japanese Salsa Verde, Cilantro Crystals. If you know me, you know that I love verde sauce. So much, in fact, that I often request it at my late night Taco Bell visits even though I know they don’t carry it. Ridiculous, I know, but I just have hope that one time I will ask and they will have a different answer.

Fun Fact: Verde sauce is a regional TB menu item. You can imagine how excited I was when I was in Arizona a couple months ago and was rewarded verde sauce. I asked for my favorite condiment as I usually do ready to be disappointed yet again, only to be told that not only did this Taco Bell have it, but they actually make it fresh. Score!

Anyways, back to this sushi roll. This verde sauce was on point. Fresh, slightly acidic and tart, adding a nice brightness to the crunchy tempura. The Granny Smith apple was a nice addition and added a sweet texture. I didn’t taste the crystalized cilantro, but since it can be overpowering, this was a good thing.

The Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit is the perfect choice if you want something refreshing. The bright, fresh, verde sauce and cilantro really wake up your taste buds. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Chicken Meatballs: Tomato Sugo, Parmigiano Reggiano, Basil. I liked that these meatballs were a change from the usual beef meatball. They were light and I didn’t feel bad eating them. The sauce was decent, slightly sweet, with a hint of heat. I also appreciated that there was enough sauce for each bite of meatball. The meatball itself could’ve used more seasoning.

The Chicken Meatballs from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit are packed full of flavor. The sugo sauce is your classic Italian red sauce with a sweet and robust tomato flavor. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Service was good and the restaurant gave off good vibes. Townhouse offers Happy Hour and daily dinner specials. I didn’t save room for dessert, but I had my eye on the Hot Chocolate Creme Brûlée and the Fried Bread Pudding. I will definitely be back to taste dessert and eat my way through the sushi menu.

Shout out to Chris for a fun night! Thanks for sharing with me.

Townhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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!
Bierkeller Tavern & Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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!!!

Moo Cluck Moo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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!

Camino Real Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Maple Leaf Diner

Next Dallas feature is the Maple Leaf Diner. Don’t let this diner, which is located in a strip mall, deceive you. They are what I would describe as a hipster diner and are whipping up some delicious and over the top dishes. Maple Leaf Diner is making their food from scratch and bringing a taste of Canada to the big D. 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 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Really quirky décor-coffee cups hanging from the ceiling

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Ma and I split the diner omelet (create your own) with spinach, feta, and sausage served with home fries and homemade blueberry preserves. Fresh ingredients and huge portions. The home fries were delicious! The blueberry preserves were some of the best I’ve had and tasted delicious on the thick pillowy toast.

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Pot Roast Poutine: Fresh cut fries, pot roast, cheese curds  and brown gravy . Pretty decent poutine for a “diner” in Texas (tee hee). An appetizer that eats like a meal. The pot roast was thick and meaty and the cheese curds light and creamy. The whole dish had a nice balance of salty and savory.

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Chicken, Bacon, & Waffles: Fried chicken breast and crispy bacon served on stacked Belgium waffles, topped with fresh strawberries and cream puffs . Talk about over the top! This is the perfect breakfast for your inner child. It’s adult enough to qualify as breakfast, but sweet enough to spoil any appetite for the rest of the day. It’s a delicious tower of yum! The cream puffs were delicious! Ice cream inside a flaky pastry? Whaaat?! The chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The fresh strawberries cut through the salty bacon.

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Maple Leaf Diner has the classics, but they take these favorites and give them a makeover. Such as the Magic Mike Burger and the Lox Benedict & Latkes. Be sure to check out their dairy bar and fresh, homemade desserts. The best part is that they serve beer/wine and you can get a “boozy” adult shake while enjoying a solid meal.
Maple Leaf DIner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

I’m switching it back to Dallas for a few posts. The next feature on the Bite Tonight is Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Normally I stick to restaurants, but this storefront is a perfect write up. And too good not to share.

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Located in Dallas’s Bishop Arts District is a cute little chocolate shop, Dude, Sweet Chocolate. I can only describe this nostalgic spot as a chocolate lab concocting some of the most creative, yet bizarre flavor combinations. Think blue cheese and sea salt fudge and a dark chocolate, sesame, and balsamic bar. Check it.

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When you walk in, you are surrounded by shelves and stands that house chocolate bars, barks, potions, spreads, truffles, toffees, olive oil, anything you can think of really. Some products come in liquid or powder form, others in a spreadable tub. It was like I was a kid in a much more mature, sophisticated, and healthier candy store.

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I wanted everything, but settled for the log of chocolate “salami.” After sampling pieces of this chocolate, I fell in love with the fig chunks.

FDA Chocolate Vegetarian Salami: made with meedjoul dates, figs, cocoa nibs, and marzipan. The chocolate was soft and sweet, and the marzipan added a subtle creamy, nutty flavor. The dates and figs also added texture and a fresh taste that brightened up the chocolate.

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The best part was that all the ingredients were natural so although I was indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, I didn’t feel bad about doing it. Dude, Sweet, Chocolate is perfect for any chocolate lover or even if you want to try something new. It was a delicious and mind opening experience as I had no idea that chocolate was so versatile. If you come across Dude, Sweet Chocolate, you have to stop in. Try the chocolate tea or chocolate infused olive oil.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Savannah’s

The last time my brother, Jason was in town, we decided to have dinner at Savannah’s. Located on W. Jefferson in Trenton, MI, Savannah’s is a fine dining restaurant with a Southern charm. The building  is gorgeous-an old Victorian style house with a beautiful big porch that just invites you in. Savannah’s offers seafood, pasta, steaks and chops, a full bar, dinner specials, and more. Next time, I am definitely trying the Gator Bites and Prime Rib (offered on the weekend, while supplies last). See how they ranked!

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 5 out of 5 bites (1st perfect score)!

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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My mom started off with a Bloody Mary: Perfect balance of tomato and spice with a hint of sweet. I love that it was served with huge olives,  a pickle spear, and a delicious flavored salt rim.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup: Golden chicken stock, root vegetable, topped with puff pastry. The puff pastry topping was flaky and buttery. The soup was creamy, rich, and warmed your whole body. It was delicious!

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French Onion Soup: Rich beef stock, caramelized onion, fresh herbs, topped with provolone cheese. One of the best French onion soup’s I’ve had. The broth was rich with a nice onion flavor without being too salty. The croutons still had some texture and weren’t super soggy. A nice slice of provolone cheese topped off this decadent soup.

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Bourbon Beef Tips: Seared beef tenderloin, mushrooms, bourbon glaze, parmesan crostini. The beef was tender and moist. The crostini was slightly toasted and topped with nutty Parmesan cheese. The bourbon glaze was sweet with a rich, thick, smooth finish. I definitely recommend this appetizer!

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Spinach Dip: Whipped cheese, fresh spinach, artichokes, garlic, grilled pita. The spinach dip was definitely homemade with a whipped, thick texture. I really liked the huge pieces of artichoke and garlic. The grilled pita was dusted with parmesan cheese and acted as a substantial tool for dipping.

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My Pick

Whiskey Cherry Chicken: Sautéed chicken medallions, tart dried cherries, Kentucky whiskey, garlic cream. Yum! The combo of the tart and sweet from the cherry and smokiness from the whiskey went well together. The garlic cream sauce was light and added a nice creaminess to the dish. The side was a potato gratin which was delicious! It was slightly salty with a velvety sauce that made these potatoes unbelievably moist and creamy.

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Mom’s Pick

Chicken Savannah: Chicken breast medallions, spiced bread crumbs, fried golden, southern style bacon, onion cream reduction. Just when I thought my dish was the best, this one took the cake. The breaded chicken breast was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. The onion cream reduction was delicious. The bacon added a little something extra to take this dish over the top.

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Jason’s Pick

Cajun Citrus Salmon: Fresh Atlantic salmon, Cajun brown sugar rub, tangy citrus reduction. The salmon was cooked perfectly with a nice sweet and spicy flavor. The citrus reduction added a nice touch to balance out the sweet and spicy. Really fresh! The baked sweet potato was super soft that they could be mistaken for mashed potatoes. Delicious!

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Not only was the food spectacular, but the service was amazing. Our server took the time to explain all the specials and didn’t seem rushed. It’s hard to find good service these days. I’ve had good service, but I mean good service where the server actually appears to be enjoying waiting on you. It didn’t seemed forced and the server seemed natural. Our server even gave us two desserts when we only ordered one and an appetizer “punch card” good for one free appetizer in just two more visits. The dining room was super cute with a fireplace and ornate and elaborate accents and decorations. The prices were a little higher than average ($20 per dish) but we didn’t mind paying considering the pleasant experience and portion size. I fell in love with Savannah’s and it is my new “go to” spot. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Savannah’s, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

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Savannah's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato