diners

Steuben’s

Ah! It seems that I have been taking some well needed R & R that could be related to a turkey coma or perhaps some intense Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. Well, I am back and ready to continue on to the next feature on my Denver trip.

Today on the Bite Tonight: Steuben’s

Steuben’s opened in 2006 in Uptown Denver and has been making a huge impact on the Denver food scene ever since. Steuben’s gets it’s name from a Boston restaurant that the current owner’s uncles opened in the mid 40’s. The menu pays homage to American classics and pays respect to the restaurant’s history. Steuben’s has an upscale adult diner feel with a full bar, but still allows your inner child to come out and play with the Fried Apple Pie. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites (great vibe, but only one working bathroom stall)

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu items and concept)

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My pick

Chicken Pot Pie : A flaky puff pastry encompassing a filling consisting of tender veggies and chicken breast. At first, I thought this was a small serving for $14 (yes, I am a fat kid at heart). About halfway through, I realized I was getting full and ended up with leftovers. The veggies were fresh and the chicken was tender. My favorite thing was the pastry. It was flaky and slightly browned. My only issue is that this pot pie remained scalding hot the whole time we were there. I even burned myself because I couldn’t wait for it to cool down.

chicken pot pie

Amanda’s pick

Tri-Tip Steak: Served with roasted root veggies, mashed potatoes, and chimmichurri butter. The chimmichurri butter was a great addition to the steak. I would’ve liked more chimmichurri though, but still good. The steak was tender and flavorful. Not too salty, but not bland either. The veggies were sweet and savory. 

steubens steak

Despite having to wait about 45 min on a Friday (typical), the dinner was delicious! Service was good and there was a ton of character inside the place. It was nicely decorated, but still included diner decor. I was also really digging the music (alternative/rock) which always puts me in a good mood. Steuben’s has won an array of awards for being awesome and it’s no surprise. With famous desserts, homemade eats, brunch specials, Happy Hour, and events, Steuben’s has become a “must eat” when visiting the Denver area. Steuben’s Lobster Roll was a guest on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. They deliver and even have a food truck and do event catering. How cool would it be to enjoy a Steuben’s Monte Cristo sandwich at a wedding reception? OK, maybe they wouldn’t have sandwiches at a wedding, but you get the point!

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Kate’s Kitchen

Today on the Bite Tonight: Kate’s Kitchen

kates kitchen outside

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!

kates breakfast

kates ham

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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TV’s Deli and Diner

Located on Fort St. off West Rd, in Trenton, MI is a cute little diner serving up some serious home cooking. TV’s Deli and Diner got it’s name from the initials of it’s owners, Tracey and Victor, who’s love for scratch cooking led them to open up the place in 1995.

When I first walked in the diner, which has an old school 50’s diner type feel, I was blown away by the menu which is nothing typical of your standard diner food. From home cooked soups including Lobster Bisque, decadent breakfast classics with a twist like Creme Brulee Waffles and comforting entrees like the Chicken and Bacon Mac and Blue Cheese, TV’s is dishing up something for everyone. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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I just want to give a shout out to my friend Nastassia who has been raving about TV’s for a while and telling me to try it. So finally, myself and another friend of mine, Mandy, stopped in last weekend around 1 pm for lunch. Although there was a short wait, it was well worth every minute we spent drooling over the yummy plates as we watched them be delivered to the diners.

My Pick:

Traditional Eggs Benedict: Hot toasted English muffins, thick sliced hickory smoked ham and poached eggs topped with a heavenly drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Now, at first I was hesitant, only because I’m not a huge eggs benedict type of girl, but this totally changed my mind. It was everything I could dream of. The salty and sweet ham with the rich, creamy hollandaise sauce, and the perfectly poached egg was so delicious. The side of red skin home fries was nice, crispy, and comforting. I liked how they were generous with the ham. It was seriously one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had and surprisingly, I didn’t feel heavy afterwards.

eggs benedict

Mandy’s Pick:

Breakfast Burrito: Sausage, onions, green peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Scrambled with 3 eggs and rolled in lawash bread with fresh salsa on the side. Served with redskin home fries or cheesy fried grits. Now, I know what you’re thinking, that this looks like any old burrito. Well, it isn’t because you could really taste the freshness and quality of the ingredients, and the huge portion was well worth the money. The fresh, homemade salsa was also delicious and added a nice brightness to the burrito. 

breakfast burrito

When I was there, something magical happened and It was like I was a kid again at my favorite restaurant, only I was sipping a Mimosa and enjoying Eggs Benedict with a thick cut of delicious Dearborn Ham. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 and eating Green, Eggs, and Ham or 42 and indulging in a Chipotle Burger topped with French fried onions and a slice of homemade pie. TV’s gives your diner classics an adult, grown up feel, by offering alcoholic drinks which are equally as delectable as their dishes. I love that TV’s is a neighborhood place and if you haven’t experienced them (because yes, it is an experience), get your butt down there!

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