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Short Rib Hash at Wright & Co in Detroit, MI. Find the full post at www.thebite2night.com

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Central Kitchen + Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Central Kitchen + Bar

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One of the newest occupants to Downtown Detroit is Central Kitchen and they’re bringing all kinds of buzz to the food scene. With a menu featuring contemporary American cuisine emphasized by blending inventive flavor ideas with seasonal and local ingredients, Central Kitchen offers something for everyone. To ensure only the finest components go into each recipe, Central Kitchen incorporates local businesses including Avalon International Breads and Corridor Sausage Company as well as Zingerman’s Coffee. A couple of my work friends, Anna and Emma, and myself decided to experience what all the hype was about. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (unique twist on classic dishes and decor)

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Dark Horse Raspberry Ale: Light bodied, easy drinking ale.  Real raspberries late in fermentation are used, giving this beer a mild fruit flavor while keeping a very balanced malt profile. Perfect for Summer and refreshing. Nice if you want a fruity ale that’s not super sweet.

dark horse raspberry

Baby Kale Salad: Roasted red pepper, farro, gruyere cheese, Prosciutto, sweet Romano vinaigrette. Light, yet filling. The farro was new to me, but it was delicious. The saltiness from the cheese and Prosciutto was nice against the sweet and creamy vinaigrette. My new favorite salad! 

kale salad central kitchen

Fig Flatbread: Fig jam, crispy brussel sprouts, goat cheese, balsamic reduction. Really nice balance of sweet, crunchy, and creamy. I really liked the crispiness and slight bitterness of the brussel sprouts. The goat cheese was mild, but still had a slight tang that complimented the sweetness of the fig jam. The fig jam was almost sticky from the caramelization. My only complaint was that the flatbread was more of a thin, crispy cracker, than a flat bread. I would’ve liked a thicker canvas.

fig flatbread

Carnitas Tacos: Slow cooked pork, chayote slaw (fruit belonging to the gourd family), crema, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco. The pork was lightly seasoned and moist. The real flavor came from the condiments. The chayote slaw had a nice crunch and sweetness that went well with the heat from the salsa. The coolness from the queso fresco and crema really tied the whole taco together. I was really impressed.

pork carnitas

Service was very good and our food came out right away. With music, a modern dining room, and very nice outdoor seating area, Central Kitchen is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice lunch or after work cocktails. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3-6 P.M. and offers food and drink specials. With a Sunday brunch menu coming soon, there is no other place you need to go to!

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Zef's Coney Island

Today on the Bite Tonight: Zef’s

Located a few doors down from Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub in Downtown Detroit is Zef’s Coney Island. They serve breakfast and deliver local, and when you work Downtown like I do, this is key. This week, I stopped in and had breakfast. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Breakfast Special: I kept it classic. Two eggs over medium, hash browns well done, and ham with two pieces of wheat toast. I love a nice thick piece of salty ham for breakfast and Zef’s was delicious. The hash browns were cooked perfectly and this really hit the spot.

zef's

Zef’s is your typical coney island. I have had some good dishes and I have had some not so good dishes. One thing that I will say is that service was always good, even when the food wasn’t. I was even able to enjoy the morning news with CNN on two flat screen TVs during my visit which was more than most coney islands I’ve been to.

 

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TAQO Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: TAQO Detroit

dining room taqo

Located on W Adams across from Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit is TAQO Detroit. I was visiting Amanda and Zoe at their new apartment at the Kale’s and as we were walking to Olga’s, decided to stop in to TAQO Detroit instead. Yesterday was their soft opening. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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We started with an appetizer

Roasted Corn Calamari: Deep fried calamari tossed with roasted corn and jalapenos with a chipotle mayo. We opted out for the jalapenos. The mayo was thick, spicy, and delicious. The calamari was tender and the batter was light and spicy. The roasted corn made it hard to eat as a finger food, but all together this was a delicious appetizer.

roasted corn calimari

Steak Fajitas: Steak, onions, peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. The meat was tender and the zucchini was a nice touch.

fajitas

Served with a side of rice and beans,cheese,  lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

beans and rice

Presentation was great. Service was good, but a little too good. We were there for maybe an hour and at least 6 different employees other than our server came over to ask how everything was. I’m not sure if maybe it was because it was the first day they were opened, but it was a little annoying. The food was a little pricey, but was delicious and authentic. The dining room was colorful, inviting, and had a Mexican street look with exposed brick.  Stop in for a margarita and check em out.

taqo bar

Zoe had a great time!

zoe

 

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Vicente's Cuban Cuisine

Located in Downtown Detroit, Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine is a colorful change to your average restaurant. I’ve been meaning to try Vicente’s ever since my last trip to Miami. So last weekend, Allison, Emily, and myself decided to take the trip. We sat on the patio because we just didn’t feel like waiting 45 min to sit inside a packed dining room. Plus, the patio was cool, breezy, and allowed for people watching and conversation. See how Vicente’s ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites

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Sangria: Delicious blend of red wine, fresh fruit, and brandy. I’m sure there was some other amazing ingredients added that made this sangria the best I’ve ever had.  I could taste a hint of cinnamon, but it was very subtle. I like that the taste of strong alcohol didn’t slap you in the face when you took a drink. The pitcher was served with all sangria, not watered down with ice, for $35. What a steal for 7 glasses.

SANGRIA

Bread: Fresh and soft with a chewy crust. The dip tasted like a red pepper butter spread and was excellent.

bread and dip

We decided to order a bunch of tapas (appetizers) and share. It worked out really well.

Lobster Bisque: Rich, creamy, and smooth. You could really taste the lobster, which was almost too much for me. I definitely couldn’t eat a while cup.

lobster bisque

Tostones: Double fried green plantain, topped with light garlic. Crispy with a subtle garlic flavor. The only think I didn’t like was that these were a little dry.

plantains

Papas Rellenas: Delicious seasoned mashed potatoes. Generously stuffed with flavorful ground beef. Breaded then rolled into a ball and lightly fried. I wasn’t as impressed with these as I thought I’d be. I heard very good things and think maybe my expectations were high because of that. They were still delicious and unique. Crispy, light, airy outside with a creamy mashed potato inside.

mashed pots balls

Croquetas Preparadas: Homemade ham and chicken croquettes. Not as good as in Miami, but still yummy. The filling was creamy and almost that of a pate, but still had some texture. The spicy tomato and cilantro dipping sauce was a nice, cool compliment.

croquetas

Filetillo de Lomo: Tender strips of beef sauteed with garlic, onions, mushrooms, and peppers in a Rioja wine sauce. Rich, meaty, and the perfect amount of salt and savory.

beef strips

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I was really impressed with Vicente’s. The service was great and the food was delicious. It was a little pricey, between $18-30 for dinner prices, but the tapas were reasonably priced. Even though I hate waiting to be seated, I know when a restaurant has a wait, it’s a good thing. Pay them a visit on a weekend, Vicente’s offers salsa dancing and lessons. It’s a great, fun place with a lot of culture. I really enjoyed myself and it seemed as though everyone else did as well.
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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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