Eastern Market

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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Supino Pizzeria

Today on the Bite Tonight: Supino’s

Located in Eastern Market, on Russell St. is Supino Pizzeria. With a wide array of specialty pizzas and creative options including the Supino (roasted garlic, black olives, chili oil, ricotta, mozzarella) and the Bismarck AKA “one egg” (fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, egg), Supino’s is really setting the bar high for local pizza joints. My favorite is the white pizza selections (no sauce) because, frankly, sometimes you just don’t feel like sauce. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Since there was a Tiger’s game and seating was limited, Josh and I got a pie to go.

We went with a “create your own” pizza.

Pepperoni, roasted garlic, and red onions: The roasted garlic really shined through and added that extra “umph.” The sweetness of the onions and the zing from the pepperoni and sauce was delicious. I really enjoyed the thin crust which was cooked perfectly and had a slight chew and a crispy edge. A little more cheese would be really amp up the pizza.

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For local places, Supino really brings the competition. They were super busy when I walked in, which only can mean good things. We went with the large (18 inch) and it was the biggest pizza box I ever carried. The fresh and creative toppings really set them apart from the boring options offered at their competition. I think my heart belongs to flavored crust, but we will definitely be back to try that fried egg on a pizza!

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Corn Chowder

Ever since trying the Red Fawn’s (banquet hall in Allen Park) corn chowder years ago, I have been in love. My mom and I have been searching for a similar flavor, but have been unsuccessful. Over the weekend I attempted to recreate it and although it wasn’t the same, it still turned out pretty good.

Corn Chowder

Ingredients:

4-5 ears of corn (remove corn from cob)

3 bunches of green onions

1/4 cup flour

4 tablespoons of butter

1/2 diced red pepper

1/2 diced white onion

3 cups milk or heavy cream

Start by making a roux (mixture of flour and butter):

Melt butter and whisk in flour in a pot. Cook for about 5 min with a pinch of salt and pepper  (this will cook out the flour taste).

Add milk or heavy cream and stir on medium heat until thickened (I used milk since I had it on hand).

Once desired thickness is achieved, turn on low heat.

In a saute pan, add corn, white onions, and red pepper. Saute until browned for extra flavor (Add less corn if you’re like Tee and don’t want it to be overpowering).

Add mixture and green onions to chowder base and cook for about 25 min on low heat until the flavors marry, stirring occasionally.

Tip: Try Blocks Stand & Greenhouse, Eastern Market, or Randazzo’s Fresh Market for your ingredients.

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Add tortilla strips, crackers, or croutons for that finishing touch and added crunch. Enjoy!