Ferndale Restaurants

The Smoked Brisket Hash from Public House in Ferndale, MI includes red skinned potatoes, crispy, fried, shishito peppers, tender brisket, all topped with Sriracha aioli, and two fried eggs.

Ferndale: Public House

Located on 9 Mile Rd in Downtown, Ferndale, MI is Public House, part of the same restaurant group as taco and hot dog spot, Imperial. Chef Brandon Zarb and the Public House team are cranking out New American style cuisine offering a diverse menu including gourmet sliders, small plates, dessert, and brunch.

Dottie: Hot mustard, horseradish, soy sauce, Sriracha, lemon. Not the best Bloody I’ve had, but OK. Considering this had hot mustard and Sriracha  I expected it to be a lot spicier than it was. I didn’t care for the lemon, but I really liked the onion in the garnish stick. This was a refreshing change from the same old celery stick I am used to. The smoky seasoning on the glass rim was my favorite. It paired well with the spice from the mix. The Dottie cocktail is a Bloody Mary with hot mustard, soy sauce, Sriracha, and horseradish. It is slightly spicy and comes with a smoky seasoned rim. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.comHushpuppies: Proscuitto and maple butter. Savory and sweet, which I didn’t care. I am used to hushpuppies being savory and served with cocktail sauce or some sort of vibrant condiment. I can get down with sweet hushpuppies, but I didn’t really understand how the prosciutto played in. Was I supposed to eat it with the hushpuppy and maple butter? Or did it act like a palate cleanser in between bites the way pickled ginger does (Kidding)? Because this was exactly what it looked like. Regardless, these puppies were bland. The outside was crispy, but the inside was dry. The maple butter was good, without being overly rich, but the hushpuppies needed something more as a dipping sauce. The Hushpuppies from Public House in Ferndale, MI are served with thinly sliced Proscuitto and maple butter. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.comSmoked Brisket Hash: Smoked brisket, red skinned potatoes, shishoto peppers, Sriracha aioli, two fried eggs. The brisket was tender, but there wasn’t a whole lot in the hash itself and some pieces were all fat. The red skinned potatoes were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I really liked the Sriracha aioli. It added a nice spice and richness to the hash. The shishoto peppers were good, but charred and too crispy. I didn’t like that grease collected in the bottom of the plate.

The Smoked Brisket Hash from Public House in Ferndale, MI includes red skinned potatoes, crispy, fried, shishito peppers, tender brisket, all topped with Sriracha aioli, and two fried eggs.Nashville Hot Chicken slider: Dill pickle, buttermilk dill sauce, toasted brioche. I was excited to order this, but was disappointed when it came out. There was little sauce on the slider and absolutely no heat. I asked our server for a side of hot sauce which made the sandwich better. The pickles added a nice crunch and paired well against the fried chicken. The chicken was dark meat (which tends to be juicier than white meat), but still dry.The Nashville Hot Chicken & Smoked Brisket & Egg sliders from Public House in Ferndale, MI are mini versions of the classic favorites. These sliders allow you to try different options without stuffing yourself. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.comSmoked Brisket & Egg sliders: Brownwood mustard, Swiss cheese sauce, cucumber pickle. fried egg on toasted brioche. I really enjoyed the bold mustard with the tangy Swiss cheese sauce. The brisket was a tender, thick slab of meat on a soft, yet toasty brioche bun. The sliders come with sweet potato chips (or so says the menu), but when they came out the chips were missing so I had to ask our server to bring them. I liked that they were thinly cut and crispy, like an actual chip. Lightly finished with salt which added a nice balance to the sweetness of the chip. The sliders were tasty, but I still prefer Green Dot Stable’s. Smoked Brisket & Egg slider from Public House in Ferndale, MI comes with Swiss cheese sauce, brownwood mustard, and cucumber pickles. The yolk of the fried egg adds a richness to the tender, smoky brisket. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.comService was meh and our server lacked in the knowledge department. She didn’t know if the pickles were made in house or if they were sweet versus dill. She wasn’t very attentive to detail, either. For example, I ordered a side of hot sauce for my Nashville Hot Chicken. This would normally prompt most to ask if there was something unsatisfactory about my dish, since this is normally an already spicy sandwich, but nothing.

Public House also doesn’t allow substitutions. I understand not allowing ridiculous substitutions, you have to draw the line somewhere. When it’s substituting sweet potatoes for red skinned potatoes (because sweet potatoes make Emily queasy), I don’t see the big deal. Especially when some brunch hashes come with red skinned and some come with sweet potatoes. What happened to enhancing the diner’s experience?

Public House offers happy hour specials, menu takeovers (tossing out the old menu for seasonal items every couple months),  craft beers, a full bar, and adult shakes (oh yeah). You can also catch movies on the patio with Street Side Cinema which is pretty neat. Kudos for playing No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom album during brunch, which was somewhat nostalgic for me. Visit their Facebook page for the menu and event details (yep, no website).

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One Eyed Betty’s

Today on the Bite Tonight: One Eyed Betty’s

Located in Downtown Ferndale, MI One Eyed Betty’s is a great spot if you’re a beer condenseur, or simply if you like good food with an adult flare. The menu includes your standard beer food, but only amped up with sophistication to satisfy the grown-up pallet. My friend, Lauren and I decided to meet here for dinner and a drink. See how they ranked.

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: 3.5 out of 5 bites

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Alaskan Cran Spruce: Light and summery with an herb-y bite.

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My pick

Fwanch Deep: Braised Beef, Sharp Cheddar, Horseradish Sauce, Au Jus. Of course the horseradish was the perfect spicy tang to off set the salty, tender beef. The fries were delicious probably because they were super crispy.

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Lauren’s pick

Obligatory Fish and Chips: Fresh fish fillet with hand cut fries, coleslaw & lemon-caper aioli. The crunch on this fish was unreal. The fish was perfectly cooked and flaky. The lemon aioli was bright and the perfect thing to accent the seriously delicious beer batter.

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One Eyed Betty’s is the kind of place you want to go to. The service is good, the food is awesome, and the booze is never ending. With over 100 beers to choose from, they have a wide variety of options including one of my favorites B. Nektar’s Zombie Killer. They also offer whiskey and a lot of it, over 100 different types to choose from. Stop in for a drink, some damn good food, or for live music and pinball. Thanks, Lauren. We have to do it again soon!
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Pizza Hut: Wing Street

Today on the Bite Tonight: Boneless Wings from Pizza Hut

Buffalo Wild Wings is the spot for flavor bursting, mouth watering sauces, but lately the wings haven’t been that great. Josh and I decided to switch it up and try out Pizza Hut’s wings. We picked up a carry out from the Ferndale, MI location on Woodward Ave. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites (fast)

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (Average carryout pizza place)

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Spicy BBQ: Sweet and sassy with just a little kick. Sweet, spicy, and pretty good. I like that the sauce wasn’t super thick and heavy. The wing itself was juicy and tender and there wasn’t too much chunky breading.

 

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Spicy Asian: Eastern spiced tangy sweet sauce. I was really excited to try this sauce because Asian Zing is my favorite. The sauce was good, but it was no Asian Zing. The sauce wasn’t as thick as I’d like and didn’t stick to the wings very well. The flavor was sweet and spicy with a hint of chili and ginger.

Spicy Asian wings

Pizza Hut is a good place to get wings when Buffalo Wild Wings has a long wait. Pizza Hut was fast and the wings were better than Buffalo Wild Wings because there wasn’t a lot of burnt breading. When it comes to sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings takes the cake. My advice: get naked boneless wings from Pizza Hut and pick up a bottle of your favorite wing sauce from Bdubs.

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Sakana Sushi Lounge

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sakana Sushi Lounge

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Located on Woodward in Downtown Ferndale is a swanky, trendy, sushi bar, Sakana Sushi Lounge. With blue LED light decorations creating a sexy atmosphere, Sakana has a full bar, sushi and Asian menu. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 2.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Crispy Cali Roll: Crabstick, avocado, and cucumber with spicy mayo and a sweet glaze. Spicy, crispy, and sweet all in one bite! I haven’t met a tempura roll I didn’t like.

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Spicy Salmon (top): Spicy salmon, cucumber, and tempura flakes. A nice change from the spicy tuna packed with heat. The only thing I was missing was the tempura flakes which made the roll a little boring. Either there wasn’t many on here, or they were absent.

Dragon (bottom): Crab salad, avocado, and cucumber topped with eel, avocado and a sweet glaze. One of my favorites. I like how the fresh crunch of the cucumber brightened up the sweet eel. The creamy avocado and crab salad was also a nice addition.

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What I liked was that Josh and I could really enjoy an intimate meal without the rest of the place being too loud. We did grab dinner at around 7:30/8 p.m, but most places are packed on a Saturday in Ferndale at that time. If you are looking for a bite and a drink, try Sakana. It has that ritzy lounge feel combined with Asian flare.
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Treat Dreams

Located on Woodward Ave in Downtown Ferndale, Treat Dreams is a local favorite scooping out some wild and crazy flavors. Mac and Cheese, Chocolate Covered Potato Chip, & Brown Sugar Ham are just a few of the homemade flavors this ice cream shop is whipping up. The flavors change so stop in to see what’s on the menu.

Raspberry Jalapeno: I tried a sample and it was sweet and spicy, but the jalapeno just wasn’t doing it for me. I think sweet goes better with Habanero Pepper, rather than Jalapeno.

Sunday Breakfast: Maple ice cream with pieces of bacon and waffle. Josh got it in a milkshake which was a good move, but after a while it wasn’t cold anymore. The maple ice cream was delicious, but the bacon tasted more like bacon bits then the real thing and became soggy about halfway through. Props to the idea!

Salted Carmel & Butterbeer Sundae: The Butterbeer was a combo of butterscotch ice cream and Vernors flavored ice cream. The Butterbeer was sweet and delicious. I’m not huge on butterscotch, but the Vernor’s seemed to balance it out making it not super sweet.

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The Salted Carmel was terrible! I’ve had Salted Carmel flavored frozen yogurt @ Yogurtopia & a Salted Carmel Mocha Frapp @ Starbucks and both were tasty, This ice cream was so bitter it tasted as though I took a swig of OJ after brushing my teeth. I get the whole sweet compliments salty deal, but this was just straight up bitterness. I ate about half of it trying trick myself into liking it, and it still didn’t work.

I was disappointed that I couldn’t try the Chocolate Covered Potato Chip ice cream, but there’s always next time. With all the weird and wacky flavors there are bound to be a couple I wasn’t a fan of, but I will definitely be back.  I’m just dying to know what the heck Mac & Cheese ice cream tastes like! If you are sick of the same old boring ice cream, check out Treat Dreams for some different, interesting flavors.

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