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Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Company, AKA Corner Brewing, is located on Norris in Ypsilanti. ABC Brewpub originated in Ann Arbor in 1995 and now has 3 locations even including one in India (say, what)? They are dedicated to serving quality, handcrafted beer, supporting local, and giving back to the community and environment. A popular neighborhood spot, the girls and I ended up here after a night of Aerial Silks class. 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: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (cool patio/backyard area).

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Piggy Fries: Crispy fries topped with pulled pork, spicy aioli, and served along side Sriracha ketchup. On point! The perfect union of salty, crispy, creamy, sweet, and spicy. I really liked the spicy aioli which had a touch of Sriracha, while still having a nice coolness.

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With an overwhelming plethora of craft beers to choose from, there’s something for everyone. They have a pretty solid food menu and service was good. ABC Brewpub has lots of things going on to keep everyone entertained including trivia, brunch, acoustic sets, and a brewery bike trail. ABC Brewpub is a really cool spot and they are even MI’s first solar brewery. If you get a chance, stop in, check em out, but watch out for the bicyclists (Seriously, I almost collided with a gang of them getting out of my car)! Cheers.

Thanks Lauren, Lora, and Jacki for doing Aerial Silks at Ringstar Studio with me. It is so much fun!!

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Speedboat Bar & Grill

Last week, some co-workers and I went out to celebrate a promotion. I have always heard that Speedboat Bar & Grill had good food so I was excited when I heard we were meeting up here. Located on Jefferson Ave, in Wyandotte, MI, Speedboat is a small little dive bar. We love dive bars, right? See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 4 bites (patio action)

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 1 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 1 out of 5 bites (menu variety)

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If you know me, you know that I enjoy a good Reuben.

Reuben Sandwich with fries: Thinly sliced corned beef joined with sauerkraut and topped with Russian dressing served on toasted white bread. The corned beef was a tad dry, but overall this sandwich was good. The corned beef was slightly salty and included not one piece of fat (which could’ve  been why it was dry).  There was a good sauerkraut to beef ratio and the bread was lightly toasted and not soggy. I didn’t care for the Russian dressing. It was OK, but lacked tang and seemed like it came out of an off brand bottle with too much ketchup. The fries were good-cooked well done for that extra crisp.

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Service started out good. The place wasn’t too busy for a Thursday night and our food came up quick. Drinks and food were reasonably priced and the food was good for a dive bar. The problems started when we went to cash out our tabs and were told we couldn’t have separate checks (we had a party of about 10-15). Ok, no problem. I have worked in the restaurant industry so I know this game. Typically, establishments are still able to run your credit card for the amount of your tab. Nope, we were told that we could pay cash or either divide up the whole tab into 4 credit card payments. This was a major inconvenience because most of us had credit cards or not even cash to cover our whole tab. Our two servers were rude about this, didn’t even apologize for the inconvenience, and even refused to separate the checks (I overheard one of them talking to the other). The weird part was that some of our co-workers who left earlier, were able to get their checks separated and cash out. We ended up having to figure it out on our own and one of our co-workers paid the whole tab while some of us had to pay her back later. The servers didn’t tell us that we couldn’t pay with multiple cards when the reservation was booked or when we first got there. This whole thing was unnecessary and as a result, most of us will never return.

Regardless, Congrats, Kellie. I still had a great time! I wish you the best of luck and I know you will rock your new position!

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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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Happy Birthday!

Today on the Bite Tonight, It’s my birthday!

Last Wednesday was my birthday and to celebrate, I took a day off and Ma and I had an adventurous day.

We started the day off with a nice relaxing early afternoon movie @ MJR Theater in Southgate: Wish I was Here. What better way to celebrate then to indulge in buttery popcorn?

Next, we enjoyed lunch with Zukin’s Rib Shack, in Lincoln Park. The food is always delicious and hits the spot.

Rib Kabob Dinner: Thick signature BBQ sauce coats the delicious breaded kabobs and french fries.

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Sizzler Steak & Cheese Sub: Delicious chewy sub bun filled with tender steak and fresh veggies.

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Next, we stopped into Liberati’s Italian Deli and Bakery in Allen Park, MI. Liberati’s is a local favorite offering fresh Italian dishes, pasta, deli meats and cheeses, imported beer and wine, breads, and desserts. Our eyes lit up when we spotted the olives.

Herb and Garlic Olives

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Hot Olives

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Chocolate Eclair

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My birthday outing was relaxing, yet fun. It was so nice to spend it with Ma enjoying some of our favorite foods. Thanks for making it such a great day, Mom. I love you!

 

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House of Doggs

Today on the Bite Tonight: House of Doggs

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The first stop on our trip to Traverse City is to House of Doggs. As featured on Food Network’s Food Court Wars, House of Doggs is owned by a husband and wife team that also married their love for food with rock and roll. Each dog name resembles music like the” Grand Funk” or a classic favorite like the “Chicago.” 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: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 5 out of 5 bites

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Reggae: Topped with sauer kraut, diced dill pickles, and mustard. The dill pickle was fresh and added a huge crunch to each bite. Mom stole a few of my onions because at House of Doggs, they do not skimp on toppings.

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Motown: Topped with chilli, mustard, and onions. I added nacho cheese, just because. Delicious, and really hit the spot. There’s something about a chili cheese dog done right, that goes beyond comfort food.

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Side of fries: The fries were cooked perfectly, piping hot, and crispy.

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The food at House of Doggs was delicious and the inside of the dining room was decorated with tons of music memorabilia from classic album covers and records to instruments. However, what I experienced next was what makes House of Doggs amazing, in my opinion. As I was waiting in line to get a refill, a man asked for a cup for water. One of the employees called him by name, Rudy and started chatting with him. From what I gathered, the employee asked how his significant other was in which he responded “Starving.” She then offered to buy them a couple hotdogs and this really touched my heart. I got the feeling that Rudy was a regular and this was a normal thing, which made me sad, but also happy knowing that House of Doggs is looking out for him. Stop in and support House of Doggs, because not only is their food tasty, but they give back to the community.

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