Greektown

CK Mediterranean Grille

Today on the Bite Tonight: CK Mediterranean Grille

Located on Monroe just blocks away from Greektown in Downtown Detroit is CK Mediterranean Grille. It was a co-worker’s birthday and for lunch, the office pitched in to score their catering lunch deal. It was awesome!

Catering came with:

Steak and Chicken Kabobs

Steak and Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Breast

Fattoush Salad

Hommus

Rice

Falafel

Garlic sauce and pita bread

Onions and pickled veggies!

ck grille

Everything was delicious! The thing I love about CK Grille is that you always get huge portion sizes. From soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, Mediterranean favorites and entrees, and a juice bar, you can’t go wrong. They offer delicious healthy options that suits any craving. I highly recommend the red pepper hommus! Stop in and try them out for lunch.

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Homemade Kit Kat Cake (idea from Pinterest): Decadent!

kit kat cake

 

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24 Grille & Astoria Pastry Shop

Today on the Bite Tonight: My birthday continues @ 24 Grille & Astoria Pastry Shop

Amanda treated me to a birthday dinner @ 24 Grille and since I’ve never been there, I was excited to try them out. Located at the Westin Book Cadillac Downtown Detroit is 24 Grille. 24 Grille offers what I like to call an upscale everyday menu, happy hour specials, Sunday brunch, and a champagne bar. With everything from burgers to sea bass and pork tacos and a Maurice salad, 24 Grille has a taste for every pallet. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 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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Risotto Croquettes: Parmesan risotto, flash fried, beurre blanc (French for “white butter”). The outside resembled a tater tot and was delicious and the inside consisted of lightly seasoned rice. Just OK, nothing special.

parmesan risotto. flash fried. burre blanc.
parmesan risotto. flash fried. burre blanc.

risotto app

Truffle Mac & Cheese: The overpowering truffle flavor was absent, which I was happy about. Cheesy, lightly browned, and comforting.

mac and cheese 24 grille

Cajun Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken: Half roasted chicken with a spicy seasoned skin, served with potato puree and honey glazed carrots. The Cajun seasoned skin was crispy, spicy, and delicious. I was a little disappointed because we were one of a few tables in the restaurant and our orders took a long time. Then when the entree finally came out, most of the chicken was dry. The carrots were sweet and I couldn’t get enough of the potato puree.

cajun chicken

If you’re looking for a nicer atmosphere with a broad menu, 24 Grille is a good spot. However, I don’t think it’s worth the price. The food was decent, but I’ve had better for less. Service was really good aside from our meals taking well over 25 minutes. And the worst part was that I cleaned my plate and left not fully satisfied.

Here’s my sweet, Zoe. Now everyone can see why she’s called “the Monster.” I will give her brownie points for behaving at dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

zoe mac and cheese

After dinner, we took the people mover to Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown for dessert. I love Astoria because they have everything!

Zoe went with a White Chocolate Covered Pretzel with Sprinkles.

white chocolate pretzel

I went with a rich, decadent, Chocolate Brownie.

chocolate brownie

It was great to spend the time with Amanda and Zoe. Thanks for dinner, dessert, and the amazing birthday card!

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Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

Josh and I went to Greektown for dinner Friday night and decided to head to Fishbone’s on Monroe St. in Downtown Detroit. Fishbone’s is known for Seafood, Sushi, and Steaks, but they also have a wide variety of New Orleans inspired dishes (if that’s your thing). On this trip, we decided to get pasta (of course) and sushi.

Spinach & Cheese Ravioli: Ricotta, Fontina & Asiago cheeses, fire roasted red pepper sauce.ย Our server described the red pepper sauce as a chunky red pepper sauce, similar to marinara. Josh being as creative as he is, asked for pesto cream sauce instead. Good choice, Boo! Instead of cooking the ravioli in the pesto cream sauce, it was served on the side, so we had to pour it over the ravioli ourselves. Strike # 1. The sauce was room temperature and the ravioli was slightly cooler so we told the server and she immediately took the dish back to be sauteed together and reheated. When she brought it back it was clear it was zapped in the microwave and not sauteed together as promised (The ravioli that Josh first took a bite of was in the same exact spot and the edges of the pasta were dried out). Strike # 2. It was fine because it still tasted amazing, but we just expected more from Fishbone’s and an $18 pasta dish. The pesto cream sauce was rich and smooth, with a hint of pesto. The dish had fresh sauteed spinach and red pepper on top which really impressed me after the microwave ordeal. The ravioli’s were more like giant pillows filled with cheese and if I wasn’t in such a hurry to consume these delicious creations, I would’ve laid my head right on them and went to sleep. Home run!

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Eel & Avocado Roll: BBQ Eel (cooked) and avocado wrapped in seaweed and rolled in cooked rice topped with BBQ eel sauce. This is my favorite roll! If I’m having a bad day, I just order eel and it comforts my soul and makes everything better. The sweetness from the eel and sauce really pairs well with the freshness and coolness from the avocado. If you like a crunch, get the Caterpillar Roll (Eel, avocado, and cucumber roll).

Tempura California Roll: Crab, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in seaweed, rolled in cooked rice, and deep fried in a tempura batter.ย The California Roll is safe, but classic and battering it in tempura gives it texture and a crunch! Some of the pieces weren’t consistent in size and tempura batter and the extra crunch ended up hurting the roof of my mouth. The freshness of the avocado and cucumber was a nice balance when dipped in salty soy sauce.

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Service was great and our server was awesome. Besides the attempted trickery with the microwave stunt, our experience was good. I would go back for the sushi, because it was decently priced and didn’t fall apart (Some rolls are made sloppy). Greektown is a great place to visit, but if you want something different than Greek traditions, then try out Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Cafe. They also have live bands on the weekend and except Greektown Casino comps!

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