Grilled Cheese

Detroit: Union Street


Located on Woodward Ave in Detroit’s Midtown, Union Street has been serving guests since the 1970’s. You can find a heavily Southern influenced menu with unique twists on comfort food like Jumbo Lump Crab Au Gratin and Lobster Grilled Cheese. Expect Louisiana favorites as well as the classics like appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers. Aside from a killer menu, Union Street is packing a mean Bloody Mary Bar fully equipped with a plethora of hot sauce, pickles, olives, seasonings, garlic, horseradish, cheese, salami, you name it. What better way to start the new year?! Don’t forget about the star of the show, the spicy honey bacon! Incredible! See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out 0f 5 bites

Price: 3.5 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


Bloody Mary: With all the fixins. Like a meal in a glass with a spicy kick. The spicy honey bacon was thick, tacky, and sweet with some heat. Delicious!


BBQ Brisket Egg Rolls: Four smoked beef brisket rolls filled with sharp Cheddar and shredded cabbage. It’s a no brainer that tender brisket goes well with melty Cheddar, but then you throw in a crispy eggroll and cabbage and it changes the whole game. Brilliant! The homemade BBQ sauce was sweet, but had a nice acidity from the vinegar.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich: Pickled Mustard Seed Drizzle, Bread and Butter Pickle, Creamy Slaw on a Soft Potato Roll. The pickled mustard seed was more on the sweet side, but it went well with the crispy fried chicken. I really liked that it was a thin chicken breast, lightly breaded and perfectly golden. The slaw was delicious! It was lightly dressed and not oozy with heavy mayo (ugh, the worst). It was crunchy and added texture. And the pickles, you can’t go wrong with pickles! Highly recommend this sandwich!

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Jambalaya: Chicken breast, andouille sausage, bell peppers, Cajun shrimp & rice. The shrimp was huge, perfectly seasoned with spices, and succulent. I really liked the rich, sauce with huge chunks of juicy chicken breast, andouille sausage, and bell peppers.


Service was a little slow at first, but our server Ray did a great job at recommending some delicious menu items. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed at Union Street. There are a lot of regulars and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and having a good time. The food is what I like to call grown up comfort food. Think childhood favorites like mac and cheese, but add Lobster.Next time, I am checking out the brunch menu!

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Leftover Love

Have you ever thought of a way to spice up boring leftovers? Me, too. So, I thought I’d share my leftover makeover with you. Enjoy!

On the Bite Tonight: Leftover Ham

Whenever I cook a baked ham or spiral ham I love making fried rice with the leftovers. It’s little tedious, but it’s so worth it.

Here’s the recipe: 

Prepare 1-2 cups of rice per package directions. Set aside to cool (spread out on a plate).

Dice fresh veggies. My favorites are scallions (green onions), carrots, peas (no need to dice), white onion. 

Tip: Pineapple is a good option as well. Pairs well with the ham.

Dice ham. The thicker the cut the better for nice ham chunks.

Scramble three eggs and set aside.

Saute ham and veggies for a couple minutes in butter.

Add rice and eggs and 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce allow to brown for a couple minutes.

Stir all ingredients together until rice takes on brown color from sauce. Add more sauce as desired.


What goes well with Ham Fried Rice?

Teriyaki Burger, of course! I know what you’re thinking and Yes, it’s not a ham burger, but still delicious nonetheless (Hey, it’s already leftover ham, let’s not over do it)! A little, American meets Asian, if you will 

Marinate hamburger patty in a little teriyaki sauce and garlic.

Cook as desired and add a dash of teriyaki while grilling to add a nice crusty, caramelization.

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I first fell in love with ham fried rice @ Cathay House Chinese restaurant in high school. You might think it’s a weird combination, but in my opinion, it’s the best fried rice out there. Good thing Cathay House just re-opened after a fire. Stop in @ the Lincoln Park location and try it out.

Another go to leftover ham idea is Grilled Cheese. I love it, because the possibilities are endless.

I sauteed ham first to get a little color on it. Then grilled with Muenster cheese and pickles. Yum!


Tip: With Easter right around the corner, these recipes are a great go to!  Try em and let me know what you think. You’re welcome.

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Grilled Cheese

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese?

Classic Grilled Ham & Cheese featuring Vlasic Sandwich Stackers Dill Pickles


Grilled Ham & American Cheese with Dice Red Pepper and Onion. It looks burnt, but I swear it wasn’t. Sure it was a little on the done side, but it wasn’t time to get out the butter knife and scrape off the burnt layer. The onion and red pepper was a nice touch.