Lincoln Park Restaurants

Mickey’s Pizza

Today on the Bite Tonight: Mickey’s Pizza.

Located on Fort St. in Lincoln Park, MI, Mickey’s Pizza has been a local favorite for as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved traveling to Mickey’s with my parents to pick up our pie and watch as the professionals toss the hand made dough up in the air from behind the clear glass window. A few weeks ago, my mom and I were craving that Mickey’s taste, so we ordered a pizza. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites (typical carry out setting, no dining area)

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (local, mom and pop joint)

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Hand tossed round: Topped with Pepperoni, onion, and green pepper with a garlic, butter, Parmesan flavored crust. The dough was perfectly cooked with a nice chew, and not greasy or soggy. Fresh ingredients and the right amount of cheese. The flavored crust was delicious and I really liked how the cheese was browned up.

Mickeys pizza

I will admit that when it comes to pizza, my favorites include B.C’s and Hungry Howie’s (yea, yea I know, a franchise)?? However, Mickey’s Pizza is a top contender. Service is good, food is even better, and the price is spot on. Plus, it’s a family owned business that has been serving the area for over 20 years. They offer coupons, delivery, and have a menu consisting of pizza, salads, grinders, and their famous Amiga bread. The only downfall is that there isn’t a website so it’s tough to find an online menu. However, their Cajun flavored crust is the best I’ve ever had! If you haven’t tried Mickey’s Pizza, you’re missing out. It’s the perfect guest for Football Sunday!
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Pizza Connection

Today on the Bite Tonight: Pizza Connection

Located on Southfield Rd, right off Fort St. in Lincoln Park, MI is Pizza Connection. Pizza Connection has been a favorite of my family ever since I was younger. What I like most about Pizza Connection is that they are local, delicious, and affordable. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 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

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Steak & Cheese Sub: Thinly slice steak topped with lettuce, onions, and cheese. The sub bun is slightly toasted on the outside and chewy on the inside. The steak is tender and the portion size is decent. 16 inch sub was around $8, which is pretty awesome.

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When I’m looking for a nice change from chain pizza and subs, I always visit Pizza Connection. With a menu consisting of  pizza favorites, you can get slices for 99 cents. They are fast, consistent, and tasty. Service is good, also. If you haven’t tried Pizza Connection, stop in and see what you’re missing.

 

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Panchos Mexican Restaurant

Today on the Bite Tonight: Panchos

Located on Dix Rd. in Lincoln Park, MI, Panchos is serving up some pretty killer Mexican food. When it comes to Mexican, I know what I like and it’s hard to find that Downriver. Every restaurant has their own style and spin on their cuisine, but my family has come to enjoy Panchos. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Taco Dinner:  2 beef and 1 chicken with side of rice and beans. Ma and I love Panchos because they will fry the flour tortillas for us making them crispy. The meat has good flavor, Muenster cheese is my favorite, and the rice and beans are delicious and authentic.

taco dinner

Irony got the best of us because Ma suggested going to Panchos even though they were a few miles further from our house than Taco Especial. Ma wanted to go there because on a Saturday night, she never has to wait and their prices are more reasonable than other local Mexican restaurants. We ended up having to wait about 20 min for a walk-in carry out order. Which isn’t too bad, and for the wait they even threw in an extra taco. Unfortunately, they gave us all beef tacos instead of one chicken taco. I think this was the first time our order was ever compromised and can be forgiven because they were so busy and we scored an extra taco out of it. If you haven’t experienced Panchos, check em out!
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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.

zukins

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

steak and cheese sub

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

herb and garlic olives

Hot Olives

spicy olives

Chocolate Eclair

eclair

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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Cottage Inn Pizza

Today on the Bite Tonight: Cottage Inn Pizza.

I’ve seen the “coming soon” sign for Cottage Inn for weeks at the Fort St. location in Lincoln Park.  So when they finally opened their doors a couple weeks ago, I had to test it out. Ma and I called in a pizza for pick up. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 (normal carryout pizza joint)

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 2.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 0 out of 5 bites

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Ham and Banana Pepper Deep Dish Pizza: The crust was very light, but I wouldn’t order a deep dish again. I ordered garlic butter, Parmesan crust and got plain. The pizza ended up being a little dry and boring towards the end because the crust was so thick. I’ll stick with Hungry Howie’s 8 corner pizza.

cottage inn

I do like how Cottage Inn offers gluten free options and an extensive gourmet pizza list. I will have to go back and try something besides the deep dish. Perhaps wings or a sub? It is nice to see a pizza place other than Pizza Hut or Dominoes opening up. Stop in and experience Cottage Inn for yourself.

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Vito's Pizzeria

Today on the Bite Tonight: Vito’s Pizzeria.

My friend Amanda and I decided to grab lunch and we agreed to check out Vito’s. Located on Fort St in Lincoln Park, Vito’s has been a neighborhood “go to” for years. With new owners (new, but still in the same family) Vito’s is still cooking up yummy pies with that same “sweet sauce” they’re known for. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 2 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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White Pizza: Feta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses with a garlic sauce. We added ham, onions and cajun crust. Delicious! Out of all the pizza I’ve had, this one ranked top 5. The pizza was cooked perfectly, had a good balance of sauce and toppings, and the cajun crust was slightly sweet and spicy. It was a little pricey since we added toppings and it was a specialty pizza, but it was worth it.

white pizza

Vito’s is a good local hang out with pretty decent specials on food and drinks. Service was good, but we were the only table at 1 pm on a Sunday. Unfortunately our medium white pizza ended up costing almost $17 with tax because Vito’s nickel and dimed us, even charging $1 for two sides of ranch (our server even suggested them, but failed to mention the up charge). The pizza was pretty tasty though so I will be back for more.

Thanks for the lunch date, Mandy! It was fun.

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Yum Yum Express

Today on the Bite Tonight: Yum Yum Express

yum yum express menu

There seems to be an influx of Asian restaurants opening up Downriver. The newest one is located on the corner of Southfield Rd. and Lafayette in Lincoln Park. Specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisines, Yum Yum Express announced it’s grand opening a few weeks ago. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

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Ma and I wanted to dine in, but the restaurant was only opened for carryout due to a broken dishwasher. The restaurant was still very accommodating. Sometimes, Chinese tastes better out of a box anyways!

Sweet & Spicy Thai Wings: Now, based on the menu description, I expected these to be tossed in a sweet and spicy Thai sauce, but it was served on the side. Bummer! The wings still tasted good, moist on the inside, crispy on the outside. Tip: Toss the wings in the sauce so that it caramelizes. This will really up the ante!

sweet chili wings

Chicken Fried Rice: Chicken, Carrots, white onion, peas and egg. Pretty standard. I did have to pay an extra 75 cents to add the egg to the fried rice which I didn’t like.

fried rice box

Beef in Garlic Sauce: Beef sauteed with broccoli, mushrooms, baby corn, green pepper, and water chestnut in a slightly spicy garlic, brown sauce. Pretty tasty, with a rich garlicy sauce. I would’ve like some onions, but the veggies were crunchy and fresh.

beef with garlic

beef with rice

Yum Yum Express has better prices then other local Asian restaurants. The food is decent, not the best, but not the worst. Service was really good and we were greeted with smiling faces. The inside of the dining room is really nice, with bright walls, and a modern design. Yum Yum Express offers party trays which sets them apart from the rest. Stop in and check em out!

yum yum express dining room

 

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