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Sushi Kami

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Kami

Located on Eureka Rd in Southgate, MI is Sushi Kami. Sushi Kami now occupies the spot where Black Pine Tree used to be located before they moved down the street. Sushi Kami has great specials. Myself, Kate, Nastassia, Michelle, and the kids went there for the 12.99 sushi buffet which includes up to 4 select rolls and 4 appetizers. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 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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Edamame: Lightly salted soybeans.

edamame

Gyoza (dumpling): Lightly fried for a killer crisp. Stuffed with a yummy pork filling.

sushi dumplings

Obama Roll (Top): Crab meat, cucumber, and avocado covered in a sweet signature sauce, tempura style and topped with fried potato shavings. Always a winner! If you haven’t tried this roll, get on it! Creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty all in one. 

Crazy Kami Roll (Bottom): Avocado and some other delicious ingredients topped with crab meat, sweet signature sauce. You can’t go wrong with the sweet sauce! It is great with the salty and spicy explosion you get from the soy and wasabi.

sushi2

Service was good and our orders came out pretty quickly. The only bad thing about the sushi buffet is that you won’t be able to finish what you order, so tread lightly. If you have a lot leftover, you will get charged around 40-50 cents per roll. I thought I could knock out two specialty sushi rolls, but I didn’t even come close. It is well worth the money and I can’t wait to go back now that I know what I’m capable of. Stop in and check it out!

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Z Shawarma King

Today on the Bite Tonight: Z Shawarma King

Located on Southfield Rd in Allen Park, MI is Z Shawarma King. Offering Middle Eastern traditional dishes as well as burgers, fresh shakes, and a fruit juice bar, Z Shawarma King has become my new favorite place. Most of their sandwiches are available on french bread, also! See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Fattoush Salad: Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, red cabbage, toasted pita, and a lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Fresh ingredients with a light and satisfying dressing. One of my favorite salads! The toasted pita really adds a nice crunch to the veggies.

fatousch salad

Falafel: Ground garbanzo beans, garlic, parsley, onions, and spices. Crispy outside with a tender, moist inside. Full of flavor and delicious. I love the fresh and pickled veggies on the side.

falafel

Grape Leaves: Stuffed with ground meat, rice, lemon juice. Grape leaves are one of my favorite dishes because they taste good and they are good for you. The lemon juice really brighten up each stuffed grape leaf. The meat and rice mixture was well seasoned and moist.

Grape leaves

Chicken Shawarma: White meat chicken breast with garlic sauce, pickles and onions wrapped in a pita. The chicken was moist and flavorful. The pita was fresh and soft, with a nice chew. The pickles are the perfect condiment without taking away from the grilled chicken.

chicken shawarma

Z Shawarma King is a great choice if you are looking for vegetarian options without sacrificing flavor. Fridays and Saturdays they stay open til 2 to cater to the late night munchies. I just love this because usually the only places that are open are fast food joints or bars. The next time you are craving Mediterranean food, but don’t want to make the drive to Dearborn, try Z Shawarma King. Service is good and the prices are very reasonable.

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Lafayette Coney Island

Today on the Bite Tonight: Lafayette Coney Island

Working in Downtown Detroit has it’s perks and I just love when our owners treat the office to local food spots. For the opening of the Detroit Tiger’s season, we were surprised with dogs from Lafayette Coney Island. Detroit is known for it’s long time “Coney Wars” and it’s clear that Lafayette Coney Island takes the cake for me. It’s good to know that I can still enjoy a delicious hot dog without going to the game!

Hot Dog: Classic cased dog. The way a hot dog should taste with a nice bite!

lafayette coney

Lafayette Coney Island is a classic, authentic coney spot and a true Detroit gem. The menu is very basic, and if you’re looking for breakfast, you won’t find it here. Don’t bother swiping your card, because it’s cash only here. They do one thing and they do it right: Coney Dogs. The chili recipe is delicious and the best!

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Lunchtime Global

Today on the Bite Tonight: Lunchtime Global.

Located in the First National Building, Downtown Detroit, on Woodward and Congress, lies my new favorite lunch spot. Now, I normally brown bag it (and by brown bag I mean bring in my delicious, somewhat healthy leftovers from the night before), but on occasion I will venture out in the Detroit lunch scene. It’s kind of hard not to with all the competitive restaurants and food trucks that post up. Since 2008, Lunchtime Global is family owned and serving up some of the finest creations using local ingredients. Lunchtime Global is perfect is you are keeping it light or if you want a home cooked meal without the grease. They have soup, salad, and sandwich combos, along with a full menu of daily specials, Asian, Italian, American cuisine, and a cold case with an array of pre-prepped deli sandwich favorites and snacks. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Lunchtime Global has a semi-cafeteria style ordering system, but this does not take away from the quality of their food. it really just helps speed along the lunch rush.

I went with the soup and salad combo and I was impressed with all the food I got for under $8.

Thai Chicken Salad: Romaine and spring greens with basil, celery, red peppers, carrots, cucumbers, roma tomatoes, grilled chicken with a Ginger Vinaigrette. So fresh, delicious, and satisfying! The Ginger Vinaigrette was creamy, yet acidic, and sweet from the ginger. Plus, they hook it up on the portion size!

thai chicken salad

Dill Pickle Soup: Tons of fresh carrots, potatoes, dill and huge hunks of dill pickles. Being a Polish girl, I had to try this soup. It wasn’t the cream based broth I was used to, but it was good nonetheless. A little salty, but when you load the soup with dill pickle, some of the salt will come through. I loved how much fresh dill was included.

dill pickle soup

My friend Danielle went with the same thing, only tried a different soup.

Asian “Unchicken” Noodle Soup: A rich, hearty, slightly spicy soup with fresh Asian veggies. The combo of heat and slightly sweet was so delicious that I didn’t even miss the chicken.

asian unchicken noodle

Lunchtime Global has good for you food at a great price. One of my favorite things is that Lunchtime Global makes fresh soups daily and has some pretty wild and creative options such as Cheesy Asparagus, Vegan Black Bean and Quinoa, and Chicken Pot Pie. The next time you are looking for lunch, skip the Jimmy or the John and stop in to Lunchtime Global. My only beef is that there are not open for dinner or on the weekends: Their hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday.

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Dime Store

Today on the Bite Tonight: Dime Store

A hot, new lunch spot opened in the Chrysler House on Griswold in Downtown Detroit about 6 weeks ago. Dime Store, serving up decadent and mouth watering food, is what I call “casual gourmet.” They offer breakfast and lunch menus consisting of some serious unique and fresh dishes. From the pork belly eggs Benedict to the cauliflower gruyere soup and duck Reuben sandwich, they have something that is sure to spark up anyone’s taste buds. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites

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Butternut Squash soup: Sweet, but not overwhelming. Fresh, silky, and smooth.

butternut squash soup

Korean BBQ Sandwich: Shaved steak, pickled onion, cilantro, carrot, cucumber, and bulgogi sauce (Korean barbeque) on a ciabatta roll. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough of the steak! The sauce was sweet and paired well with the veggies. The ciabatta was soft and fresh and the steak was tender and juicy, but I could’ve used a little more in my ciabatta.

korean bbq

If you haven’t been to Dime Store yet, stop in now! It is a little pricey (my sandwich and soup totaled $15), but I didn’t feel bad about spending so much because the flavors were spot on. You can really taste the made from scratch love that goes into each item. They also serve booze and I liked that one of the owners, Jeff Alexander, was the one running my food to the carryout counter. If you’re looking for a change from Jimmy John’s or the food truck scene, start eating at Dime Store and support the locals.

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