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Johnny Noodle King

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Another best seller from the owners of Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King is one of the few spots to score ramen in Detroit. Even though the menu has a lot of Japanese influence, Johnny Noodle King incorporates tastes from all over the world. Janet and I were lucky enough to score a seat at the counter right in front of all the action. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a drink

Hitachino White Ale

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“Shark Fin” Dumpling: House Made Dumpling · Shrimp · Sweet & Spicy Sauce. So good! Really fresh and light despite being fried.

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Gong Bao (sauced): Chicken· Bell Pepper · Carrot · Scallion · Peanuts · Korean Chili Powder · Bean Sprouts · Garlic · Wide Rice Noodles. Spicy as shit! The Korean Chili was a little overpowering, but had good flavor. The peanuts added a nice crunch and saltiness to counteract the heat.

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Southwest (brothed): Shredded Pork · Corn · Scallions · Pickled Poblano · Ricotta Salata · Cilantro. The best! If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything South of the border. This was everything I hoped for and then some. The broth was so flavorful and spicy without being too hot. The ricotta was a nice touch to add a creamy coolness and the fresh cilantro and corn were amazing. Who doesn’t like pickled pablanos? We went with the shredded pork versus the pork belly and it was a good choice. So tender and juicy.

Before

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After

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Service was great and they were packed even on a rainy Wednesday. It was the perfect day for ramen. We only waited about 10 min, but it was definitely worth it. This isn’t your ordinary dorm room ramen. Although, they do have it on the menu (comes plain, just noodles and broth for those less adventurous). I can’t wait to go back and try the Bacon Fried Rice  and the pork belly bun. Check it out!

Johnny Noodle King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

My second favorite Texas spot is actually in Austin. Elizabeth Street Café is an adorable little Vietnamese café and French bakery. Weird combo, huh? You have no idea! This unique food fusion seems to work, though. They don’t say “Keep Austin Weird” for nothing, right? See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 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: 4 out of 5 bites

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We started off with a carafe of Strawberry Lemonade cocktail. Who doesn’t like a cocktail for brunch? This was light and refreshing, without being overly sweet. It was dangerous!

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Ma and I split the Singapore Noodles: Fresno chiles, pork, watercress, noodles, curry, topped with two eggs. If you know me, you know that I am a sucker for stir fry or noodles so of course I couldn’t pass this up. Spicy! Like, real spicy. Nothing a sip of ice cold breakfast strawberry lemonade couldn’t cool down. The curry was subtle, but present. The pork was tender and flavorful. The egg was perfect and the yolk really took these noodles over the top.

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My brother went with the Breakfast Banh: Two fried eggs, ginger pork sausage, cilantro, jalapeno, house made mayo. The house baked baguette was fresh and delicious. This was a different approach to breakfast/brunch, but was so satisfying. The sausage was salty with a slight sweetness that went well with the fried eggs. The cilantro and jalapeno added a nice fresh kick of flavor.

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Dessert: Delicious and the perfect ending to a spicy and saucy brunch!

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Elizabeth Street Café is the perfect neighborhood spot for brunch or if you want to chill on a sunny patio. It’s pretty packed which only confirms it’s credibility. Elizabeth Street Café looks like a it was once a quaint little house which makes it even more awesome and adds to it’s character. The service was good and the atmosphere was hopping. All the servers wore cute little floral dresses. The menu consists of Vietnamese classics like Pho and Bun and happy hour specials. Check em out!

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Elizabeth Street Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato