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House of Doggs

Today on the Bite Tonight: House of Doggs

house of doggs

The first stop on our trip to Traverse City is to House of Doggs. As featured on Food Network’s Food Court Wars, House of Doggs is owned by a husband and wife team that also married their love for food with rock and roll. Each dog name resembles music like the” Grand Funk” or a classic favorite like the “Chicago.” See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 5 out of 5 bites

hod inside

Reggae: Topped with sauer kraut, diced dill pickles, and mustard. The dill pickle was fresh and added a huge crunch to each bite. Mom stole a few of my onions because at House of Doggs, they do not skimp on toppings.

reggae

Motown: Topped with chilli, mustard, and onions. I added nacho cheese, just because. Delicious, and really hit the spot. There’s something about a chili cheese dog done right, that goes beyond comfort food.

motown

Side of fries: The fries were cooked perfectly, piping hot, and crispy.

french fries

The food at House of Doggs was delicious and the inside of the dining room was decorated with tons of music memorabilia from classic album covers and records to instruments. However, what I experienced next was what makes House of Doggs amazing, in my opinion. As I was waiting in line to get a refill, a man asked for a cup for water. One of the employees called him by name, Rudy and started chatting with him. From what I gathered, the employee asked how his significant other was in which he responded “Starving.” She then offered to buy them a couple hotdogs and this really touched my heart. I got the feeling that Rudy was a regular and this was a normal thing, which made me sad, but also happy knowing that House of Doggs is looking out for him. Stop in and support House of Doggs, because not only is their food tasty, but they give back to the community.

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Happy 4th of July!

Today on the Bite Tonight: Grilling without the Barbeque

Ma has a pretty badass BBQ pit that we use for most of our grilling, but it can be a pain. It also seems silly to fire it up for just a few hot dogs. So today we grilled hotdogs and hamburgers on our stove top grill pan. I made some yummy sides to go with.

On the menu:

Corn on the cob with homemade garlic cajun butter

Cucumber salad (with Greek yogurt)

Broccoli crunch salad (courtesy of Meijer deli)

Grilled onions

4th of july plate

BBQ burger with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce on an onion roll

4th of july burger

Garlic Cajun Butter: It was delicious on the corn!

cajun garlic butter

Spice up butter by adding your favorite seasonings:

I added a couple dashes of cajun and garlic seasoning to 1/2 stick butter.

Wrap in plastic forming into a log and stick in the fridge until ready to use.

Tip: Add lemon zest or berries to butter and add to pancakes or french toast.

I hope everyone had/is having a great holiday!

 

TAQO Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: TAQO Detroit

dining room taqo

Located on W Adams across from Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit is TAQO Detroit. I was visiting Amanda and Zoe at their new apartment at the Kale’s and as we were walking to Olga’s, decided to stop in to TAQO Detroit instead. Yesterday was their soft opening. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 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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We started with an appetizer

Roasted Corn Calamari: Deep fried calamari tossed with roasted corn and jalapenos with a chipotle mayo. We opted out for the jalapenos. The mayo was thick, spicy, and delicious. The calamari was tender and the batter was light and spicy. The roasted corn made it hard to eat as a finger food, but all together this was a delicious appetizer.

roasted corn calimari

Steak Fajitas: Steak, onions, peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. The meat was tender and the zucchini was a nice touch.

fajitas

Served with a side of rice and beans,cheese,  lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

beans and rice

Presentation was great. Service was good, but a little too good. We were there for maybe an hour and at least 6 different employees other than our server came over to ask how everything was. I’m not sure if maybe it was because it was the first day they were opened, but it was a little annoying. The food was a little pricey, but was delicious and authentic. The dining room was colorful, inviting, and had a Mexican street look with exposed brick.  Stop in for a margarita and check em out.

taqo bar

Zoe had a great time!

zoe

 

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Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern

Today on the Bite Tonight: Bagger Dave’s

bagger daves menu

I’ve been wanting to try Bagger Dave’s for a while. I always see the commercials and they makes me want a burger. Josh and I finally made it in to the location in Berkley on Coolidge Hwy. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 2.5 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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Twisted Mac and Cheese: Cavatappi noodles with sharp cheddar, swiss and smoked gouda cheeses, topped with parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Pretty solid mac and cheese. I really liked the amount of pepper and panko bread crumb topping.

twisted mac

Josh and I both had fun building our own burgers.

My burger: Prime rib 8 oz, Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, spicy artichoke dip, Santa Fe Chipotle sauce, pickles, and romaine lettuce served with hand cut french fries. The burger was seasoned well. The sauce and artichoke dip added some heat while the onions added some sweet. Presentation was poor and the burger was sloppy.

my burger better

My order of hand cut fries was small for $3. Tasted pretty good, though.

fries

Josh’s burger: Prime rib 8 oz, Cheddar cheese, pineapple slice, grilled onions, romaine lettuce, Chipotle BBQ sauce, and apple wood smoked bacon. The salty bacon, sweet pineapple, and sweet and spicy BBQ sauce really made a delicious combo. Again, this burger was super sloppy making it difficult to eat.

bacon burger

Orange Whip: Orange Cream and vanilla ice cream float. A delicious orange creamsicle with a hint of carbonation. Yum!

orange float

Honestly, the service was good, but the burgers were super greasy causing the bun to be soggy. At one point, I took a bite of my burger and the patty slipped out of the bun. I would not return to the same location for that reason. I was really disappointed because the burgers tasted good and the toppings were pretty different. Burgers were between $8-10 and sides started around $3. The good thing about Bagger Dave’s is the fun of building your own burger and the rewards program. I downloaded an app prior to my visit which allows me to earn  points for chances to win menu favorites. With this app you can also pay using your phone which is super convenient.

 

Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern on Urbanspoon

Steak Fajita Recipe

Mexican food is a favorite in my kitchen and ever since my trip to 3 Hermanos I decided to make fajitas my style. Even though they don’t compare, they were still good.

What you’ll need:

– 1 Red bell pepper

– 1 Green bell pepper

– 1-2 Large Spanish onions (I love onion so I use 2)

– 1 lb. Skirt steak

– 1 8 oz can of enchilada sauce

– 1/4 cup of worcestershire sauce

– 1 packet of Taco or Fajita seasoning

– 1/4 cup water

– 2 tablespoons minced/chopped garlic

– 1/2 can of pineapple tidbits

Make:

1. Slice steak into strips, season with salt and pepper and brown

2. Add a couple tablespoons of worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to steak

3. Add water and fajita packet to steak, let simmer

4. Mix the rest of the worcestershire sauce, couple splashes of pineapple juice & enchilada sauce and add to steak

5. Slice veggies and garlic and add to steak along with pineapple.

6. Let simmer on low heat until steak is tender, I simmered for about two hours, but if you don’t have the time, heating until veggies are fork tender (about 20 min) should be fine. The longer you let the flavors marry, the better the dish will taste.

7. Garnish with green onion, jalapenos, olives, or whatever toppings you want.

Tip: If you don’t have enchilada sauce on hand, mix tomato sauce with taco seasoning, cumin, or whatever other Mexican spices you have on hand.

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I like my fajitas saucy, but you can add less of the enchilada sauce if you like. I’ve also grilled steak and veggies on a grill pan and it turned out delicious too. This was the first time I added the pineapple and I really liked it. It added sweetness to the spicy sauce. The steak was tender and juicy and was really flavorful from simmering for so long. This recipe is good if you have things to do around the house while you cook dinner. Just slice, add, and let simmer. You could also make this in the crock pot. Bon Appetit!

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