Pizza

Bar Siena

Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Bar Siena is new to the neighborhood (EST. 2015), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t bringing it. Bar Siena is a rustic 2 story structure consisting of a 1st floor bar, an upstairs dining area, and outdoor patio. Bar Siena also houses a giant pizza oven made out of mosaic tile (they even named her Bella and she is the focal point of the space). With a menu ranging from pizza to Short Rib Lasagna and Duck Mac and Cheese to Bomboloni’s (Italian hole less doughnuts) from Bombobar, Bar Siena is one of the hottest spots on Randolph St. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.6 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Grilled Octopus and Shishitto Peppers (sweet, East Asia): Charred escarole, Calabrian chili vinaigrette. I have died and gone to heaven! This was one of the best things I have ever had. The octopus was fresh, tender, and melted in my mouth. The chili vinaigrette was spicy and was the perfect condiment and the escarole added a nice smoky  freshness to balance out each bite. I really appreciated that the octopus was cooked perfectly, lightly charred, and not tough. You could definitely taste the quality. Order this!

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Pecorino Biscuits & Gravy: Oven dried tomato, chicken sausage, charred green onion, fried egg. I love a dish where the silky, richness of an egg yolk can flow  down around the rest of the ingredients. It’s brilliant. The chicken sausage was mild and tender. Charring the green onion brought out a sweet mild flavor that was perfect against the rich sausage gravy and buttery biscuits. Well done!

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Bar Siena is definitely serving up some flavor bombs. The restaurant was buzzing for brunch at 1 on a Saturday. Everyone was enjoying drinks, laughing and conversing as the servers brought out delicious plates. With a “liquid brunch” menu consisting of the classics: Bloody Mary’s, build your own Mimosa’s, mulled wine, cold pressed juices, there’s something for every palette. The food was great and the dining room had such an awesome vibe. This is my new favorite weekend jam. If only I lived in Chicago.

Thanks to Janet and Emma for such a blast. I ❤ day drinking with you ladies!

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

The next stop in Dallas was to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Located on McKinney Ave in Uptown Dallas, Grimaldi’s is dishing out NY style pizza by way of the brick oven. The dining room expresses the family history with pictures covering the walls which I love. Using only the freshest ingredients and a secret recipe for their dough, it’s no wonder why Grimaldi’s has award winning pies. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (dessert)

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White Sangria: Light, refreshing, with a hint of sweet. The only think I didn’t like was that the fruit tasted more like it was fruit cocktail out of a can.

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Greek Salad: Crisp romaine, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese, with a light Greek dressing. The perfect compliment to any pizza.

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Margherita Pizza: Fresh basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Sometimes, the simplest ingredients make the best pies. The fresh basil and warm tomatoes were so delicious! The thin crust was perfectly cooked with a slight crunch and chew.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake: What pumpkin cheesecake you know has a chocolate crust? It worked! The pumpkin was not overpowering and the toffee crunch crumble added a nice texture to the velvety cheesecake.

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Amaretto Almond Cheesecake: Oh my! The amaretto and toasted almond flavor combo of this cheesecake was delicious. The smooth, creamy texture melted in your mouth. This is a seasonal cheesecake and I only hope that it’s there on my next visit.

 

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I really like this spot. The food was good, service was good, and it was right in the heart of Uptown Dallas. Good news! You won’t need to travel all the way to the Big D to enjoy Grimaldi’s. One is opening in Southland Mall in Taylor, MI. You’re welcome!

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D’Amato’s Italian

Located on Sherman Dr. in Downtown Royal Oak, MI is D’Amato’s Italian restaurant. D’Amato’s is dishing out authentic Italian classics including pasta, pizza, entrees, and charcuterie (meat board). D’Amato’s also offers daily specials including dinner and drink specials. They offer a full bar including craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Josh and I came here to celebrate my new position. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 3.5 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: 4 out of 5 bites (menu and drinks)

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The bread was really tasty: Fresh, buttery, and warm. The balsamic dipping oil was good, but the first time I think we added a little too much balsamic because it was strong. Next time, I won’t let Josh do the pouring (wink, wink).

Moscow Mule (Blueberry): House Blueberry Infused Vodka, Ginger Beer and Fresh Lemon Juice. The blueberry added a nice brightness to this classic cocktail. It was refreshing and light, but I was definitely feeling buzzed off just one! Ha.

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Minestrone Soup: Traditional Italian vegetable soup with pasta and beans. Nice hearty soup with a rich broth. Minestrone is Josh’s favorite and he always orders it when we get Italian. This was one of the better minestrone’s I’ve had.

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Italian Chili: This was the soup of the day. It was rich, hearty, with a little spice. If I remember correctly, it had pieces of short rib in it which made it extra decadent. The onion straws and sour cream on top added a little extra.

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Beef Short Rib & Butternut Squash Pasta: Tender, beef short rib meat, piled on top of fettucine in a butternut squash sauce. This was the special recommended by our service so I went with it. It was amazing! The butternut squash was sweet and creamy. The beef was so tender that it melted in my mouth. If given the opportunity, order this dish!

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Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells: Spinach stuffed shells covered with a rich Alfredo sauce. The sauce was creamy and delicious. The stuffed shells were good, but the spinach to cheese ratio was off. I would have liked more cheese and a little less spinach.

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The service was good and I really liked the feel of the dining room. There was enough natural light to brighten things up, but at night, D’Amato’s has a sort of sexy ambience. The upscale Italian restaurant shares the space with it’s neighbor, Goodnight Gracie Martini bar. At night, this bar doubles as a club, with live entertainment, dancing, DJ’s, and even Jazz music. D’Amato’s has what seems like a never ending Whiskey menu. They are offering bourbon, scotch, Irish whiskey, Rye, you name it! I thought this was really impressive for an Italian restaurant. The food was pretty good and the prices are pretty reasonable. You can’t beat $5 Cosmo’s and half off pizza/pasta for the ladies on Friday nights. D’Amato’s also offers brunch including bottomless Mimosa’s and a Bloody Mary bar. If you haven’t tried D’Amato’s, stop in and try out the Prime Rib!

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Eddie’s Pizza

Today on the Bite Tonight: Eddie’s Pizza

Located on Ryan Rd, just North of 9 Mile in Warren, MI, is Eddie’s Pizza. Eddie’s is one of those local carry out pizza spots that beats the over rated $5 hot & ready every time. It’s a small place right on a corner, but they are doing pizza right. Lucky for Josh and I, Eddie’s is within 3 blocks from his house. We have been wanting to try them out, so we decided to pick up a pizza. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites (carry out counter, no seating)

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Pepperoni & Onion Pizza: with Garlic, Butter, Parmesan crust. The pizza was that perfect combo of crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The cheese was browned up and bubbly and the onions had a nice char to them. The flavored crust was on point and just as good as Hungry Howie’s.

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Service was good and our order was prepared just as we requested it. The inside is pretty small, and there isn’t much seating, but it does its purpose for a carry out pizza joint. Eddie’s offers more than just pizza. Their menu consists of ribs, shrimp & chicken, Stromboli, specialty pizzas, appetizers, salads, sandwiches & grinders, and desserts. Their prices seems to be lower than the more popular Howie’s and Happy’s and the pizza was just as good, if not better. Eddie’s also offers specials and you can score some pretty reasonable deals. The hard part is choosing what to get. Next time, we are going to try a grinder or some of the cheesecake on the menu.

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Jolly Pumpkin Brewery

Today on the Bite Tonight: Jolly Pumpkin

Although new to the Midtown neighborhood (they opened the doors April 11th), Jolly Pumpkin is not new to Metro Detroit. Detroiters have been well familiar with the local brew since it popped up in stores and on taps in the area. Jolly Pumpkin not only is brewing some tasty beer, but also offers infused vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, and agave as well as craft cocktails. The menu is what I like to refer to as “healthy comfort food with a twist” and their pizzas are my favorite. Not to mention, Jolly Pumpkin is incorporating some unique flavors and creative combinations. Check out the Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich with sesame cilantro slaw, tumeric aioli, spicy pickles on a sriracha brioche bun. Talk about a flavor bomb! Amanda and I met up for celebratory dinner and drinks a few weeks ago. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (menu and creativity)

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Strawberry Infused Vodka: Light, refreshing, and slightly sweet. Perfect drink to end summer with.

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Mystery Ale: Since I am not a beer drinker by any means, I asked the bartender to pour me something light and fruity. He brought me a lemon-y ale which I am not even sure is still on tap (I couldn’t find anything close on the menu). It was exactly what I wanted and delicious.

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Korean Shortrib Pizza: Scallions, mozzarella cheese, black sesame, arugula, and sesame soy vinaigrette. Say Whaaaat?? Delicious! One of the best specialty pizzas I’d ever had. It was sweet, slightly spicy, but fresh and light from the arugula. This is the best pizza because I didn’t feel bad about eating it at 10 P.M. This pizza was not greasy at all and the crust was thin, but still had a nice chewy texture. I thought the shortrib would be heavy, but surprisingly it wasn’t. I really appreciated how the toppings were evenly distributed and you got a little bit of everything in each bite.

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Service was good and the vibe is chill. Everyone is there for the same reason: to enjoy killer food and drinks. Jolly Pumpkin not only has good beer, but they also have amazing food. With breweries sometime you run into good drinks, but mediocre food or even a limited food menu. Jolly Pumpkin is serving up really good comforting dishes in a sophisticated way. Their food ignites your palate and pairs perfectly with the freshly brewed artisan ales. It’s great if you are looking for a light salad, hearty vegetarian sandwich, or a late night pizza. It’s what I like to call “feel good food.”

Thanks for a night out, Amanda. We need another pizza date soon! ❤

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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.

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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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B Boomers

Located on Southfield Rd. in Allen Park, MI, B Boomers is a local bar dishing out good food with big portions. Getting more bang for your buck is always a good feeling and a lot of spots aren’t as generous as they used to be. B Boomers offers a typical bar menu consisting of pizza, burgers sandwiches, soups and salads, and fried favorites. With flat screen T.V.’s, cold beers, and a full bar, B Boomers is the place to enjoy a nice dinner and watch your favorite game. Ma and I decided to grab a quick bite before heading to the Allen Park Street Fair a couple weeks ago. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bits

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (good food and portion size)

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Reuben Sandwich: Thinly slice corned beef with sauerkraut on marble rye served with thousand island dressing and homemade chips. The corned beef was lean and juicy which made it tasty, but also made the bottom half of the bread soggy (I hate that). It’s sometimes the risk you take when enjoying a nice Reuben sandwich. The home made chips were really delicious and were served warm (so you know they were fresh).  The corned beef was stacked high and was enough for Ma and I to share. The sauerkraut added a nice bite to the salty corned beef. I really like how the sandwich was served on newspaper paper. It adds character and uniqueness.

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I sometimes forget about B Boomers since they are one of the last restaurants before you hit Southfield Freeway and because they re-opened under new ownership a little over a year ago. Since rediscovering it’s charm, I have a feeling that they are my new local favorite. My next visit will be to try the pizza (which I hear is amazing). B Boomers is a great place if you are looking for good food and service at a local price. Stop in for live music, events including fantasy football, trivia, and fundraisers, and great food and drink specials.

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