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Savannah’s

The last time my brother, Jason was in town, we decided to have dinner at Savannah’s. Located on W. Jefferson in Trenton, MI, Savannah’s is a fine dining restaurant with a Southern charm. The building  is gorgeous-an old Victorian style house with a beautiful big porch that just invites you in. Savannah’s offers seafood, pasta, steaks and chops, a full bar, dinner specials, and more. Next time, I am definitely trying the Gator Bites and Prime Rib (offered on the weekend, while supplies last). See how they ranked!

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 5 out of 5 bites (1st perfect score)!

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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My mom started off with a Bloody Mary: Perfect balance of tomato and spice with a hint of sweet. I love that it was served with huge olives,  a pickle spear, and a delicious flavored salt rim.

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup: Golden chicken stock, root vegetable, topped with puff pastry. The puff pastry topping was flaky and buttery. The soup was creamy, rich, and warmed your whole body. It was delicious!

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French Onion Soup: Rich beef stock, caramelized onion, fresh herbs, topped with provolone cheese. One of the best French onion soup’s I’ve had. The broth was rich with a nice onion flavor without being too salty. The croutons still had some texture and weren’t super soggy. A nice slice of provolone cheese topped off this decadent soup.

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Bourbon Beef Tips: Seared beef tenderloin, mushrooms, bourbon glaze, parmesan crostini. The beef was tender and moist. The crostini was slightly toasted and topped with nutty Parmesan cheese. The bourbon glaze was sweet with a rich, thick, smooth finish. I definitely recommend this appetizer!

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Spinach Dip: Whipped cheese, fresh spinach, artichokes, garlic, grilled pita. The spinach dip was definitely homemade with a whipped, thick texture. I really liked the huge pieces of artichoke and garlic. The grilled pita was dusted with parmesan cheese and acted as a substantial tool for dipping.

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My Pick

Whiskey Cherry Chicken: Sautéed chicken medallions, tart dried cherries, Kentucky whiskey, garlic cream. Yum! The combo of the tart and sweet from the cherry and smokiness from the whiskey went well together. The garlic cream sauce was light and added a nice creaminess to the dish. The side was a potato gratin which was delicious! It was slightly salty with a velvety sauce that made these potatoes unbelievably moist and creamy.

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Mom’s Pick

Chicken Savannah: Chicken breast medallions, spiced bread crumbs, fried golden, southern style bacon, onion cream reduction. Just when I thought my dish was the best, this one took the cake. The breaded chicken breast was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. The onion cream reduction was delicious. The bacon added a little something extra to take this dish over the top.

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Jason’s Pick

Cajun Citrus Salmon: Fresh Atlantic salmon, Cajun brown sugar rub, tangy citrus reduction. The salmon was cooked perfectly with a nice sweet and spicy flavor. The citrus reduction added a nice touch to balance out the sweet and spicy. Really fresh! The baked sweet potato was super soft that they could be mistaken for mashed potatoes. Delicious!

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Not only was the food spectacular, but the service was amazing. Our server took the time to explain all the specials and didn’t seem rushed. It’s hard to find good service these days. I’ve had good service, but I mean good service where the server actually appears to be enjoying waiting on you. It didn’t seemed forced and the server seemed natural. Our server even gave us two desserts when we only ordered one and an appetizer “punch card” good for one free appetizer in just two more visits. The dining room was super cute with a fireplace and ornate and elaborate accents and decorations. The prices were a little higher than average ($20 per dish) but we didn’t mind paying considering the pleasant experience and portion size. I fell in love with Savannah’s and it is my new “go to” spot. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Savannah’s, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

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Sushi Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Bar

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I am taking a little break from Texas eats to feature Sushi Bar, located on Maple, in Downtown Wyandotte, MI. Josh and I visited this restaurant a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Offering Japanese cuisine using only the finest ingredients, a full bar, and lunch specials, Sushi Bar is Downrivers go to sushi spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Here’s the sushi bar:

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California Roll (Left): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Avocado And Caviar On The Top, Rolled With Rice And Seaweed. Classic and delicious!

Henry Ford Roll (Middle): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Rice and Seaweed. Lightly Fried. Just as delicious as the California roll, but deep fried and really good.

Multiple Orgasm Roll (Right): Rolled with Rice and Seaweed Filled with Salmon, Spicy Crab, Tuna, Avocado then Lightly Fried. Topped with Spicy Mayo. My favorite! The creaminess of the avocado complimented the spicy mayo and crab. I really liked the slight crunch of the roll. The spice wasn’t too overpowering either.

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I was really impressed with the quality of the rolls. They were tightly rolled and didn’t fall apart. You could really taste the fresh ingredients with each bite. Service was good and the prices were reasonable. Sushi Bar has a nicely decorated dining room with flat screen TV’s. I also really liked that the names of the menu items were local: Detroit Roll and Biddle Roll. Kudos for “shouting out” to the community. Stop in and check em out!

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Food Tasting @ Olive Garden

Josh and I were lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive food tasting @ Olive Garden in Ann Arbor, MI last week. Olive Garden’s culinary geniuses were looking for feedback on their latest and most significant menu evolution in OG history. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing more customizable options. See how they ranked!

Atmosphere: 4 out of bites

Price: 3.5 out 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 drink…

Italian Margarita: Sauza Gold Tequila, triple sec and imported Italian amaretto. Light, refreshing, and dangerous because you cannot taste the alcohol. The sweetness from the amaretto balances the sourness from the margarita. Highly recommended!

Italian Margherita

Out of a 10 course food tasting, Josh and I decided to share our favorites.

Crispy Risotto Bites: A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served with marinara sauce. Perfectly crispy and not greasy. The marinara was flavorful and the perfect sidekick. Great for sharing!

Risotto Bites

Artichoke Fritta: Artichoke hearts lightly battered and fried, topped with Italian cheeses, Served with citrus aioli dipping sauce. Even though the artichoke hearts were fried, this appetizer was very light. The artichoke has a slightly lemony and sour element that brightened up the texture. The citrus aioli sauce was what made this dish: delectable!

Articoke Fritta

Salmon Bruschetta: Grilled filet topped with fresh tomatoes and basil pesto. Served on a seafood risotto with sauteed shrimp. Although we’re not huge seafood fans (Josh even less than I), this salmon was amazing. Cooked and seasoned perfectly and extremely fresh! The creamy and silky risotto was the perfect pairing.

Salmon bruschetta with shrimp risotto

Citrus Chicken Sorrento: (Lighter Italian Fare, under 575 calories). Tender, grilled chicken breasts in a citrus honey glaze, inspired by the city of Sorrento, famous for it’s lemon groves. Served with lightly seasoned broccoli, artichokes and roasted vegetables. The sweet citrus and lemon flavor was light, yet satisfying. The chicken was tender, juicy, and succulent.

Citrus Chicken Sorrento

Braised Beef and Tortelloni: Tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms, and asiago-filled tortelloni tossed in a basil-marsala sauce. OMG! Hands down, the best thing we’ve ever eaten! The beef was so tender and absorbed so much of that slightly sweet basil-marsala sauce. The tortelloni was perfectly cooked, and filled with buttery asiago cheese that just melted in your mouth. Although this dish was slightly heavy, it was comforting, exquisite and so worth it!

Braised Beef Tortelloni

Apple Tuscan Bread Pudding: (Seasonal dessert)-Warm, rustic Italian bread pudding baked with York Imperial applies, then topped with caramel and a rich vanilla cream. Now, I would normally gravitate towards a chocolate dessert or cheesecake for an after dinner delight, but this bread pudding is good! A nice crusty top with a moist, soft center. This is the perfect dessert to warm you up right before you venture out into the Michigan cold. The vanilla cream is the perfect finishing touch and really compliments the bread pudding well.

Tuscan Apple Bread Pudding

Some of the other menu features include Spicy Three Meat Sauce part of Cucina Mia (customize your pasta), Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper, Mediterranean Flatbread, Spicy Calabrian Wings, and Pappardella Pescatore seafood entree.

The OG staff and organizers of the food tasting were really great and took the time to explain each dish and interact with the food tasters. Service was good as always and the staff was very accommodating. A big thank you goes out to the the staff at Olive Garden and Costa Communications Group! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, if you want good Italian that never disappoints, go to Olive Garden. This new menu is the best we’ve had at OG so stop wasting your time with mediocre. Get to Olive Garden now and experience decadence.

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Red Hawk

Today on the Bite Tonight: Red Hawk

Located on State St in Downtown Ann Arbor is old bookstore turned bar & grill, Red Hawk.  Josh and I decided to meet our friends Lauren and Steve for dinner. Red Hawk has been serving locally sourced, scratch cooking since 1992. With weekly specials, happy hour, and a menu consisting of pub favorites, wine, booze, and local brews, Red Hawk is a popular local spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Lamb Burger:With roasted pepper-olive tapenade, grilled onions, feta cheese. The combo of the salty feta, sweet onions, and the bite of the roasted red pepper-olive tapenade (traditionally pureed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies, and olive oil) was delicious. The lamb burger was cooked medium and was full of flavor and juice.

lamb burger

Burton Town Cheese Steak on grilled cibatta: grilled shaved house-roasted sirloin, peppers, onions, mozzarella.
****A portion of the sale is donated to the university musical society, which is awesome! *** The steak was seasoned well, but the peppers could’ve been a little more crunchy. There was a lot of cheese which made it delicious, but also made it messy.

philly cheese steak

Hand Dipped Beer Battered Onion Rings: Super crunchy, salty, and delicious! The beer batter really makes for a great onion ring.

beer battered onion rings

Turkey Meatloaf Sandwich: Served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled on sourdough. The meatloaf was moist and had spices and seasonings that gave it tons of flavor. Very delicious, yet light!

turkey meatloaf sandwich

Smoked Salmon Burger: Served on a grilled bakery bun with tarragon-caper mayonnaise, crisp lettuce. Side of steak fries. The burger itself was dry due to not enough mayo. Our server was busy with other tables and Steve wasn’t able to get another side of mayo and just ate it anyways.

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For Ann Arbor, Red Hawk was decently priced and had good food. The service was OK, we didn’t have enough silverware so it was a pain having to wait until our server came back around to check on us. I really liked that the menu had a nice variety and there was gluten free and vegetarian options.

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