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Griff’s Pub

Griff’s Pub, which opened earlier this year, brings something different to the area by being one of the few gastropubs Downriver. Neighbors know Griff’s address as the spot where Big Apple Bagels used to be on Southfield Rd in Allen Park, MI. Serving up English style pub food with an upscale spin, this gastropub even makes their own “weekly sausage.” 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: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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Nothing like a nice cold, refreshing Summer Shandy!

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The Lamb Burger: Seasoned combo of lamb and beef, goat cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, red onion, cherry peppers, dill tzatziki. You had me at goat cheese and dill tzatziki! This burger was juicy and flavorful. The lamb was delicious and the red onion added a nice crunch and bite. Dill goes great with lamb, but this creamy, tangy tzatziki was a nice finishing touch.

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The dining space is small, but nice. Service was good and the staff was very knowledgeable and even offered a few recommendations. Griff’s Pub takes casual, simple classis, and elevates their flavors, turning them into upscale dishes. With a full bar, craft beers, and seasonal drinks, Griff’s offers an advantage over local bars and restaurants. I can’t wait to go back and try the roasted garlic!

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Iheart Kolache

Today on the Bite Tonight: Iheart Kolache Coffee-Bakery

Last week, my mom and I traveled to Texas to visit Jay. One of our first stops on my culinary journey was to experience a kolache. Kolaches first originated in the 1700’s in Czechoslovakia and were brought to Texas by immigrants who settled there. These delicious little pastries come in savory choices such as Philly Cheese steak or BBQ Beef, but also can be enjoyed with fruit fillings including blueberry, cheery, and apricot. Kolaches are also popular in Oklahoma and Montgomery, Minnesota, where they are rumored to be the kolache capital of the world. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow factor: 4 out of bites (unique-ness and menu)

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Kolache assortment (6 for around $12): Chicken enchilada, Ranchero, Sausage, Sausage croissant, sausage, egg, and cheese, (breakfast), and Bacon, egg, and cheese.

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Chicken Enchilada: Chicken breast, tomato sauce, cheese, and sour cream. I’ll start with the best part, the pastry! Warm, soft, with a slight chew and sweetness. The perfect dough to hug the delicious filling. Not to spicy, with tender chicken, and a perfect balance of cheese and tomato sauce.

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Sausage, egg, and cheese: Move over mcmuffin! All I can say is that this is perfect for breakfast on the go. All the great breakfast ingredients you want baked into a soft roll.

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The service was good in the nice, clean bakery. I love that you can get different types of kolaches. You can get a meal in one or simply a croissant wrapped around a European sausage (even better than the breakfast). The combination of the soft, warm, buttery roll and the filling is out of this world. If you get the chance to try one, do it and then order more to go!

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Olive Garden

Today on the Bite Tonight: Olive Garden’s unlimited soup & salad

My mother and I decided to have a nice mother/daughter day. After a long morning of shopping for fresh produce @ Block’s Farmer’s Market, we stopped in to Olive Garden for lunch. Located on Eureka Rd in Southgate, Olive Garden is a great Italian restaurant that never disappoints. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Chicken & Gnocci: A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. My favorite! Creamy broth, fresh ingredients, and perfectly seasoned.

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Zuppa Toscana: Spicy sausage, fresh kale and russet potatoes in a creamy broth. Rustic, hearty, and delicious. I love the sausage paired with the kale.

sausage and potato soup

House Salad with house dressing. Love the pepperoncini’s!

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If you’re looking for a nice lunch, without all the calories of pasta, opt for soup and salad. Olive Garden offers up fresh ingredients, traditional classics, and delicious comfort food.

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Breakfast Quesadilla

When it comes to breakfast, I believe that eggs, breakfast meat, veggies, and a tortilla are the perfect match. You can get creative and the possibilities are endless. Here’s an easy recipe for my latest creation.

Today on the Bite Tonight: Breakfast Quesadilla. 

1. In a large skillet, saute about 3 tablespoons of ground breakfast sausage with 1/4 cup of onions and peppers of your choice (I used red pepper).

2. Once the sausage is cooked, push mixture to the side and brown 6 tater tots in a little olive oil, smashing with a spatula to really get that crispy crust.

3. Once the taters are crispy, crack one egg in the skillet and scramble, combining with sausage mixture once cooked.

4. Remove taters and sausage mixture and set aside.

5. Take one large tortilla and smear enchilada, hot sauce, or whatever the heck you have in the fridge on half of the tortilla.

6. Build the quesadilla on the same half as the sauce, starting with the sausage mixture, layer on your favorite cheese, then add taters, then more cheese.

7. Fold over the tortilla and brown on each side.

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You get the delicious, comfort of a breakfast burrito, but then you taste the sauce which gives it a little spicy Mexican/Spanish flavor. It’s really great if you want to impress guests with your skillet skills or perfect for an on the go breakfast meal. Try it out and tell me what you think!