Wyandotte Restaurants

Speedboat Bar & Grill

Last week, some co-workers and I went out to celebrate a promotion. I have always heard that Speedboat Bar & Grill had good food so I was excited when I heard we were meeting up here. Located on Jefferson Ave, in Wyandotte, MI, Speedboat is a small little dive bar. We love dive bars, right? See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 4 bites (patio action)

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 1 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 1 out of 5 bites (menu variety)

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If you know me, you know that I enjoy a good Reuben.

Reuben Sandwich with fries: Thinly sliced corned beef joined with sauerkraut and topped with Russian dressing served on toasted white bread. The corned beef was a tad dry, but overall this sandwich was good. The corned beef was slightly salty and included not one piece of fat (which could’ve  been why it was dry).  There was a good sauerkraut to beef ratio and the bread was lightly toasted and not soggy. I didn’t care for the Russian dressing. It was OK, but lacked tang and seemed like it came out of an off brand bottle with too much ketchup. The fries were good-cooked well done for that extra crisp.

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Service started out good. The place wasn’t too busy for a Thursday night and our food came up quick. Drinks and food were reasonably priced and the food was good for a dive bar. The problems started when we went to cash out our tabs and were told we couldn’t have separate checks (we had a party of about 10-15). Ok, no problem. I have worked in the restaurant industry so I know this game. Typically, establishments are still able to run your credit card for the amount of your tab. Nope, we were told that we could pay cash or either divide up the whole tab into 4 credit card payments. This was a major inconvenience because most of us had credit cards or not even cash to cover our whole tab. Our two servers were rude about this, didn’t even apologize for the inconvenience, and even refused to separate the checks (I overheard one of them talking to the other). The weird part was that some of our co-workers who left earlier, were able to get their checks separated and cash out. We ended up having to figure it out on our own and one of our co-workers paid the whole tab while some of us had to pay her back later. The servers didn’t tell us that we couldn’t pay with multiple cards when the reservation was booked or when we first got there. This whole thing was unnecessary and as a result, most of us will never return.

Regardless, Congrats, Kellie. I still had a great time! I wish you the best of luck and I know you will rock your new position!

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Camino Real

Located on Eureka Rd in Wyandotte, MI is Camino Real. This spot is actually where Ponderosa used to be and opened it’s doors about a year ago. Camino Real uses quality meats and produce and serves authentic Mexican cuisine. They offer food and drink specials. live music, and events. I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for a while and it seemed perfect to meet Janet here for dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4  out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 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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My pick:

There Flour Taco dinner: Al Pastor (marinated pork), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese served with rice and beans. The meats all had great flavor and were moist. I think my favorite was the al pastor. Slightly sweet and salty pork never disappoints. The rice was perfectly cooked and the beans were delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was that by the time I made it to my third taco, the tortilla was very soggy from all the juice.

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Janet’s Pick

Three Corn Taco dinner: Chorizo (Mexican Sausage), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) and Carne Asada (steak) topped with cilantro and served with rice and beans. Janet’s taco dinner was a little more authentic than mine and verydelicious. The cilantro was fresh and brightened up the tacos. The chorizo was spicy without being super greasy.

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If you haven’t visited Camino Real yet, get in there. The portion sizes are generous (our tacos were filled to the brim with meat) and service was good. I do want to go back on a weekend when the live music plays.

Janet, let me know when you want to go back!

Camino Real Mexican Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Gizzmos Bistro & Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Gizzmos Bistro & Bar

Located on Biddle Ave in Downtown Wyandotte, Gizzmos is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Specializing in martinis, Gizzmos has recently expanded their menu introducing tapas style food items, over 50 martinis, and close to 20 local brews. 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: 3 out of 5 bites

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Now before you judge a book by it’s cover, just know that I didn’t drink all these martinis alone. My good friend, Michelle and her sister, Nicole were in town, so Nastassia and I met them for a night of catching up.

DD Dirty Dog: Nastassia’s pick. Smirnoff Vodka, Olive juice, and olives. Salty, strong, and classic.

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Banana Split: Nastassia’s 1st pick that she didn’t care for. Vodka, Tequila Rose , Creme De Banana, Creme De Cocoa. Nice flavor, but really sweet and heavy. Great for banana fans!

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Bellitini: My pick. Vodka, Peach Liqueur, Champagne. Light, fruity with a hint of bubbly. Bellitini

Skittletini: Nicole’s pick. Vodka, Razzmatazz, Peach tree Liqueur, Triple Sec, Orange and Cranberry juice. Tasted just like a skittle and not booze. Fruity and sweet.

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Mint Chocolate Chip: Michelle’s pick. Vanilla Vodka, Creme de Menthe, Irish Creme, Cream. Like a scoop of ice cream in a glass. Delicious, decadent, and rich.

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What I liked about Gizzmos was that each martini was garnished beautifully. With a newly renovated interior, Gizzmos has live music and a great menu to suit any taste bud. The staff was friendly and it really seemed like our server wanted us to have a great experience, making conversation and offering her drink knowledge and recommendations. Even though I’ve lived Downriver all my life, this was my first visit to Gizzmos and it won’t be my last. No matter if you’re in the mood for a sophisticated cocktail or a beer and a small bite, stop in and check out Gizzmos.

Thanks for a wonderful evening, ladies! It was so great to see you guys.

 

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Gregorio's Italian Restaurant

Josh and I decided to stop in to Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant. Gregorio’s is located in Wyandotte on Biddle. This small, cozy restaurant has been making favorites for locals since 2003. Check out our visit.

Fried Ravioli: The ravioli was lightly breaded, golden brown and tasted pretty average.

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For dinner, we tried one of the specials: The Bocci: Sacchetti cheese filled pasta with Alfredo sauce and chicken. We were able to customize this dish which is always a plus. It originally came with marinara, but the Alfredo sauce was the way to go. We also added the chicken. The cheese filled pasta was tender and tasted good with the Alfredo sauce. There was only a few strips of chicken which was a little dry.

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If you visit their website, you can sign up for the email club and view weekly promotions. I was really impressed with the website as well. It’s user friendly and has some great pics. However, the website looked better than the actual restaurant did. The decor was outdated and the place was very small which means there wasn’t much privacy. The prices were a little on the high side, also. Our special was orginally $13.99 and for cheese filled pasta, that seems a little steep. After adding Alfredo sauce & chicken to our dish, it came to $20, which wasn’t worth it. The service was great, but next time I’m craving Italian, I’ll stick to Antonio’s or Olive Garden.

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Bourbon's on Sycamore

Yesterday my brother, Jason and I wanted to grab lunch @ Coastal Thai in Wyandotte, but we found out that it doesn’t open until 4 pm, so we went a few doors down to Bourbons on Sycamore. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I’m glad fate directed us to try out Bourbons.

Fried Brussels Sprouts: Brussels Sprouts marinated in Balsamic Vinegar and flash fried. The Balsamic was a nice touch to the brussels sprouts. The only thing I didn’t like was that the brussels were a little on the burned side. Flash fried is defined as cooking at a high temperature for a minimal amount of time: 15 seconds or so. Judging by the color, I don’t think these brussels were cooked for only 15 seconds. Regardless, I respect the idea and the light crispy texture of the brussel leaves. It was very interesting and like nothing I’ve ever had.

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Blackened Salmon Wrap with Dill Mayo & Tempura Purple Sweet Potato Fries: The salmon was served on a spinach wrap which was the first thing that caught my eye. The dill mayo was cool & refreshing, yet subtle. I ordered a side of pickles (because I love them) and they added a nice crunch to this light wrap. Now, when I ordered the purple sweet potato fries I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The tempura batter was light and combined with the sweet potato, had an elephant ear flavor. The sweet potato wasn’t too rich, but perfect. It was delicious! When you go to Bourbons on Sycamore, you have to order these! And tell them the Eat Food Detroit blog sent you.

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Bourbons on Sycamore is new to Downtown Wyandotte, but they fit right in. The food was unique and our server was on point. Bourbons brings that neighborhood bar feel with an upscale flavor experience. They have seasonal draft beers (some of which were unavailable), but my brother was able to find a couple he liked. The place was decorated with holiday swag and flat screen TVs making it a warm, cozy atmosphere.

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