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Where Are the Motown 'Hounds?

Marty L. | Jul 19, 2002 01:02 AM

There's been very little discussion on this Board in the past few months about Detroit-area chow (with occasional exceptions such as the always-reliable berkleybabe).

There must be more Detroit-area chowhounds out there who could enliven the discussion. Where are the obscure, or new, diamonds in the rough?

I just returned to Detroit for a few days after a substantial absence, and (predictably) had my best meal at the incomparable Zingerman's. (Incomparable in price, too -- the sandwiches now average about $11!, almost triple what they were back when I was a wide-eyed student not *that* many years ago.) Also finally got around to trying Evie's tamales. While not exactly earth-shattering, they are a real treat in the midst of the otherwise tired Mexicantown. Brought home a couple of dozen, for a pittance. Also enjoyed a couple of cold soups at Zoup -- I agree, a welcome addition (if a tad overpriced). Toast was fairly good (I had the breakfast burrito, which I expected to be a horrible mess as such things often are, but it actually was quite well-conceived), but it didn't live up to Delia-like raves. Had a very miserable meal at an old fave, Sweet Lorraine's (new location -- Livonia), but I chalk that up to the fact that it was a lazy Sunday night and I probably wasn't treated to the frontline kitchen staff. (Sorry, b-babe, didn't get a chance to hit the Taco Bell on Coolidge. :))

I'll be heading back soon, and more frequently, in the coming months and years (arrival of my first nephew, for what it's worth), and so I need new recommendations! For instance, are any of the following -- all of which are touted by Hour Detroit -- worthwhile?:

Alegrias (Greek in Farmington Hills)

Bibimbab (Korean in Novi)

Everest Express (Nepalese in Farmington)

French Gourmet (Ferndale)

Hong Hua (Cantonese in Farmington Hills)

Mi Loc (Korean in Southfield)

Misha's ("home cooking" in Detroit)

Nami (sushi in Ferndale)

Polish Village Cafe and Under the Eagle (Polish in Hamtramck)

Thanks in advance -- Marty, the former oakpark

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