so after a couple of months of working furiously in detroit, i have had a bit of time to check out the restaurant scene here. i will say this is a pretty good eating town. some of the bright points:
detroit breakfast house and grill, 1241 woodward ave., detroit: as a native southern californian, i loved the late night roscoe's chicken and waffles. and for some reason, i think detroit breakfast house may be better (although they do not offer gravy for their fried chicken). really good cheese grits, the bacon waffle is delicious, with bacon in and on top of the waffle. i haven't tried anything besides the chicken and waffle, or the catfish and waffle, although a friend of mine had the salmon benedict and thought it was so-so. the same friend said that the dinner there was less than stellar.
andiamo riverfront, renaissance center, detroit: i've only been here once, but i think this is a great deal for lunch. for $16, i had (1) pasta fagioli, (2) penne with meat sauce, (3) pork chop with carmelized pears, garlic mashed potatoes, and sauteed green beans. the pears were not carmelized too well, and the green beans were overcooked, but i was too full to notice. and the pork chop was also cooked medium as ordered, which i think is unusual because even when asked, restaurants will cook pork a little more than ordered. service was a strong point.
slows bbq, 2138 michigan ave, detroit: good selection of beers, smoked meats galore. sides were a litte subpar (waffle fries with cheese food sauce?), and service was off (timing, had to ask for drinks on more than one occasion), but i still liked the overall vibe of this place.
union street, 4145 woodward ave, detroit: another place with a solid beer selection and hearty food. i like the pub grub deluxe, but i think that the service here is the real draw. friendly, knowledgeable about the booze, accomodating, and just plain welcoming.
falafel king, 32748 woodward ave, royal oak: when i have a hankering for falafel with hummus, or a kefta craving, this is where i go. it may be my imagination, but everything seems to be cooked to order, so no problems with getting a falafel that was fried five hours ago.
bread basket deli, 26052 greenfield, oak park: i am a deli fanatic, and i originally set out to try every deli in the area. i ended up eating at steve's deli and bread basket, but i have stopped looking for a deli and i just eat at bread basket at least once a week. nothing wrong with steve's, just a little far from the neighborhood and their sandwiches are a third of the size of those at bread basket. i wish i could go there right now, but it's closed on sunday.
pho huang, 30921 dequindre, madison heights: i've been putting in a bit of time in madison heights and the vietnamese community here, and i think that, at least for pho, this is the best place. very crowded on weekends, but worth the wait. now i have to find a good vietnamese sandwich place (didn't think too much of vy-nga sandwiches, but i just saw a sign for vietnamese sandwiches next door to pho huang)
okay, i'm getting hungry, i will stop now.