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Rocky's @ Northville [DTW]

rainsux | Aug 4, 2013 12:51 PM

Friends with trustworthy palates invited us to join them at Rocky's last
night. I looked at Yawn (uh, oh) and Uspoon (okay) and set my
expectations to "medium."

We arrived a few minutes before our 7PM resv time. The parking lot
was full. The hostess seemed to struggle at the computer for our
party of four. We were seated ... in the bar. "TOO NOISY. Can we
be seated in the dining room? What??? Can we be seated in the ....
escort her from the cacophony. It's too noisy in the bar area. Can
we be seated (at one of the empty tables) in the dining room? She
stutters, mumbles and studies the computer. Then seeks help with
the computer from another hostess. Uh, oh. Maybe Yawn was right.

A few minutes pass before our party of four is seated at a spacious,
round 4-top in the dining room. Note: The dining room is not over-
stuffed with tables. The servers could make their rounds without the
constant bump & grind that has become expected in overstuffed
dining rooms.

Cindy was our server. Drink orders were taken promptly ... and a
tad slow to be delivered. She noticed and apologized. I began to
wonder how the rest of the dinner would flow.

Orders were entered. Salads were delivered. The house salad
includes walnuts and dried cranberries - a nice touch. The lettuce
was not crisp/chilled; nor was it wilted. I was satisfied, not thrilled.

The entrees we ordered were: seafood pasta (red sauce), sauteed
trout, sauteed perch and tilapia. All were appropriately prepared,
seasoned and garnished ... hot food, served hot, thank you. One
teenie nit ... I would have preferred more than 60 secs between the
busing of the salad plates and the arrival of the entrees. NOT a
complaint. The food was hot from the kitchen. I would have been
less happy if it had been held under a heat lamp.

Cindy kept an eye on everything and acted before we need to ask.

Dessert? Three of four decided to split what was advertised to be a
(very) generous slice of blueberry pie. Not kidding. It was ~3" tall.
Fresh/chilled blueberries in a gel that was cold-scooped into a pie
shell. I didn't taste/participate; but my companions' opinions went from
WTH to "I'd order this again."

Dinner for two was $67 incl liquor and a generous tip.

Boagman ... stop reading. Really. Turn away. I liked my sauteed
perch better than Giovanni's. Less lemon-y, more perch-y. Of course;
I didn't get the great side of pasta that accompanies G's perch dinner.

Not important last night. Would be important for a business day
lunch ... WiFi was inop. Linksys loud & clear ... but could not get
a DHCP lease. I did not mention it to the staff (should have given
them a heads up). My bad.

The dining room is, um, fine. From a design/furnishings perspective,
it's from the last century. It is well maintained. It is clean. It is not
overstuffed with tables. i.e. It is functional+ ... but the space does not
impress.

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