|Osso Buco from Roadside B&G|
I have eaten at Roadside B&G in Bloomfield Township several times, and I always leave satisfied. Their balsamic glazed brussels sprouts with dried cranberries is a great appetizer. As for main courses, my favorites are the roasted vegetarian enchilada (I get it with short rib added) and the baby back ribs. On my most recent trip, I tried an osso buco with polenta special that was perfection. The restaurant also makes a very good mac & cheese (and the kids menu version, with its large portion, might be the best bargain on the menu).
Chartreuse makes a lot of "best of" lists for Detroit, and the Detroit Free Press named it the restaurant of the year for 2016. I have only visited Chartreuse once, but one visit convinced me that it deserves the accolades it receives. The restaurant is next door to the Detroit Institute of Arts, so my wife, Allison, and I decided to try Chartreuse after attending the Freep Film Festival at the DIA.
It was a snowy April day, and Chartreuse's bright chartreuse-colored interior felt warm and inviting. We had a short wait for a table, so we ordered a couple of drinks at the bar. I tried the delicious "gon now git," a combination of rye, averna, and lemon. Allison had the Last Word (Then again, she always does), a tasty mixture of gin, chartreuse green, lime, and maraschino. For dinner, I tried the spare ribs, which were phenomenal. Allison had the vegetable bulgogi--a strange mix that included pineapple, poached egg, green curry, and excellent kimchi, but all the flavors worked well together.
Fork n' Pint
|Asian beef tacos from Fork n' Pint|
Buffy's Mexi-casian Grill
I love a good food truck, and I really love a good burrito, so I was happy to discover Buffy's Mexi-casian Grill in May. Buffy's burrito is a 12-inch flour tortilla stuffed with shredded beef or chicken, beans, rice, pico de gallo, cheese, lettuce, and chipotle sauce. The chicken burrito I had was everything a burrito should be. Buffy's Mexi-casian Grill serves the Detroit area, and I will be on the lookout for it.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
|A beer from Griffin Claw in Birmingham|
|Chicken Pasties from Trifles|
Cork and Rye
Cork and Rye in Farmington Hills is a huge liquor store that also has a great deli. The restaurant opened earlier this year in the building that used to house Vineyards. Cork and Rye has traditional deli sandwiches, but it also has Middle Eastern sandwiches that are delicious at a decent price. Beware of the shawarma if you do not like spicy food, because Cork and Rye's shawarma has a little bit of spice (I enjoy it, though).
|Tacos and the Elote Epecial from Imperial Bar|
Looking Forward to the Last Half of 2016
This list is very Oakland County-centric since I have not had the opportunity to travel around the state as much as I'd like. Luckily, I will be visiting the U.P. and South Haven soon, and I hope to take a couple of day trips away so I find more excellent Michigan restaurants to write about.