Bucharest Grill

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Located inside Park Bar Behind the Fox Theater lies a small little counter cranking out some of the best shawarma’s in the area. Normally I order to go, but this trip, Tiffany and I grabbed a seat. With a menu consisting of Middle Eastern favorites, burgers, gourmet dogs, and sides, Bucharest Grill is the hot spot after any concert, Tiger’s game, or night on the town. We stopped in for lunch and it was pretty busy.

How they measured up: 

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Chicken Shawarma: Grilled marinated chicken, tomato, lettuce, pickles, garlic, and spices wrapped in a pita. First, the shawarma is huge and all for $4.50 plus tax. Second, the chicken is perfectly seasoned, grilled, and still juicy. So moist that the juices will drip from the sandwich and onto my hand.  It’s a beautiful thing. This time, the pita was a little wet from it’s contents but when you eat it as fast as I did, it doesn’t matter. Next, the pickles! Skinny, slightly sour, but still crunchy. I don’t know what it is about these pickles, but they are my favorite. Lastly, the garlic sauce can be a little overwhelming so I often get mine on the side.

Tip: Beware because they charge you $0.25 cents to get your sauce on the side. This boggled my mind, because actually getting it on the side is a smaller amount than what they slop on the wrap. I brought this to the attention of the woman who took my order and she only said they charge to get it on the side versus on the shawarma. Isn’t that backwards?

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“New” Cheese Pie Turnover: Crispy pastry crust loaded with feta, asiago, and muenster cheeses. I was disappointed when this was brought to our table and I’ll tell you why. By the description I expected a pastry crust similar to phyllo dough. What I got was basically pita bread or a tortilla. It tasted delicious, but it was more like what I would expect a quesadilla to taste like. And it even came with a side of sour cream just like a quesadilla!! On the other hand, muenster and feta make everything betta so it turned out to be good.

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If you haven’t been to Bucharest Grill, you are missing out. The shawarmas are seriously the best around. They’re so good that I have even stopped in on my way home from a long night. I’m not normally a person who eats alone, so this is kind of a big deal. Bucharest Grill is opening a new location in Corktown so stay tuned. They also cater and deliver for your every need.

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Rice Bowl Asian Kitchen

If you work in Downtown Detroit like I do, you will happy to know that you can get Asian food delivered for lunch. Rice Bowl offers Thai favorites, Chinese dishes, and whole grain brown rice to eat it with. I attempted to satisfy my craving for General Tso’s Chicken, but was unsuccessful.

General Tso’s Chicken: The sauce was spot on, tangy and spicy, but the fried rice was very plain. Again, where was the egg? The green onions? Then, I bit into what I thought was a piece of breaded chicken breast, but it was a deep fried nugget of batter. Normally, I would welcome a treat like this, but the batter was dry and tasted awful. I’m not sure if this was an accident or intentional, but either way it was unfortunate. I like to share because the serving size is enough for two, but there’s a minimum for all deliveries, so you’re better off getting your own entree. For $9.50 plus a delivery charge, it was not worth it. I do recommend trying Rice Bowl though, maybe just avoid delivery. I  have had Schezwan Chicken here in the past and it was pretty good, so maybe something that isn’t battered is a better way to go.

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I am still on the search for authentic, delicious General Tso’s Chicken. Stay tuned for more write ups as I continue on this hunt.

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Foran’s Grand Trunk

Holly was in town so Janet and I met her @ Grand Trunk on Woodward in Detroit. The food is always amazing and this time was no different. The thing that I liked best about this visit was all the local ingredients. I just can’t get enough of this place.

Deep Fried Green Beans: served with house made Calder’s buttermilk ranch. The green beans were vibrant green, crunchy, and fresh. It tasted like they were fresh out of the garden. Well done!

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Breaded Mushrooms: The Calder’s buttermilk ranch was thick, rich and complimented the hot out of the fryer battered mushrooms. The breading was the perfect combo of light and crispy.

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The Majestic: Featured from Eph’s Deli: Wigley’s corned beef, turkey breast, cheddar, 1000 Russians, Avalon 313 Onion-Poppyseed Roll served with Better Made Chips. The corned beef was slightly salty, yet sliced paper thin. The dressing wasn’t overwhelming and was light and tangy. Here comes the star of the show: the roll was amazing! Fresh from Avalon Internatioonal Breads, the onion-poppyseed combo was subtle, and the roll was light, buttery, and sweet. It was the best roll I’ve ever had.

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The food was delicious and I was so full after. It was good catching up, thanks girls!

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Palette Dining Studio @ MGM Casino

Otherwise known as the buffet @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Palette is a great place if you like variety. Palette offers a “create your own” salad & stir fry station, American, Mexican, and Italian cuisine, and an island of delicious desserts. Josh and I’s favorite is the stir fry and sushi.

The ingredient options are minimal and range from fresh spinach and squash to rice noodles and fried garlic. You also have your choice of chicken, shrimp, or beef. Even though there aren’t too many options, the stir fry station is still creative and allows you to customize your meal.

A little messy, but it was delicious!

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California, Veggie, and Spicy Tuna Rolls: The sushi options also are basic, but tastes pretty good. The sushi rolls are made fresh daily.

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Although Tap is our top choice, Palette is nice when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for. You don’t have to stress over a menu, you can sample everything! And MGM Restaurants take casino comps as well as the usual form of payment.

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Wa-Hoo Sushi

Today for lunch, Janet and I were feeling like sushi so we ordered out. Wah-Hoo is located on Shelby St. in Detroit across the street from the Financial District people mover stop. They deliver!

Green River Roll @ Wah-Hoo.

BBQ eel, cucumber, avocado and topped with seaweed flakes. My favorite roll! The crunch from the cucumber balances the creaminess from the avocado. The sweet BBQ eel just pulls it all together sending your taste buds in all different directions.

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