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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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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Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza

If you frequent my blog, you will know that I first heard about Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza during lunchtime in Campus Martius. The pie was so tasty that they get their own write up. Started in 2007, this food truck hails from Howell, MI and is family operated, cranking out delicious wood fired pizza in less than 5 min.

BBQ Chicken: Chicken breast, bacon, cheese, red onions, BBQ and pizza sauce. My favorite thing about this pizza was that they used their amazing pizza sauce along with the BBQ sauce. I like Jet’s BBQ Chicken pizza, but with all the BBQ sauce they slather on its heavy and rich. Rollin Stone’s pizza was sweet, but didn’t punch you in the face with BBQ sauce, making it the best I’ve ever had. The ingredients were so fresh (they shop local) and the crust was light, airy, and chewy.

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Check out the facebook page for location updates. I’m not engaged, but I’m already seriously considering these guys to cater my wedding. Pizza is great and good for any of your upcoming events! If you’re looking for awesome Artisan pizza done right try Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza. They can’t go wrong.

Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

Josh and I went to Greektown for dinner Friday night and decided to head to Fishbone’s on Monroe St. in Downtown Detroit. Fishbone’s is known for Seafood, Sushi, and Steaks, but they also have a wide variety of New Orleans inspired dishes (if that’s your thing). On this trip, we decided to get pasta (of course) and sushi.

Spinach & Cheese Ravioli: Ricotta, Fontina & Asiago cheeses, fire roasted red pepper sauce. Our server described the red pepper sauce as a chunky red pepper sauce, similar to marinara. Josh being as creative as he is, asked for pesto cream sauce instead. Good choice, Boo! Instead of cooking the ravioli in the pesto cream sauce, it was served on the side, so we had to pour it over the ravioli ourselves. Strike # 1. The sauce was room temperature and the ravioli was slightly cooler so we told the server and she immediately took the dish back to be sauteed together and reheated. When she brought it back it was clear it was zapped in the microwave and not sauteed together as promised (The ravioli that Josh first took a bite of was in the same exact spot and the edges of the pasta were dried out). Strike # 2. It was fine because it still tasted amazing, but we just expected more from Fishbone’s and an $18 pasta dish. The pesto cream sauce was rich and smooth, with a hint of pesto. The dish had fresh sauteed spinach and red pepper on top which really impressed me after the microwave ordeal. The ravioli’s were more like giant pillows filled with cheese and if I wasn’t in such a hurry to consume these delicious creations, I would’ve laid my head right on them and went to sleep. Home run!

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Eel & Avocado Roll: BBQ Eel (cooked) and avocado wrapped in seaweed and rolled in cooked rice topped with BBQ eel sauce. This is my favorite roll! If I’m having a bad day, I just order eel and it comforts my soul and makes everything better. The sweetness from the eel and sauce really pairs well with the freshness and coolness from the avocado. If you like a crunch, get the Caterpillar Roll (Eel, avocado, and cucumber roll).

Tempura California Roll: Crab, avocado, and cucumber wrapped in seaweed, rolled in cooked rice, and deep fried in a tempura batter. The California Roll is safe, but classic and battering it in tempura gives it texture and a crunch! Some of the pieces weren’t consistent in size and tempura batter and the extra crunch ended up hurting the roof of my mouth. The freshness of the avocado and cucumber was a nice balance when dipped in salty soy sauce.

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Service was great and our server was awesome. Besides the attempted trickery with the microwave stunt, our experience was good. I would go back for the sushi, because it was decently priced and didn’t fall apart (Some rolls are made sloppy). Greektown is a great place to visit, but if you want something different than Greek traditions, then try out Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Cafe. They also have live bands on the weekend and except Greektown Casino comps!

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Sunday Football

On the menu:

Tap Pizza: Spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, roasted peppers, and grated Parmesan cheese. They were out of prosciutto so we got pepperoni instead. The pizza was good, but the bottom wasn’t as crispy as we liked. (The pizza came out pretty quick). The crust was my favorite: chewy and delicious!

Tap (located inside MGM Hotel and Casino) celebrates it’s 1 year birthday! Stop in for some weekly beer and food specials this September.

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Cheesy Cajun Dip:

Since I’m such a nice girlfriend and I love my boyfriend, I made his favorite: Dip! Perfect for any game day. I start by sauteing onions, scallions, red and green bell peppers. Once, soft add a half of block of Velveeta cheese and garlic powder, Cajun and red pepper seasoning to taste. I added about a 1/2 cup of Bush’s Baked Beans Honey with Cured Bacon for some protein and sweetness.

Tip: If you like it hot like I do, add more red pepper. You can also add or subtract any veggies you like.

It was cheesy and slightly spicy. You could really taste the Cajun which gave it a different flavor from your typical queso cheese dip. The beans were subtle and added a nice little sweet surprise (Josh’s idea, turned out to be a good one).

Heat until melted and creamy and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

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Campus Martius for Lunch!

One thing I love about working in the heart of Downtown Detroit is being so close to Campus Martius Park. Check them out for live music, the Beach Bar & Grille, sunbathing in the sand, and great food. Janet and I decided to try out some of the “food shack’s” posted up and serving up awesome lunch deals 10 am to 2 pm.

Margherita pizza from Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza (These guys are literally rolling a pizza over an oven and making some mean pies).

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It only took about 5 min and this cheesy, ooey, gooey, yet crispy crusted masterpiece was handed to me. You can really taste the freshness. Good job guys!

I tried to snag a close up…disregard the dude sitting in front of the food truck where the pizza oven is located.

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People’s Pierogi Collective

Served with a kielbasa link and a scoop of sour kraut (pucker up!) for only $6

Potato & Cheese: Classic and fulfilling

Cheese: Traditional and satisfying

Spinach: Cheesy, rich filling.

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Being the Polish girl that I am, of course I had to check em out. Peoples Pierogi’s are dishing out really delicious, authentic favorites.

I was sad to see that the food shacks were taken down to prepare for the Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend.  You can still catch the food trucks during lunchtime so you can experience them for yourself.  There’s also tons of food choices for the Jazz Festival so take a trip and check em out. Support Food Trucks!

Texas de Brazil

For my birthday I received a “Buy one get one free” dinner @ the Brazilian steakhouse, so Josh and I decided to check it out.

Tip: Signing up for restaurant and company e-mail clubs usually promises good benefits.

First, you have your choice of a very, unique salad bar including a plethora of different artisan cheeses and meats, pickled garden mix, and herb olives. Not to mention your greens, and cold salads. I was a little disappointed because there wasn’t your typical toppings like egg, peas, or craisins. I do give props for not having the same old boring salad items that you can get anywhere, but there are some favorites I would’ve kept. However, they did have sushi: California rolls!

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Once we were done with our salads, our server brought over fresh plates and we flipped over our “tokens” to green. (Green means: Go meat)! The endless offerings of red meat were a little overwhelming, but still an awesome experience. My favorite was the filet Mignon, which was tender, juicy, and full of flavor. And it melted in my mouth like butter. (Pictured: Filet Mignon is that juicy, pinkish, little nugget in the middle).

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The unlimited meats were served with sides of garlic mashed potatoes, cheese rolls (a little doughy in the middle), candied bananas (bananas topped with brown sugar and caramelized til golden), and white rice, black beans, or soup (available at the salad bar). The bananas were really good, but just a little too sweet to eat too much.

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Parmesan Chicken and Flank Steak: The chicken we didn’t care for too much, but the flank steak was thin and moist.

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Parmesan Pork and Bacon wrapped filet Mignon. The Pork was juicy, but tasted like a pork chop (I’m not a big fan). The bacon wrapped steak was amazing and everything you hope for!Image

To be honest, I expected more out of Texas de Brazil. The restaurant was gorgeous and the service was good. I’m just not a huge red meat eater and I found all the steak to be very salty. I also thought the salad bar would have more options because the web site stated there were 50-60 items (didn’t seem like).

For the price, I would not return. Josh and I actually left feeling a little hungry, but there’s only so much steak our bodies can take. Besides, I also can’t eat that much at one time. Personally, I’m a girl that likes balance.  If you’re a carnivore and want to indulge in a never ending buffet of delicious meat, then Texas de Brazil is the place for you! There is something empowering about flipping over a single “token” and being served endless meat right at your table.

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