Hop Sheing Noodle House

Ma and I finally made it in to Hop Sheing Noodle House. Located on Fort St. in Lincoln Park, MI, this new local addition opened about a week ago. With nothing like this restaurant in the area, the noodle house has a competitive advantage.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Service/Quality: 4 out of 5 bites

Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

 

How the order sheet works:

1. You choose your style of noodles

2. You choose your meat

3. You choose your veggies

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Since I never had bubble tea, that’s what I started with

Green Tea Bubble Tea: also known as “pearl milk tea” is a drink invented in tea shops in Taiwan in the 1980’s. The creamy green tea flavor was nice. The tapioca pearls in the tea were like flavorless gummy balls. I honestly don’t see what all the craze is about. I personally don’t want to drink gummy balls when having tea. Kudos for something different though.

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After we ordered, our server brought those delicious crunchy soup noodles sprinkled with sugar. They were delicious!

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Udon: Classic Japanese style wheat noodles with clear broth, meat, and veggies. The chicken was tender and the veggies were fresh. The broth didn’t have much flavor and the bowl reminded me of a hearty chicken noodle soup.

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Hong Kong: Egg noodles quick fried with a red pepper oil. I got mine with Chicken. This dish took me back to my high school days of spicy veggie Low Mein @ Cathay House also in Lincoln Park. Good flavor with some heat. Lots of veggies and big chunks of chicken breast.

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I liked that the decor was fresh and there wasn’t an overwhelming red hue that normally floods Oriental or Asian restaurants. Our server did a good job explaining the menu and checked on us frequently. The owner cashed us out, was very friendly and even checked on us during our meal. The only thing I was missing was fortune cookies delivered along with the bill. I always look forward to these and was disappointed they didn’t come. Wink, Wink. I’m looking forward to seeing how Hop Sheing Noodle House does in 2014. Stop in and show them some love!

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Bill’s Ham Place

My brother was in town for a couple days so we decided to get breakfast. We wanted something quick so we stopped in to this local dive breakfast/coney place in Lincoln Park. I remember stopping in to Bill’s Ham Place located on Southfield Rd, growing up and always liked it. Check out how this trip turned out.

Service: 4 out of 5 stars

Quality/Taste: 2 stars

Atmosphere: 4 stars (Friendly & authentic coney feel)

Price: 3 stars

Wow factor: 2

Western Omelette: Huge helping of eggs, ham, green pepper, onion, and cheese. This was enough for two and everything you would expect from a coney breakfast. Pretty spot on.

Tip: Order the hash browns well done.

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I went with the Corned Beef Sandwich: Thinly sliced corned beef on an onion roll. I added a slice of Swiss cheese. It was good, but unlike the omelette, the portion was lousy. I decided to order it because it was marked “Famous” on the menu. More like disappointing. It still tasted good, but I scarfed it in seconds. For around $7, it was not worth it (the cheese was an extra 80 cents).

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Check out what Ma made for breakfast a couple days later. Best of both worlds:

Corned Beef Hash with a fried egg: A great idea for leftover corned beef and it’s way better than the stuff out of the can. Brown potatoes and saute with onions and corned beef and top with a fried egg. When you break the yolk it creates a delicious, rich sauce that melts all over the potatoes.

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OK, back to Bill’s. The waitress was friendly and made conversation the whole time in between greeting and waiting on her other tables. Bill’s Ham Place is a great breakfast and coney spot, but if you’re looking for a huge, stacked deli sandwich that they are “famous” for, try Hops & Barley or Wheat & Rye.

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Chesley’s Bar

Tiffany and I decided to grab some local lunch for the snow day today. Chesley’s Bar is located on Fort St. & Kings Hwy in Lincoln Park, MI. We needed something to warm us up. Check out what was on the menu.

Pumpkin Vanilla Coffee: The bartender “whipped” this up using Pumpkin liqueur & Whipped Vanilla Vodka. It was pretty tasty and was the perfect thing on a snowy day.

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Zucchini Fries: Some of the fries were soggy. The seeded middle of the zucchini was used which contained moisture and caused the zucchini to be mushy. The fries that had firm pieces of squash were good. The zucchini was fresh and paired well with the crispy batter. I am a huge fan of deep frying any vegetable.

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Cajun Burger served with cajun seasoned fries: Topped with jalapeno’s and pepper jack cheese. Slightly spicy, with good heat. The Lousiana mayo was also a hit. The only thing we didn’t care for was that we ordered the burger “Medium Well” and it came out with a little more pink than we like. The fries were awesome and perfectly seasoned.

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Chesley’s is a local favorite serving up more than just good conversation and drinks. They have a full menu consisting of bar foods, salads, soups, sandwiches. and daily specials. Check em out the next time you want a cold one and a burger.

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B.C.’s Pizza

B.C.’s Pizza has been a local favorite in my family ever since I can remember. I can recall my parents ordering dinner growing up and even taking me trick or treating as a little girl on Halloween to get a free slice. B.C.’s in Lincoln Park is making some delicious pies, subs, salads, and more.

Steak & Cheese Sub: Exactly how a steak & cheese sub should taste. The bread is slightly crusty on the outside, but chewy on the inside. The steak is juicy and tender and the fresh toppings perfectly compliment the salty steak.

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Superstix: Superstix have been a favorite of mine for years. They are B.C.’s version of cheese sticks, and I like to refer to them as pizza deconstructed. I get them with pepperoni and cheese and they come with pizza sauce for dipping. I almost like them better than a slice of pizza, because they are the perfect couple bites of crispy crust, browned cheese, and spicy pepperoni and I can control how much sauce I get.

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Pizza: One of my favorite pizza’s is topped with mild pepper rings, pineapple, & Italian sausage. The dough at B.C.’s is cooked perfectly every time and is light, yet has a chewiness to it. With every bite you get the spiciness from the sausage, sweetness from the pineapple, and bite from the mild pepper ring. It’s great.

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B.C.’s offers up some delicious food at an affordable price. They also have a rewards program that can be used towards free food. B.C.’s is one of the best pizza spots around and the fact that they are local and have been in business for over 25 years is even better. If you haven’t been, you are missing out. They also have one of the easiest phone #’s ever: 313-388-3888 so you will never forget. Smart B.C.’s!

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Zukins Rib Shack

Zukins has been a family favorite ever since I can remember. This carryout/delivery joint is located on Dix in Lincoln Park, MI. Zukins is cranking out ribs, chicken, seafood, pizza, subs, salads and more. I personally love the Rib Kabob dinner.

Rib Kabob: Breaded boneless ribs. Includes 3 kabobs, fries, cole slaw, and a roll for $6.50. There’s something about the breading soaked in barbeque sauce (which tastes like Open Pit) that is so delicious and brings me back to my childhood. It’s thick, crispy, and if I could order just a breading kabob I would (I’ll have to look into that on my next visit). I do like ribs, but I hate eating them off the bone so these rib kabobs are perfect. I know, I know, the bone keeps them juicy and moist, but the BBQ sauce takes care of that and the rib meat is still yummy. The cole slaw is also one of the best: lightly dressed, crunchy and pairs well with tangy BBQ.

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If you haven’t tried Zukins, you must. I haven’t had their classic ribs, but their BBQ chicken dinner is also a hit. The BBQ sauce gets all gooey and caramelized on the crispy chicken skin. It’s how BBQ chicken should taste. The subs, pizza, and anything from the fryer is good. Check out the Pu Pu Platter (my brother’s favorite) which comes with cole slaw, ribs, chicken drumettes, an egg roll, onion rings, and jumbo shrimp. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s the perfect appetizer combo. Zukins is serving Downriver some delicious and unique dinners and you can’t beat the prices! Make Zukins your next choice for lunch or dinner.

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