Pizza Hut: Wing Street

Today on the Bite Tonight: Boneless Wings from Pizza Hut

Buffalo Wild Wings is the spot for flavor bursting, mouth watering sauces, but lately the wings haven’t been that great. Josh and I decided to switch it up and try out Pizza Hut’s wings. We picked up a carry out from the Ferndale, MI location on Woodward Ave. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites (fast)

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (Average carryout pizza place)

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Spicy BBQ: Sweet and sassy with just a little kick. Sweet, spicy, and pretty good. I like that the sauce wasn’t super thick and heavy. The wing itself was juicy and tender and there wasn’t too much chunky breading.

 

pizza hut spicy bbq

Spicy Asian: Eastern spiced tangy sweet sauce. I was really excited to try this sauce because Asian Zing is my favorite. The sauce was good, but it was no Asian Zing. The sauce wasn’t as thick as I’d like and didn’t stick to the wings very well. The flavor was sweet and spicy with a hint of chili and ginger.

Spicy Asian wings

Pizza Hut is a good place to get wings when Buffalo Wild Wings has a long wait. Pizza Hut was fast and the wings were better than Buffalo Wild Wings because there wasn’t a lot of burnt breading. When it comes to sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings takes the cake. My advice: get naked boneless wings from Pizza Hut and pick up a bottle of your favorite wing sauce from Bdubs.

Vince’s Italian

 

Today on the Bite Tonight: Vince’s Italian Restaurant

Located in Southwest Detroit on Springwells is Vince’s Italian Restaurant. With a menu consisting of homemade pasta and Italian favorites, Vince’s has an old school feel, and is popular place for regulars. This spot was recommended to me so Josh and I decided to try it out. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor:  2 out of 5 bites

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Dinner came with bread and a side salad

bread vinces

I went with the Gnocci: Potato dumplings topped with meat sauce. The dumplings were good and the sauce was pretty standard, nothing spectacular. I could’ve used a little more flavor. A little boring and not worth the money.

gnocci

Manicotti: Cheese and spinach filled pasta rolls topped with Alfredo sauce (your choice of sauce). Delicious! The pasta was tender and fresh and the Alfredo was smooth and creamy. The filling was good, too.

manicotti

My experience at Vince’s was good, but not great blow my mind Italian. I’m not sure if that’s because I didn’t order the right thing. On the other hand,I feel that if a place is good, then it shouldn’t matter what you order because everything will knock you socks off. The dining room reminded me of an old banquet hall and for the average cost of $17 a plate, it just wasn’t doing it for me. I do give props for not charging extra for Alfredo sauce like most places do. If you want good Italian, check out Vince’s. If you want great Italian with amazing service, go to Giovanni’s.

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Dime Store

Today on the Bite Tonight: Dime Store

A hot, new lunch spot opened in the Chrysler House on Griswold in Downtown Detroit about 6 weeks ago. Dime Store, serving up decadent and mouth watering food, is what I call “casual gourmet.” They offer breakfast and lunch menus consisting of some serious unique and fresh dishes. From the pork belly eggs Benedict to the cauliflower gruyere soup and duck Reuben sandwich, they have something that is sure to spark up anyone’s taste buds. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites

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Butternut Squash soup: Sweet, but not overwhelming. Fresh, silky, and smooth.

butternut squash soup

Korean BBQ Sandwich: Shaved steak, pickled onion, cilantro, carrot, cucumber, and bulgogi sauce (Korean barbeque) on a ciabatta roll. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough of the steak! The sauce was sweet and paired well with the veggies. The ciabatta was soft and fresh and the steak was tender and juicy, but I could’ve used a little more in my ciabatta.

korean bbq

If you haven’t been to Dime Store yet, stop in now! It is a little pricey (my sandwich and soup totaled $15), but I didn’t feel bad about spending so much because the flavors were spot on. You can really taste the made from scratch love that goes into each item. They also serve booze and I liked that one of the owners, Jeff Alexander, was the one running my food to the carryout counter. If you’re looking for a change from Jimmy John’s or the food truck scene, start eating at Dime Store and support the locals.

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Shield’s Restaurant, Bar, & Pizzeria

Today on the Bite Tonight: Shield’s Pizza

Shield's menu

Last night Josh and I decided to check our Shield’s Pizza located on Maple Rd in Troy, MI. I’ve heard good things and wanted to put their award winning pizza to the test. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 2 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (customer service and unique pizza)

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breadsticks

We we’re feeling pizza and the Polynesian caught our eye: Sweet, tangy barbecue sauce topped with brick and Cheddar cheeses, Canadian bacon and pineapple. We went with the traditional round pizza and ordered well done, but when it came out it was uncooked. It also came out with pizza sauce instead of the barbeque sauce.

Polynesian

Our server was really great about it and had the chef make us another pizza with barbeque sauce. The actual Polynesian was awesome! I liked that the barbeque sauce wasn’t so rich like Jet’s Pizza, it was sweet, yet subtle. Caramelized, decadent barbeque sauce smeared on top a crispy crust and topped with browned up cheese, salty Canadian bacon, and sweet pineapple. The toppings were also hooked up.

PolynesianBBQ

Service was very slow, but our server was nice and pleasant. Our server brought over complementary bread sticks for the wait. Then, when our pizza was incorrect, the manage came over to personally apologize and gave us a gift card for $20. Even though there was a mistake with our pizza, Shield’s went above and beyond to fix it. The manager even discounted our check even more and we ended up with a free meal and dessert. Josh and I were happy with just a new pizza, but Sheild’s was very generous. We will be definitely be back!

 

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Chili Cook Off!

Today on the Bite Tonight: Chili Cook off and lunch from Red Crown.

This past week I participated in the first annual Chili Cook off at work in order to celebrate Fall. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again next year. My favorite part was getting to taste all the different recipes and concoctions. Although my entry didn’t win, it was still fun.

chili

Killer Nachos made with my chili!

chili nachos

While judging took place, we indulged in lunch from Red Crown, Grosse Pointe, MI.

Ribs, braised greens, mac and cheese, pulled pork, corn bread, and 3 different delicious sauces. My favorite was the signature sauce. The mac and cheese was on point, the pulled pork and ribs were super tender and flavorful. The cornbread was sweet and delicious.

red crown

Happy Fall everyone! Make your favorite dish or enjoy your favorite meal in order to celebrate the start of the season.
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Congrats Alex and Rebecca!

Today on the Bite Tonight: Alex and Rebecca’s wedding!

Last night, Josh and I were so lucky to be a part of Alex and Rebecca’s special day. The event was held @ Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI and was lovely. After the beautiful ceremony, we headed over for a cocktail hour complete with delicious horderves and a carousel ride. We gathered at the Eagle Tavern  next for a fun reception.

Dinner:  Steak with sauteed mushrooms, breaded chicken breast, stuffed tomato, mashed potatoes, green beans, and carrots. By far, the best wedding food I’ve ever had. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the veggies were fresh and crunchy. The steak was a little too undercooked for me (red center), but what I did eat was tender and flavorful.

eagle tavern

Dessert: Ice Cream Station! Vanilla ice cream topped with hot caramel, crushed Oreos, and M & M’s. Sweet and nostalgic! Josh was a happy boy.

ice cream bar

Eagle Tavern was dimly lit, giving off a casual, yet elegant ambiance. Despite the rain, the night was filled with dancing, laughs, cries, and good company. It was a very good time and our only regret was having to leave. Congratulations, Alex and Rebecca! I hope your day was everything you imagined.

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CK Mediterranean Grille

Today on the Bite Tonight: CK Mediterranean Grille

Located on Monroe just blocks away from Greektown in Downtown Detroit is CK Mediterranean Grille. It was a co-worker’s birthday and for lunch, the office pitched in to score their catering lunch deal. It was awesome!

Catering came with:

Steak and Chicken Kabobs

Steak and Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Breast

Fattoush Salad

Hommus

Rice

Falafel

Garlic sauce and pita bread

Onions and pickled veggies!

ck grille

Everything was delicious! The thing I love about CK Grille is that you always get huge portion sizes. From soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, Mediterranean favorites and entrees, and a juice bar, you can’t go wrong. They offer delicious healthy options that suits any craving. I highly recommend the red pepper hommus! Stop in and try them out for lunch.

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Homemade Kit Kat Cake (idea from Pinterest): Decadent!

kit kat cake

 

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El Paso Mexican Restaurant

Today on the Bite Tonight: El Paso

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food. So, last night for dinner, Ma and I decided to grab a carryout at a local place. Since I’ve never been to El Paso, I wanted to try it out. El Paso offers the standard Mexican favorites and drinks including horchata  (a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice).  See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 2.5 out of 5 bites (little outdated)

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 2 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (salsa bar for dine in guests)

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Beef Enchilada Dinner: Rolled corn tortillas filled with beef  and topped with cheese and sauce.  We actually ordered two beef and one cheese enchilada, but we received all beef. Pretty decent, not as good as Mexican Village or Taco Especial. The enchiladas were a little sloppy, but I blame that on running to the car in order to beat the downpour. I wasn’t a fan of the rice (too plain), but the beans were delicious.

beef enchilada dinner el paso

Chicken and Beef Tacos: El Paso fried the flour tortilla just the way we like it to make it crispy, but by the time we got home, the shell was soggy. The chicken was seasoned well and the tacos were pretty big. The beef could’ve used a little more spice.

chicken tacos el paso

El Paso gets kudos for price and portion, but the food just wasn’t what I’d hoped for. It didn’t satisfy my craving for authentic Mexican and I probably wouldn’t go back. I always thought that Mexican food is a little like cereal with everyone having their own preference and favorite. On the other hand, service was good and they offer a salsa bar if you dine in which I loved. Stop in and check em out!

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Amici’s Gourmet Pizza and Living Room

Today on the Bite Tonight: Amici’s Pizza

After a suggestion from my brother, Josh and I decided to try out Amici’s (currently located in Berkley, MI) and switch up our usual pizza choice. Voted Best Gourmet Pizza by Metro Times, Amici’s was founded in 1993, and throughout the years have won multiple awards not only for their pizza, but also their martini’s. We decided to get carryout so we didn’t stay for a martini. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (unique menu)

We went with:

Caribbean Spicy Jerk Chicken Pizza: Spicy jerk chicken, peanut-ginger sauce, pineapples and Mozzarella cheese. Lots of flavor from the Jerk seasoning, but not really spicy. The peanut-ginger sauce offered a subtle nutty sweetness (unlike overly sweet Pad Thai sauce). The cheese was nicely browned and the crust was crispy.

jerk chicken pizza

I give Amici’s props for using fresh, local ingredients, and their accomplishment of becoming a Certified Green Restaurant. Aside for offering around twenty unique pizza’s, and more creative martini’s then I could count, they offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Stop in and indulge in Amici’s.

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Detroit Institute of Bagels

Today on the Bite Tonight: Bagels!

Located on Michigan Ave, in Detroit’s Corktown, is the Detroit Institute of Bagels. Normally, at work we get bagels from Panera Bread, but it was refreshing when I walked in and noticed something different.

Everything Bagel: Fully loaded! I really appreciated all the seasoning (even on both sides of the bagel), but there was something that I couldn’t quite put my taste bud on. It tasted spicy, almost like jalapeno and it was too overpowering for me.

Everything Bagel

So then I switched to an Asiago Bagel: Light with a touch of salty goodness.

Asiago bagel

Spinach and Herb Shmear: Fresh and delicious.

Spinach and herb shmear bagel

One of the things that Wowed me was the spreads and shmears. Detroit Institute of Bagels offers everything from veggie  to strawberry shmear and smoked Lox cream cheese and Butternut Squash Tahini Spread (which was awesome). DIB strives to create masterpieces in bagel craft and I would agree that they are on the right track.  If you’re feeling adventurous, stop in and try the Sriracha Lentil Spread.

 

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