Joe Kool’s

Today on the Bite Tonight: Joe Kool’s

Located on Big Beaver Rd in Troy, is Joe Kool’s, a sport’s bar and grill. Joe Kool’s has a pretty tasty menu consisting of pizza, bar food, steaks, Mexican favorites, and sandwiches.  Joe Kool’s also offers a wide array of Michigan brews, imported and domestic beers, and a full liquor bar. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites


Southwestern Eggrolls: Cajun chicken, corn, black beans, onion, red pepper, pico de gallo and Monterey Jack in a spring roll with a side of Chipotle mayo and salsa. Whenever I see these on a menu I just have to order them. The combo of the crispy shell filled with the cheesy, spicy filling is delicious. I really liked the Chipotle mayo as well.  I will be picky about the name and the description: They are called eggrolls yet made with spring rolls? Well, which one is it?

spring rolls

Southern Fried Chicken Wrap: Strips of lightly fried chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Cheddar cheese, topped with Ranch dressing, wrapped in a Lawash tortilla. I really liked the idea of a fried chicken wrap, but this was just OK.

Southern Fried Chicken Wrap

Wow Factor: Joe Kool’s offers sauces that they serve with their wings, but Josh and I had to get a couple to try with our pizza and wrap. We picked General Tso’s (pictured on left) and Caribbean Jerk (pictured on right)!! The General Tso’s was, well, amazing! Sweet and spicy and exactly what we expected and the Caribbean Jerk had a lot of island spices and heat.


BBQ Chicken Flatbread: Crispy flatbread topped with our sweet and tangy BBQ sauce loaded with diced chicken breast, red onion, fresh cilantro and a blend of Jack, Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese. This was my favorite dish of the night. The flatbread was crispy, yet slightly chewy on the inside and the BBQ sauce wasn’t too rich and overpowering. It was the perfect amount of cheese and perfect balance of toppings.

BBQ Chicken flatbread

Joe Kool’s is a good place to go to if you’re looking for a change from your typical chain restaurant. They offer decent food and service. The only thing I would change is the amount of garnishes they used. I’m all about huge portions, but this was way too much and honestly unnecessary.

This was the bed of greens the flatbread was on. It was more than most restaurants side salads and is a huge waste.

wasted lettuce

Despite the overload on greens, it was a good time and Josh and I left very satisfied.

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Pizza Connection

Today on the Bite Tonight: Pizza Connection

Located on Southfield Rd, right off Fort St. in Lincoln Park, MI is Pizza Connection. Pizza Connection has been a favorite of my family ever since I was younger. What I like most about Pizza Connection is that they are local, delicious, and affordable. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites


Steak & Cheese Sub: Thinly slice steak topped with lettuce, onions, and cheese. The sub bun is slightly toasted on the outside and chewy on the inside. The steak is tender and the portion size is decent. 16 inch sub was around $8, which is pretty awesome.


When I’m looking for a nice change from chain pizza and subs, I always visit Pizza Connection. With a menu consisting of  pizza favorites, you can get slices for 99 cents. They are fast, consistent, and tasty. Service is good, also. If you haven’t tried Pizza Connection, stop in and see what you’re missing.


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Hard Rock Cafe, Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: Hard Rock Cafe.

Located in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Monroe St in the Compuware World Headquarters building, is Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock opened in 2003 and has been a favorite for locals and travelers ever since. After work last week, Inda and I decided to grab dinner. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites (a little pricey for bar food, but standard for Hard Rock Cafe)

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites


I went with the Original Legendary Burger: Half pound Angus beef topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato. The burger itself had good flavor, but was a little over cooked for my liking. I really liked the crispy onion ring which added some sweetness and crunch. And who doesn’t love Cheddar and bacon? Pretty solid burger which was served with crispy, delicious fries and some sort of spicy mayo for dipping and spreading which was very tasty.

legendary burger

legendary burger, onion ring

Inda went with the Chicken Fajitas: served with pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas. Inda seemed to like it because she couldn’t put these down. Fresh veggies and grilled chicken served on screaming hot cast iron. Kudos for presentation.

hard rock fajitas

We went at about 6:15 on a weekday and there was no wait and service was decent. If you’re looking for some culture and a good meal, check out Hard Rock Cafe. They have an extensive menu including everything from burgers to steaks and salmon to twisted mac and cheese. Be sure to swing by the merch shop and pick up some memorabilia on your way out.

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Antonio’s Italian Cuisine

Today on the Bite Tonight: Antonio’s Italian Cuisine

For Sweetest Day last week, Josh wanted to try out Antonio’s. Located in Sterling Heights on 14 Mile Rd, Antonio’s offers homemade favorites at a reasonable price. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites


Corn Chowder: Creamy broth with corn, potato, and bacon. I love me some corn chowder and this was nothing, but extraordinary. The bacon was a nice touch to the silky creaminess.

corn chowder

Fettucini Antonio: Rapini, onions, roasted red peppers, and garlic sauteed with grilled Italian sausage and tossed with home made fettucini and topped with freshly grated Pecorino. When I saw this on the menu, I had to order it and it did not disappoint. The fettucini was fresh and perfectly cooked. The Alfredo sauce was seriously on point and paired well with the delicious Italian sausage.

sausage alfredo

Pollo Amatriciana: Julienne strips of chicken sauteed with bacon and onions in Alfredo sauce tossed with cheese tortellini. I liked how we could customize each dish and substitute Alfredo sauce. The combo of bacon, chicken, and onions was delicious. The cheese tortellini was tender and you can actually taste the creamy cheese filling.

Chicken alfredo, cheese torteleni

I am so glad that Josh recommended this restaurant because it is my new favorite. If you frequent my blog, you will know that Italian is hit or miss for me. Antonio’s is one of the best Italian places I’ve been to and I couldn’t have asked for a better night. Service was great and we only had to wait about 5 minutes to be seated.


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Olive Garden

Today on the Bite Tonight: Olive Garden’s unlimited soup & salad

My mother and I decided to have a nice mother/daughter day. After a long morning of shopping for fresh produce @ Block’s Farmer’s Market, we stopped in to Olive Garden for lunch. Located on Eureka Rd in Southgate, Olive Garden is a great Italian restaurant that never disappoints. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites


Chicken & Gnocci: A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. My favorite! Creamy broth, fresh ingredients, and perfectly seasoned.

chicken gnocci soup

Zuppa Toscana: Spicy sausage, fresh kale and russet potatoes in a creamy broth. Rustic, hearty, and delicious. I love the sausage paired with the kale.

sausage and potato soup

House Salad with house dressing. Love the pepperoncini’s!

OG salad

If you’re looking for a nice lunch, without all the calories of pasta, opt for soup and salad. Olive Garden offers up fresh ingredients, traditional classics, and delicious comfort food.

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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)


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.

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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


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.


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.


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


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)



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.


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.


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.


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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