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    • Happy family

        An unusually homey setting for a Japanese restaurant, the prices are a bargain. The $13.50 combination dinner includes a bowl of miso soup, a salad (American-style), a California roll, chicken teriyaki made with breast meat, two shrimp tempura and an assortment of vegetable tempura, rice and dessert. Offers half a dozen noodle soups, including udon, rice noodles and egg noodles (ramen) dessert is often bread pudding served with a creamy vanilla sauce, swirled with chocolate.
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    • Getting pie-eyed in Birmingham

        Brooklyn is considered the home of the North American pizza, and the owners of Brooklyn Pizza describe their pies as New York-style pizza cooked in a brick oven, fueled by coal or wood. This method creates a thin, crisp crust that snaps and shatters when you take a bite. This is one place where you can still watch the pizza chefs flip a disk of dough in the air. Ice cream, gelato and Italian ices are made on the premises.
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    • East meets West Dearborn

        The cuisine really soars is at the sushi bar, manned by chef Sam Ness. The food emphasizes Japanese cuisine but successfully incorporates Mediterranean flavors. After 10 p.m., Crave the restaurant morphs into Crave the lounge, with DJs spinning and plenty of action at the bar. Saketinis in many fruity variations are a specialty of the house.
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    • Workweek fare

        Other entrées include fettuccine Alfredo, fish and chips (made with whitefish instead of the usual cod), mesquite-grilled shrimp, grilled ham steak (with fresh pineapple and golden raisins in a coconut butter), grilled chicken breast with chili mole, and, of course, steak. Hamburgers are made from sirloin steak, ground right in the kitchen.
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    • Catering to the nostalgia crowd

        A blast from the past: blue plate specials, blue suede shoes, photos of Elvis, sliders. “A home-cooked meal at diner prices,” is how Kelly Battaglia describes the restaurant she opened with Jay Quattrocchi this summer. If you are nostalgic for the ’50s, you’ll want to check it out.
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    • Grub heaven

        Zingerman’s Roadhouse presents "unusually good American food," declares a neon sign over the roof, in a setting that harks back to the day when weary travelers could recharge with a comforting meal by the roadside. The Roadhouse is a sprawling place with a semi-open kitchen, full bar, two dining rooms and very good food.
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    • The sizzle, not the steak

        Inn Season Café — a rare provider of vegetarian cuisine in metro Detroit — has gotten better as it has gotten older. Fine, organic ingredients have always been its hallmark, but the health food nature of the cooking has been eclipsed; now you are eating vegetarian haute cuisine.
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    • Aquatic food chain

        Mitchell’s Fish Market is a member of that new breed of restaurants: the upscale chain. Featuring an ice-filled display case with luscious steaks and bright fillets, the selection of fish varies from day to day. You choose the fish and its style of preparation. The experience is up and down.
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    • Soul elegance

        Quality soul food in an elegant supper club setting downtown. Highlights on the menu include ribs, chicken-fried steak, buttermilk-battered catfish and meatloaf. There is a Cajun presence as well, with specialties like a richly textured Creole gumbo, Po’Boys and Chicken Voodoo.
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    • Still quite a catch

        Desserts, especially the peach cobbler, are some of the best features of this upscale yet casual fish place. Try the warm chocolate cake with ganache if you've got time to wait -- it takes 17 minutes to prepare. Other excellent dishes include the salads, bouillabaisse and roast pork loin. A lower-priced lunch menu makes it an affordable treat.
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    • Fish fit for royalty

        An authentic sushi bar is hidden in the back of this small Japanese grocery, and it’s often crowded at lunchtime. This small but dense space is permeated with a clean, efficient no-nonsense atmosphere. This may not be the place to impress a client or woo a date, but sophisticated diners used to eating sushi in New York or Chicago will gladly cram themselves into the small chairs for a taste of the real thing.
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    • Pass the chutney

      Ruchi’s offers vibrant Indian delights
        The vibrant colors and flavors that characterize Indian food are abundant here. American customers may be puzzled about why it takes 20 minutes to get entrees, but that’s because each dish is cooked to order. One page on the menu features dishes from south India, which are harder to find in our area. Open daily for lunch (buffet) and dinner. Banquet facilities are available. Full bar.
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    • Mussel worship

        The concept is Belgian brewpub and the atmosphere is totally unpretentious, quirky and interesting. Belgian food is heavily influenced by Germany and France, and some of Bastone’s menu items are quintessential Belgian, such as moule (mussels), brandade de morue (puree of salt cod, potatoes and olive oil, a staple of the poor for centuries) and twice-fried Belgian frites served with mayonnaise.
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    • New Cubanismo

        Café Habana offers excellent, reasonably priced Cuban cuisine in a fun, funky-chic setting, along with Latin music and a full bar, in downtown Royal Oak’s ever-expanding restaurant hub. The Caribbean nation’s food is simple, with Spanish and Central American influences, but substantial. Grilled meats dominate platos principales, enhanced by fresh and spicy marinades and sauces.
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    • Eastern elements

        Like all the best ethnic restaurants, you’ll find Sukhothai in a seedy strip mall. Here you'll find Koong Houm Pa, an appetizer in which a spring roll wrapper is folded into a triangle around ground pork and a jumbo shrimp, with the shrimp tail forming a handle (think of a flat ice cream cone), then deep fried. It is served with a sweet plum dipping sauce. The crispy spring rolls were also delicious.
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    • East side treasure

        The Kingdom Men’s Café, which opened in October 2002, is a project of the East Lake Baptist Church. The food is equal to many other soul food restaurants, but it costs less, your plate sits on linen tablecloths and the service is fastidious. The menu follows a standard formula among soul food restaurants: entrées, sides, cornbread and dessert. Entrées include baked and fried chicken, catfish and fried and smothered pork chops.
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    • Italy at Riopelle

        Detroiters really ciao down. One hundred years old and counting. Veal parmigiana to sauteed perch. Amazing garlic bread and even better lasagna. Most coveted tables are in the bar and main floor dining room. On a Saturday night, don’t go to Roma without a reservation.
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    • For soup nuts

        Rich broths and bisques are celebrated with exuberance at Le Soups! in Ferndale. Chesapeake cheddar and crab, gumbo, lobster, mushroom and tomato basil bisques, creamy artichoke and chicken, beef barley, green chili corn chowder … you can enjoy a different soup every day, and it’ll take a while before you repeat yourself because every day there is a selection of ten soups: five regulars, five specials.
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    • A long strange trip

        The food and drinks are American classics, formulaic but entirely edible. Lots of things are fried, everything is well-prepared, nothing pushes the envelope. Portions are generous.
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    • Sushi downtown?

        Curries, fried rice, Thai salads and noodles all done in authentic Thai style. Squid and scallops, pork, beef and chicken Thai dishes. Extensive appetizer selections and tasty soups. Vegetarian entrees also. Lively setting.
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    • Zest grand

      Breakfasts and lunches that beat the office-worker blues.
        Specializing in breakfast and lunch for white-collar workers who toil in the office buildings along W. Grand Blvd., this neat little place feels like a trendy little art gallery, despite the disposable silverware. The menu is extensive enough to provide variety even if you're a regular. Fried chicken wings with waffles, salmon filet on top of rice or grits, pasta marinara, and more common breakfast fare, including omelets, pancakes, French toast, waffles, steak and eggs. There’s a small parking lot next door where parking is $2 per half hour. No liquor.
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    • Faves & surprises

        Proprietor Sameer Eid has been serving meticulously prepared mideastern food to the locals since 1970. He knows his way around the market and the kitchen, and gives a more sophisticated spin to the well-known litany of shish kebab, shish kafta, baked kibbee and lamb chops. Seafood dishes are also specialties.
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