Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Oyster wonderland

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The latest outpost of Tom's Oyster Bar, located right in downtown Detroit, right across from the RenCen (hear that, restaurateurs?), and always crowded (they said it couldn't be done), is a worthy addition to the ever-expanding chain. Noisy and cheerful at lunchtime and after work, Tom's gives a very convincing impression of a well-preserved 19th century pub. A variety of oysters is offered, the appetizer selection is extensive, and the main courses are mostly delicious.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Good soups, hot sandwiches

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Rick's Irish Pub takes the place of O'Leary's Tearoom in Corktown. The front room is now a smoky bar, with Harp, Killian’s, Labatt and Bud Light on tap. The back room serves good soups and hot sandwiches, some of which, like kielbasa, have nothing to do with Ireland. O'Leary's charming unmatched, flowered plates are still in use, and owner Rick Richards is continuing the famous Sunday brunches, with quiches, Guinness beef stew and shepherd’s pie. It’s a pub that still serves a full line of tea.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Think of Mama

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2001 at 12:00 AM

An offshoot of the popular and prize-winning Beans and Cornbread. Entrées include fried chicken, shrimp, pork chops, ribs and catfish. Generic baked beans, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese will remind you of many a church supper, but the desserts are almost too good to be true.

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