Wednesday, May 28, 2008

One of a kind

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Although not even close to being vegged-out, Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant has some pretty interesting food of their own, not to mention, much of it is made in house. The selection changes all the time, so don't count on phony dogs anymore, but do enjoy any of Traffic Jam's own brewed beers. If coney islands aren't your thing, try the Delta Stack: collard greens, avocado, roasted peppers and dill ranch served on corn bread with sweet potato fries. Wash it down with Fruity Pebbles and Faygo Rock and Rye homemade ice cream. It's good.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Back on the block

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Oslo patrons can choose between sushi and a longish list of superior Thai dishes; the sushi is sliced and rolled by Korean-born John Riney. Tom kha, the soup with coconut milk and chicken, is both creamy and salty, with generous chunks of chicken. Drunken noodles are peppery yet luscious, the noodles fat and slippery, with a fold-in garnish of fresh basil leaves. Equally delicious was a “signature” dish called simply “Oslo Udon Noodles.” Chicken and shrimp and the usual vegetables join wide noodles of a pleasing firmness in a faintly sweet and certainly hot garlic sauce. Almost all the signatures feature garlic, and none coconut milk, so now you know Chef Rossbach’s tastes.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Upscale A2

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The eclectic fare, which emphasizes Asia and the Caribbean, is reflected in the appetizers. For example, Thad brilliantly executes a platter of four crispy Chinese pork dumplings atop cilantro, laced with a subtle, tamarind-infused tomato sauce ($9). Although the portion size will disappoint those hoping to share, the tuna tartare, a small mound of yellowfin folded into a dijon-thyme dressing, is a pleasing delicacy ($12). Other appetizers include broiled mussels, crab cake and Gruyére custard.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Market values

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Downtown Detroit (finally) gets a high-end grocer (with a café).

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