I don't need a lot when it comes to a bar. Good beer on tap, a nice selection of the harder stuff, and a chill atmosphere with sweet tunes. I don't think that's too much to ask?
And yay for Buck Tavern who deliverers this in spades. It wasn't terribly crowded on a Friday post work so it was nice and easy to get a table for our party of 4. We split a couple of great cheap pitchers. They had some nice bourbons and whiskeys in bottles up at the bar which I give them points for. I'm not a bourbon drinker myself but the members of my party definitely got a glass of some bulliet rye and split it amongst themselves to try it.
Great tunes! I found myself singing along more than a few times. The space itself isn't anything terribly special. With a name like Buck it's exactly what you'd expect--dark wood paneling, kind of lodgy/divey feeling. I like it.
Great crowd as well. Nice and chill, not loud. One fella who is a regular there came over to our table to chat because my friend's boyfriend was rocking his Minnesota baseball cap. He's a native of MN as well and he chatted with us for quite some time. These are the types of folks that come and chill out here and they're my kind of people!
Sweet spot to grab a drink, hear some djs or play a bit of pool! Super spacious and comfortable. Have never felt claustrophobic in here which I love. Great bartenders and tasty drinks!
Came to "In The Forest" for the first time tonight. Different local djs spinning great tunes every Tuesday night in a part of the bar made to look like, well, a forest! Love it! Vines and plants cling to the wall with record sleeves tucked in amongst the foliage. Lacquered wooden benches add to the tree theme. Even the turn tables have branches around them (a nice touch!). Love the sky light too, so nice on a rainy day like today.
Also: foosball table!!
One of my favorite places to chill on a weeknight, for sure.
Ohhhh boy. I have to update here to give the pulled pork sandwich a shout out. Dinner tonight was fantastic thanks to this not-so-little sammy! Texas toast, loads of tangy and juicy pulled pork, creamy and cruncy coleslaw, and a layer of melted cheddar. I had sauce dripping down my hand and I licked it right off. Couldn't let any of that juicy goodness go to waste!
The French fries are crispy and delicious. I rocked a little caloric splurge and got a side of ranch which was perfect. Oh my goodness. I really wanted to kill that whole sandwich because it was so tasty but sadly I got full and had to leave the last bits of crust to lie pitifully on my plate. I killed those fries though. You'd better believe it!
Great dish, generous portion, not a lot of moolah. Foran's can get it!
Still one of my favorite eateries in Detroit and I'm totally bumping it up to 5 stars because they've been consistently amazing, the staff is awesome, and it's never so crowded that I feel uncomfortable or rushed. The cocktails here are amazing, the appetizers here are so good that I usually just order a few of those instead of a main course (most recently I had the whitefish salad with a green apple gelée and it was phenomenal). The drink menu is superb. They were doing amazing craft cocktails in Detroit before it was the new thing to do (which I'm certainly not complaining about--just giving props where props are due). Also love that they're open late which was a delight when I wrapped up celebrating Noel Night last Saturday and me and my fellow elves were still able to get a fab meal and some drinks. We sat and chatted long after our plates were cleared and no one rushed us or made us feel unwelcome.
I will concede that the serving sizes are on the smaller size but it tastes so darn good that I'm ok with it. BUT if you're someone who wants a lot of portion be prepared when you come in here. My last visit I ordered two appetizers, a cocktail, and a dessert (a delicious pumpkin cheesecake) and I have to say I was adequately full but not everyone may feel that way.
Flatbread. OH. FLATBREAD!
Thin crispy cracker like bread topped with creamy farmer's cheese, spiced apples, arugula and truffle oil. So delicious. But warning: small. If splitting one maybe get a couple or be prepared to fight over the crumbs. I could have eaten ten of these on my own. It was that awesome.
The cheese selection was far out. Such amazing choices. It's damn near impossible to narrow it down. Luckily you can choose 3 or more per order. Yahoo!
And of course--the wines. Wine flights and some other liquors as well. Right now I believe there was a bourbon flight. It's not my cup of tea (too strong!) but I know MANY people who would love a good bourbon flight. I had a glass of a nice white and it was perfect with my flatbread. MMM flatbread. Did I mention it was good? Cos it was!
The space isn't huge but there' lots of bar seating. Lovely mellow vibe. Really attentive and helpful staff can assist you in choosing some beverage and cheeses if you're feeling overwhelmed. And with 60+ wine choices you may need a little assistance!
Admittedly I can be a bit cheap when it comes to booze. Not that I don't love a good drink, but I've not been known to drop a wad of cash on a bottle of wine or champagne. I'll do just fine with a three buck chuck, thanks!
I had a groupon for Pops for Champagne and I decided, "when in Rome!" SO we went and splurged on fancy glasses of champagne that we would normally not spend that kind of money on. So glad we did!
Unfortunately I didn't write down the glasses I had and as the night went on I have to say that my memory grew less sharp than when I started so sorry for the lack of specificity but MAN. Good champagne? IS GOOD. Who knew!? Two glasses of the classic french stuff. Both smooth and sweet. After those we switched to cocktails. The Bellini Coupette (a sparkling rosé topped with white peach foam and a raspberry) was ridiculous. So delicious, sweet, and fresh. The Framboise (Pasquet Marie-Framboise, orange bitters and cava, served with a sugar cube and an orange twist) was also obscene. And the Black 75 (Grand Traverse cherry vodka with lemon juice, cava, and the most intense griottine cherry) blew my mind. I'd come back just for those cocktails, for serious.
As for food--of course we had a few snacks to temper the bubbly so we went with a wonderfully creamy ash packed goat cheese and the speck (a peppery, thinly sliced, smoked, and dry cured ham). Then for some sweets? The bread pudding--with fruit and almonds in a bourbon cream sauce. Heaven.
The space was relatively chill and the service was on point. I would love to save my pennies and come back here for another decadent night out.
Being that I'm a movie buff and the movie theatre across the street from Owen & Engine is the easiest mainstream theater for me to get to I find myself in the neighborhood on the regular. Because of that I've always wanted a good place to go get a drink or a bite to eat before or after a film. Sure, Fat Willy's is there and it's got some tasty treats but the wait can be insane and sometimes I'm just not in the mood for BBQ. There are some other really great places in the neighborhood but if the weather is crappy or you just don't feel like walking your options are limited to ribs, a hot dog at the theater, or the BK across the street. And while a flame broiled whopper can quell hunger pains just fine I'm usually up for something a little more interesting. Luckily for me Owen & Engine has arrived!
I popped in with some friends post a viewing of The Social Network on Saturday night for a drink and fell in love right away. The space is warm and inviting. Comfortable seating both downstairs and upstairs. Upstairs has some casual seating positioned around what one may call a roaring fireplace which will be perfect in the coming winter months. Even the menus are aesthetically pleasing (a nice floral wallpaper print on the cover). The beer list is awesome--a lot of my favorite Midwest brews on tap made me a happy lady (Bell's, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Founders, etc). Not to mention some quality imported brews bottled for your pleasure. Reasonably priced ($5 for a pint of Bell's Brown Ale) and poured nice and cold. The perfect nightcap to a quality evening at the cinema!
If I recall correctly the wine list has few by the glass options--it's an entire bottle or one or two choices for just a glass. Drink mix-ins are few and far between (it's soda or nothing. No juices) but it's a English pub, not a martini bar so if you want an appletini or a vodka cranberry might I suggest you try somewhere else? Those looking for nonalcoholic options can get a ginger beer, soda or some coffee or tea. They have a quite a tea offering-- even at 2:30am!
Our waitress was awesome. Really personable and attentive. Checked in on us quite a bit without being annoying and was extremely helpful when I was on the fence between two beers. She gave us the run down on when they opened and some menu tips. We weren't hungry so I can't comment on the food since I didn't order any (I think that's why I'm apt to give it 4 stars instead of 5 since I haven't sampled any of their edible offerings) but the menu looked quite tasty and I'm looking forward to popping in here some day for some fish and chips or a crumpet.
Ladies night and I'm feelin' alllll right!
Yeah! Wednesday nights, as I recently discovered, is Ladies night here at Skybar lounge. What does that mean? Well, it means 50% off their extensive list of martinis for the gals. And thank goodness because with sippers like the Three Chocolates (chocolate vodka, Godiva chocolate liqour and cream in a glass decorated with...chocolate!) and the Sex in the City (vodka, peach schnapps, and pineapple and cranberry juices) it's easy to get into a load of trouble here so thanks for the discount, SkyBar!
Yes, 25 different martinis and a killer happy hour menu on Mondays-Fridays from 4-7 (that includes 4 different martinis, 3 dollar wine selections and domestic beers, and eats like firecracker shrimp and sliders from $4 to $5) makes me a happy lady!
The decor is nice and creates a comfortable feel. The first floor is more casual, the perfect place to meet some friends and have a drink and some snacks. The downstairs is far more hoppin. It can be a bit tough to find (I accidentally walked through about 3 different doors looking for the stairs to the washroom!) but once you find that spiral staircase you're transported to a bumpin' dance room downstairs complete with couches for lounging and a dj.
Word on the street is that they're working on renovating one of the higher floors as well. This excites me to no end as
YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
First time visit to Tandem this past weekend and I'm already in love. In LOVE. Madly, passionately in love. And here's why:
First off--it's adorable. Kind of tucked in the middle of farm country in Sutton's Bay, as most places there are. It's kind of a little barn type thing with a few seats at the bar and a bench by the window. When we came all the seats at the bar were filled so we stood by the window bench and the gal at the counter was super helpful, coming over to us and giving us tastings that way. When we decided on our pints we took them to the picnic table which was very comfortable but since it was a sunny day--also very HOT. So we moved to the grass by the barn in the shade. So perfect. A great place to hang out with some friends on a sunny summer day.
Secondly--The ciders are damn good. The drafts go from more tart and crisp to sweeter as you go through the tastings. I have to admit I'm more a sweet girl but the tart was still delicious to me. They had 5 varieties (I think. 4 or 5) on draft and I tried them all. I also tried the bottled Sweetheart and Smackintosh and both were fantastic. All are made with local apples as well. Awesome. I also tried a tasting of the apple brandy which was also excellent. If you want a snack they also have that. Some locally made raclette, peanuts, and picked eggs. We got a few bowls of the peanuts and they went perfectly with the ciders.
Thirdly the price--pretty darn cheap. Tastes of their draft ciders are free and then they have a few bottled varieties that you can taste for a small price. Most pints, if you choose to do a full pour of any of the drafts, are around $4-5. They also have half pints at $2 if you wanted to do two different varieties that add up to a full pint. I ended up loving the sweet Smackintosh variety which came bottled. My friend and I split one bottle and it ended up to be about a pint each. The bottle was $11 so it came out to about 5.50 per pint. Again, not bad for something locally made and completely delicious. You can get the bottles to go or get growlers of the draft ciders to go as well. Heck yes! I got a bottle of Smackintosh to go and I'm saving it for a celebratory drink when I'm all moved in and settled into my new house. I'm excited!
If you're up in the area doing wine tastings be sure to factor Tandem into your plans. Even if you're not doing tastings, be sure to factor Tandem into your plans. It's definitely worth the visit.
YAY COCKTAILS! YAY AMAZING DESSERTS! YAY FOR PATIOS!
So, you know, YAY for Spoonriver!
In MN for work for the next week and met up with one of my oldest and dearest friends for a bit of fun before work starts. We spent about 2 hours here and it was fantastic. It had been a stressful week for me so I was very IDGAF about what I ate or drank the whole day. Meaning-- as we popped from place to place I ordered what I wanted without thinking of the consequences (financial, health wise, etc) as such I indulged at our stop at Spoonriver and I had two very tasty (and STRONG) cocktails, one killer dessert, and spit a very yummy appetizer. Even after a very hearty brunch. Let me break it down for you:
Cocktail #1: Sorrento Scandal. Rosemary Infused Bombay Sapphire, Strawberries, Balsamic Reduction.
I love all the components of this one. However, I though the rosemary was way too strong and overpowered the rest. Would have liked to taste more of the strawberries and balsamic. But I do like rosemary quite a bit so I wasn't terribly sad about it. Just was expecting a little more sweetness.
Cocktail #2: Minneapolis Mojito: Prairie Vodka, Soda Water, Lime Juice, Candied Cranberries, Basil
Now this one--this one was perfection. It arrived and looked beautiful and the flavors were fabulous and balanced. I had a very fun time picking out the candied cranberries from the glass with my straws like chopsticks. In my semi-inebriated state my friends and I found this completely hilarious.
Dessert: A dense chocolate cake with a layer of coconut cream and a side of coconut gelato.
This was incredible. Super delicious dark and smooth chocolate with the perfect amount of coconut layered between. I was sincerely in love with this dish. My only complaint was that it was so good I was trying to savor it and my gelato melted a little too quickly! My bad!
Appetizer: Savory Wild Mushroom, Pistachio Terrine - Fruit Chutney, Mustard Sauce, Croutons, Cornichons
in need of something salty we went with this dish. It was fantastic. Not too dry, great mushroom flavor. Loved the combo of the fruit chutney and the savory terrine. I'd order it again.
The patio was fantastic. I love sitting outside and it was the perfect weather for it. Unfortunately as it got later in the day the sun just became too much and no amount of repositioning our umbrella calmed it down. It was just too low in the sky. So we moved inside and they totally rolled with it. The space is very clean, modern, and comfortable. I was happy inside or out.
Our server was a doll. A very lovely gal who was incredibly helpful. The bussers who came by were attentive and friendly as well. My friend asked that the bartender make him a drink that wasn't on the menu and she whipped up a variation on a Manhattan with Grand Marnier and lemon juice. I'm not big on dark liquors but damn was this good. On point, bartender.
If I lived in Minnesota I think this place would definitely be in my regular rotation. At least for cocktails and dessert. Definitely interested in trying a meal here too. Next time!
New Hudson Inn is an institution in New Hudson and clearly a sweet place for bikers and dive bar lovers alike. The beers are cheap, the food is cheap, and the place is appropriately dingy. There's a stripper pole in the middle of the floor and the PBRs are like 3 bucks on a Monday. So, basically this is my kind of place. Especially for a laid-back beer and to watch a game.
The food is the only sticking point here. We came on a Monday (Labor Day to be precise) and they had a ton of food specials most of which we tried. The menu here is actually pretty large but mostly we stuck to the specials since they were snack sized and cheap. The sliders? They rule. I would definitely stick to these upon return visits. They're nothing special but they had good flavor and they were a steal (I can't remember if they were 1or 2 bucks each but either way!). The coney dog was not really so great. The hot dog was ok but the chili was underwhelming. Definitely tasted out of a can. Will pass in the future. We also split an order of the nachos which tasted kind of GFS. Again, will pass in the future. But the sliders? They get a thumbs up.
But let's be real. This place isn't a spot for eats. It's a place for beers, booze, and brawlin'. Okay, maybe not the brawlin'. But definitely the former two. And for that, I'll definitely be back.
Cool little hotel bar! Enjoyed a daily drink here with my colleagues while I was at Aloft for work. They have a great cocktail menu along with a nice selection of wines and beers. The area is open and is apart of the lobby so it's not the most private or intimate of spaces but it's convenient if you're staying in the hotel for sure.
Staff was a blast--loved the bartenders that I interacted with and the drinks really packed a punch making them totally worth your while.
I am actually intensely sad as I begin to write up this review because, well, it's probably going to be a long time before I get to 112 Eatery again and that leaves me heartbroken. Why? Because I had one of the best meals of my life here. Nothing I put in my mouth disappointed and I certainly put in A LOT.
Standouts: the amazing pan fried gnocchi, incredible burger, fabulous short rib chili, and the carrots with honey. I don't even LIKE carrots and I was crazy about that dish. Also--creamy.coconut.corn. I could hardly manage to pace myself. It was so delicious that I ate SO fast. I tried to savor, I really did, but it was tough. Dessert? The standouts for me were the Tres Leches Cake and the Donut cake. Holy cow. But again, nothing disappointed. I left with a distended, yet happy, belly.
The staff here was stellar. We had a pretty large party and they were on point. From quickly taking our orders, serving us all our dishes perfectly, checking in frequently. It was top notch. It was also a warm and inviting space, perfect for an intimate meal or for a lively night with friends and fab food.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go weep into my bowl of Easy Mac and pretend it's some of that gnocchi.
Updating this to give a shout out to the food menu. It is GREAT! Lots of delicious snacks like cheese and meat boards, oxtail poutine, fried chickpeas, sliders and more.
But the real standout for a sweet tooth like me? The desserts! Particularly the beignets! Fluffy and warm powdered sugar covered pillows served with a warm salted caramel. Ohhhh man. Also awesome? The chocolate cremeau--luscious chocolate squares with creme anglaise and tuile cookies. Had both on my birthday last month and I've been craving them since.
Cocktails? Still amazing. Ambiance? Awesome. Music? Rad. Staff? The best. And now food! Yessss. One of my favorite spots in Ann Arbor for sure.
This is the place peeps go to meet, cowork, or quietly sit in front of a laptop doing their thang. And because of that there's a good energy there. Very spacious and it's quiet but there's a buzz that I dig. I also dig the buzz from the beverages! (See what I did there?)
The coffee is quite good (although I haven't had much of it yet), and iced tea is tasty and refreshing on a warm, sunny day. I haven't tried any eats yet but this place is so close to my house that it's only a matter of time. Just wish they were open past 6pm. Later hours would be Mighty Good. Mighty Good, indeed!
One of my favorite joints in town to get a beer and a burger. Usually busy but not so busy it's hard to get a table on the weekends and the food is pretty darn tasty. I love their aforementioned burgers which is my regular order although I have had the chicken sandwich (in an attempt to be healthy) and I found it to be way above average. It's nothing super special but it still tastes great. This can be hard to achieve with a chicken sandwich, you know. Nice and juicy. So high fives.
They've got a rotating beer list of really awesome local and non-local brews plust bottled stuff like a very tasty cider that I most recently had (the name of which escapes me). Friendly bar and waitstaff, good prices, and did I mention it's easy to get a seat on a Friday or Saturday night? That is clutch. I dig Old Town. A consistently awesome spot in downtown A2!
Charming little park in the middle of downtown Plymouth. Home of numerous festivals and fairs like Art in the Park, the Plymouth Ice Fair, etc. The perfect spot for lounging and and relaxing on a nice day, strolling with some kiddos or a pup, or just parking under a tree and reading for a bit. Being that it's right in the middle of town there are plenty of snack and beverage options if you want to grab a bite and picnic it up.
Well maintained, the fountain is lovely and provided lots of loitering opportunities when I was in high school. Make like 17 year old Annette (or present day 31 year old Annette for that matter) and grab a beverage at the Plymouth Coffee Bean, settle in and and relax to the sounds of lovely water in the sunshine!
If you're coming here looking for food, you won't find much. But if you like delightful Michigan wines in a chill, friendly atmosphere? This is the place.
Owned and operated by the folks from L.Mawby, Black Star Farms, and Good Harbor wines, this small wine shop carries pretty much only their bottles along with a few bites per day (think a small cheese plate or shortbread) to compliment their pours. They have a variety of vinos, from the Mawby sparklings to the red and whites from Black Star and Good Harbor, plus a handful of dessert wines to choose from as well. Get it by half glass, glass, bottle in house, or bottle to go. Pretty great!
An awesome way to get my fix of northern Michigan wines when I can't make it up to the area.
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