Serving up Tex-Mex since 1946

You know a restaurant is doing something right if it’s been open since 1946 – which is the case for El Nibble Nook!

This Mexican restaurant serves up a wide array of yummy tex-mex dishes, where you can get a quick meal for a great price. With locations in both West Bloomfield and Livonia, this is the spot I love for a weekday dinner out.

Amazing tex-mex at El Nibble Nook!

Amazing tex-mex at El Nibble Nook!

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The Laundry.

On the corner of W. Shiawassee and Adelaide in Downtown Fenton, you will find a place that has is all. The Laundry is sweet and savory, offers creative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, has a full bar with a great selection of draft beers and specialty cocktails and best of all, executes a garden to table approach. Freshness, a love for food and a strong dedication to quality is apparent at The Laundry.

Corner of Shiawassee & Adelaide.

Corner of Shiawassee & Adelaide.

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Szechuan Empire is a Hidden Gem!

I discovered Szechuan Empire through my husband – who is absolutely obsessed with this place. One day, while we were dating, he asked me if I wanted to go to the BEST Chinese restaurant in the world. Naturally, I said yes and my expectations were high.

When we pulled up to the restaurant, I thought that those expectations needed to be lowered. The building was kinda tiny, the parking lot congested and the entire sign was blocked by an enormous tree – making it hard to find the place.

But all of my doubts diminished once our food arrived…everything we ordered was unbelievable! To start we had a bowl of hot and sour soup – which arrived in what looked like a serving bowl and was seasoned to perfection.

Massive bowl of hot & sour soup!

Massive bowl of hot & sour soup!

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Pizza and salad and breadsticks, OH MY!

Many local celebrities agree, as their website mentions, the family of restaurants spread around Metro-Detroit serving up the finest Greek salads, breadsticks, pizza and BBQ ribs are simply the best around.  From Howell, Highland, White Lake and Milford to Lapeer, Plymouth, Fenton and Brighton you can find these 60 year old family staples at almost all of their restaurants or carry outs.  This particular time, I found myself at Tomato Brothers for lunch after burning off some serious calories shopping at Tanger Outlets. Proven fact: there is no better way to reenergize yourself (or put yourself into a food coma) than Tomato Brother’s pizza, Greek salad and bread sticks.

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Tomato Brothers: 3030 W. Grand River Avenue Howell, MI

Some of their other restaurants:

Enchanting Beer Garden in Birmingham

Over the weekend, a group of my friends met up at Griffin Claw - a fabulous restaurant in Birmingham that opened about a year ago. From start to finish, this place was on point!

As we approached the entrance of the restaurant we were greeted with a hilarious sign explaining our upcoming dining experience…

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First impressions are key – and GCBC nails it!

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Epicurean Group’s Delightful Plaza Deli

If you haven’t heard of The Epicurean Group then surely you have heard of or frequented one of their outstanding restaurants; Coach Insignia, Epic Café, Northern Lakes Seafood, Novi Chophouse, the new and highly anticipated Atwater in the Park or Plaza Deli. I recently found myself craving a deli sandwich and in my experience, you cannot just go to any restaurant to fulfill that type of craving, you must make your way to a deli. I am a sucker for delis, a creature of habit and definitely have my favorites, but my recent experience at Plaza Deli has added this place to the list.

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Plaza Deli off Northwestern Highway

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Beauty found in 48818.

Just about 2 hours northwest of the Metro-Detroit area, you will find a charming, laid back lake town that encompasses everything you think of when you want life to slow down just a little bit. Crystal Township’s 724 acre sandy bottomed body of water, Crystal Lake, is the centerpiece of this town. Surrounding the lake is a town so small, if you blink you will miss it, having just the necessities; a couple of bars and home-style restaurants, ice cream shop, bank, hardware store, movie theatre, grocery store, pizza place and even a roller rink.

Welcome to Crystal!

Welcome to Crystal!

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Yoz Yogurt in West Bloomfield

Yoz Yogurt in West Bloomfield offers a little bit of everything for everyone. We all know that ice cream & summertime in Michigan go hand in hand. Yoz is the perfect place to top off a beautiful sunny day with a bowl of frozen yogurt towering in toppings you love!

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Yoz Yogurt has two locations in West Bloomfield:

50 years of Authentic Italian

You know you are about to experience some incredible eats for your palate when one of the first things you see at a restaurant is a woman inside a small “pasta factory” hand making the noodles you are about to eat. That is part of what makes the Rugiero family’s restaurants noteworthy, but so does their bread, pizza & the finished product the noodles create. We frequent the Farmington Hills location and I am a creature of habit when I go there. I always, no matter what, order the Mostaccioli Casseruola (no meat to make it vegetarian). I honestly burn my tongue off each time because I can’t wait to dive into that bubbly, cheesy dish. Each time, I leave with a carryout box stuffed with leftovers and a few pieces of that incredible bread for the next day.

Pasta Factory

Pasta Factory

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