Fine dining in Downtown Rochester has been taken to the next level by an architecturally fine spot on Walnut Boulevard. Although this 8,200 square foot house is nearly a century old, it has been converted into a Modern American restaurant inspired by French culinary tradition. We must give kudos to the extraordinary cuisine at Chapman House, however it is the vibe that completes the experience.
Downtown Rochester. 311 Walnut Boulevard Rochester, MI.
Comfortable patio in front.
More courtyard perfection.
Multiple options for private dining.
The menu selections vary with the seasons and availability. Everything is prepared with the freshest of ingredients that are available in the Great Lakes region.
Over the weekend I was at the Eastern Market and came across the Stockyard food truck. I was intrigued by the unique sandwich combinations featured on their menu, so I decided to give it a try. When I got to the front of the line, I asked woman what her favorite sandwich was and she said the BLT Chorizo. So that’s what I went with it and all I can say is MMMMMMMMMMM!
BLT Chorizo Sandwich.
The Stockyard food truck is all over the place. So the best thing to do it sign up for location updates on their website or follow them on social media.
Their menu will vary from time to time but here are the prices from the day that I visited.
The Stockyard menu.
The vibe at the Stockyard food truck was simple and delicious. I could tell everything on the menu was specifically there for a reason and the sandwiches we crafted with thought and intent. I highly recommend this truck when you are in the mood for a unique sandwich experience.
The Stockyard food truck.
Tomatoes APIZZA introduced their Neapolitan style pizza to Farmington Hills in 1998 and have received rave reviews ever since…and after my visit, it is VERY easy to see why. Their pizza style may be different from what you are used to but I PROMISE you it’s worth trying. The flavorful, thin, chewy, crispy, slightly charred pie with fresh ingredients is beyond delicious and will keep you coming back for more!
The Naples Sampler.
Fresh is the first word that comes to mind when I think about La Marsa. I literally CRAVE the Mediterranean food at this restaurant constantly because it is healthy, flavorful and delicious.
Their delicious house salad.
Racking your brain for a last minute gift idea for that special lady in your life? Whether it be your mom, grandma, or the mother of your children, make sure you celebrate her the right way on May 8th (and every day)! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Happy Mother’s Day
Pamper her: Get a gift certificate at Visions Spa & Salon. Visions offers an array of products and services. Hair, nails, makeup, sunless tanning, spa massage, hand & foot treatments, skin care, hair removal and even oncology care can be found on their menu of options for treating yourself.
Send her some Michigan love: Bundled has perfect Mother’s Day gifts while support small businesses and providing job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. From The Mommy Bundle to the Deluxe Ladies Bundle and the option to customize something great, this is a perfect option to ship to the mom who lives away from you.
Get her a subscription: We have personally checked out Mitten Crate and Discover our America, both a great way to check out all the awesome food our state has to offer.
Buy her some swag: Check out MI State of Mind, Detroit Street Apparel Company or Brightly Twisted for some Michigan clothing!
Whisk her away on a Michigan adventure: One of the best things about our great Mitten State is that you can drive some hours and really feel like you are on vacation. Grab that special mom in your life and take her to Traverse City, Downtown Detroit, the Thumb, or one of the many beautiful cities we
Take her to Brunch: (here are a few of our favs)
- Bistro 82: Royal Oak. They will be bringing back a selection of their famous brunch specials for Mother’s Day! Brunch will be available on Sunday, May 8 from 10am – 2pm.
- C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill: Walled Lake. They will be hosting their annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 8 from 10am – 4pm, with the last seating at 3pm. The regular dinner menu will start at 4:30pm. The Mother’s Day buffet costs $24.95 per person for adults, and $19.95 for children under 11 years old. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are included.
- Joe Muer Seafood: Downtown Detroit. They will be serving a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10am – 4pm, with dinner from 6pm – 10pm. Specials include: made-to-order omelettes, egg Benedict, Belgian waffles, sushi, carved prime round, Dearborn ham, shrimp cocktail, oysters, salmon Wellington, maple-cured bacon, breakfast sausage, fresh fruit and gourmet desserts including Joe Muer’s famous coconut crème cake and many more. The brunch menu costs $47.99 for adults, $19.99 for children, and those 5 and under are free.
- Terry’s Terrace: Harrison Township. They will be hosting a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10am – 2pm, with omelets served to order and dessert. The buffet costs $21.99 per person. Terry’s new brunch menu will be available all day as well. `
- Forest: Birmingham. They will be offering a three course menu costing $45 per person ($20 for children under 10) from 10am – 3pm.
Situated on Woodward Avenue in Midtown behind the M-1 construction, there is a spot that is not to be missed. We discovered it because we were looking for a restaurant to grab some food & drinks at before a show at the Max Fisher. What will keep us coming back to The Block is the overly kind staff, scrumptious food & amazing Happy Hour (did I mention I got an Oberon for $1?!).
3919 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Parking Tip: Park in lot off Alexandrine. The Block will validate your parking stub or receipt and parking is free!
The Block has great Happy Hour Specials and a menu full of dishes at various costs. We were looking for a couple things to share so we had a starter, the Shot Gun Shrimp (9) and two sides, Alfredo Mac & Cheese (3) and their famous cornbread (3). Each dish was delicious and more than we were hoping for!
Mac & Cheese. Shrimp. Cornbread.
The bar side was full for Happy Hour, but they still gave us Happy Hour pricing even though we were seated in the dining room bringing me to my $1 Oberon. From 4-7pm, Monday through Friday, The Block offers a fabulous Happy Hour in their bar area. A variety of starters and sides for only $3 along with drink specials that can’t be beat makes this an ideal time to visit, but they put on a great lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch as well!
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Gift Giving Made Easy.
Prior to walking into Terry’s Terrace, we had heard they were known for their seafood and beer, a combo that almost never disappoints. With 50 beers on tap and standards to please the snobbiest of beer snobs, finding something to drink here is definitely not an issue. The staff takes pride in making sure every beer that is poured has come from a quality keg, travels through clean lines, and has the perfect pressure and temperature. And the food! Well, the food is unexpectedly amazing, giving you the feeling you’re in an upscale restaurant with a laid back environment!
50 craft crews on tap
We took a look back at all of the amazing places in Michigan we were lucky enough to experience in 2015. All we can say is WOW – our state is PACKED with incredible places that delight our senses. So, we thought we would give you a quick snapshot of all the spots we visited in the past year.
It’s been years since I dined at Tom’s Oyster Bar, so when I heard they hired Executive Chef Norman Fenton (who redid the entire menu) I thought it was time to give this place another visit and try their new dishes. To say we were impressed is an understatement, the menu options far exceeded your “typical” seafood dishes and were anything but ordinary!
Tom’s Oyster Bar is located at 318 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067. The restaurant is situated in the center of downtown Royal Oak. There is paid street parking surrounding and there are also several parking lots nearby.
The price point at this restaurant is very reasonable for the caliber of seafood served. We chatted with the chef while dinning and he was very passionate about how “choosey” they are about where they get their seafood and how they store it to maintain freshness. It is something that you can definitely notice – everything is FRESH, FRESH, FRESH! The dishes range from $5-$15 for appetizers and the main dishes are $15-$35. The crab boil was my personal favorite. it’s packed with Alaskan king crab, corn, potatoes, shrimp and seasoned to perfection!
The vibe is exactly what you want it to be at a seafood restaurant. Charming checkered table clothes, cozy and relaxed atmosphere and friendly servers all around. If you want a real treat, sit at the bar and order a Spanish Coffee from Frank the bartender. Prepare to be amazed!