A hearty appetite is encouraged at Clancy’s Irish Pub, where a champion burger challenge bates mouths to down a 5-pound behemoth burger and a full pound of fries in less than 45 minutes. Only three customers have ever succeeded, and their pictures reside on Clancy’s wall of fame as a testament to their steely reserve and superhuman jaw strength. In addition to holding photos of these championship mugs, Clancy’s butter-hued walls come stippled with golden brown, as if prophesying the deep-fried goodliness of the menu’s jalapeño poppers and cheesy mozzarella sticks. Amid the glow of neon beer signs and flat-screen TVs, tables load up with pints from the bar’s selection of more than 50 brews, as well as pub classics such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and the cheese-and- bacon-slathered chicken Dubliner. After two-handing a signature Jack Daniels chicken sandwich, guests can partake of weekly events such as beer-pong competitions, trivia, and DJ dance nights.
Before Shawn Randazzo even opened his own pizzeria, he was already an internationally recognized pizza maker. In 2012, Shawn entered the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo, a renowned industry trade show that brings together the world's best pizza artisans. There, he was awarded with two honors: Pizza Maker of the Year and Best American-Pan Pizza.
It's not surprising that he claimed the country's best pan pizza considering the meticulous preparation involved. His square steel pans—synonymous with Detroit-style pies—have the same design as the ones mechanics use to catch small parts or the tears of busted carburetors while working on cars. It takes three hours to prepare each pan, as they go through several cycles of being coated in seasoning and then heated in the oven until the flavor is quite literally baked in. The steel construction ensures even heat distribution, leaving the deep-dish crust perfectly baked each time.
It was coming off his Pizza Expo victory that Shawn was inspired to open Detroit Style Pizza Company. Here, he uses the same award-winning recipes and high-quality pans to prepare specialty pies such as the Motor City meatball pizza with mushrooms and red onions. The specific recipe that won Shawn his pan-pizza title was the chicken Caesar, which is topped with white-meat chicken, Applewood-smoked bacon, a two-cheese blend, and Caesar dressing, which caramelizes the onions as the pie bakes.
Aspen Restaurant and Bar borrows the snow-capped ambience of a Colorado ski lodge and dishes out an eclectic menu full of fresh, inventive sea fare and turf-borne dishes. Start with an appetizer such as the calamari twigs, which are deep-fried and paired with frizzled onions ($9.99), or the hand-battered onion rings ($6.99), both edible ambassadors for the coming main course. Water-based entrees include the frog legs, prepared with lemon and tartar sauce ($14.99), and the deep-fried, piña-colada-sauce-dotted coconut shrimp ($15.99). Meatier meat dishes abound, such as a 6 oz. filet mignon, served over a potato pancake ($17.99), or the venison, wild boar, and vegetable combination known as the big game hunter ($15.99). Entrees come with a choice of two sides, including french fries, baked potato, and coleslaw; pastas come with one side. An abbreviated, appetizer-heavy bar menu is available for those who want a quick snack in between underwater bench-pressing competitions.
The traditional Dream Dinners experience has customers visit one of the convenient kitchen's prep sessions, where patrons assemble meals out of fresh ingredients to take home and cook when they please. With this Groupon, however, you can pick up six already assembled meals from the Dream Dinners kitchen (three-serving-meal prices average between $11 and $12, with the $25 preparation fee included in the deal), thereby cutting out the work that's already cutting out the work. Select a pickup time that has been set aside for Groupon users, and then choose six meals from the Rochester Hills location's menu sampler, which changes monthly. On the specified date and time, you may retrieve your Dream Dinners meals and escort them home in an insulated limousine filled with ice, or, if chilled limos are unavailable, in a cooler. Once home, Dream Dinners' easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the stress-free cooking.
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The skyscraper-like structures attached to Ditty's in the City's exterior embody the newly opened restaurant's chic, urban vibe. This venue pulls double duty as a cozy pub during the day and a dance club at night, when an expansive dining area transforms into a dance floor illuminated by prismatic lights and the soft glow of more than 25 high-definition TVs. Bar-style tables and booths sprawl across the room from a raised stage, where diners feast on American pub grub including half-pound burgers, crispy oven-baked pizzas, and hearty entrees of chicken parmesan or breaded shrimp. More than 12 beers stream from the tap at the full-service bar, and arcade machines, such as Buck Hunter and Galaga, await guests who prefer the sidelines or crave the smell of virtual venison.