The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar. Here, amid, exposed brick and flat-screen TVs, craft brews and cooked-to-order Angus beef compete for the spotlight as guests crunch through baskets of fried pickles and jalapeño poppers. Protein-packed ingredients such as bison, turkey, and black beans form burger bases, which diners can customize with bacon, grilled pineapple, blue cheese, and more than 30 other add-ons. Instead of cleansing palates with miniature squeegees, the bar draws pint-size baths of Short's seasonal suds and Dogfish Head Brewery ale, and a soon-to-open second location aims to sate hunger and thirst.
Alfoccino's culinarians merge Old World flavors with a homemade spread of tasty breads and savory sauces to forge an inimitable Italian dining experience within a bright and lavish milieu. Served square or round, the dinner menu’s troika of fresh pizzas includes the Boss’s Special, which imbues taste buds with beef tenderloin and crisp veggies ($16.95 for a small; $25.95 for a large). Unfurl bibs for saucy rendezvous with hearty half slabs of ribs ($15.25), or unbridle galloping appetites in a hunt for the Italian Stallion’s meaty mélange of imported salami, ham, provolone, and signature Italian dressing ($9.50). Escorted by slurp-ready sides of spaghetti and bottomless bowls of salad, the eggplant parmigiana bedecks its lightly breaded frame in decadent strata of house-made tomato sauce and fresh cheeses ($15.95). Midday diners can peruse a similar lunch menu that brims with salads, pastas, and sandwiches while taking a much-needed break from business meetings or executive-level staring contests.
Awarded the runner-up spot for Best Sandwich Shop 2010 by CityVoter, The Bronx Deli proffers a cornucopia of choice cuts from Sy Ginsberg's acclaimed meats, assembling hefty sandwiches, grilled paninis, and loaded salads bursting with authentic New York flavor. A traditional deli takes its sandwich-building cues from Babel, cementing quivering towers of corned beef to the sturdy cornerstones of thick rye bread with the mortar of piquant russian dressing; the Big Mouth corned beef ($9.39 for a regular), owners Marc and Len's signature sandwich, mimics this careful construction, requiring safety goggles and a hard hat to prevent slaw-saturation as towers tumble into gaping mouths gurgling the word “delicious” in 57 different languages.
At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare without the hassle of building a catapult powerful enough to reach Mexico. Grab a burrito or taco served inside the stuffed blanket of a tortilla, or get a bowlful of delectable insides with the shell-less version—or get a combination. The meats that make up each meal are never frozen and are all-natural. Optional ingredients to lay the groundwork for handheld feasts include fire-grilled or charbroiled chicken and steak, slow-roasted pork carnitas, black or pinto beans and cheese, and specialty seafood options; a vegetarian-friendly version includes peppers, chilies, and onions layered with freshly simmered black or pinto beans, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Piepers Pies plies empty stomachs with a menu of fresh salads, organic soups, and handheld savory pies made from natural ingredients without trans fat or MSG. Hurried hungers can select from 13 quickly prepared breakfast and all-day pie varieties, such as bacon, eggs, and cheese, original beef, spinach and cheese, or traditional chicken quesadilla ($3.39 each). Diners can offset the flaky stuffed-crust eats with the crisp crunch of a fresh salad, such as house vineyard, greek isle, or caesar roma ($5.29 each), while vegan garden-vegetable, homestyle chili, or chicken noodle soups drown landlubber tongues ($3.19 each). Piepers sweetie pies, with fillings of cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnut, cap off meals more sweetly than a cupcake doffing his frosting ($1.99).
Family style restaurant, open late on weekends till 4am; authentic middle eastern cuisine; in business for 30 years, 3 locations:Oak Park, Sterling Heights, Farmington Hills; dine-in, carryout, small and large banquets, catering for all occassions!