The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar, a friendly pub nestled beneath the historic Cook & Co. building. 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.
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!
There's nothing gimmicky about Farmington Deli. The staff just lets their fresh, quality meats, cheeses, and vegetables speak for themselves. These ingredients populate a menu that highlights some traditional lunchbox stuffers—turkey and muenster-cheese sandwiches, tuna salad, and embarrassing notes from Mom—as well as a few unconventional eats, including a vegetarian sandwich stacked with cucumber and sprouts. The staff tosses ham, turkey, and swiss with crisp veggies into the chef’s salad, or serves cottage cheese atop a bed of lettuce with fresh fruit. A separate catering menu lets you treat the entire team to a tray of roll-ups, subs, fruits, or veggies.