Famous Hamburger’s samurai spatula-wielders sizzle up 19 succulent burgers using a secret family recipe from 1970, preparing their patties humanely in the halal tradition. Hang a fang on one of the menu's bun-swaddled selections, such as the signature double third-pound patty topped with an egg and american cheese ($6.49; $8.99 with fries) or the Inferno burger—a sammie sporting a slice of pepper jack cheese and jalapeños spicier than R-rated films about potpourri ($4.99; $7.49 with fries). The falafel burger's garden-sprouted selection features a seared circle made of chickpeas, onions, and parsley drizzled in ranch sauce ($3.99; $6.49 with fries). The menu also includes freshly made subs and pita wraps, including chicken, beef, shawarma, kafta, and falafel options.
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.
Since 1996, City Coffeehouse has drawn in guests with the scents of freshly brewed arabica coffee, simmering specialty drinks, and ambrosial baked gourmet desserts. Organic and fair-trade beans percolate into cups of specialty Almond Joy lattes and seasonal Mudslide cappuccinos with irish cream after thorough grounding, and 13 types of hot chocolate warm esophagi. The café strives to emulate the communal atmosphere of the traditional coffeehouse, hosting local chess and book-club meetings—as well as confused Edinburgh intellectuals imported straight from the 18th century—amid the vibrant red walls and framed artwork that surround clusters of tables and cushy couches. A 5:30 a.m. opening time accommodates early risers, and free WiFi encourages Internet exploration. Special events and regular open-mic nights give visitors the chance to perform yodel covers of Prince hits before a respectful audience.
“I cannot describe how great your food is,” wrote one regular of Shish Tawook Mediterranean Grill on the eatery's Facebook wall in November 2012. “Best pita bread I've ever had,” raved another. Dishes such as lamb shawarma, shrimp stir-fry with garlic-almond rice, and lentils with cracked wheat, sautéed onions, and creamy yogurt keep diners coming back for more. Patrons can also sip beer, wine, or freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, or puff flavorful tobacco from a hookah.
At Ristorante Ciao, the aromas of cheesy baked pastas and pizzas waft from a stone oven to mingle with the scent of steaks, seafood, and chicken sizzling beneath the broiler. Amid this scintillating perfume, chefs concoct hearty Italian fare infused with imported cheeses, fresh produce, and rich sauces.
Inside the dining area, Roman-style frescos adorn stonewalls and exposed bricks. Burgundy drapes seclude leather chairs and upholstered booths, creating an intimate atmosphere for dinner dates or clandestine meetings about overthrowing a caesar salad. From behind the full bar, bartenders pour cocktails and glasses of wine from an extensive list culled from Italy, France, Chile, and California. Two private banquet areas house seating for up to 100 guests, and the restaurant’s catering crew also eagerly scurries to offsite celebrations.
The chefs at Xushi Ko infuse a plentiful menu of Japanese staples with flavors from around the globe. Maki rolls begin with standard ingredients of fresh or fried seafood, then take on bold new directions with flavors of tempura banana or spicy sriracha. Meanwhile, at the hibachi grill, halal-friendly cuts of steak and seafood sizzle to a tender finish and pair up with mountains of grilled vegetables. To crown fusion feasts, ice cream—wrapped inside a mochi shell, rolled in sesame seeds, or deep-fried in tempura batter—follows savory flavors with a tinge of sweetness like the romantic comedies butchers use to cure bacon.