Posts Tagged ‘Good Eats’

Mezza Mediterranean Grille

Baba ghannouj, an appetizer I sampled recently at the new (since March) Mezza Mediterranean Grille in Southfield, completely lived up to the restaurant group’s descriptive bywords: “Healthy. Fresh. Delicious.”

I’ve never enjoyed a better rendition of the smoky chargrilled eggplant dip made with tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It’s available a la carte or as part of the Mezza Starter, a trio of appetizers I recommend that includes wonderfully creamy hummus, a blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and hint of garlic, and tabbouli, a mixture of fresh parsley, tomatoes, scallions and cracked wheat tossed with a house-made olive oil and herb dressing.

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Torino Espresso + Bar: Coffee and Cocktails

Torino Espresso + Bar is serving up specialty cocktails, sumptuous small plates of tempting cuisine and a mean cup of espresso for that extra caffeinated kick. They also carry a nice selection of beer and wine. Along with dazzling customers with these simple pleasures, they also are aiming to be environmentally conscious by sourcing as much of their food locally as possible.

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A New Taqueria in Motown

Finding a good, inexpensive place to grab a bite close to the Fox Theatre, Fillmore Detroit and Comerica Park has become a no-brainer. With hours from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, the lunch trade and late crowd alike have discovered fresh and healthy Hot Taco Detroit.
The eatery exists because Leslie Harrington simply loves Mexican food. She and husband, Sean, live with their three children in the Downtown building they own: the eight-story, Art Deco Iodent Lofts on Park Street. When the couple was unable to find the right business to fill 600 square feet of vacant space on the Iodent’s street level, she had the brainstorm to start their own casual Mexican restaurant. “So, next thing you know,” Sean Harrington said, “we had blueprints on the table to build a taqueria (taco shop).”

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