Ok, I'm only giving this two stars because I like their beer because my last experience at this place was pure one star awfulness.
So, the beer here is always pretty tasty and the food is always pretty mediocre. A visit prior to our last was met with this awesome interaction:
"oh, we see you have nacho's on special tonight... we'll take an order."
"Sorry, that special is only for Men's Night."
"I'm a man... I'd like to order the nacho's and I promise my wife won't eat any."
"That's not the point of the special sir. It's to bring in groups of men."
"Ok, can I pay $2 more and get the nacho's?"
So, given that amazing nugget of customer service, we should have never came back. But we did.
This time we decided to try a new menu item. It was a japanese vegetable pancake and it sounded exciting! When it came out, it was a big pile of soupy dough with vegetables mixed in and awful. But, hey, no big deal... we all make mistakes.
The server quickly noticed us not really eating and asked how things were. We were honest and she said that she could bring us out something else... we went safe and asked for the fries. The rest of our mediocre food came out and we had a mediocre meal and were ok with it.
Until the check came.
Me: "Oh, excuse me... it looks like you forgot to take the pancake off of the check."
"Yeah, you have to pay for that."
"But you offered to replace it when we said we didn't like it."
"Well, I brought it back to the chef and he said it was cooked perfectly so you have to pay for it."
Well, be happy you managed to squeeze those last few dollars out of me as it is the last you will ever get.
This one's a no brainer! 1856 has an incredible selection of beer and wine, both local and imports. The draft lists is always changing and always interesting. Great music, knowledgeable and friendly staff... everything a bottle shop should be!
Hello Records in Detroit, MI should be the template upon which every vinyl only record store stamps themselves from. I visited recently and was not only blown away by their prices and selection but the staff was extremely knowledgeable and, for real, without pretense. They were the friendliest dudes to every single person that walked through their door.
That means a lot to me. Listening to records isn't some sort of elite club... every single person that's into records got there because someone else shared their passion with them. It can truly change someone's life. Why horde what brings you joy? Spread it!
Bonus points for giving me a free can of beer.
I've taking my vitamins and saying my prayers every night just like the Hulkster asked of me and, afterwards, I fall into a deep, deep sleep. Each and every night, I dream of a place within walking distance that has a casual vibe, delicious wine that's priced akin to having a pint of beer.
Well, folks, my dreams have been answered! Enso has a great vibe, killer tunes, delicious wine and prices that can compete with any bars price for a pint of ale. Bottles range from $17 - 25 (to-go or to stay) if I remember accurately and there's plenty of room to hang out.
BYOF is highly encouraged as food is not their focus.
Wow! A Thai restaurant that finally gets it right. Not only is the food delicious, authentic and filled with fresh ingredients. Not only are the prices affordable.
The atmosphere and service are simply wonderful!!! I know there's often a cultural / language barrier but often times, the best of Thai restaurants miss the mark on atmosphere. Chiang Mai certainly doesn't. It's a place where you can hunker down at the bar, enjoy a local IPA and pick the brain of the staff about trying new dishes. All wonderfully explained in the menu! Highly recommended for folks who want Thai take out, like to eat at a bar but are tired of bar food or date night.
Side note, have you ever experienced fresh peppercorns? Not fresh ground pepper, mind you, actual fresh pepper corns still on the stem and having the consistency of capers... I'm in love! Thanks Chiang Mai for broadening my eating experience!
I'm not sure if I went to the same bar as the all the folks that are giving this four stars. Then again, maybe we're just cut from different cloth.
This was the worst "alehouse" I've been to in a long, long time. We walked in to a brightly lit, overly "designed" bar and were met with a grimace from the bartender. Maybe it was the bright lights causing him to wince... Sat down at the end of the bar and watched the grimacing wincer put away glass ware for about five minutes when finally, "ahh, here she comes, this must be the bartender..." A smiling gal approached us, we said hello, she said hello and then proceeded to walk past us onto her tables. What gives?
A few more minutes go by, the bartender is in the kitchen shooting the shit with the cook, we can see him. He comes out and, finally, offers to get us a drink. We ask the differences between the german beers on tap; "I dunno, you should just try them." Thanks buddy... we order our $6 imports and they're fair. I would have ordered differently with more info. though.
We have to ask for a food menu after waiting a few more minutes. Hey, it looks good, a bit spendy, but good! I ask if the chicken pot pie is filling, "it is." My wife asks for a advice on what the bartender prefers between a couple different entrees. His response, "They're all really different, you should just pick the one you want." Again, thanks buddy. She picked the smoked chicken thigh entree. We also order a pretzel as an appetizer.
Five minutes go by, we, again, can see into the kitchen where the bartender is hanging out. We can see the pretzel is finished and awaiting delivery, does it come? No. Does it come fifteen minutes later with the entrees, yes. Is it cold? Yes.
Entrees: blech! My "chicken" pot pie has three pieces of chicken in a soup of gravy and mostly undercooked celery topped with a piece of puff pastry dough. It was terrible. The smoked chicken thigh was the most bland tasting entree we've had in a while and the thigh ($16) was from an anorexic chicken, looking as if it weighed a scant 2 ounces. To correct the blandness we went to salt and pepper the food, oh wait, we have to ask non-existent bartender for that too. Great!
We finished our meal quickly and paid as soon as possible, chugged our beers and left. Why such a hurry? Oh, maybe I left this out....
WE ATE OUR ENTIRE, EXPENSIVE MEAL BEING SERENADED BY THE SWEET SOUNDS OF MARILYN MANSON, ALICE IN CHAINS, AND TONS MORE 90'S HARD ROCK!!
If you're still shooting film, this is a gem of a store. Seriously, never been to a more helpful, friendly and flat-out amazing store for cameras in my life. Part-museum, the store is the go-to place for hard to find cameras, parts and info.
Tried it again over a year later and I really want to love this place... Dear Laurelhurst Market, you are a temple of carnivorous eaters! Why on earth are you pre-cutting my rare steak for me? WHY!?!? There's laws against this in other states.Everything was satisfactory, but nothing surprised me. The pate plate tasted just like pate should.… En savoir plus
The brunch game just got hotter!! Roost dropped a plate of perfectly poached eggs, a house made garlic tomato sauce, sauteed spinach and three slices of the best toast I've had in a long while in front of me this morning. It was heaven for $10 and their Stumptown coffee was better tasting than in the actual Stumptown shops, seriously. If it wasn't so delicious, I'd take a star off for having unaffordable mimosas... I'm sure they're good but I can't justify four ounces of bubbly and four ounces of juice for $9.
So, Yelpers, go here and enjoy! Just don't all go on the day I'm going because I HATE waiting in line for brunch.
Don't know what I can add to the already amazing reviews but I'll say this... if you consider yourself open-minded, enjoy being tossed with an eccentric mix of folks, and love a good, cheap drink, you've found your go-to spot in Detroit. I visit every time I'm back home to Michigan!