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NEDS on Gull Lake

August 19, 2019
  • 15450 M-43
  • Hickory Corners, MI 49060
  • (269) 671-5700
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I got home from work last Friday a little earlier than usual and a little hungrier than normal.  Friday is usually pizza night but J said she wanted to go somewhere and sit on a patio.  Whenever we’ve tried this around Kalamazoo on a Friday night, it works out poorly.

I thought maybe we’d find something on a lake somewhere and I somehow stumbled on NEDS on Gull Lake.  It’s a little bit of a drive from Kalamazoo but we decided to make the trip just to do something different.

NEDS on Gull Lake is on M-43 on the northside of the lake.  It’s right across the street from the Prairieville Township Park and public boat launch.  We pulled in to the parking lot and it was full.  We couldn’t get lucky and find someone pulling out.  Other cars were parking on the side of the road on the very busy M-43 but with the kids, I didn’t really feel comfortable doing that.  We decided just to pay the $7 and park in the Township Park and walk across the street.

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Lovers Only

August 14, 2019
  • 34 E. Grand River Avenue
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 986-1174
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Our third and final day working in Detroit was long…but not as long as the previous day.  We only worked about 14 hours instead of the 19 we did on Tuesday.

We worked through lunch before heading downtown where we were meeting up with another group of co-workers and setting up shop for the day.  I got my partner set up with what he needed then I told him I needed to go for a walk and find a Pepsi.

I did a little bit more than find a Pepsi.  I had walked around a little bit on Tuesday and was kind of shocked with downtown Detroit.  I don’t go down there very often but I don’t remember Detroit looking like this much of a city.  There were shops and restaurants and most importantly, people.

I hadn’t eaten so I went looking for someplace to grab a quick burger.  I came up to the corner of Grand River and Griswold Street.  There is a business there at street level of the 28 Grand building that didn’t sound like it should be a restaurant at all.  My mind went some place much seedier but as I walked past it, I noticed signs for sandwiches.

Lovers Only is not a porn shop.  It’s actually a really delicious counter service burger joint about a block west of Woodward Avenue on Grand River Avenue in downtown Detroit.  After eating there, I assume the name means something like (Burger) Lovers Only.  But, let’s be honest.  The name is what really got my attention and likely the reason I chose to stop in and see what it was all about.

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Eat-N-Out Pizza & Gelato

August 12, 2019
  • 531 Monroe Street
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 800-5718
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Day two in Detroit was a long one.  We started at 5 AM and didn’t get back to the hotel at 11:45 PM.

We were able to stop and grab breakfast around 8:30 AM but that was all we had the rest of the day aside from some snacks and a whole lot of Pepsi.

I guess I could have went in to the casino at Greektown to find something to eat but I’d rather not go in casinos if I don’t have to.  Can’t stand the fact they still allow smoking.

Good news.  I didn’t have to go in to the casino.  I found a pizza by the slice place that was open late.

Eat-N-Out Pizza & Gelato is real easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there.  There is very little signage on the narrow building tucked in between Exodus Lounge and Level Two Rooftop & Bar.  The only reason I stopped to look over is because my GPS said I was there.  The signage blends in to the awning and isn’t lit up like almost everything else on this block on Monroe Street.  Read more…

Cadillac Square Diner

August 11, 2019
  • 101 Cadillac Square
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 974-6923
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Tuesday was our long day in Detroit.  We started work at 5 AM and got back to our hotel at about 11:45 PM.  Yeah…a 19 hour day.

We were working all day but it’s not a go, go, go type of work  We worked for a couple hours right away in the AM then had a little bit of downtown to get caught up on some paper and computer work then it was go, go, go for a couple more hours, some more relaxed work time before more go, go, go…you get the idea.

We had about an hour and a half after our morning rush and since we were staying at Greektown, there was no complimentary breakfast.

We actually had to run a few errands out in the suburbs then took our time coming back in to the City.  I got to see a lot of Detroit I had never seen before by taking Jefferson Avenue from the Grosse’s back downtown.

We had kind of talked about breakfast on our morning drive but I had no ideas.  My colleague has family in that area so he knows the lay of the land a little better than I do but there was nothing that really stuck out to him either.  I figured we were going to be downtown all morning and I had found a spot there, so we went looking for a parking spot.

We got super lucky and found street parking right in front of the Cadillac Square Diner.

The Cadillac Square Diner is on Cadillac Square between Bates and Randolph in the Cadillac Square Apartment building.  The diner is accessible through both the entrance to the high rise apartment building and it’s own street side entrance.

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Wahlburgers (Detroit)

August 10, 2019
  • 569 Monroe Street
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 209-4499
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We actually did get two meals our first day in Detroit.  That’s kind of amazing.  We still had work to do in the evening after already working a full shift during the day but we needed to wait until it got dark.

We headed back to check in to our hotel at Greektown Casino & Hotel and get settled.  We decided to just kind of do our own thing for dinner and amazingly, we ended up at the same place.

Wahlburgers burger chain is the burger chain of the Wahlburg brothers.  You should know the two actors, Donnie and Mark.  The third brother, Paul, is a chef and the man behind the food at this growing casual burger chain.

The Detroit location is in Greektown on Monroe Street just to the west of St. Antoine Street.  We found the restaurant because it’s right next to Red Smoke Barbecue which we had for lunch.  The building was a portrait studio before Wahlburgers moved in.  Prior to that, Laikon Cafe was in that space although this building is newer and was built when they put the skywalk in from the Casino.

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Red Smoke Barbecue

August 7, 2019
  • 573 Monroe Street
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 962-2100
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I was home from our Cincinnati for about a day and a half then it was back on the road for work.  I spent a couple of nights in Detroit on the company so while I was looking forward to getting back to my own bed, I wasn’t about to turn down quite a bit of overtime and a trip to The D.

The company put it us up at the Greektown Hotel.  We got to Detroit pretty early and decided to see if we could check in early.  We were a little too early and our rooms weren’t ready yet.  We didn’t have any place to be at that moment so we decided to go for lunch knowing it could be the only meal we got that day.

Monroe Street near the Greektown Casino and Hotel is a pretty good place to be if you’re hungry.  There are several restaurants along this stretch and we had our pick of anything from Greek food to pizza.

We chose barbecue.

Red Smoke Barbecue is on the east end of Monroe Street near St. Antoine Street.  The buildings in Greektown are all individual storefronts but they’re all connected with a common wall.  There’s a small outdoor dining area right along the building near the main entrance but we’re not al fresco kind of guys.  Read more…

Blue Ash Chili (Mason)

August 5, 2019
  • 4200 Aero Drive #L
  • Mason, OH 45040
  • (513) 492-9650
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Cincinnati chili.  I hate that I know what Cincinnati chili is because of Big & Rich.  Their hit single Coming to Your City included the line “Grabbed a bowl of that Skyline Chili along the way.”

I had no idea what Skyline Chili was at that time.  I do now and while we passed several Skyline Chili’s on our adventure around Cincinnati, I wanted to try one something from not a big chain despite Skyline being essentially the originators of Cincinnati Chili.

Blue Ash Chili is a small chain of chili parlors with three locations in the Cincinnati area.  the orignal location is in Blue Ash and has been open since 1969.  This is the location Guy Fieri visited 2010 for Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

We were closest to the Mason location of Blue Ash Chili.  The restaurant is part of a larger shopping complex on Aero Drive near Tylersville Road.  The restaurant is visible from Tylersville but has to be accessed from Aero Drive or Stitt Road.  It’s on the southern end of the complex that also include a Donatos Pizza and Penn Station East Coast Subs. Read more…