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Supino Pizzeria

March 9, 2020
  • 2457 Russell Street
  • Detroit, MI 48207
  • (313) 567-7879
  • Website
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I pretty much jump at the chance to travel any time I can at work.  I like the change of scenery….oh, and also getting to find places to eat that I normally wouldn’t get a chance to find.

I was sent to Detroit early last week for an assignment with a co-worker out of Grand Rapids.  I met her in Lansing so we could drive together and asked her to be a little early so we could find something to eat before our assignment began.

A different co-worker from the Detroit area sent me a message earlier in the day.  He knew we were going close to one of his favorite pizza places and suggested we stop there for lunch.

We took his recommendation and stopped at Supino Pizzeria in Detroit’s Eastern Market.  The restaurant is right on the corner of Russell Street and Fisher Service Drive.  The restaurant started out in one store front along Russell Street in 2008 and expanded to a full dining room and bar in 2014.

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Nonla Burger (Oshtemo Township)

March 9, 2020
  • 1700 S. Drake Road, Suite A
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 888-2499
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I can never get enough of burger places.

One of my favorite burger places in town has been Nonla Burger since they opened in a very tiny building on the corner of South Burdick and Alcott Streets a little over two years ago.

I don’t get there nearly as much as I want to because parking is a pretty big issue at this building.  It’s really small…but it’s also a really cool spot.

I’m not the only one that wanted more Nonla Burger and they realized that.

Nonla Burger now has a second location in Oshtemo Township.  The burger restaurant is in the Corner @ Drake Shopping Center on the corner of Drake Road and Century Avenue.  Read more…

The Morning Dish

February 24, 2020
  • 100 W. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 226-3155
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If it feels like it’s been ages since I wrote a blog post actually about a place in Southwest Michigan….you’re right.  There hasn’t been a lot of new openings and we haven’t eaten out much when we’ve been home.

There have been a few recent openings that I’ll get to in the next few weeks, but this blog is about a place that’s been around for a while…it’s just a little hidden so it’s not a place we think of often.

The Morning Dish is inside the Radisson on Michigan Avenue and Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo.  The restaurant is on the second floor at the top of the escalators.  For many years, this spot was known as Burdick’s For Breakfast.  I don’t remember exactly when they rebranded but it’s pretty similar to what that restaurant was.  Read more…

DeVos Performance Hall

February 17, 2020
  • 303 Monroe Avenue NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 742-6500
  • Website

Can we get back to (Michigan)?

I know…my blog posts have been all over the place and there hasn’t been much in Michigan let alone Southwest Michigan.  Don’t worry.  I’m getting there soon but I have one from Grand Rapids I have to do first.

J and I saw Hamilton a few years ago at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago.  It was awesome.  Wayne Brady played Aaron Burr and I will never not hear all of Burr’s songs in Wayne Brady’s voice.

We have listened to the soundtrack on a continuous loop since 2017 and our kids have really enjoyed the music as well.  When we saw it was coming to Grand Rapids, I instantly snapped up four tickets.

The show played for about two weeks at the DeVos Performance Hall on Monroe Street in downtown Grand Rapids.  The 2400 seat theater is part of the larger DeVos Convention Center Complex on the on Monroe between Lyon and Michigan Streets

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Cafe Versailles (MIA – Concourse E Satellite)

February 17, 2020
  • 2100 NW 42nd Avenue
  • Central Terminal, Concourse E Satellite
  • Miami, FL 33126
  • (305) 876-7000
  • Website
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Time to go home.  We spent eight days in Miami working long, long days.  Our fly home day was Monday and the only flight from Miami to Grand Rapids is at 9:00 at night so we had a whole afternoon to kill.

We checked out of our hotel at about 11:30, headed to lunch in Miami Beach then rented a couple of lounge chairs at South Beach and just laid in the sun.  I listened to a couple of podcasts and just did some people watching.

We got the rental car returned just before 6:00 then headed into the airport to head home.  Miami International Airport is HUUUUUGGGGEEEEE.  We did a lot of walking and had to take two trams to get to our gate in the satellite of Terminal E.  We got our luggage checked in, through TSA, and finally made the long trek to get to our gate.

I wasn’t super hungry and there weren’t many options where we were at.  We passed a lot in the main terminal that I would have eaten but we just wanted to get to our gate.  We did pass a Cuban place just before we got to where we were going so once we got settled, I got back up to grab a sandwich while we waited.

The small sandwich shop was actually Cafe Versailles.   The Versailles Cuban Bakery is one of the most famous Cuban bakeries in the country.  The main cafe is in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and the airport actually has five different Cafe Versailles spots in different areas of the terminal including one pre-security in Concourse F.  The one I was near was in the Satellite Terminal of Concourse E near gates E-30-33.

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Yardbird – Southern Table and Bar (Miami Beach)

February 16, 2020
  • 1600 Lenox Avenue
  • Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • (305) 538-5220
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Eight long days in Miami.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too.  I can’t complain about being sent to Southern Florida where it was 70 degrees all week at the end of January.

We hadn’t had any time to just relax while we were there.  Our work days were typically 14-17 hours long.  Our last day of work was Sunday.  We got back to the hotel at 3:30 AM.

We had to be out of the hotel by 11 AM on Monday but our flight didn’t leave until 9 PM.  This was the day we had kind of been looking forward to.  A day we could actually make it to the beach.

We left the hotel a little after 11:30 and set course for South Beach.  My co-worker told me to pick a spot to eat along the way.  Lucky for us, I had been eyeing one all week.

Yardbird -Southern Table and Bar is a group of six James Beard nominated restaurants located in major cities around the world.  The Miami location is in Miami Beach on Lenox Avenue and 16th Street just off Alton Avenue which is a major thoroughfare of Miami Beach.  We passed this restaurant everyday on our way to a parking ramp a little farther down 16th Street and I couldn’t wait to get back.

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BurgerFi (Pembroke Pines)

February 10, 2020
  • 15910 Pines Boulevard
  • Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
  • (954) 589-1612
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Finally, a day I didn’t have to work from 9:00 AM to 12:30 AM.  My Saturday was a little lighter.  I only had to work 2:30 PM to 12:30 AM.  It was almost a normal day but more importantly, a day I got to sleep in.

My co-worker needed to run back to Miami Beach to pick something up so he took the car in the morning and did that while I stayed in bed.  He got back to the hotel in Pembroke Pines around 1:00 and started working on stuff for that evening.  He asked if I wanted to take the car and go get something to eat.

We were staying in an area of Miami that was very commercialized.  There was nothing really close to our hotel other than a Cracker Barrel so I hoped on I-75 South to go back to the next exit.  There were plenty of choices there plus, I needed to stop at the Publix to pick up some cold medicine…I had been fighting a cough all week.

I noticed a burger place across from the Publix, so I went through the intersection to check it out.  It’s a chain…but one we don’t have really close to us in Southwest Michigan, so I gave it a try.

BurgerFi is fast casual burger chain headquartered in Palm Beach.  There over 105 locations in five countries.  The only Michigan location is in Northville.

The Pembroke Pines location is in the Fountain Square shopping center on Pines Boulevard at West Fork Plaza Way.  It takes up the corner of a large building anchored by Total Wine and More.

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