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  • City Slang: Margaret Doll Rod to play EP release show in May

    Margaret Doll Rod will celebrate the release of her new EP, Margaret, with a show at PJ’s Lager House on Saturday, May 10. A statement reads, “The EP contains 3 new original songs and one Chrome Cranks cover with Italian actress Asia Argento singing background vocals. Margaret moved to Italy after the end of the Demolition Doll Rods where she still lives touring and performing festivals in Europe. The Dollrods were a Garage Rock force for over 20 years, opening for Iggy, Jon Spencer, The Scientist, The Monks and The Cramps. Margaret was the front person and principal songwriter for The Dollrods. Her chief musical foil was Danny Kroha, who joined the Demolition Doll Rods after the now legendary Gories called it quits. Margaret’s sister, Christine, on drums, rounded out the legendary trio. Margaret will do a special performance in the round that night with a 360 degree revolving stage and special guest DJ Adam Stanfel.” The bill will also feature the Stomp Rockets and the Volcanos. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Music review roundup

    Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. Ricky Rat’s Tokyo Pop/Glitter People (New Fortune) 7” single highlights all that’s great about the Trash Brats guitarist, but also his limitations. The man can write a bubblegum rock ’n’ roll song to match anyone in the city and most beyond. He’s also a killer guitarist, ripping out one throwaway riff after another with reckless abandon. He’s a machine. On his own though, without Trash Brats frontman Brian McCarty, his voice doesn’t have enough strength to do the songs justice. Not that you need to have the greatest voice in the world to sing this stuff – you don’t need to be able to perform vocal gymnastics – but you do have to be able to wail the tunes out. Both of the songs on this single are great, but you can’t help but wonder how much better they would sound with McCarty or somebody similar talking the mic. Still, as they are the songs are great fun. We’re just being picky. The Paper Sound’s Trajectories is a dense, atypically dark Americana-tinged album, unrelenting and […]

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  • Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

    “Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of buildingdetroit.org, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement today. “There are a lot of people who would love to move into many of our neighborhoods. Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.” The website to facilitate the auctions went live this afternoon. The first auction is scheduled to take place Monday, May 5. Officials said in a news release that one home will be auctioned per day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen homes are available for sale on the site, a dozen of which are in the East English Village neighborhood. Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 8 […]

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  • Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

    In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped up in a record-breaking 15 minutes after they went on sale at 9 a.m. today. The DSO has since released this statement to fans who didn’t snag seats: Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy tickets this morning for our historic benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Despite increasing our phone and internet system capacity for the day, a surge of hundreds of ticket buyers purchased tickets in a matter of minutes, filling the phone lines and temporarily maxing out our web servers. After a one-hour pre-sale made available to donors and subscribers at 8am, we released additional seats at 9am to the general public, including seats available for as low as $30. All seats sold out immediately. The concert program seems nothing short of top notch: Williams will conduct the orchestra as it performs some of his most iconic tunes, such […]

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  • Blowout 2014 schedule available to view now

    The schedule for Blowout 17, taking place Wednesday April 30 to Saturday May 3 in Hamtramck, Detroit and Ferndale, is available to see now. Visit MtBlowout.com to see the schedule and plan your festival. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Trash Brats get sleazy at Small’s

    The Trash Brats hardly ever play live anymore, so each show feels like an event. Wandering around Small’s in Hamtramck late Saturday night, there’s a near-carnival atmosphere in the air. The Brats were never supposed to be taken seriously, but years on-and-off the radar have given the band the gift of respect born out of longevity. We’re not being dismissive at all. In fact, no amount of kooky faces from guitarist Ricky Rat and bassist Toni Romeo can hide the fact that these boys can play and the band writes killer bubblegum sleaze-rock tunes. The fact that the venue was packed compared to, say, a recent show by internationally known punk icons Sylvain Sylvain and Glen Matlock (which you would think would attract a similar audience) is testament to the fact that, in Detroit, the Trash Brats command a certain reverence. Before the Trash Brats took to the stage, local punks The Dives kicked off the night with a set of sincere, energetic and well-performed, if standard, punk rock. No frills (besides frontman Ron McPherson’s dapper suit), the band features members of the Junk Monkeys, the Black Mollies and the Joint Chiefs, and it drives through a set of catchy, […]

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2012 Best of Detroit

Nutritional Value - Reader's Choice

Reader's choice for dining in Metro Detroit

Best New Restaurant

Best Beer Selection 

in a Restaurant

One-Eyed Betty's 

Beer Bar & Kitchen

175 W. Troy St., Ferndale; 248-808-6633; oneeyedbettys.com

One-Eyed Betty holds an impressive collection of craft brews, around 45 drafts and 85 bottled beers. Betty's food is luscious, filling and inexpensive. The gargantuan burger is gilded with garlic aioli, melting cheddar, and piled with applewood-smoked bacon. Desserts include house-made donuts, hand-cut from yeast dough and deep-fried, then served with milk chocolate and raspberry sauces. All items pair perfectly with the beer selection, or are cooked with beer — like the tasty beer-and-cheese soup.

Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners

Best Restaurant to     Spend Less Than $50, Wayne County

Best Barbecue, Wayne County

Best Slow Food

Slows Bar BQ

2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-9828; slowsbarbq.com

This nationally recognized Corktown gem is packed with faithful barbecue fans willing to wait over fancy beer or wine selections for the delicious Carolina-style pulled pork, the sharp and creamy mac-n-cheese, or the flaky catfish. Not only did our readers vote it the best moderately priced restaurant and best barbecue in the county, they judged it the best place to show off metro Detroit to visitors. As for the slow food thing, well, it is right in the name. ...

Best Romantic Restaurant, Wayne County

Best Steak, Wayne County

Roast

1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-2500; roastdetroit.com

Roast covers every detail, from the complimentary coat check to the elegant white linens. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of Washington Boulevard. But all this elegance doesn't mean you can't dress casually to enjoy Roast's bounty. And then there's the steak: fine cuts of beef, all naturally raised and dry-aged, cooked over a wood-fired rotisserie. What's more, the poultry and seafood dishes receive just as much love and care. And then there are the inspired touches that make a Michael Symon restaurant special, blending in such unusual ingredients as marrow or fried egg.

Best Romantic Restaurant, Oakland County

The Melting Pot

888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-362-2221

26425 Novi Rd., Novi; 248-347-6358

309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-622-0055; 

meltingpot.com

The staff at the Melting Pot is willing to go the extra mile to cater to your fondue fantasies. All tables feature a heating element that keeps your fondue pots hot and ready for your choice of vegetables, breads, meats, fruits and more, dipped in a variety of chocolates and cheeses.

Best Romantic Restaurant, Macomb County

Best Restaurant to    

Spend Less Than $50, 

Macomb County

J. Baldwin's

16981 18 Mile Rd., Clinton Twp.; 586-416-3501; jbaldwins.com

Jeff Baldwin, the respected chef who presided over the kitchens at the Whitney and Van Dyke Place, owns this casual eatery that elegantly presents about 30 entrées daily, along with a variety of sauces and accoutrements. Among the entrées are crusty pizzas cooked in a stone oven, calamari, crab cakes, ahi tuna, lemon chicken piccata and portobello ravioli. Many desserts are made in-house, including the crème brûlée and rich Black Forest torte.

Best Romantic Restaurant, Washtenaw County

The Earle

121 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-994-0211; theearle.com

The Earle is the perfect spot for a candlelit dinner for two. Live jazz music accompanies your meal on weekends. The menu includes French- and Italian-inspired entrées, such as escargot vol-au-vent, salmon pate with cognac, baked goat cheese and duck. Choose from an extensive, award-winning wine list.

Best View in a Restaurant

Coach Insignia

GM Global Renaissance Center, Floors 71 and 72, Detroit; 313-567-2622; theepicureangroup.com

Coach Insignia is lined with floor to ceiling windows, offering a panoramic view. You can view the Detroit and Windsor riverfronts while dining at the second-highest restaurant in the country, located on the upper floors of the Renaissance Center. Even the elevator ride is paned with glass windows, allowing you to view the city from the first to 72nd floor.

Best Restaurant to Spend Less Than $15, Wayne County

Bucharest Grill

2040 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3111; 

bucharestgrill.com

Bucharest Grill is a small counter set up in the back of Park Bar, where you can get inexpensive menu items made up of Eastern European and Middle Eastern dishes. A popular choice is the chicken, beef or vegetarian shawarma wrapped in a pita for around $4. Also desired are the "gourmet dogs," such as a bratwurst covered in your taste of sauerkraut, grilled onions, chili or even bacon.

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