Great meals off Grand River
A shortlist of restaurants in Farmington, Farmington Hills and Novi
Published: September 28, 2011
Priya 36600 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills; 248-615-7700; priyacuisine.com; $$: A sister restaurant to Priya in Troy, chef Sukhdev Singh specializes in various Indian dishes, but is especially talented with northern Indian dishes. Daily lunch buffet. Open 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Ristorante Cafe Cortina 30715 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-474-3033; cafecortina.com; $$$$: The fresh pastas and veals are the real thing and the setting, aiming for elegance, does not disappoint. Open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, open for special events some Sundays.
Shangri-la Garden 27626 Middlebelt Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-474-8183; $$: Large parties fill the round tables, scattered across several rooms. They do serve plenty of dishes cooked to American taste, but less familiar dishes to Chinese taste abound as well. Try the chef's specials and the dishes labeled Shanghai-style.
Tomatoes Apizza 24369 Halsted Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-888-4888; tomatoesapizza.com; $: GQ Magazine said Tomatoes Apizza serves "one of the best 25 pies on earth," and the joint's "Naples Sampler" was recently honored by Food Network Magazine as Michigan's best pizza. Thin-crust, fresh-tasting, naturally cooked, garlicky, made-with-high-art pizzas rank with the best in the area. Pepperoni, salami, sausage, ham, crab, anchovies and bacon? Oh, man. ...
Udipi 29210 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-626-6021; udipirestaurantonline.com; $$: The only vegetarian restaurant along a stretch of Orchard Lake Road that is home to several Indian places. Unusual and delicious dishes, including vada, a savory donut made of lentil flour and dotted with bright green cilantro, and dosa, a crêpe made of rice flour, filled to overflowing with tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:00 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Ajishin Sushi & Noodle 42270 Grand River Ave.; 248-380-9850; $$: Yes, there's excellent sushi and even grilled fish, but soup lovers may rejoice! Ajishin's hearty soups are extraordinary. Their udon's base broth is developed from seaweed and fish and has so much umami flavor going on it's like a black hole for hangovers. Open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesdays.
Andiamo Novi 42705 Grand River Ave.; 248-348-3838; andiamoitalia.com; $$$$: Not only does this spot offer the award-winning cuisine that has propelled the Andiamo mini-chain to its current success, it offers dinner theater as well. Call for upcoming shows. Entrées include the likes of risotto al salsiccia: creamy risotto simmered with sautéed sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and Asiago cheese. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday, and 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
B.D.'s Mongolian Barbeque 43155 Main St., Suite 200; 248-735-1900; gomongo.com; $: You pick it, they wok it, you eat it. A winning formula that's fun for everyone. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Cherry Blossom 43588 W. Oaks Dr.; 248-380-9160; $$: Marble-topped sushi and yakitori bars, tatami rooms and conventional tables with settings in shades of blue, green and brown. The full range of Japanese fare offers diners an extensive choice. Hours vary between lunch and dinner, so call ahead.
Don's of Traverse City 48730 Grand River Ave.; 248-380-0333; donsoftraversecity.com; $: A spinoff of the original Don's in Traverse City, this wannabe '50s diner serves hand-patted burgers, shakes and malts, all accompanied by Elvis on the jukebox. Open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
Moe's on Ten Seafood Grill 39455 W. 10 Mile Rd.; 248-478-9742; moeson10.com; $$: A simple formula: Take the freshest possible fish, prepare it to order, and complement it with a light salsa that doesn't mask the flavor. If you're in the mood for breakfast, be sure to get there before 3 p.m. daily. Open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
No. VI Chop House & Lobster Bar 27000 Sheraton Dr.; 248-305-5210; mattprenticerg.com/novichophouse.html; $$$: As plush a steak and seafood house as can be found in the area, serving top-of-the-line fare in a darkly sophisticated setting. Open 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 5-9 p.m. Sunday.
Rojo Mexican Bistro 44375 12 Mile Rd., Suite G-147; 248-374-4600; rojomexicanbistro.com; $$: Not just beans and rice here: They're skillfully mixing contemporary and classic Mexican dishes with an eye toward freshness and flavor. Their fajitas are made "Rojo-style," with options including mushrooms or shrimp. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
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