Ferndale announced it was having a Restaurant Week, and since I only had time for one place during Detroit’s food showcase, I was determined to visit one of these places just a few towns north.
Of all, the menu at One-Eyed Betty’s in particular caught my eye. In the future I’d like to see some of the other places with larger offering and or multiple choices for items but other than that it was a good start to a new tradition for the city.
When we got there it was hopping – it’s very much a destination for those who like beer, and on top of that the Tigers were playing and the crowd was pumped to watch. The bank of TV’s are a top feature, and the place is kept dark to make it easy to see them, so my photos are on the darker side. I avoid flash as no one wants to be repeatedly blinded while eating – but I may have to come up with a small diffused flashlight I can start bringing to my night reviews to combat the hard to capture food.
Amusingly after getting ahold of the standard menu, I changed my mind on trying the special prix fixe, and decided to order one of everything. If only I were joking as much as you think.
We started with an order of Poutine, Brussels Sprouts, and soup.
Poutine – excellent. A little salty but not badly so. The poached egg was a new twist (we’ve had about 5 different styles of poutine at various places now), but the creamy yolk balanced the pork well and was very tasty.
Not pictured – un-photogenic brussels sprouts. Seriously, imagine fried and wilted sprout leaves (individual leaves, not heads) in a giant bowl.
Sprouts similar to Roast in preparation, but the leaves were separated completely and I found them overwhelming in flavor. When I dug out some thicker pieces (and there weren’t many) it was awesome, but I wouldn’t order again unless they changed the recipe a bit. Anyone ordering a bowl of brussels sprouts obviously likes them, so give me big meaty hunks of the things to chomp on.
Chris ordered the Beer Cheese soup – lots o cheese here (even a layer melted on top like french onion soup!) but good. Mild in the beer flavor, so it didn’t overwhelm the cheese. I wouldn’t get this and the poutine unless you’re REALLY into cheese, hah!
I got the Mussels and Shrimp Gumbo. They were super generous with the seafood, and I was happy to see the shrimp were a good size. So many places try to skimp and throw in some little teeny salad shrimp. It had an excellent broth wasn’t too tomato heavy, nor too spicy. There was also okra, onions, celery, and a scoop of rice on top.
Chris went for the Betty Burger. He felt the bacon was a touch underdone for his taste, but the patty itself was cooked as requested (a burger made properly medium rare is a difficult thing to get we’ve found) and had superb seasoning. Salt was a concern by the end of the meal, (which was admittedly heavy between all the things we got) even for my salt-lick loving hubs.
Of course I had to get the Mussels and Shrimp Poboy. Chris laughingly commented that a normal person would be worried about getting a shrimp and mussels sandwich after the shrimp and mussels gumbo but I’m not normal about my seafood
It was very tasty and I loved the shrimp but not the mussels as much. They had a different breading from the shrimp, and I felt there was too much spice and the cornmeal was a bit coarse. The bread I expected a nice soft interior and crusty outside, a really tasty French roll, but to me it tasted dry and generic. I would have thought they’d be getting them in from Avalon or another well-respected bakery nearby and it just didn’t taste fresh. I would get this again, but with just the shrimp.
The onion rings were very different, and I am picky about my onion rings. I want a crispy thin batter and onions that will bite off easily. Too often it’s thick and gummy inside, so I was a little concerned to see how large and poofy these were, but it was unjustified as the batter was airy and cooked all the way through. It took a few bites (and handing it to Chris to test) to figure out what they reminded me of. Doughnut batter!! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a style of onion ring, but I was sad that I was getting so full and couldn’t finish them.
At this point we had the food high going, and we laughing until we cried about every little thing, including how much dang food we ordered. Despite our groaning bellies, I was determined to try the doughnuts that were featured.
We have, from left to right: Maple bacon, Cinnamon sugar, and Sriracha
These were so promising, but instead of a light fluffy doughnut it was dense and chewy, and we decided nearly at the same time – they tasted like they were made with pretzel dough. They were thick, and chewy, and dense, and other than what was on them had no real flavor. As far as the toppings I was most surprised by the Sriracha and peanut butter. I’m not a hot sauce fan (Chris is) and this combined well, much like a satay. Sadly, I don’t think I’d try them again unless they got a different recipe.
Even with ALL that food, the bill wasn’t much more than if we’d both gotten the prix fixe, so I was quite pleased with that. I’d happily go back.
It’s not often that a place highlighting beer has a great enough menu for me to deal with the dim light, noise (a problem with almost every restaurant these days, thanks to high ceilings and industrial inspired spaces), and drink happy crowds. This is one of the pleasant exceptions.
Hey guys – just a quick update to let you know I’m alive. I’ve been dealing with a bout of pneumonia and some heavy workloads both at work and for family (hello mom’s lovely new kitchen floor) which has eaten up my time and/or energy.
Never fear though, as I have a TON of stuff in the pipeline for you wonderful readers and will have them resuming a somewhat normal schedule soon.
Food review of One Eyed Betty’s
Entertainment review of Rocky Horror Picture Show – going on every weekend in October at the Wayne State Theatre.
And as much more as I can find to write on!
The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one that is close to me and my family. Just a few years ago my grandmother was diagnosed and unfortunately it wasn’t long after that before it took her from us as the person we knew. In body, she is as healthy as ever. She should be enjoying movie night with her girlfriends, holidays with family, the odd trip somewhere fun. Taking a walk and enjoying the day; the simplicity even of the sun on some flowers.
Police motorcycles are a rare sight to begin with for me – so seeing these two sleek Honda's was a nice treat.
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Continuing my foray into the eateries for those with deep pockets – Chris and I had a lovely dinner at Michael Symon’s Roast to commemorate my getting the internship with Quicken Loans. It is located in the Westin Book Cadillac, which had gotten an extensive restoration and was celebrating a grand reopening at the same time Roast opened. Walking into the lobby’s opulence should give you a taste of what your bill will look like before you leave. (more…)
During Detroit Restaurant Week I visited La Dolce Vita with my mom. I also ended up going out to the Whitney for a surprise fancy dinner with my husband. The Whitney has a long history starting as a private residence for a lumber baron in 1890. In 1986 after several ownership changes and different uses of the building over the years, it became a restaurant. In 2007 it received an extensive restoration to what it is today.
I’m not a fan of valet and the lot is fairly small so we chose to park in the large garage next door. I was a bit dismayed by the large banners hanging from the building. It really takes away from the entire draw of the place, which is the amazing stone work and design. (more…)
It also helps to know the lead singer. ;)
This is my younger brother with his band Brash Habit.
A great example of why I was thrilled to finally upgrade to the 7D. ISO 2500 and I'd happily print this large.
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Especially the RenCen which looks oh so shiny and polished after a good "cleaning". I was in the process of crossing the street when the people mover passed through and I quickly composed this shot.
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As part of the intern program we’re given opportunities to check out various events and locations around Detroit. One such is an apartment building near Grand Circus Park called Detroit City Apartments. Not the best name (try googling it) but a nice building with a good price point for the offerings.
This outing was hosted by the After 5 Intern Program, which strives to show new talent like graduates and interns coming to the city why they should stay in Detroit. We were treated to some snacks/light fare and a tour of a model 2 bedroom along with some of the building amenities.
Grabbed a shot of this pup (a boxer I think?) as we walked around the city before the Detroit Ford Fireworks. He was very well behaved considering all the activity going on and my camera/attention making him excited.
This is one of the reasons I ADORE the live view on my camera. It's something I didn't think I'd get much use from (I never wanted to be that person holding their camera a foot from their face to take the picture) but things like this – odd angles and perspectives – have added a level of creativity.
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