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                                                                                            • 1 Under Bar & Grill

                                                                                              Family owned restaurant, bar and banquet facility.

                                                                                            • 1917 American Bistro

                                                                                              Don and Katrina Studvent’s new place is a bistro, if there can be an American version with a soul food foundation, and no liquor license for a few more months. It’s a bistro in the sense that it’s a family-owned place that serves moderately priced, relatively simple dishes and simple meals. It’s pretty, with attractive prices and a $13 Sunday brunch buffet that includes catfish with grits, chicken with waffles. Other choices are fried potatoes, turkey sausage, country bacon, fried ham, fried turkey, omelets, French toast, fresh fruit, breads and pastries.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Soul Food
                                                                                            • 220 Merrill Street

                                                                                              "The bar is one of Birmingham's favorite watering holes, the dining room in the back slightly less frantic at this brightly reworked circa-1932 building where chef Jack Leone has done wonders for the menu. Now colorful contemporary dishes, typified by angelhair pasta with chicken, tomatoes, white beans and artichokes, stuffed tenderloin and linguine with shrimp, spinach and lemon, and some great Italian salads make the food live up to the witty decor which pays homage to the light bulb. A separate, downstairs room called Edison's offers live jazz, its own menu of light dishes, and upscale drinks like martinis and champagne in the evening, Thursday through Saturday."

                                                                                            • 227 Bistro

                                                                                              Enjoy casual dining and creative cuisine such as steak, seafood and pasta in a relaxed atmosphere. Includes an extensive wine list, upstairs balcony dining, and vegetarian friendly selections.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Steak, Bistro
                                                                                            • 24 Grille

                                                                                              The Book Cadillac’s 24 Grille is a less formal, though no less expensive, alternative to the acclaimed meat-eaters’ paradise in the hotel’s opposite corner, Roast. It has a somewhat shorter, American menu, with just a couple of steaks and four seafood dishes. 24 Grille says that its ingredients are preservative-free and sourced locally when possible. As at many places these days, 24’s calamari are crisp and wonderful, served with capers, lemon beurre blanc and chili aioli. The dressings make the dish. The melt-in-your-mouth scallops, sweet and smoky and served with clams in the shell, are excellent. For vegetarians, there are Himalayan cabbage rolls, stuffed with grilled tofu, mushrooms and some nutty Himalayan red rice. And delicious veal meatloaf comes as a tall tower — layers of meatloaf and bacon, interwoven with layers of potato purée. 24 Grille also has a happy hour from 4 to 6 on weekdays, when wine and appetizers are half off.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Eclectic
                                                                                            • 24th Street Tavern

                                                                                              Bar & grill with great food and great nightlife.

                                                                                            • 2Booli Fresh Mediterranean Eats

                                                                                              For many diners, the lack of a liquor license is a deal-breaker. That proclivity can relegate most Middle Eastern spots to a lunchtime treat rather than an evening pleasure. Farmington Hills’ 2Booli addresses the problem with not only a full bar but a happy hour that lasts all evening long, Monday through Friday. Draughts are $2.50, margaritas and martinis are $4, and featured wines of the week are also about $4, or $12-$15 a bottle. As the name makes clear, the restaurant has aspirations to address several cultures around the Mediterranean, rather than just the Lebanon from which the owners’ parents emigrated. Bruschetta, polenta, fritto misto, clam linguine, and a meatball sub share the menu with tabbouleh and falafel.

                                                                                            • 3 Nicks Sports Bar
                                                                                            • 3 Nick's Taproom
                                                                                            • 5 & 10 Bar

                                                                                              A classic diner with modern, Detroit flair. Enjoy a '50s-style lunch at the counter or a modern cocktail after work. A full-service soda fountain pays tribute to the orginal five & dime shop that was once open in the Kresge building. All business lunches receive 10 percent off, Compuware and Quicken employees receive 15 percent off. Open late on Mondays and Tuesdays for an extended happy hour with complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Daily lunch specials, free WiFi.

                                                                                            • 526 Main
                                                                                            • 7 Bar & Grill

                                                                                              Upscale sports bar and grill located on the northwest corner of Telegraph and 12 Mile in the heart of Southfield. Features 7 high definition big screens to catch the game on.

                                                                                            • A & L Ham Palace
                                                                                            • A Taste of the Orient

                                                                                              Every Asian cuisine attempted -- Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese -- gets a heavy-handed or boring treatment. No fire in the "spicy" dishes; no subtlety in anything.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Chinese
                                                                                            • Abe's Coney Island
                                                                                            • Abe's Coney Island

                                                                                              Quick service and great coneys in a family atmosphere.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Diner
                                                                                            • Abuelo's
                                                                                            • Acropole Inn
                                                                                            • Addis Ababa

                                                                                              At dinnertime, there’s just one way to order: the all-you-can-eat meat-and-vegetable platter for $16.90 per person or the vegetarian platter for $14.90. Patrons of the Blue Nile, Taste of Ethiopia or Windsor’s Marathon are familiar with the routine: Little heaps of fabulous dishes are placed on a giant circle of spongy injera bread, which everyone shares. More injera is alongside, folded like napkins, to use as your eating utensil until you’re ready to eat the tablecloth. At lunchtime, you can keep the meal smaller and order one meat with two vegetables for $7.95. But what makes Addis Ababa different from other Ethiopian restaurants is that it has a take-out menu. Twelve ounces of the vegetable dishes are $2.95, meat $3.75, injera free. You could create your own feast at home or for a picnic. It’s open every evening and for lunch Tuesday through Saturday.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, African
                                                                                            • Adonis Restaurant & Nightclub
                                                                                            • Afternoon Delight

                                                                                              Full-service breakfasts, dinners, and Sunday brunches; cafeteria-style lunches featuring homemade muffins and waffles, and vegetable primavera pasta w/artichoke hearts. Catering service available.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, American, Deli
                                                                                            • Ah Wok

                                                                                              Ma Poo Doo Foo is a serious vegetarian entree with a name that is too much fun not to say. Menu includes seafood, pork, beef, chicken, lo meins, pan-fried noodles, chop suey, and fried rice.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Chinese
                                                                                            • Ajishin Sushi & Noodle

                                                                                              You can choose among about 20 different nigiri, priced between $1.50 and $3 apiece, and about 20 rolls at $2.50 to $6. Missing are the fantastic and pricey specialty rolls you find at so many of the hip sushi lounges catering more to a Western palate. The nigiri are well-constructed, with mildly sweet rice, excellent seafood and wasabi paste already incorporated into the bite. But soup lovers have reason to rejoice! Ajishin’s udon soup is extraordinary. There are also a few cold noodle dishes where the flavor of soba is better illustrated. Arashi, for instance, combines soba, grated yam, seaweed and green onion in a tangy dressing for a deep, almost smoky noodle salad. Open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesdays.

                                                                                            • Akasaka

                                                                                              The sushi bar is the heart of Tomiko DeMeere's serene restaurant which celebrates its 10th anniversary in June. The full array of Japanese dishes includes teriyakis, tempuras, noodles in broth and yakitori, with a gourmet dinner for two ($46) offering a chance to sample many dishes economically. Dining is Japanese style in the tatami room or at Western tables. ****

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Japanese
                                                                                            • Akbar's Coffee Shop
                                                                                            • Al Shallal Restaurant
                                                                                            • Al Sultan
                                                                                            • Aladdin Sweets & Cafe

                                                                                              On the corner of Commor and Conant streets, in the extraordinarily diverse city of Hamtramck, there is not one dish on Aladdin’s menu that surpasses $8.99. In fact, a large mixed fruit shake costs more than any of the appetizers and even a few of the vegetarian entrées that include rice or naan. On the whole, prices hardly surpass what you’ll pay for a meal at a national drive-through chain. Vegetarians have all sorts of choices, from curries to fried homemade cheese with spinach or green peas. There are some dishes where lentils are the base and others with chick peas. Try some mushroom vegetable fritters with onions and hot spices, or sautéed okra. The variety is amazing and the most expensive dish is $5.99. There are three times as many meat and seafood dishes. The goat korma, braised in a yogurt base is creamy, subtle, deep and rich, with a touch of spice heat. The gravy was so delicious we wiped the last little bit out of the bowl with crispy and chewy naan. Open 10:30 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Credit cards accepted; free delivery.

                                                                                              Category: Restaurant, Indian
                                                                                            • Alafandi  Restaurant
                                                                                            • Al-Ajami

                                                                                              Al-Ajami is no worse than, but no better than, a slew of other Middle Eastern restaurants, with uneven quality to its cuisine and cleanliness. So what does Al-Ajami do right? It’s less expensive than La Shish. Chef and co-owner Stephan Ajami offers 15 seafood dishes. Also good are the chicken lemon, which combines grilled chicken and pilaf with vegetables doused in lemon butter, a terrific chicken rice soup, and a good lentil soup. Servings are enormous.

                                                                                             

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                                                                                            • Orgone
                                                                                              Orgone 7/22 8:00PM
                                                                                               

                                                                                              This “adrenaline-fueled” funk and soul band was formed in the late ‘90s by a close knit group of eight self-taught musicians living in L.A.. Featuring their new powerhouse vocalist, Adryon de León, the band is preparing for the release of their seventh full-length album later this fall. Their music is an energetic, heart-pounding blend of deep soul, funk, afro-disco and edgy rock, covering hits like “It’s Your Thing” in addition to writing and composing their own original songs. The Infatuations and Third Coast Kings also perform. 

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                                                                                            • Todrick Hall Presents Twerk Du Soleil

                                                                                              If you’ve seen this YouTube star’s most famous videos, then you already know to expect something extravagant, colorful and hilarious as Todrick Hall sets out on his first tour of comedy skits, parodies, flash mobs and music. Hall initially shot to fame as a contestant on American Idol Season 9 after making it to the semi-finals. Once booted off the show, he dedicated his career to creating musically driven projects online including the viral videos “It Gets Better,” “McDonalds Drive Thru Song,” and “Cinderfella.” VIP tickets include a meet and greet with Todrick Hall and a signed poster. Watch him perform live this weekend when doors open at 6. 

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                                                                                            • Dick Dale
                                                                                              Dick Dale 7/23 8:00PM
                                                                                               

                                                                                              The king, himself, is coming to Detroit. Not the shaky legs, greased hair king; he’s left the building. We’re talking about the king of surf guitar, Dick Dale. Not familiar with surf rock? Then head over to the Magic Bag on this evening and let the innovator show you how it’s done. Dale pioneered the style and, working closely with Fender, pushed the boundaries of electric amplification technology. His speedy picking and showmanship has been considered a precursor to Heavy Metal and has influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

                                                                                              Place: Magic Bag
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                                                                                            • OOIOO
                                                                                              OOIOO 7/23 8:00PM
                                                                                               

                                                                                              Inspired by an ancient form of Javanese music, Japanese band OOIOO (pronounced oh-oh-eye-oh-oh) is bursting onto the Detroit scene this weekend for a forceful performance. The band formed during the mid-1990s, merging experimental and pop music into a unique style. Their seventh and most recent album, Gamel, released on July 1, has received positive reviews that acknowledge the music’s fun, yet challenging vibe. Incorporating the tradition of Gamelan into their versatile musical style, OOIOO is led by the captivating drummer, Yoshimi, previously of the noise-pop group Boredom. (She’s the inspiration for the Flaming Lips album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots). Her skill and leadership are legendary, and for one night you can catch this international phenomenon in an intimate concert at the museum. 

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                                                                                            • Streets of Old Detroit
                                                                                              Streets of Old Detroit 7/24 9:00AM
                                                                                               

                                                                                              Come out and celebrate Detroit’s 313th birthday at The Detroit Historical Society’s Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Groups will work together as historical detectives in a game involving puzzles, questions and learning about the buildings and features within the exhibit modeled after 19th century Detroit. They will also be giving out special birthday treats throughout the day. The birthday festivities will go from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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                                                                                            • Camera Obscura
                                                                                              Camera Obscura 7/24 8:00PM
                                                                                               

                                                                                              Tomorrow night, the sweet indie pop melodies of this Scottish five-piece will be floating through the Loving Touch. . With ease, front woman Tracyanne Campbell’s smooth, candied vocals and wry Scottish story telling illustrate the challenges of life. Themes often circle around heartbreak, a common thread running through their recent album Desire Lines, released June 4. The album title nods to life’s uncommon paths that are marked by wear, not by signs; the paths our feet choose naturally. Forging its own desire lines, Camera Obscura’s unconventional style is well off the beaten path.

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