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I had a free appetizer that I needed to use before year end at Black Rock. I figured since I'd be in the area doing Christmas shopping why not take advantage of my free appetizer. Upon arriving I was surprised at how many people were eating at Black Rock on a Tuesday afternoon, however they were able to get me a seat. 

For my free appetizer I went with the Andouille Sausage with peppers and onions. For my entree I had the New York Strip Steak with green beans and a sweet potato. 

Several of my friends don't like having to cook their own food, I think it's a great experience.

 

 

 

 

My first time trying Sweet Potato Sensations in Redford, MI. I've had sweet potato pies from their but this was my first dining experience. When it was discovered this was my first time, they brought me a sample of the Black Eyed Pea and Collard Green Soup. I have to admit I haven't eaten black eyed peas in decades, the sample of the soup was really good, the spices in the soup gave it a good kick.

For my entree, I decided on a Sweet Potato Waffle with Salmon Croquettes. Both were delicious and I left very full. I couldn't leave without taking home the Sweet Potato Cookie with Walnuts and Chocolate Chips. Nice place to eat, very intimate and they featured art work that is available for sale.

Website: sweetpotatosensations.com

 

 

 

While in the DMV area I had a chance to have lunch with one of my good friends at the Silver Diner. I had seen the restaurant in the BWI airport but this was my first time giving it a try. My friend had breakfast which included eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, and pancakes. I decided on the CAROLINA FRIED SHRIMP ENTREE - Sustainable, wild caught, hand breaded, spicy Rhode Island style, banana peppers, pepper relish, sriracha aioli, old bay crispy fries, coleslaw. 

It's always good to have good food with good friends!!!

Website: https://www.silverdiner.com

 

 

While waiting to do an interview, Lionel Green from WBGR Online Sports Network suggested I try Peru's Chicken at 9001 Annapolis Rd, Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706. I had to thank him for the suggestion the charbroiled chicken was seasoned to perfection and very juicy. For my sides I chose dirty rice and green beans with a side of their mild and medium sauces. This is a must stop for food if you are in the Baltimore area.

 

 

 

I had been seeing Carnival Fresh Mex in downtown Detroit for years and since I had some time to kill I decided to give it a try. The service was quick and friendly the food was good for the price even though I didn't know what the sauce was they put on top of it. I chose the Carnival Bowl, that consisted of chicken, chorizo, grilled green peppers, grilled onions, rice, and salsa blanca. To wash it down I went with Jarritos Fruit Punch.  For more information go their website http://www.carnivalfreshmex.com

 

My longtime friend and I decided to meet for breakfast today. I suggested we meet at Toast in Ferndale, MI. Turned out to be a great choice. I had the Meatza Meatza omelet, which included bacon, canadian bacon, chorizo, sausage gravy, biscuit crispy onions, served between a home made biscuit with a side of home fries. My friend went with the Greek omelet, which included spinach, tomato, kalamata olives, peanuts, and feta cheese along with cinnamon challah toast and a side of home fries.  This turned out to be a great choice, with a great atmosphere for great conversation and great food.

www.metroalive.com/michigan/ferndale/ToastFerndale/

 

MEATZA MEATZA OMELET 

 

 

GREEK OMELET

After several days of eating Thanksgiving Food, I wanted something different. I decided to try One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, MI. After reviewing the menu I decided to try Chicken Tchoupitoulas, cajun chicken, sausage, peppers, potatoes, topped with a béarnaise sauce. The dish was excellent the spices gave kick to the dish and the béarnaise sauce cooled it off. 

I ended the night with the Apple Brown Betty, apple pie in a deep bowl toped with salted caramel brown apple bread ice cream. Needless to say I left feeling very thankful. 

Check out their menu at oneeyedbettys.com

 

 

 

I hadn't been to Olive Garden in a while because of the quality of the food, but I decided to give them another try since they were having the all you can eat pasta special. I decided to try a different combination than my usual. I selected pappardelle pasta, meat sauce, and grilled chicken. The combination turned out well and the service was great.

I'm really feeling Applebee's new firewood grill meat. The bone in pork chop with the apple chutney, steamed green beans, and sweet potatoes with maple butter are a crowd pleaser. 

This is what happens when you leave work and want some wings and Sweet Water has a Thursday night special. Meatloaf, wings, green beans, french fries and a salad. This was a good night!!!

While hanging out in Downtown Detroit trying to figure out what to eat, I saw Vincent's Cuban restaurant and decided to give them a try. From what I later discovered they have been downtown for a few years and they received rave reviews. I decided to go with the AAROZ CON POLLO, a traditional cuban dish of saffron rice and chicken served with sweet plantains. A great experience, highly recommended if you want to experience Cuban food.

A couple of years ago while in the Chicago area for a convention I discovered Dusties Southern Style Buffet in Matteson. Now overtime I got to Chicago I have to stop by Dusties. The food is fresh and tasty and I always leave full. If you want good Soul Food while in Chicago make sure to stop by Dusties.

http://www.dustiesbuffet.com/

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I received this email on Monday that Bagger Dave's is having their Great American Cheese Burger with fries or sweet potato chips for 99 cents on Tuesday. So guess what I did I went to Bagger Dave's for the 99 cent burger. The cool thing I could still do the burger my way (added pineapple, applewood bacon, and caramelized onions). For dessert I had a Taste of Love Sweet Potato Cup cake. After giving my Bagger Dave Bucks number ended up paying about $3 dollars for my meal. My stomach was happy and my pocket!!!

Congrats to my friend Jerome Brown on his restaurant Detroit Soul on East 8 Mile between Dequindre and Ryan. The location recently celebrated their 1st anniversary and is frequented by such gospel artist as Dorinda Clark Cole and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. 

I did a carry out of smothered pork chops, rice and gravy, green beans and a slice of 7 Up cake. After eating the meal all I could do was take a Sunday afternoon nap. 

For more information visit their website www.Detroitsoul.net

 

 

 

Me and the owner of Detroit Soul Jerome Brown 

 

Wahlburgers recently opened in Greektown in downtown Detroit. After looking at the menu on line I decide to give the Sloppy Joe a try with sweet potato tots. I asked for the Sloppy Joe without cheese sauce and when it was served I was told that the white sauce on the sloppy joe was the special sauce (which I later found out was the cheese sauce - you would think the wait staff would know the difference).

For me all the sauces on the sloppy joe took away from the sandwich. If I try it again I'll ask for the sauces on the side so I can add what I want. 

This was not a good experience for me I had to wait for someone to take my order, then watch my food sit for several minutes before it was brought to me, and to have the waitress tell me what I asked for was something else - left me not wanting to come back. Hopefully the service will improve.

I had a post on my Instagram page that asked if I had tried I Luv Chesse. So while I was in downtown Detroit, I decided to give it a try. Located on Broadway the yellow color of the building was one of the first things that caught my attention. Upon entering I was greeted promptly and giving an explanation of the menu. I decided to go with the Pasta Bar and ordered Cavatappi pasta cooked in Truffle Oil with Her Encrusted Grilled Chicken Breast. (You can add several cheese options - but I'm not a cheese fan so I didn't add any - weird at a place called I Luv Cheese right).

 

After placing my order I was told that I could select from an additional 30 options for free toppings. I selected ham, italian sausage, ground beef, applewood bacon, trio colored peppers, spinach, kale, and corn. 

 

When I received my dish I was blown away with the quantity and quality of the dish (served with a side of Old World Crusty Flat Bread). Needless to say I was full for the rest of the day.

 

Also while there I had an opportunity to meet the owner and executive chef, Omar Mitchell, who is also the owner of Great Lakes Gourmet Burgers. 

Check out the website www.iluvcheese.net

 

 

ME AND THE OWNER OF I LUV CHEESE OMAR MITCHELL

For my last day in Myrtle Beach, we decided to have breakfast at another local restaurant "Hot Stacks".

I had the Pancakes topped with peaches in a peach glaze accompanied by apple chicken sausage. Both were delicious.

 

 

You can not be in the South and not have some Soul Food. To satisfy that quest we went to Big Mike's Soul Food in Myrtle Beach. The place is small but the food is great with great service.

I went with the Blue Plate Special (haven't heard that term in a long time). I had the Smothered Pork Chops (I'm a gravy addict lol) with rice, greens, and cabbage. Needless to say I was feeling good the rest of that night.

 

The food journey continued in North Myrtle Beach with dinner at TBonz Gill and Grill. I normally don't do steak late in the evening, but I figured what the heck I'm on vacation why not enjoy.

I ordered the 14 oz Drunken Ribeye (marinated in Kentucky Bourbon Glaze) topped with sautéed onions. For my sides I selected Charleston red rice and southern slaw. 

The steak was very tender and did not feel heavy in my stomach after eating, the rice was spicy but the souther slaw cool things down. A really great dinner.

While continuing the birthday week celebration in Myrtle Beach, SC we decided to have breakfast at one of the popular locations Johnny D's Waffle and Bakery. If you are in Myrtle Beach this is a must stop. 

I decided to have the Cinnaroll Waffle - cinnamon sauce swirled right into the waffle, drizzled with cream cheese icing, topped with powdered cinnamon sugar along with eggs and sausage. My friend had the Red Velvet Waffle - red velvet cake batter waffle drizzled with cream cheese icing, topped with powdered cinnamon sugar with sausage and eggs.

What topped the morning off was a visit to our table from the owner Johnny D himself. He asked if we had been there before, when we said no his reply was we've been waiting on you. 

Great food, great service, and good prices. Oh yeah I also couldn't leave without getting a piece of the homemade pound cake to go.

 

Visit the website http://johnnydswafflesandbakery.com. If you go let them know you learned about them on Carlbphillips.com 

 

 

To begin my week of celebrating my birthday I chose to go back to Sweet Magnolia's for dinner. I had Smothered Turkey Wings with my two favorite side dishes jasmine rice with gravy and fried corn. My friend had the Grilled Chicken Risotto which features creamy rice with onions, tricolored peppers, mushrooms, sweet potato puree, and asparagus topped with a grilled chicken breast. Once again I left very satisfied. For more information visit their website www.Sweet-Magnolias.com make sure to tell the staff you discovered them on Carlbphillips.com.

 

 

I've been hearing really good things about Vinsetta Garage, so today I figured I'd stop by. I decided to go with the Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak (sweet chili rub, grilled to order) and hand dipped onion rings with coal-fried tomato aioli. Real good meal and I had a chance to sit in the open garage door. 

 

 

I'd saw Detroit75 food truck on Facebook, so since I had to be in the area on this day I decided to give it a try. I had the Applewood Smoked Chicken with Garlic Cilantro Fries. It was cool to sit outside and enjoy the summer air, while watching the potatoes being cut for the fries. Real cool place look forward to going back.

 

 

Howe's Bayou is one of my favorite places to go for Jambalaya. Tomato scented rice with chicken and andouille sausage with a slice of cornbread. Good eating

I normally don't do the same restaurant in the same week. After recommending Sweet Magnolia's to one of my co-workers they suggested I go back for the pork chops. So that's what I did, Smothered Pork Chops (some of the biggest chops I've ever seen) with rice, fried corn, and a glass of red kool-aide. For dessert I went with Peach Cobbler topped with French Vanilla Ice Cream. I slept really well that night.

 

 

 

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