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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.

 

 

 

Sweet Magnolia's is a new restaurant in Southfield, MI. Decided to give it a try for breakfast. I'm normally a sausage kind of guy but this time I decided to do Salmon Croquettes with rice, pancakes, and a glass of red kool-aide. The service was really great, the taste of the food was awesome and the prices are good. Looking forward to going back to get some of the cream corn I saw on the menu. 

Stopped by national chain Chili's to try their limited time desert Peach Cobbler. I was very impressed with the butter cake baked in a skillet, warm peaches, vanilla ice cream and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Hopefully this will be added to the menu!!!

One of my favorite places to go for breakfast, The Fly Trap in Ferndale, MI is a fun place with unique twist on breakfast food. Today I decided to go with the Gingerbread waffle with Italian Sausage. The waffle is topped with sautéed apples, cherries and cinnamon syrup. If you're in the area make sure to stop in.

When ever I want some BBQ ribs, cooked outside on a barrel grill with some Open Pit BBQ Sauce, my go to spot is Nunn's BBQ on Conant in Detroit. I've been going here for over 20 years and the quality of the food has always been great. Today I decided to have an 1/2 slab of ribs, with potato salad, baked beans, and some peach cobbler for dessert. I was feeling mighty good after that meal!!!

Most people go to Bucharest Grill for their Chicken Shawarma, but I go for their 1920 Red Hot Sausage served on a sesame seed bun with mustard along with the Homestyle Potatoes, sautéed potatoes, carrots, onions and peppers.

Applebee's has upgraded it's kitchen to include wood fire grills. One of the new menu items is a wood fire grilled chicken salad with cornbread croutons. I must admit the cornbread croutons are addictive. 

While in Louisville KY I had an opportunity to dine at the Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe. I started the meal off with a Lettuce Wrap for the appetizer. The wrap consist of sesame-spiked chicken, water chestnuts, green onions atop of a bed of crisp noodles and fresh mandolin vegetables, served with Oriental Sesame sauce, sweet chili sauce and crisp lettuce leaves.

For the entree I had the Jamaican Shrimp Linguine, pan seared jumbo shrimp coated with Jamaican jerk seasoning on top linguine noodles tossed in a cream sauce with garlic butter.

I could not leave Louisville without having some Derby Pie, a Louisville tradition for several years.

 

 

 

 

Discovered this chain a few years ago for pasta been going back every since. The Skilletini comes on a sizzling skillet with spaghetti, spicy marinara sauce, marinated peppers and onions, with chicken and sausage. I started the meal with a bowl of roasted garlic baked potato soup topped with bacon and onions. http://www.carinos.com

 

Lunch at one of my favorite places in Roseville, Lazy Bones Smokehouse BBQ. This is my favorite sandwich Smokestack Lighting, chopped burned ends, bacon, and sausage on a hoagie roll with honey sriracha sauce and broasted potatoes. http://www.lazybonessmokehouse.net

 

I saw Atomic Chicken listed has one of the hottest new restaurants in Detroit, so I decide to give it a try. Located in Clawson,MI on Livernois (or Main street per GPS) between 14 and 15 Mile Rd. The building does not have inside seating however they do have tables set up in the back, which allowed me to enjoy my lunch on sunny afternoon. 

I decided to have the Lunch Special, which includes a sandwich, 5 oz side and a can of Faygo. For my sandwich I chose the Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken (ginger garlic, house kewpie, cilantro, and bacon bits), smashed sweet potatoes (with Michigan Maple and Cardamom) and a can of Faygo red pop. The chicken was very crispy and flavorful and the smashed sweet potatoes were a great side to add flavor to the meal.

Looking forward to going back and trying the chicken and waffles along with Faygo Rock n Rye Cake. The Detroit location is expected to open on Woodward in late July. 

www.atomicchickenworldwide.com @ChickenAtomic

 

 

 

Lunch at MICHICGO pizza in Ferndale, MI. I like that I can have a Chicago deep dish pizza with whatever toppings I want. Today I had the all meat pizza. The crust is good with the mixtures of meat. Knowing that the pizza takes 30 minutes to bake I called the order in and within 5 minutes of my arrival the pizza was on my table. The service was great which topped of my experience. 

 

Decided to hang on the East Side and try DWC- Detroit Wing Company. The location is small only two tables for dine in. Decided to try the $6 Meal - 5 boneless wings and regular fry with a side of corn bread. For the wings I picked Whiskey BBQ (distinct spiciness of Templeton Rye Whiskey combined with traditional honey BBQ flavors). One thing on the menu that I may try next time is DWC Poutine (french fries topped with rich homemade beef gravy & fresh cheese curds) 

Desset to go from Southern Belle Bistro

Lunch at Southern Belle Bristro in Ferndale, Mi 

Fried Perch, chicken and dumplings, green beans, and corn muffin 

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