Month: July 2014

19. One-Eyed Betty’s – May 16, 2014 – Ferndale, MI


I fell in love with One-Eyed Betty’s – mostly because of the Betty Burger and its amazing garlic aioli, which I couldn’t stop thinking about for days after – but also because of its laid-back atmosphere and phenomenal beer selection. I enjoy craft beers, but I’m very picky (totally one of those people who only enjoys fruity or citrusy beers). There was such a wide selection to choose from here, though, with many of the beers being from Michigan-based breweries.

I’m still raving about this place to people, honestly.

175 W Troy Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220

17. J. Baldwin’s – May 1, 2014 – Clinton Township, MI


I have owned a home in a neighborhood near this place for three years, dated and was friends with people who worked here and still had never been to J. Baldwin’s. When I finally made it in there this May, I was quite impressed. Baldwin’s had a fire last summer and didn’t reopen until this February, and the renovations are gorgeous. It’s a small restaurant but has great atmosphere. They have an awesome happy hour, too – their 586 menu features eight food and drink items (including such delicious martinis as those featured in the photo of one of my besties, above) at five dollars, served six days a week. Hit it up!

16981 18 Mile Rd.

Clinton Township, MI 48038

16. Clubhouse BFD – April 25, 2014 – Rochester Hills, MI


I’m a fan of any place that has sweet potato tater tots, so of course I loved Clubhouse BFD. Great atmosphere, great food, amazing beer selection. Others seem to think so, too – we came in here right after getting out of work on 5 p.m. on a Friday, and the place was already packed.

2273 Crooks Rd.

Rochester Hills, MI 48309


15. Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe – April 17, 2014 – Grosse Pointe Farms, MI


Photo courtesy of Yelp user Kristin G. (via

I went here for a family dinner where we sat in the boardroom, which was very nice but was separated from all of the action. They did have a TV in there so you could still see the jazz band playing, which cracked me up. It reminded me of how one of the churches I used to go to when I was a kid put TVs in the hall on Christmas and Easter so the people who couldn’t get seats could still view the mass – not quite the same as being up near the action! The main dining area was very luxe and had much more character than where we sat.

I forgot to take pictures! Shame on me – but here is one of the bar, courtesy of Yelp user Kristin G. (via

97 Kercheval Ave.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

14. Grand Azteca – April 14, 2014 – Fraser, MI


I had no idea when I went here that this was one of five locations in a local chain (Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Troy, and West Bloomfield are the other sites). The food was pretty good, and the prices were reasonable.

33210 Groesbeck Hwy.
Fraser, MI 48026

















13. Gusoline Alley – April 11, 2014 – Royal Oak, MI


I’ve gotten embarrassingly, embarrassingly behind in putting up posts on this blog. I have still been visiting places – but no posts in three months??? Bad news bears. So I’m going to put a bunch up at once. Here goes . . .

Gusoline Alley has a totally dive-y charm to it. There is a lot of charming memorabilia on the walls, and this ’50s Judy Garland movie was playing on some of the TVs there – so fun.

309 S. Center St.

Royal Oak, MI 48067