352. Elie’s – August 1, 2018 – Birmingham, MI

August2018Elies4 (2)August2018Elies2 (2)August2018Elies3 (2)Tender steak, toasted pinenuts, and sautéed onions nestled on a bed of hummus? Fattoush salad with crisp vegetables, crunchy pita chips, and zesty dressing? Yes, yes, and YES, please!

These are the dishes I enjoyed at Elie’s, a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Birmingham, whilst lunching on its lovely patio earlier this month.

While Elie’s lunch menu is loaded with delectable-sounding choices that I’d love to explore further (ranging from Lamb Shawarma to Shish Tawook to Homemade Chicken Pot Pie), the hummus with tenderloin was a no-brainer for me.

I mean, creamy hummus and red meat combined – how could that not equal GLORIOUS? And it was glorious, especially when scooped up with soft, piping-hot pita bread.

The Fattoush salad was equally fresh and flavorful and delicious. I got the large-sized salad, which was substantial and more than I needed; I easily filled up on half of it.

The restaurant’s pretty patio was an ideal place to dine; the location along Pierce Street makes it a prime spot for people-watching. As the sands in the hourglass are running out on our patio days here in Metro Detroit, I find myself especially appreciating any opportunity to dine alfresco.

All in all, my experience at Elie’s was a pleasant one – one that I would definitely say YES to again.

263 Pierce St.

Birmingham, MI 48009

160. Luxe Bar and Grill – January 22, 2016 – Birmingham, MI

20160122_20450520160122_191948Tiny doesn’t begin to describe the Birmingham location of Luxe Bar and Grill. On the Friday night that I was there, waiting 40 minutes for a table in the cramped confines of the dollhouse-sized lobby/bar area took a special kind of endurance (there is NO way I could be a server there. Seriously, they must all be wonderful souls with monk-like patience, because there is no way I could push myself through packed throngs of people waiting everywhere on a regular basis without going insane). Fortunately, the food was amazing and made it well worth the wait in that purgatory of a floor plan. I came for Luxe’s specialty, the burger, and I was not let down. The barbecue bacon one I had was awesome – and massive! I washed it down with a side of chili-cheese fries and a delicious craft cocktail and TGIF!-fueled sentiments hummed happily through my veins.

525 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009

(Location in Grosse Pointe Farms, as well)

119. Art Birmingham – May 9, 2015 – Birmingham, MI


Here’s something that’s worth checking out when it comes around again next year: Art Birmingham, an awesome little art fair held in Shain Park near downtown Birmingham. It’s like Arts Beats and Eats without the crushing crowds – and the beats (well, there was one guy playing what looked like a xylophone), and nowhere near as extensive the variety of eats (though there was some delicious kettle corn). Ok, so maybe it isn’t too comparable to Arts Beats and Eats, but this year’s lineup showcased an impressive variety of artists, and while I couldn’t quite afford most of the gorgeous wares being offered there, it was free and very lovely to window-shop. And I got my first sunburn of the season! That’s not exactly something to be proud of, but it just feels phenomenal to finally be here at this wonderful time of year in Michigan where we are able to experience sunburn.

In Shain Park

151 Martin St.

Birmingham, MI 48009

111. Griffin Claw Brewing Company – March 26, 2015 – Birmingham, MI


Thursday night before six p.m. when I walked into Griffin Claw Brewing Company, the revelry was already in full swing. What a great atmosphere! I loved its wood-bench communal seating, colored lights, and vibrant banners hanging on the ceiling. And of course, there’s its wide selection of brewed craft beers – and its rich, heavy bar food to soak it all in (like my delightfully saturated-fat-concentrated meal of fried gouda mac-and-cheese bites and applewood bacon grilled cheese with french fries).

575 S. Eton St.

Birmingham, MI 48009

110. Le Petit Prince – March 26, 2015 – Birmingham, MI


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Le Petit Prince! This amazing gem of a bakery is located in an incredibly nondescript strip mall next to a gas station, so nondescript that I totally passed it despite using GPS. But oh, how I am hooked! The almond croissant – out of this world! Just f@ckin’ awesome. And the chocolate one, the pain au chocolat, was delicious, too. And I loved how incredibly, charmingly old-school authentic it all was. The older woman with the French accent who served me, presumably one of the owners, told me that it’s a family-run business that has been around since 1979 – that’s how you know it’s legit! It’s so old-school that it doesn’t take credit or debit cards, just cash and checks – so heads-up on that. But I just loved it. Those pastries were so delicious that I forgot to take a picture of them before I ate them! And alas, I didn’t take a picture of the bakery. So the photo above is one I found on, taken by user Libby F.

124 W. 14 Mile Rd.

Birmingham, MI 48009

83. The Bird and the Bread – November 14, 2014 – Birmingham, MI



Winter is rough – but there will always be the comfort of Spanish coffees!

A friend and I both had the day off work, so we thought, why not hit up downtown Birmingham and be ladies who lunch? The Bird and the Bread was a super-charming choice. I got the burger, which was amazing with its fontina cheese, cherry aioli, bacon jam, and delicious brioche bun. There’s a large craft beer selection for all of you beer lovers, and I can attest to the fact that this place makes a mean Spanish coffee (perfect for these blustery, chill-bitten days of late November).

210 S. Old Woodward

Birmingham, MI 48009

80. Townhouse – November 1, 2014 – Birmingham, MI

I really loved my visit to Birmingham this weekend. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been there before this, and it’s really not that far from me. It’s full of so many cute restaurants and shops. I know it’s kind of geared toward the filthy-rich, but if you go there for lunch, it’s really not that bad. My friend and I hit up Townhouse for their deliciously juicy aged-steak burger. We had a hard time deciding what to get because the menu had several intriguing-sounding items, such as a BLT with an avocado aioli and the Power Salad, described on the menu as a “blend of quinoa, wild rice, brown rice, chickpeas, toasted pumpkin seeds, mixed greens, avocado, jicama and honey-lime cilantro vinaigrette.” Yum! But probably far too healthy for a Saturday.

I forgot to take pictures here, so the above photo is courtesy of the Townhouse’s website (showing the happier time of summer. RIP summer!).

180 Pierce St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

79. Mad Hatter Bistro – November 1, 2014 – Birmingham, MI




My friend and I stopped here for tea on a very blustery day that completely felt like the beginning of winter (I can’t believe it’s November already! How is that possible?). The place was incredibly charming inside, and I enjoyed the whimsical tea settings used.

Mad Hatter isn’t just about tea – it’s a restaurant and bar, too. But I would love to get a group together and come back for the traditional English tea, which features finger sandwiches and scones and clotted tea and everything (and is by reservation only).

185 N Old Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009