Macomb

599. Regale Craft Food & Drink – January 20, 2023 – Macomb, MI

Have a fun and flavorful night on the town at Regale Craft Food & Drink! The Macomb-based restaurant and bar is a classy, convivial place to grab a well-crafted drink and sample delicious dishes.

Regale’s menu consists of shareable-sized dishes representing a variety of cuisines. Lamb Empanada and House-Made Gnocchi sit alongside Kimchi Fried Rice and Wild Mushroom Croquettes. As explained in the About section of Regale’s website, the “moderately portioned dishes are perfect for sharing so that everyone can experience a variety of offerings that Chef Shawn has carefully created.”

I can attest to that! Admittedly, I didn’t share either of the dishes I ordered at Regale. But I did order two dishes that represented wholly different cuisines: the Poutine (total TGIF fare!) and the Curried Vegetables (my attempt to balance the Poutine’s decadence with healthfulness).

The Poutine came out before the Curried Vegetables, and I was so into it that I ended up crushing the entire dish. How could I not when the fries came topped with a heaping mound of tender beef brisket, creamy cheese curds, crispy fried onion, sumptuous demi-glace, and a generous drizzle of sour cream? They were so rich, so flavorful, SOOO delicious!

Because I filled up on that Poutine, I didn’t get to savor enough of The Curried Vegetables until I finished them later at home. Served with rice, this was a comfort-food dish in its own right. It was a delight to eat the steaming-hot veggies and rice complemented by the creaminess of the coconut milk, the crunch of the cashews, and the vibrance of the curry and cilantro.

Speaking of complementary: if you’re looking to get a well-balanced cocktail at Regale, you can’t go wrong with the Date Night. Consisting of a date-infused vodka complemented by ginger, thyme, and green cardamom, the well-balanced cocktail is a very easy sip. And if sweet-and-spicy is your thing, go for the Ghostarita: a lively concoction of ghost pepper-infused tequila, chili, and mango.

Regale’s craft cocktail menu is intriguing enough that I can’t see myself veering from it. But if I did, I’d have a well-curated selection of beer, wine, and spirits to choose from.

Careful curation: that’s what Regale is all about! Well-prepared, flavorful food and drink, inviting ambiance, and stellar service meld to make a place people want to be.

48810 Hayes Rd.

Macomb, MI 48044

www.regalecraftfood.com

512. Le Andos Cafe – June 19, 2021 – Macomb, MI

Le Andos Cafe is for breakfast connoisseurs!

The Macomb-based restaurant has something for everyone. But breakfast lovers will go especially ga-ga over this place. Le Andos’ list of breakfast offerings is impressive and extensive. It offers a slew of omelets, French toast, waffles, crepes, pancakes, combo plates, breakfast wraps and sandwiches, and other beloved breakfast items.

There are six different versions of eggs Benedict alone on Le Andos’ menu, including the Philly Style layered with shaved steak, onion, bell pepper, and mushroom and another featuring your choice of crab cake or salmon. There are 12 different types of French toast, and 18 different kinds of omelets! The former includes decadent options such as Salted Caramel (French toast topped with caramel, pecans, sea salt, and powdered sugar), Banana Foster Stuffed (featuring banana, raisins, pecans, and a sweet cream cheese filling), and Red Velvet Stuffed (which skips the breakfast pretense and goes straight to dessert, featuring three slices of red velvet cake!). The latter includes omelet varieties that range from Hawaiian to Greek to Corned Beef and Swiss.

Dessert breakfasts seem to be Le Andos’ domain. I get giddy with excitement when I read the Pancakes section of the menu. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes, Birthday Cake Stuffed Pancakes, AND Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes? Pancakes incorporating banana, coconut, and pecan then layered with Le Andos’ cream cheese filling, pineapple, powdered sugar, and mango and raspberry syrups? (That’s the Tropical Breeze pancakes.) This is the stuff of childhood dreams! And I haven’t even touched the Waffles and Sweet Crepes sections of Le Andos’ menu. See the Cannoli crepe including every part of the iconic Italian dessert, from filling to shell to chocolate chips!

So yes, Le Andos’ breakfast menu is epic. But the caf√© also boasts a sizeable lunch menu featuring a variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and more. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays as of the writing of this post.

During my brunch-time visit to Le Andos, I opted for the Monte Cristo, a heftily-portioned crepe stuffed with turkey, ham, and melted Swiss and American cheeses; sprinkled with powdered sugar; and drizzled with raspberry melba sauce. It’s included in the Savory Crepes section of Le Andos’ menu, but obviously, it’s a mash-up of sweet and savory – as is the iconic sandwich it’s inspired by. And it’s utterly rich and delicious!

It was hard to choose just this one dish from Le Andos’ offerings. I could go on and on about the creativity of its menu. As someone who loves to cook – and eat – it inspires me to get into my kitchen and create! Or . . . maybe I could just revisit Le Andos and order those Birthday Cake Stuffed Pancakes. ūüôā

15433 Hall Rd.

Macomb, MI 40448

www.leandoscafe.com

260. Testa Barra – July 13, 2017 – Macomb, MI

20170713_20265620170713_19511220170713_195117I was admittedly primed to love Testa Barra, because when I rolled up there for dinner¬†back in July not long after the then-new restaurant had opened, I saw working there that night not one, not two, but three people I knew from my bygone serving glory¬†days (two former coworkers and¬†a friend I’d met tangentially from us serving at the same place at different times). AND I was dining with a friend who I also knew from said time period. So basically, I was revving high on excitement and nostalgia¬†and getting to catch up with four beloved people all at once; given my ecstatic state, I probably could have eaten cardboard soaked in rubbing alcohol and given it two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Fortunately, the meal I¬†partook in that night at¬†Testa Barra, the Italian restaurant opened this year by the Baldwin Restaurant Group (owners of J. Baldwin’s in Clinton Township), was incredibly delicious in its own right – not simply rose-colored by my overzealous “Those were the days!” reminiscences about my serving shenanigans.

Sitting in the pretty glassed-in porch area of the restaurant dotted with succulent plants and festooned with strands of lights, we started with an arancini appetizer, fried balls of creamy, cheesy rice that were pure goodness. I continued on with the pasta Bolognese: handmade strozzapretti (kind of a¬†twisty tube-noodle)¬†topped with a rich, spicy, flavorful Cabernet-infused beef pasta sauce and ample amounts of ricotta cheese. SO¬†GOOD and a definite far cry from cardboard soaked in rubbing alcohol! And for dessert, I¬†savored some of my friend’s vanilla gelato garnished with crushed biscotti cookies.

My verdict, then, is that the food at Testa Barra is highly delectable in its own right – which is good, because in all seriousness, I wouldn’t¬†return of my own¬†volition¬†to a restaurant with¬†meh food no matter how many people I knew who¬†worked there. I mean, there are far¬†too many superior restaurants in the Metro-D for that!

48824 Romeo Plank Rd.

Macomb, MI 48044

www.testabarra.com

74. New Moon – October 20, 2014 – Macomb, MI

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It wasn’t until after I ate here, of course, that I read the Yelp reviews and found several people complaining of bugs in their¬†food or water¬†. . . yeah. I thought¬†this was just another commonplace Chinese restaurant with d√©cor out of a time warp (it opened in the late eighties – but doesn’t it look like it could’ve opened in the sixties?).

I make it a point to not¬†really complain about places on this blog, as I want it¬†to be a celebration of places in the Metro-Detroit area, not a ratings system or¬†bitch-fest. But I felt like I couldn’t have a clear conscience without issuing that warning about the buggies¬†(my food, as far as I know, was critter-free!).

16840 21 Mile Rd.
Macomb, MI 48044

54. Waldenburg Park – August 31, 2014 – Macomb, MI

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I went to this little park today with the intention of taking a jog. It has some paths that wind around a wooded area; they’re not very long, but the scenery is very pretty. I only lasted about twenty minutes, however – and that was a stretch – because the mosquitoes were fierce! The way they were attacking me – it was unnerving. I would stop to take a picture, and several would immediately be swarming onto me, buzzing in my ears. It was a nightmare. I got so bit up! So my time at Waldenburg Park wasn’t exactly enjoyable. But if you bring bug spray, or go there at a time of year when the mosquitoes are less prevalent, you’ll likely be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the walking trails. Or you can just hang out at the basketball court or the playscape.

19225 21 Mile Rd.

Macomb, MI 48044

https://www.macomb-mi.gov/Parks%20and%20Rec/ParksOurParksPage.html