Shelby Township

207. Filippa’s – November 3, 2016 – Shelby Township, MI

20161103_173754I’ve been curious about Filippa’s for a long time. Several of my coworkers from my longtime serving job that I held in my late 20s had previously worked for years at that restaurant, and stories they told about the place – legends, really – piqued my curiosity. A few of my other server friends now work there, and I knew that they were happy with the place and that it was supposed to be quite a classy establishment.

(Tangent: if you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you’re familiar with how intertwined the server network can be – everyone works with someone who knows someone they worked with at that other place . . . the interconnections never ceases to amaze me!).

Random fact: Teen Mom aficianados may also remember Filippa’s as the restaurant where Tyler proposed to Catelynn back in like Season 1 (yes, I used to be a devotee of that show). A friend who was working there that day said they filmed their entrance through the restaurant door alone like three times. Teen Mom gossip, holla!

Last Thursday, I was definitely not at Filippa’s for a Catelynn/Tyler spotting. I was there to celebrate my friend’s upcoming nuptials. A group of us ladies had appetizers and drinks there before moving on to a wine-and-painting bachelorette soiree.

I unfortunately didn’t take any photos of the restaurant’s interior, but the bar area where we sat was quite swanky. I was told the restaurant had recently underwent renovations, and they apparently went well; the place gives off a very solid, polished vibe. The bar area was busy, most likely due to the happy hour specials; every day from 3 to 6 p.m. there are half-off appetizers, $5 glasses of wine and martinis (of the latter, I had a delightful chocolate one), and $3 draft beers and well drinks. I’m not sure whether the Cajun steak bites I ordered qualified as a half-off appetizer, to be honest; I was having so much fun, I didn’t pay attention. But damn, was that steak juicy and flavorful! Two-thumbs-up to the notion of stopping by Filippas’s for some post-work drinks and grub when you have the chance.

45125 Mound Rd.

Shelby Twp., MI 48317

www.filippas.com

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174. Las Tortugas Taqueria – April 30, 2016 – Shelby Township, MI

20160430_16211820160430_164907Utica represented on 100 Places in the D! Or so I thought. On Saturday, in a fit of desperation, I went on Yelp to find a new place to visit. It was the last day of April, and I needed to hit my quota of going to at least one local place located within a new-to-the-blog city a month. I’d procrastinated on it all month. Plus, I was in a lazy-day Saturday mood and didn’t want to drive far. Las Tortugas Taqueria was the first result to pop up for nearby Utica restaurants. Because it had excellent ratings, because Utica has never been represented on the blog, and because Mexican food is very high up on my Favorite Things in Life list, I decided to give it a whirl.

It wasn’t until writing this post and looking at the Mexican restaurant/market’s website that I realized that Yelp had posted inaccurate address information. Drats! I thought that looked like Shelby Township! In Yelp’s defense, when I then Googled the street address, half the resulting entries also had Utica as the city of origin. The restaurant must be right on the cusp. Still, since the business website has the city listed as Shelby Township, that’s what I’m going with. I’ll have to hit two new cities this month to compensate.

Oh, well. Life is too short to worry about exactly where on the map such phenomenal Mexican food originates. Because let me tell you, Las Tortugas Taqueria’s food is excellent! So, so, so, so GOOD. OK, I was at a high level of hangriness when I took my first bite of the tamales I’d ordered. I’d put off lunch for wayyyy too long, so that it was practically dinnertime, so any food I’d put in my mouth at that point would’ve tasted pretty great by default. But even so, this is some exceptional Mexican food! It’s the real deal. And look at how much food they give you! Look at these two tamales in the photo above – they’re huge! All that food for only $7.99! Much love, Las Tortugas Taqueria, much love. I have to be grateful for the city mix-up – otherwise who knows when I would’ve found you!

Marked by a simple red-and-white exterior sign, Las Tortugas Taqueria stands out from its neighbors in the tired-looking strip mall in which it’s located in more areas than its awesome food and great prices. Its tiny interior houses both a restaurant and a market, with seating area on the left and grocery offerings on the left. It’s impressively clean and organized and has a great vibe. It’s obviously run by people who care, and I love that as much as I love those tamales!

46691 Van Dyke Ave.

Shelby Twp., MI

www.lastortugastaqueria.com

138. Art and Jake’s – September 12, 2015 – Shelby Township, MI

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Art and Jake’s! So many of my coworkers from my last restaurant job used to frequent and talk about this bar – I think they were going to the Shelby Township, Mound Road location rather than the Washington Township one. Then a location opened up in the last year on 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township. One of my good friends from my former server gig works there, and I got to see her there yesterday.

This bar is great! I was really impressed with the inside – it’s a large, spacious, gorgeous sports bar. There’s a patio that’s enclosed by glass doors and containing seating areas with gas-lit flames coming out of the tabletops(!), making the patio area suitable seating even in cold-weather months. And the food is awesome! I had the Rocky Mountain burger, which is decked with bacon, Gouda cheese, spicy aioli, and breaded, fried jalepeños (amazing)! The menu is extensive and features specialty pizzas and burgers; sandwiches and wraps; wings and bar appetizers; signature entree salads; steaks and ribs; and even traditional Macedonian and Serbian dishes.

14741 23 Mile Rd.

Shelby Township, MI 48315

Locations also on Mound Road in Shelby Township and in Washington Township.

www.artjakes.com

120. Pancake Factory – May 16, 2015 – Shelby Township, MI

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The Pancake Factory’s Southwest Garden dutch baby

The Pancake Factory is a bustling East-Side breakfast and lunch place with quick service and some pretty delectable menu items. I got the Southwest Garden dutch baby pancake; just look at that bad boy – loaded with cheese! I’d love to follow my sweet-tooth urge the next time I visit and order the cinnamon-glazed apple pancakes or sample some of the amazing-sounding crepe varieties (peach! banana-and-Nutella!).

13693 23 Mile Rd.

Shelby Township, MI 48313

http://www.pancake-factory.com

88. Better Health – December 13, 2014 – Shelby Township, MI

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I was super excited when I saw advertisements for the Better Health that recently opened on Hall Road in Shelby Township. Finally, a Whole-Foods-ish store in my neighborhood! I’d never heard of Better Health before this, but it’s a Michigan chain, with 13 other locations in the state, most of which are focused in the Metro-Detroit area. The Shelby Township shop is a beautiful shrine to natural-clean-foodie-organic goodness – the kind of place I could spend way, way too much money in.

14105 Hall Rd.
Shelby Twp., MI 48315

www.thebetterhealthstore.com

39. Da Francesco’s – July 25, 2014 – Shelby Township, MI

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Image courtesy of http://www.dafrancescos.com

One of my cousins got married this weekend (delightful wedding, with an outdoor ceremony/cocktail hour afterwards – and a chocolate fountain!), and her rehearsal dinner on Friday night was here at Da Francesco’s. The whole family was invited to it, which was really nice of them to do, and so besides bonding with the fam, I also got to try another new place.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture. This is the second time I’ve forgotten to take a picture of a restaurant at a family event, so the photo above is courtesy of Da Francesco’s website.

The food was awesome. We had minestrone soup, chicken parmesan, mixed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and this delicious spumoni for dessert. I assume the rest of the menu is just as good.

49624 Van Dyke Rd.
Shelby Twp., MI 48317

http://www.dafrancescos.com

25. Ciccarelli’s – May 29, 2014 – Shelby Township, MI

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Here is another place that I live really close to that I had never been to.

Actually, I was here when it was still Club 22 – and I have to say, I like this sports bar reincarnation much, much better.

There are a lot of huge TVs in this joint, as there should be. Great for watching Wings games (start of preseason only two months from the date I’m writing this post!) or any other big match-ups.

46793 Hayes Rd. Shelby Twp., MI 48315
 Shelby Twp., MI 48315

(Also locations in Auburn Hills and Detroit)

http://ciccarellis-22-sports-bar.com/