Went and saw a “rock and roll band” at Bostonz

I guess you would have to know Boston’s songs to get that super punny and creative title. Look it up if you didn’t the reference. Yesterday was St. Patty’s day and Omar’s sons band was playing at Bostonz Bar and Grill in Eastpointe. They were playing early, but we felt we were up for some day drinking. We checked out the menu prior to heading out as we always do, and were surprised to see a fairly large menu and preliminary reviews were pretty positive. We decided that as this was our “cheat” day we would enjoy some of their offerings.

The bar was a little “rougher” than we expected and our thoughts of a delicious dinner were questionable. We decided to get some appetizers and snack while we enjoyed our Guinness Beers and watched the band. We decided to call an audible and eat dinner at Green Lantern (which we have reviewed and LOVE). So for snacks, we chose to order what they called their delicious fries, which were described as “skinny and delicious, just think McDonalds” and a combo platter which consisted of chicken tenders, chicken wings and cheese sticks.

The fries must have changed since the website was last updated, as the fries that came out were very unexciting. Average fries, cooked in probably aged oil and served slightly salted. The chicken tenders were pretty good, seemed to be homemade but needed a bit more flavor. The cheese sticks may have been homemade, as they had that floury taste that comes with some homemade cheese sticks. The chicken wings came out completely naked and although  they brought out some ranch, they were embarrassingly under-dressed.

The beer was cold, the band was good and the waitress rocked it, even though she said it was her first day. She was friendly and attentive. The owner even gave us a free Guinness t-shirt as we ordered the first Guinness of the day (apparently more of a bud light/MGD kinda place). We probably would not intentionally head out just to visit this establishment, but if Omar’s sons band played again, that would be fine. Probably though, just sticking to the cold beer and entertainment.

We did head to Green Lantern after with our friends Steve and Mary who came out to support the band. If you want a review of Green Lantern again its simple, great pizza (remember the pools of grease)?, great salad, cold beer, great subs and yummy bacon. You can read all about it HERE.

To summarize, don’t be afraid of Bostonz, we had a great time and go to Green Lantern. Go now. Nom nom nom.

 

I Couldn’t Have Done it, I Was at the Alibi!

Omar and I were heading to a fundraiser for a friend way out in Leonard, MI. Basically take Rochester Road for a very long time. We decided to stop for a quick bite and a beer before we headed out and decided to try, or should I say re-try the Alibi in Troy. A Troy historical restaurant, its known as being one of the longest serving restaurants in the Troy area. Starting as a country fried chicken establishment in 1927, serving diners out of a small house on that property, the restaurant has maintained its appeal and morphed over the years, changing owners and menu items but maintaining its family owned appeal and has now become one of the pizza restaurants in the area.

The restaurant underwent some remodeling in 2015, adding a nice outdoor patio and some updates to the interior.  The place is very homey, with a two sided fireplace, cozy seating and warm ambient lighting. We ordered a few things so we could sample the menu. I was craving the turkey reuben, but Omar suggested the burger. As they claimed to have the “best burger in town” I was willing to give it a try. We also ordered a pizza with pepperoni and a nice cold lager. My apologies, as I am writing these blogs a bit late due to our crazy busy lives lately, I forgot the specific beer we ordered, I know, unacceptable!

Let’s talk about the good, the Meh and the Ugly. Ok, there was nothing ugly. So I guess lets talk about the good, the great and the meh. The Good, was the pizza. The pizza was really good. Did it rival Green Lantern? Probably not, but it was a darn good try. The sauce was flavorful, the crust had the right amount of crunch and chew, and the cheese was plentiful. The pepperoni had those curled crispy edges that did rival Green Lantern, although Green Lantern’s pepperoni is slightly thicker with a bigger grease pool in the center (mmmm…. grease pool). The great? Maybe it was because we hadn’t enjoyed a beer for a while, but the beer was exceptionally cold and really hit the spot. The meh? The burger. The burger was surprisingly small and was very similar to that backyard burger that dad always overcooked and put on his special grilled partially burned wonder bun. The burger was seasoned well, but very overcooked, and basically amazingly pedestrian. The fries were the super popular “battered fries” and were awful. No point whatsoever in wasting a single calorie on them.

Would we go back? Yes, under a few conditions. Only for the pizza and the beer and only if we were either in the area or meeting friends. If we are looking to just get a great pizza, and craving round, then we will just go to Green Lantern.

Green Lantern is indeed a super hero

Last night, to celebrate my Dad’s return back home after a lengthy stay in a rehabilitation unit (long story) we decided to take him to Green Lantern, as it is his favorite pizza joint (as it is most of ours).  I don’t really feel a blog is necessary, as everyone I know already knows and loves Green Lantern, as it is a local Madison Heights hangout, but as there may just be one person out there who hasn’t been there, this blog is for you.

Green Lantern, has clearly one of the best pizzas I have ever had. The crust is crispy and doughy, and the sauce is like none I have ever had.  The cheese and toppings are fresh and plentiful.  The pepperoni, are those special crispy round delights, that curl and allow pools of artery clogging grease to form.

Last night, we inadvertently ordered the deep dish, now mind you, I hate to veer from the norm as it is so good (which is just the regular round with pepperoni). The deep dish (I am told, I didn’t eat it) was delicious, and super filling.  My Dad managed to out-eat my brother and Omar!! I didn’t eat it because they ordered mushrooms on it, which I find appalling.

I however, ordered a personal sized BLT pizza.  Yes, this pizza had lettuce and mayonnaise on it, and bacon and tomatoes.  I think Green Lantern was one of the first to serve this pizza (at least the first I heard of it and that is the story I am sticking with). Sounds weird I know, but it is really delicious. Like an open faced sandwich on really good flat bread.

The new candied bacon they added to the menu comes out crispy, both sweet and spicy with a combination of brown sugar and cayenne. I know everyone lately has been on a bacon craze so we had to try it.  I didn’t think it would be as good as it was but it really is a must order.

Their antipasto salad is decent. Nothing super notable. It has fresh ingredients and comes with some simple but yummy garlic bread.  They put a hard-boiled egg on it, which is different and I like that addition, but yesterday sadly, my salad was lacking the egg. The mound of shaved onions on top is a bit much, but easy to remove.

Although I didn’t order one yesterday, which by the way is really unusual for me, I must take a sec to discuss their Italian sub.  The sub is Italian lunch meat on a great Grecian roll. They thing that knocks this simple sandwich out of the park is the amazing coleslaw.  It is vinegar based and adds a bite, both with a crunch and with acid to the sandwich. It is really good.

Lastly, I must add that Green Lantern has expanded their beer selection to include craft beers, which is great. Omar’s and my favorite? Mill Street Vanilla Porter.  Comes ice cold, with a frosted glass.  The beer is rich, robust with a thick, creamy head (out of context that sounds bad – LOL). Leaves that trail of painted off-white lace on the sides of the glass as you drink the beer down.  It is, as its name implies, vanilla-y and malty, with overtones of caramel and hint of chocolate. This beer is definitely creamier that other porters I have had and Yummy!!

To wrap this up, Green Lantern is good food, simply done.  The way food is supposed to be.