Boodles Mothers Day Buffet

Sorry, I just couldn’t come up with a clever title for this one.

Omar and I took our Moms to Boodles for their famous Mother’s day Brunch. In all the years we have been together, our mom’s have never met so we felt it was time. I had been to Boodles a very long time ago and took my mom and remembered it to be really good.  This trip did not disappoint.

We had reservations at 10, the earliest time slot of the day. We arrived slightly early and were surprised to find the door locked.  I was a bit worried they were not going to open at all, but lo and behold, they opened the doors right at 10.  We walked in with one other couple, and were surprised to see just a few other tables show up.  We basically had the place to ourselves!!  Our waitress said that the noon time slot really fills up. Maybe moms on Mothers Day just want to sleep in.

The food selections were amazing.  Chicken picatta, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, beef in gravy, made to order crepes, fruit, peel and eat shrimp, salads galore, desert. I am sure I am missing a lot, but let’s just say it was very robust.  The food was hot and delicious.  We didn’t have to stand in any lines, or fight any crowds.  It felt like the restaurant was working just for us!

Our only complaint was that the coffee was lacking and only luke warm. They have one coffee maker and one pot for a whole restaurant.  I like a lot of strong hot coffee in the morning.  This coffee was none of those.

Other than than, a wonderful morning. We were all stuffed and had great conversation.  Looking for somewhere to go for Mother’s Day? This is your place!!


Boodles Part Duex

Finally got the opportunity to take Omar to Boodles in Madison Heights. We were on our way to the Token Lounge in Westland. Since we didn’t really know that area, we opted to stop before jumping on the freeway. Which, by the way, is conveniently located right next to Boodles!

You may recall from my previous post “Used My Noodle and Went to Boodles” that this restaurant is one that we go to occasionally for working lunches. It is one of my company’s CEO’s favorites.  As I stated in this post this place really is a hidden gem.  It has that old school mafioso feel. You almost expect an old time Detroit mobster, who I shall not name, to walk in at anytime.

We started the evening with a local brewed beer, Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout, brewed right here in Royal Oak at the Roak Brewery. The beer was strong, with a 8.0 abv, creamy head and smooth finish. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oatmeal and black coffee. Served iced cold in a snifter glass.

I ordered the dijon herb crusted salmon, with mashed potatoes, and a cup of french onion soup.  The soup broth was flavorful, but the croutons seemed like rye croutons which I do not love, and frankly could have used more cheese.  Overall tasty, I do only order this soup for the gooey melty onion-y infused cheese on top! Overall warmed me up nicely on a cold day. My main course, the salmon, arrived atop a mound of mashed potatoes, and frankly looked rather unexciting. However, I am happy to admit I was very wrong.  The salmon was juicy, not overcooked, and the crispy dijon herbed coating was delicious.  Combine this with the fresh made mashed potatoes with a hint a garlic, and I was in heaven. My only complaint is that I feel in restaurants, one should not have to choose between a starch and a vegetable.  You get potatoes OR fresh vegetables.  How about both people? I like those restaurants that pair sides with a main.  Salmon, with wild rice and asparagus for example.

Omar ordered the sesame seared tuna.  He was not as enamored by his meal as I was with mine.  He said the tuna had a slight fishiness that fresh tuna should not have.  Otherwise the dish was flavorful.

I must say though, our waiter was exceptional, the service prompt and attentive.  Water glasses remained full, beer brought cold and timely and a great experience.  We actually got in and out much faster than expected.

Would I go back? I do, I have. I went for lunch there just a week later with the president of my company and guess what? I had the salmon again and was not disappointed. I would recommend a visit to this local hidden gem.

Used my Noodle and went to Boodles

Tuesday I went on a business lunch to Boodles, in Madison Heights. Now I was a resident of Madison Heights for over 20 years, and lived my whole life in the vicinity and have only been to the hidden gem once before.  Many moons ago, I took my mom on a Mother’s Day Brunch here, which I recall was exceptional.

Boodles, really is a hidden gem.  Located on the corner of 11 Mile Road and the I-75 Service Drive, this place does not look very exciting from the outside.  With a warn out awning I have looked at for as long as I can remember, it looks more like a corner bar than the gourmet restaurant it is.

For lunch, I ordered the Chicken Picatta. Made with mushrooms (I ordered without), artichokes, caramelized onions, capers, all in a creamy lemon butter sauce.  The chicken was cooked perfect, and they did not skimp with the artichokes.  Served with rice (or potatoes or veggies) it was a delicious meal. The meal started with a potato leek soup, which I expected to be creamy, actually was broth based with sliced leeks and chunks of perfectly cooked potatoes.  It was a nice start to a great meal.  Wash it down with a perfectly made Arnold Palmer and I am a happy camper.

Omar and I will now have to return for dinner.  With appetizers such as Steamed Mussels, Calamari, Seared Ahi Tuna and Raw Oysters this is for sure a place that would be right up Omar’s alley.

If feeling adventurous, dinner boasts a VIP table side preparation of: Caesar Salad,  Steak Diane, Steak Au Poivre, Steak Stewart and many more selections, all prepared to order.

Dinners range from filet, to create your own pasta, fish, chicken, ribs, burgers and a variety of sandwiches, salads… you name it.

They even offer table side flaming desserts if you have a date to impress!

For my limited trip there, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.   Look more more reviews in the future when Omar and I visit!!

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.