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Archive for January, 2012

Bourbon Steak – Detroit MI (closed)

Located in the MGM Grand Detroit Casino

Visited January 27, 2012 and February 17, 2012

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With Michael Mina as the Chef, you can expect high quality –  and high prices to match. He is a celebrity chef with Michelin Stars at his two namesake restaurants in Las Vegas and San Francisco. Here in Detroit, you can get the full filet mignon dinner that you would expect at a top notch steak house –  but I can share a secret with you. If you sit at the bar, you can order from the Burger Menu. Presented on a clipboard, you can order Signature Burgers with toppings preselected by the chef, or create a custom burger of your own.  For $14 you can customize your burger by selecting 5 toppings from the list with the provided petite pencil.   The topping categories include Artisian Cheeses, Farmer’s Market vegetables, greens, sauces and dressings. The choices aren’t just ketchup and pickles, you can select Maytag Bleu Cheese, Bourbon carmelized onions, shaved jalepenos, wild arugula, harissa aioli, and even Mina’s own “Special Sauce”.  If you are not into the all-beef burger, you can get turkey, falafel, or even a salmon steak burger. Of course, you must also get the fries. These are not your ordinary fries. You get a “Trio of Duck Fat Fries” with a trio of accompanying sauces for $5.  Are they good?  They are fried in duck fat……they are delicious!

The restaurant was designed by Super Potato, the award winning design firm from Japan.

Burger Menu

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak  Restaurant Website

MGM Grand Detroit’s Bourbon Steak Website


Mii amo Cafe, Enchantment Resort – Sedona AZ

Visited September 2009

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While in Phoenix, I had a free day and took a roadtrip up to Sedona. It was a glorious sunny day and Sedona was the perfect place to visit for a relaxing getaway.

I arrived downtown and wanted to find a great restaurant with outdoor seating and a view of the redrock walls surrounding the city. After some careful investigation and inquiries, I stumbled in the Chamber of Commerce. I looked them in the eye and listed my criteria. The guy described a few places within walking distance, but to be honest the downtown was a little too touristy and I wanted a relaxing getaway. He then paused, and asked if I didn’t mind driving out of town a bit. He said there is a resort west of town up in a secluded canyon with a cafe and an outdoor terrace. But he warned that it was pricey. I asked for directions – “take the main road west, turn up Dry Creek Road to Boynton Canyon road, at the “T” in the road, turn right and take the road till it dead ends at the resort. At the guard building, tell them you are there for lunch at the cafe and they should let you in..”   Sounded Perfect!

I followed the directions in anticipation, and after turning right down the two lane deadend road, I drove and drove  through some of the most desolate and breathtaking scenery I have seen, I came upon the guard shack and stopped waiting for the guard to come out and give me permission to enter this paradise in front of me. Luckily, he allowed me in, and gave me directions to the cafe.

What a spectacular, relaxing, and inspiring setting for an iced tea, pizza and french fry lunch. I normally do not order fries with my pizza… but the server recommended them. They were fantastic, as was the pizza. I just sat there for a long time, savored the food and setting. They said I could stay as long as I wanted, and I did. Oh, and the pricey lunch? I think the pizza was $14 – the best $14 I have ever spent.

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Wright’s at the Biltmore – Phoenix AZ

Visited September 2009

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I was at the Arizona Biltmore to experience the architecture, and stayed for dinner. I am glad I did. I entered early enough to get a table at Wright’s at the Biltmore without a reservation.

It is a beautiful room with professional wait staff.

Have the Waldorf Salad, it is delicious. My entree was the halibut, equally good.

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