When I think it’s Friday when it’s only Thursday, I know I am ready for the weekend. Sometimes, I am just all too eager to be in relaxation mode and unwind from the work week.
I often like to start my weekends off with dinner out as a relaxing treat, since I typically eat at home during the weekdays to save money and to experiment with cooking.
I also am a sucker for getting Saturday or Sunday breakfast/brunch at a cute diner. I love the ambiance of small breakfast joints, in addition to those ceramic coffee mugs and cozy booths. To me, this is one of my favorite ways to spend quality time with friends and family.
If you can relate to some of this, then you have come to the right place. I know it can get expensive when eating out, but it’s OK to treat yourself every now and then. If you’re watching your spending, try splitting an entree, ordering an appetizer and a side salad as your main meal, or consider passing on alcoholic beverages, which often are pricey.
Below is a weekend line-up of restaurants that I highly recommend, so grab some friends, family, or go ahead and take yourself out for a nice, quality meal. You deserve it!
Breakfast/Brunch: Sunny’s Cafe in West Bloomfield
Sunny’s is the definition of “cute, family-owned diner.” A typical starter at this place are carrots and celery sticks with a side of ranch, even in the morning! Their omelettes are made-to-order, and you can get them “fluffy,” where the eggs are whipped almost like a souffle, or “flat,” which is your standard kind of omelette. I’d also recommend the corned beef hash and the egg-white veggie pita pizza.
Price range: $5-15
Location: 6680 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322 (at intersection of Maple and Orchard Lake)
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Phone: (248) 796-0508. No reservations. They offer carry-out.
View the menu here: http://www.restaurantswestbloomfieldmi.com/siteresources/168/files/services.pdf
Lunch: Bucharest Grill in downtown Detroit
There are just too many words to describe this place, such as amazing, delicious, scrumptious…I could go on and on. And it’s SO affordable. Tucked away on Park Ave., this place whips up some fine Middle Eastern food. This is a great spot to hit before a Tiger’s game, show at the Fox, or for a late-night meal after hitting the casinos or bar scene. Try their chicken shawarma wrap, any of their salads, a quesadilla, or a burger. Add a side of curly fries or hummus (or why not both)? If you’re overwhelmed by the giant portion sizes, check out this video made by the experts at Bucharest on how to properly eat a pita wrap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR6aKqRevhM#t=77
Price range: $5-10
Location: 2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226. They have a second location at 1623 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.
Hours: Sun. – Mon., 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Tues. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Phone: (313) 965-3111 (both locations). This isn’t a reservations-type place, guys. You order at the counter and can eat at the bar that’s attached. They even have their own app that you can download for easy ordering, or you can order online through their website.
Website/view the menu: http://www.bucharestgrill.com/menus.html
Dinner: Republica in Berkley
This charming restaurant is located in downtown Berkley, and took over what used to be the Berkley Breakfast Club. I never went there, but I doubt you’ll be missing it any longer once you try Republica. They have a little bit of everything with a twist, featuring items such as their roasted cauliflower appetizer, BLT pasta, and their ginormous Revolution burger. I personally loved their Republica Chopped salad, which is an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of salad, and the Plato’s Potatoes. This place is vegan, veg, and gluten-free friendly, and serves a variety of local beer and wine. Republica is casual and makes for a great date night, ladies night, family night…just go!
Price range: $11-30
Location: 1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 12 p.m. – 12 a.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Phone: (248) 268-3175. No reservations or call aheads, but I was lucky to get in with a party of four pretty quickly on a Friday night.
Website/view the menu: http://www.republicaberkley.com/
Late Night Snack: Blaze Fast Fir’ed Pizza in Royal Oak
I’ve heard people call Blaze “the Subway of pizza joints.” You can custom-design your own pizza based on their many toppings, or opt for a simple gooey cheese pie to top of the night. The pizza is very thin, just to warn those of you who are more into the thick crust or deep dish. The pizza comes out quick because it is thrown in a HOT, HOT oven. They also have make-your-own salads if that’s your kind of late night snack (no judgment)!
Price range: $5-10
Location: I’ve only been to the one in Royal Oak, but they also have one in Novi. 112 S Main St., Oak, MI 48067
Hours: Mon. – Wed. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Th. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m – 12 a.m.
Phone: 248) 591-4321. Take out, no delivery.
Website/view the menu: http://www.blazepizza.com/
I’ll be checking in over the weekend to see if anybody has updates on their restaurant picks, so fill me in! Bon appétit and TGIF (almost)!