Harvest - Traverse City, MI
Harvest reminds me of the 2014 movie Chefs with Jon Favreau. You know? The movie where Favreau goes a little crazy, gets himself a food truck, makes delicious food and lives happily ever after. I don't know if Simon went a little crazy, but I'm sure hoping that they have a happily ever after because their food is awesome. These guys are changing up what eating is and how you see food AND more importantly they are having a lot of fun doing it.
Cafe Muse - Royal Oak, Michigan
Alright, well I don't want to waste my time on this review. I am just not a fan of Cafe Muse. I used to go here when I was new to Royal Oak because they have tons of reviews and everyone says they are good. I think they do have good food and it photographs well. Meaning that whoever is putting it together knows how to plate it. Yes, Oprah Winfrey said the grilled cheese was amazeballs. Cool.
I just don't think it lives up to the hype. For some reason (this is my own peev), I just don't like the seating of it. It doesn't feel comfortable to me. I don't mind being crammed into a small restaurant. There are plenty of small restaurants I love such as Monty's Grill. If you've been there you know what I mean... it's smaller than small.
It's hard for me to eat here because they don't have gluten-free options. They used to have a hash. I think it was a special at the time I went, but they don't always have it. They should make it a permanent menu dish. Cafe Muse to me just seems like they are just making it on their old rep alone. We have so many other excellent brunch places in the area. I don't know why one would waste time (they normally have a wait) and money on this place. Go somewhere else if you want a hearty meal like One Eyed Bettys, Maes, Breakfast Club, Beverly Hills Grille... You will pay just the same amount at these places or less and get BETTER food. Take a chance and trust me on this one. :)
What Crepe - Royal Oak, Michigan
Having just Yelped What Crepe in order to refresh my memory, I learned that they closed their Royal Oak and Birmingham locations (Ann Arbor is still open). So I’m feeling regret that I haven’t made it here in a while, because this place has a delicious and well-executed concept. From their French press coffee to their stuffed crepes, What Crepe packed it in and created a unique, chic breakfast experience. The one drawback: Their Royal Oak location is small and it takes a long time to be served, but this is because their quality food takes a long time to prepare. There are a few standouts (which are still on the Ann Arbor menu). Their truffled chicken crepe is flavorful- add zip sauce for even more zing. The crepe I couldn’t escape was The Obvious- which included apples, chicken, pecans, goat cheese and spinach. If it sounds like a weird combo, it is- weirdly perfect. I’ll miss you What Crepe! I enjoyed my visits, but since Ann Arbor has so many food choices and is far away, I probably won’t be choosing What Crepe on my couple visits a year.
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Frittata - Clawson, Michigan
Frittata used to be my “go to” brunch place. Why? Because it’s delicious, they have a wonderful menu, and they were doing ‘gourmet euro brunch’ when that list was very small. As of late I have been taking my brunching elsewhere, but that’s not due to poor quality. I think it has more to do with the fact that their breakfasts costs so much, and no what I order I’m always surprised by the total bill.
That being said, I still remember how delicious their frittatas are… with plump artichokes, pancetta, green beans, potatoes and other delectable add-ins. My favorite dish changed my life just a little. Mushrooms and toast- a simple way to describe heaven. An egg fried into buttery, garlic bread and topped with perfectly sautéed mushrooms, butter, goat cheese and spinach. Add bacon in the mix to make it even better. Once I figured out how to make it (see “home cookin’” section to do it yourself!) I stopped frequenting so regularly. Don’t let that stop you- on a special morning, Frittata will not disappoint you if you expect to pay a bit more than the average gourmet breakfast. Extra points for live music outside on the patio. The ingredients are top notch, and though the service is slow, it’s because they don’t take shortcuts with preparations. Bon appetit.
Pinkberry - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Pinkberry is the only place I really love yogurt and fruit. Man their fruit is fresh and good. There are so many options to choose from. Unlike other yogurt fruit bars that serve the standard strawberries and pineapple.
Pinkberry serves up kiwi, blood oranges, and mangos
They don't have you pay by the weight, which can be costly. You pay by the size and however much filling you can stuff in that cup.
Go to Briarwood Mall. Direct yourself to the center of the mall and buy one. You will find later in the week you'll be craving one and then making up excuses to go to the mall.
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.