Maccabees Traders

Maccabees Traders
Asian Fusion Restaurant
Veggie spring rolls, steamed pork buns & drunken noodles served in stylish, traditional surrounds.
5057 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
 (313) 831-9311

Hi there. Been a while since I posted. Busy, busy, busy with school and my internship. I miss posing to you all.

So, Sunday we went to Maccabees Traders on Woodward. I am bummed I missed this place for so long. Outstanding food. The Bar buns were incredible: Crispy Brussels sprouts and avocado tossed in sriracha mayo, green onion, hoisin sauce. Yum. The bread was soft and plain but it allowed the flavor of the fillings to shine, and shine they did. At $8 for two it was a nice appetizer. The also have crispy salt & pepper tofu (V/G) buns with peppers, cilantro, rice powder for $7, roasted duck buns with green onion, hoisin sauce for $9 and chili & lime glazed tiger shrimp buns with green onion, sriracha mayo, hoisin sauce for $9. A definite must try.

The Tom Kha was also quite good. not your usual Tom Kha this was made with spicy coconut, lime & lemongrass broth with carrot, parsnip & sweet potato for a spicy, slightly sweet bowl that was a real pleasure.

For our entree we each got a rice bowl. I had the sesame fried rice bowl with crispy salt & pepper tofu (V) and a fried egg on top. At $7 for the bowl and $2 for the added tofu it was reasonably priced and I could not finish the bowl.

John had the coconut jasmine rice bowl with a fried egg. He chose not to have the tofu, but felt he would next time. It felt a little lacking, but at $6 was very reasonable.

I was very pleased with the meal. The food was done nicely, presented quickly and just enough of a fusion that I felt I was eating somewhere fun and new.

Well worth the trip. I will be back. I have to have the drunken noodles…go ahead… google them and look at the menu. You will be enticed as was I.


Parks & Rec- End of Summer

The Grand Army of the Republic Building
1942 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI — 48226

Once again we visited Parks & Rec in the GAR building. It is a different eatery every time we go. The menu changes with the seasons and utilizes the best produce available in the area. The menu is fresh, innovative, delightful and always pleasing.

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Detroit Vegan Soul

Detroit Vegan Soul (EAST)
8029 Agnes St.
Detroit, MI — 48214

Detroit Vegan Soul is one of our favorite spots and I cannot believe I have never blogged about it. AND I just discovered they have a second location coming soon on 19614 Grand River Ave.Detroit, MI — 48223.

The food is amazing. The space on Agnes is pretty small but it is so worth the wait if you have to. This visit we started with the Black-eyed Pea Hummus (GF w/o pita). Creamy black-eyed pea hummus dip served with cucumbers, pita, olives, and pickled beets. It was really good. Much deeper, richer, savory flavor than chickpea hummus.

John hd the Soul Platter which includes Mac-n-cheese, tenderly smoked collards, maple glazed yams, black-eyed peas and a cornbread muffin. The collards are to die for. I asked the waiter how they were prepared and became out with a list of ingredients from the chef. Amazing. And the mac-n-Cheese. No words.

I had the Cesar Chavez salad of Romaine lettuce, capers, rosemary garlic croutons with house-made creamy Cesar dressing. I had them ad the grilled tempeh which was seasoned just perfectly and the dressing was outstanding.

PJ’s Lager House

1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226     (313) 961-4668

Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads out there.

Well, today we made the promised return to PJ’s Lager House for the weekend brunch and we were not disappointed. This place is definitely on my top 10 list.

Brunch starts at 10:30 am and we arrived at a few minutes after 11:00. By 11:30 almost every table was filled. So a tip: arrive early if you do not want to wait. Even every stool at the bar was filled too. And they even filled the band area with tables. It is a popular brunch.

I had been waiting to get to this brunch and was not disappointed in any way. First, let me say, the Bloody Mary’s are awesome (with Grey Goose vodka)! I had the Vegan Biscuits and gravy which I knew I had to have as soon as I saw it one the menu when we were last there. As a vegetarian you get little opportunity to have biscuits and gravy. When I was a kid, the only meal my dad ever cooked that I remember was Sunday morning Biscuits and Sausage gravy.  I learned how to make it and it became my kids favorite and my daughter makes it to this day for her husband. So, biscuits  and gravy have a special place in my heart.

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Bobcat Bonnie’s

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1800 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216   (313) 962-1383

Bobcat Bonnie’s is a FRESH & LOCAL GASTROPUB in Corktown with another location in Wyandotte. Love this place. They have a great menu with tons of vegetarian and even a vegan or two choices. I love the decor, casual and slightly industrial, open and inviting. 

We arrived, as is our usual preference, long before the night time crowd appeared at about 5:00 pm. They have an awesome beer menu but this time we chose one of our favorites, the Stroh’s Bohemian style pilsner on draft.

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Avalon Cafe and Bakery Downtown

1049 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226    (313) 285-8006

If you are a fan of Avalon International Breads on Willis, then you are in for an even bigger treat at the cafe downtown. We found it by accident on Memorial Day downtown as we wandered around looking for a spot to eat and LO AND BEHOLD, AVALON. I could not believe it. I had no idea they had a cafe downtown. And they also have a place in Ann Arbor on Liberty. Where the heck have I been???

They carry some of the items from the bakery to buy, but the best thing was a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu that was way cool. They also have a cooler section where you can buy salads and sandwiches and drinks to go.

From sandwiches to pizza and salads and stuff in between the menu looked awesome and we will return to sample more.

I had the smoked trout Rueben. Just plain yummy. It was really good. Corn meal on the trout, pumpernickel bread 1000 island dressing and sauerkraut with chips on the side.

John opted for the grain bowl with a ton of greens, avocado, hummus dressing and an egg. I tried it. It was outstanding.

They also have beer and wine and cider for later in the day and I cannot wait to return.