Take Out


West Bloomfield

Comfortable booths, polished wood trim, and etched-glass partitions add a note of richness to this popular establishment. While it serves Cantonese cuisine, Shangri-La is best known for its dim sum offerings. These delicious tidbits range from curried baby squid and pan-fried dumplings to sesame balls and steamed chicken feet. Beyond dim sum, the extensive menu includes noodle and rice dishes, casseroles, and main courses based around seafood, beef, pork, poultry, and vegetables. Late-night options are an added boon.

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Under the Eagle

A homey joint whose ambiance is all Old World, Under the Eagle serves dish after dish of traditional Polish fare for more than reasonable prices. From roast duckling to kielbasa and sauerkraut, all of your favorite Polish dishes are here. (The combination plate lets you sample lots of them in one fell swoop.) The amiable waitstaff, clad in traditional dress, treat all diners like long-lost friends, taking time to go over daily specials and offering suggestions here and there. A great place for a hearty meal.

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Merging sushi with lounge atmosphere, Sakana is a big hit for ambience, especially when you're entertaining hip friends. Pull up at the stainless steel-topped bar, or stake out one of the sofas or tables, and then indulge in terrific raw fare. Maki, nigiri, and temaki (hand-rolled, cone-shaped) selections in seemingly endless formulations can be had, or you can opt for rice or noodle dishes, entree salads, and even tempura selections. Aside from food, you'll find great drinks, DJs spinning regularly, and a plasma screen.

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Señor López Taqueria

Classier and more upscale than run-of-the-mill Mexican eateries, this appealing restaurant makes sure that even the details are well considered. That's true of decor as well as of cuisine, and diners certainly appreciate the attention. The salsa has a depth of flavor you don't typically get, and the guacamole is fresh and delicious. You'll also enjoy chiles rellenos, pozole, and tamales. Breakfast, served all day, is a good bet whenever you crave it.

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Redcoat Tavern

Although its decor may be a little dated, and the presence of a uniform-wearing mannequin and red-tinged lights gives some diners pause, this long-lived eatery is reputed to serve the area's best burgers. Cooked to order and topped with your choice of 20-some options, they're the definite menu favorite, along with onion rings. If you're intent on venturing beyond ground beef, Redcoat also serves a terrific chicken pot pie, an elegant and large house salad, fish and chips, and an English prime rib dinner, complete with Yorkshire pudding. The restaurant's beer list is also extensive and earns high marks, as do late serving hours. Weekend waits are common.

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Gravity Bar & Grill

A great suburban alternative, this estimable establishment gets lots of positive buzz. The well-attended place offers both a restaurant and bar, and both of them are perennially busy. The menu takes inspiration from around the world, and its beautifully presented dishes are both delicious and affordable. Among them are cumin- and ancho chili-rubbed grouper, herb-tinged Tuscan steak, pistachio-dusted scallops, and jumbo lump crab and shrimp cakes. Terrific service is a definite plus.

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Farmington Hills
Hong Hua

Cantonese dishes and seafood take the forefront at this well-received restaurant. Its calming dining room is largely contemporary, warmed by sleek woods and accent art. The broad menu offers both exotic and familiar options, from pricey braised abalone to comforting sweet and sour chicken. Rice and noodle dishes also make appearances, and the kitchen is happy to customize your entree or even create something geared specifically to your tastes. Live seafood entrees are invariably fresh, and the chef's specialties showcase the kitchen's ample skills, which is great if you're having trouble deciding what to eat.

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Morton's, The Steakhouse

Morton's is an upscale chain steakhouse that serves a lot more than just American Angus. The atmosphere is classy, so expect to be treated well by the friendly waitstaff, who present the night's menu by bringing out a cart and sharing tales about each dish. Entrée favorites include blackened swordfish, fresh Maine lobster, and a Gibraltar-sized 24-oz. porterhouse.

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A treat for pastry lovers! Once you step inside this Greektown gem, you'll likely lose all sense of self-control – display cases beckon with tempting desserts and assorted fresh-baked goodies. Producing pies, cakes, brownies, truffles, and more, friendly bakers satisfy the craving of any sweet tooth. Of course, the specialty is baklava and other traditional Greek pastries, so don't pass on an opportunity to sample them. Gourmet coffees make ideal accompaniments, and a few croissant sandwiches are available as well.

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Hermann's Bakery

Located in quaint downtown Royal Oak, this friendly bakery features variety of tantalizing goodies – fresh breads, confections, pastries, and even cake or two. Hermann's boasts a certain small-town appeal, and their bread is rumored to be among the tastiest in the Motor City area. The building that houses Hermann's is one of Royal Oak's oldest commercial buildings.

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