Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Week We Ate (The EID Week in Review)

As we've seen so many of our beloved junk food favorites come back into vogue in the guise of upscale approachable comfort food, it seems like it was only a matter of time until nachos had their moment of glory. First We Feast predicts the time is now. Looking around at some of the offerings in metro Detroit and Grand Rapids - the Super Bowl nacho specials at Imperial (will they make their way to the regular menu?), the phenomenal plantain nachos at Frita Batidos, the duck confit nachos at Brewery Vivant - it seems like nachos just may be the poutine of 2013. Stay tuned as this story develops and I chart the emergence of this new trend. [FWF / EID]

Paczki Day is next Tuesday. The whole of metro Detroit will celebrate accordingly. Here. And here. Also here. Here too. And here. Aaaaand here. [Zingerman's FB / Tour de Troit / Pure Detroit / Small's / Avalon / Whiskey in the Jar]

So Big Buck Brewery and Steakhouse bought a bump shop in Ann Arbor and may or may not plan on bumping the bump shop to open a brewpub. Which would be great news for craft beer fans (not so much car repair fans though) if Big Buck didn't have such a terrible track record and if Ann Arbor didn't already have some many vastly better breweries anyway. And it seems like they're not exactly building a positive rapport with the community with this move. []

Looks like Chef Paul Grosz of Cuisine in New Center will be taking over the old Zazio's space in Birmingham with a group of partners! No other details have been released yet, but this certainly bodes well for Boringham. [Crain's]

Detroit's OHH (Original Hip Hood) is about to come full-circle and be the NEW hip hood once again. Hamtramck: It's gonna be A Thing. Again. Mark it, Dude. [BLAC]

New York-based blog Grub Street names the EXTREME ghost pepper pizza at Detroit's very own all-Halal pizzeria Amar (on Conant, in Hamtown, which is going to be A Thing: Redux) one of "101 Awesome American Pies (and Slices)." Oh, and of course, Buddy's gets tapped, because duh. [Grub Street]

Madison Heights is Little Vietnam. Pho real. [Hour Detroit] (*ahem* FIRST circa 2010 - Metromode)

Want to know more about Chef Brian Polcyn's new line of stuffed burgers and charcuterie in partnership with Garden Fresh Salsa? They're going to be called the Great Stuffed Burger Co. and Charcuterie by Brian Polcyn, respectively. Crain's Detroit Business has the scoop on this and the goings-ons at Forest Grill. [Crain's]

For their five-year anniversary, Mudgie's is throwing itself the biggest birthday party in the history of sandwich shops. [Mudgie's FB]

This is why you love B. Nektar. (And save the date for Spring Mead Fest on April 20.) [B. Nektar FB]

Konbini Delivery and Hippie's Pizza are just two metro Detroit businesses that offer alternative and enhanced delivery options for customers. [Detroit News]

The Germans are taking over Ann Arbor! *crickets* Here's more on the reopening of the Old German (*cough*FIRST*couch*) and the old Metzger's, which is still old. []

Who's got America's best chocolate chip cookie? According to Food + Wine, Zingerman's Delicatessen has one of them. [F+W]

Ethel's Edibles gluten-free baking company has a new home in St. Clair Shores. [EE FB]

It IS a food desert! It ISN'T a food desert. It IS a food desert! It ISN'T a food desert. Well, according to a recent study conducted by WDET 101.9FM of 240 SNAP retailers in the city, by certain working definitions of what is meant by "food desert," it is. [WDET]

Women, drop your panties. [Hey Girl, Detroit]

~Odd Side Ales will start bottling this spring. [Odd Side FB]

~Short's released another XTREME beer. [Short's]

~New New Belgium Brewing Lips of Faith Series sour coming out, Transatlantique Kriek. #sourpower