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Finally Plymouth’s beloved Burger Spot has re-opened.  It was closed for months for “remodeling” but there was actually a change in ownership.  The remodeling did occur and the place looks quite nice, but the temporary closure was more than about just aesthetics.

A few of the things that made the Burger Spot great remain unchanged.  The hamburgers taste about the same and the french fries are delicious as always.

But, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, more has changed than remained the same.  First, there is only one (1) type of true hamburger.  You get a choice of standard toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions.)  Gone are the dozen or so varieties of (beef) hamburgers the classic Burger Spot used to carry.

Second, salads and similar menu items have disappeared entirely.  There are a number of different sandwiches but I didn’t pay much attention to that side of the menu.  I went to the Burger Spot for a burger, not a sandwich.

Third, while there is only one hamburger, there are three other types of “burgers,” e.g. vegetarian and turkey.  I accidentally ordered the Greek Burger, thinking it was a beef hamburger with feta and tzatziki sauce.  I bit into it to discover that it was a vegetarian burger — clearly marked on the menu as such; my fault, not the restaurant’s.  While I wanted beef, I must admit that it was the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever had! By miles!

The limited menu is disappointing.  I think the new ownership, in my opinion, has changed one of the key things that made the Burger Spot the best.  But the menu that they do offer, though limited, is very good!

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The newest restaurant in Plymouth, located on the north side of Penniman, between Harvey and Main Street, had its grand opening the other day.  My family had a chance to eat there and we enjoyed it.

The food was good.  I had in mind that this was a straight-up Greek restaurant (because I didn’t notice “Mediterranean” in the name) and had hoped for a larger variety of Greek dishes.  But, what it doesn’t lacks in Greek cuisine it gains in Lebanese or “middle eastern” food like hummous, grape, falafel, etc.  I had a Greek salad with Gyro meat and really enjoyed it.  My family seemed to like the chicken kebob sandwich and the chicken fingers (for the kids.)  Everyone loved the french fries.

If you’re looking for a fantastic dine-in experience, this is not the place.  Although there are tables and counters at which you can sit and eat, it’s not really a sit-down restaurant.   I was a bit disappointed that the music, hip-hop and other top-40 radio stuff, was on and blasting.  That’s not my idea of dining music.  Everything, though, was otherwise clean and adequately comfortable.

I did appreciate the very good service we had.  The staff treated us very well.  I’m sensitive to customer service issues of late, but was pleased that the staff seemed genuinely interested in being friendly and making sure we were taken care of.  That makes up for other deficiencies, if you will.

Prices seemed fine to me.  It might be a shade expensive compared to some other places, but it’s hardly outrageous.  It’s less expensive than the Greek restaurants in Greektown.

I suggest you get their food to go.   You’ll enjoy it.

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*drum roll* brrrrrt. tssssh.

Dilly Dally Deli in Old Village!

If you like Reubens, you’ll love DDD’s version.  It’s not just the sandwich.  Their corned beef is out of this world!  What makes it so special?  Well, they make the best corned beef I’ve ever had from a restaurant.  I asked the owners how they got their corned beef so tender that it flakes in your mouth.  They cook it themselves, in their kitchen, all day.

I’ve never had anything other than the Reuben at DDD.  I can’t tell you that all their other stuff is good, but if the rest of their menu is half as good as the corned beef, the stuff would be wonderful.

I’m telling you.  You can’t beat their corned beef.  It’s delicious.

In case you don’t know where it’s at,  look at the map.

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1999 Tavern is one of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat downtown.  It is laid back like a sports bar but looks like a fine steak house.  If you want a warm, casual atmosphere, be seated in the main dining area.  If you want to have a beer or two and catch a game, grab a seat at the bar or out in the “garage.”

I confess that I have only tried a handful of items on the menu, but I’ve loved everything there I’ve sampled.  I loved the half barbecued chicken dinner and the pulled pork sandwich.  The serving sizes are generous.  The prices are reasonable.  You can get a good meal for $10 to $15.

The bar has a good liquor selection.  To my eye, there did not seem to be a lot of variety in draught beers.  I confess to having never asked about the Tavern’s selection of bottled beers.  The Box Bar has so many different beers — hundreds! — that I have not paid a whole lot of attention to the beer selection elsewhere in town.

Most of the time, the service has been great, and I’ve never had anything less than at least adequate service.  Like any other restaurant, some waitstaff there are better than others.  Based on my experiences, I would be surprised to ever hear any service “horror stories.”

Good atmosphere.  Good service.  Good prices.  Good food.  Thumbs up!

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I’m a guy that really likes spicy food.  Most places don’t serve food as hot as I like it, even places that claim to have “extra hot” dishes.  I’ve met my match, though, with Little Bangkok Cuisine, 545 Forest Ave., downtown.

I made the mistake, the first time I ate there, of asking for my dish “extra hot.”  The chef warned me that it would be very hot.  She was right!  I was in so much pain.  The food was delicious, what I could eat of it.

You’d think I’d learned a lesson, wouldn’t you?  Nope.  The next time I ate there, I ordered my food “hot” thinking I was taking it down a few notches.  That was still very painful, though much more manageable than extra hot.

My most recent trip there, I went with medium to hot and I think I found the right amount of spiciness.

But for the fact that I didn’t take the staff seriously about how hot their food is, I have always enjoyed my meals at Little Bangkok.  The ingredients are fresh and have great flavor.

I’ve always had a chicken dish, usually in a brown sauce and with some type of vegetable.  My wife seems to always get some type of rice dish.  I’ve liked hers better than mine, probably because she had the good sense not to tempt fate with the spiciness level.

The dining area is small but nice.  In the summer, there is outdoor seating.  In the winter, it’s best not to sit near the door.  I prefer Little Bangkok for carry out.

All in all, it’s a nice restaurant with quality Thai food and an interesting menu.

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I’ve driven by it hundreds of times without stopping but I got the urge to try something new the other day.  So my wife and I had lunch there for the first time last Friday.

Immediately we were impressed by the menu that has at least 13 salad and 22 sandwich offerings (more if you consider that some of the sandwiches have several breads to choose from.)  Rather than a side of greasy potato chips out of a bag, Crawford’s offers more healthy options like fresh cut fruit, pasta, side salad and cole slaw.  My wife’s salad and my sandwich both had dried cherries and quality chicken and cheeses, which were both satisfying and tasty.  The Crawfords and our waitstaff were prompt, friendly and inviting.

Seeing that they offer quite an interesting variety of omelettes, 14 by my count, we had breakfast there the next morning.  We were both impressed with the Spartan Omelette my wife ordered, not because I went to MSU, but because of its fresh ingredients.  We’ve ordered omelettes with “fresh” spinach at other area restaurants only to get drippy, shredded spinach out of a can.  Crawford’s put fresh, whole (small) leaf spinach in the omelette and it tasted great!  I really enjoyed my corned beef hash which was not like the typical dog-food-like concoction at many family restaurants.  The potatoes and corned beef were fresh, not factory processed mush.

The weather was great so we took advantage of it and ate outside both days.  The outside dining area was spacious and pleasant.  If you want to eat there in bad weather, seating is limited inside so get there a bit before the usual breakfast or lunch rushes.

For breakfast or lunch, I highly recommend Crawford’s.  They sell unique items, made with good ingredients, at good prices, and with good service.  What more could you ask for?

Crawford’s Kitchen is at 542 Starkweather, in Old Village.

Crawford's Kitchen

Crawford's Kitchen

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