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How Often Do You Eat Out, Rochester?

With all of the restaurant comings and goings around town, the answer is likely "often."

There is no lack of restaurant happenings in Rochester and Rochester Hills.

Consider the past six months:

  • at the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads. and opened second locations in Rochester Hills. opened at The Village of Rochester Hills.
  • , then closed downtown. In the meantime, selling their cupcakes at a new Macomb bakery.
  • overlooking the Paint Creek downtown, closed sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve. A handmade sign on the front door reads "Sorry We Are Closed."
  • . Now known as Tower Bistro, it features a revamped, bistro-style menu.
  • last week downtown. It's a Japanese-style steakhouse brought to you by the operators of ; Patch dined there over the weekend and will have a full report later this week.

According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurant owners are optimistic about sales growth in 2012; the majority of restaurant owners surveyed nationwide expect to have higher sales in six months, and 47 percent planned to spend money on equipment, expansions or remodeling in the next six months.  

A year ago this week, we ( was the winner). This week, we're wondering: with all of the optimism in the restaurant industry, and with all of the local restaurant changes, how often do you eat out, Rochester?

Sa January 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Flat top grill was ok but over priced. I bet it won't last long.
Carol Jackson January 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I recommend that existing liquor laws be changed so that in restaurants without a liquor license, patrons (of the right age) can bring in their own wine or beer if the it's made/brewed/bottled in MI. It would help local commerce.
Susan Heholt January 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We eat out at least a couple of times a week and have a list of restaurants that are "our favorites", and occaisionally add something "new" to try it out. On our list of favorites is: Downtown Cafe, CK Diggs, Red Ox, Outback, Grand Tavern, Chapman's Mill, AND the Flat Top Grill. We frequent these establishments because of the people who run them and work there, the quality and value of the food, and the general experience that we have while in the restaurant. We love that we end up with another whole meal from the single serving of food we get at the Flat Top and find that this makes it an exceptional value. In addition, we also go to several other restaurants just slightly out of the immediate area: the Shamrock in Utica, Buffalo Wild Wings at 26 mile and M53, and Santino's in Washington. Again, we go for the people who run the establishment, the general atmosphere, and the value for our dollar. We also look to the Patch for our new ideas to try, and that is why we went to Mark's Coney Island yesterday for lunch. Yum, yum, yum! Great food, fast and delicious, and great value. Not to mention the super friendly waitress, and other staff. Please keep the restaurant reviews coming Kristin!
christine January 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Bar Louie was good (not exceptional) but really over-priced. The drinks were way overpriced. Atmosphere is nice, good for sitting and drinking, if you can afford to.
Laura Cassar January 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Susan, I'm happy to hear you had a great experience at Mark's Coney. It's pretty easy to see (and taste) why they have such a loyal following!
Heather January 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Wow. That's too bad about Bonjour Cupcake. I've been telling people to try it. We eat out more than we should for our budget.
rhmusa January 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Agree about Bonjour....they were FANTASTIC...I'm just not much of a dessert eater....
Kristin Bull (Editor) January 08, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Interesting idea, Carol. Has this happened elsewhere that you know of?
Sandy Altherr January 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I don't know of anywhere here in MI. that has BYOB allowances but it is a common thing in New York, California, etc. If you google it, you can search for places that allow it. It's a great concept for a place w/out the liquor license and for those that want to enjoy their own flavor of wine/alcohol..maybe cheaper too ? It would be a cool concept to try here and I love Carol's idea of supporting the local breweries & wineries !
Tuscanyisterrible January 08, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Why not Buffalo Wild Wings on Walton near Crittenton?
Scot Beaton January 09, 2012 at 02:00 AM
CJ Mahoney's great place to go in RH. There going to be puttin' on a Super Bowl party Feb. 5th w/$3.99 wings and $6.99 large pizza.
David Gifford January 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I felt like that too about the food. Shouldn't a "small plates" menu be priced below the cost of entrees? I found most of them were the same cost! Great atmosphere though and the food is pretty good.
David Gifford January 09, 2012 at 01:55 PM
We eat out about once a week. Usually it is Miguel's Cantina because of my love for their fresh salsa and amazing Chimichanga. We do plan on trying every restaurant downtown over the course of 2012. Last night we started with Chomp.

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