Ruth’s Lima Beans With Smoked Turkey Tail



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“This dish is like a warm embrace from my mom, Ruth,” says Ben Bynum, co-owner of Philadelphia restaurants Warmdaddy’s, Relish, South Jazz Kitchen, and Green Soul. Before she passed, Ruth joined her son in converting to Islam, and so replaced the ham hock in her famous one-pot bean dish with halal-friendly but almost-just-as-fatty smoked turkey tails, which are widely available, relatively inexpensive, and seriously delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 smoked turkey tail (about 7 oz.)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Louisiana hot sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped peperoncini, plus ¼ cup brine
  • 1 lb. dried large white lima beans, rinsed, soaked overnight, drained
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth

Recipe Preparation

  • Place oil and turkey tail in a large saucepan. Set over medium heat and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to take on some color, about 4 minutes. Add bell pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add garlic, hot sauce, peperoncini, brine, thyme, and beans, then pour in broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam from surface, until beans are tender and liquid thickens slightly, about 2 hours. Shred meat on tail and mix into beans; discard tail.

  • Do ahead: Beans can be made 3 days ahead. Chill in an airtight container.

Reviews SectionRuth’s Lima Beans - comfort food at its best and healthiest! I subbed turkey ham for the tail, added a finely chopped carrot with the onion for sweetness, and sprinkled a pinch of summer savory on each bowl at serving.

A healthy diet includes eating plenty of foods high in fiber. Western diets–with all our processed foods–typically fall short of the recommended fiber intake. Dried beans, peas and lentils provide substantial amounts of fiber and can greatly boost the fiber in meals. I love baked beans and have made many variations over the past year. Here are several of my recipes. The classic image of baked beans for me comes from a Western movie where a can of pork and beans is opened and heated on a campfire. While these beans are edible, baked beans can be prepared to make them much more tasty. Load the beans up with onions, bell peppers, molasses, seasonings and perhaps a little meat and the beans become a delicious side dish or entree.

Baked Bean Variations

I’ve made many variations of baked beans over the past year: dried beans versus canned pork and beans, blackstrap molasses vs unsulfured molasses, vegetarian vs beans with bacon. I’ve increased and decreased the ketchup, barbecue sauce and molasses. Here is my best recipe which can be made with either canned or dried beans.

Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans

For this recipe I used canned baked beans and blackstrap molasses. Using canned beans is much quicker than cooking with dried beans and I actually liked the recipes made with canned beans the best. However, using dried beans lets you make a recipe which is lower in sodium.Blackstrap molasses. For this variation, I used blackstrap molasses. And what is blackstrap molasses? Blackstrap molasses is stronger flavored, more bitter and less sweet than other molasses sold in stores. According to “The Worlds Healthiest Food” WEB site, blackstrap molasses is higher in nutritional value than ordinary molasses containing more minerals including “manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.” (//www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=350)Blackstrap molasses is made during the process of making granulated sugar from sugar cane. As the sugar cane is boiled and concentrated, it is centrifuged off to extract the sugar. The remaining syrup is molasses. This process is done three times–the first spinning yields a light molasses, the second centrifuging yields a dark molasses which is typically sold in stores and the third spinning yields blackstrap molasses.

Blackstrap molasses is bitter–and using only blackstrap molasses resulted in beans with a strong flavor. Therefore, I used part blackstrap molasses and part light brown sugar or skipped the blackstrap molasses all together–hum, less nutritional value but better flavor. Your choice.

Other ingredients: Black pepper and dried mustard. My recipe includes generous amounts of black pepper and dried mustard. Black pepper and dried mustard (not prepared mustard) adds punch which separates these beans from other recipes. Don’t omit these ingredients remember we are making outstanding beans not campfire beans.

Applewood smoked bacon. This recipe is easily made without bacon or meat for a vegetarian alternate. However, just a little smoked bacon adds to the flavor. I like Applewood smoked bacon for a smoked taste. You don’t need much bacon–just a little bacon for seasoning. For a lower fat version, substitute smoked turkey.

Onions and bell peppers. I added lots of onion and bell peppers — a good way to add vegetables. Again, this also makes a very favorable bean recipe.

Canned pork and beans. I used several brands of canned pork and beans. It doesn’t make a difference. The general idea is to purchase canned beans which don’t have other seasonings and barbecue sauce already added.

Molasses Baked Beans made with dried Navy beans

For my second variation, I made essentially the same recipe using dried Navy beans. There are many types of dried white beans: small Navy beans, large Navy beans, Great Northern beans, small and large lima beans, chickpeas. After trying them all, I settled on using small dried Navy beans. This is the type of bean which the Campbell’s company uses in their canned bean products. It cooks quicker than some of the other dried beans.

Blue Runner Beans

I’m using Blue Runner brand of dried Navy beans. This is a Louisiana company and their products are manufactured in nearby Gonzales, Louisiana. Their main product is canned Creole creamed-style beans. These beans are truly delicious!

Cooking with dried beans

Cooking with dried beans is a different experience. It takes time to cook dried beans. So pick an afternoon where you have time to spare. These dried beans cooked relatively quickly they were soft in an hour. Several types of beans which I tried took from 3 to 5 hours to cook. That’s no fun.

Dried beans expand while cooking–add plenty of water. For one cup of beans I added six cups of water. Bring the beans to a boil and then simmer until they are tender–start checking the beans after an hour. You don’t want mushy beans-these will fall apart. The beans will take from an hour to an hour-and-a-half to become soft. Cook the beans at simmering just a very slight bubbling in the pot. They shouldn’t boil all the cooking liquid will evaporate and the outside shell of the bean will cook too quickly. Add additional water if needed, so the beans don’t become dry. Here are the cooked beans.One cup of dried beans yields three cups of cooked beans. Here is the yield of beans from the one cup of dried beans shown above.

Making the recipe

After the dried beans are cooked, pan fry the bacon or seasoning meat. Remove most of the drippings add the onions and bell peppers. When these are cooked and the onions are transparent assemble all the ingredients. Add the beans to an oiled casserole dish, add the onions, bell pepper, seasonings, bacon and water to cover.Baking the beans. The beans need to bake in the oven so that the flavors blend. This also helps the canned beans cook a little further. Dried beans, however, don’t really cook further in the oven (unless you cook them for hours), so they need to be completely cooked before baking. Bake for an hour to an hour-and-a-half until bubbly. If needed, remove the aluminum foil and cook off some of the liquid to thicken the beans. Delicious! It is hard to stop eating these beans.

Nutritional Value of Beans

Dietary guidelines include the recommendation to include at least three cups of beans and legumes a week along with whole grain products, fruits and vegetables. That is alot of beans!

Dried beans are high in protein, complex carbohydrates they are naturally low in fat and they supply vitamins and minerals. Dried beans have numerous nutritional benefits. The fiber content helps lower cholesterol levels and heart disease risk. Beans have a low glycemic index and help control diabetes and lower blood sugar. Beans are source of antioxidants and phytochemicals which may help in reducing risk of some types of cancer.

With these nutritional benefits, there is a real value in eating more dried and cooked beans and lentils.

After many, many trials, here’s my final recipe either canned pork and beans or dried Navy beans can be used in the recipe.

Molasses Baked Beans by MayleesKitchen

  • 1/2 1 lb small dried Navy beans (1 cup dried)*
  • 6 cups water plus additional water as needed
  • 2 oz Applewood smoked bacon or smoked turkey, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1/2 large onion)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (1/3 large bell pepper)
  • oil to grease casserole dish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses (either blackstrap or regular unsulfured molasses)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups water

*May Substitute 28 oz can of pork and beans for the dried beans. Begin the recipe at Step #4.

  1. Add dried beans to six cups water in large stock pot or pan. Bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for one hour, adjusting stove heat setting as needed so beans simmer and just begin to bubble. Add additional water by the cup as needed so beans don’t become dry. After one hour, check beans for doneness. They should be tender to the bite, not mushy. Cook an additional one-half hour if needed.
  3. When cooked, remove beans, drain off cooking liquid with colander.Set aside.
  4. In non-stick skillet, fry bacon until crisp over medium-high heat. Remove bacon, drain of excess fat. Set bacon aside.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, lightly oil 9࡯″ casserole dish.
  6. In same skillet over medium heat, saute onion and bell pepper for 10 minutes until the onion is translucent and cooked. (Baking in oven for an hour will not remove raw taste from onion.)
  7. Add the strained beans to the casserole dish. Add the cooked onions and bell pepper, salt, black pepper, dried mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Stir in the molasses, brown sugar and ketchup and stir to combine. Crumble and add bacon (or add smoked turkey).
  9. Add 2 cups water to cover beans and stir to combine.
  10. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hour until the beans are bubbly. If needed, remove aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes longer to elaborate excess cooking liquid.

If you never cared for pork and beans you will like these Molasses Baked Beans! Enjoy.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Penne with Broccoli Rabe

Can you believe this is the first recipe I've cooked out of the "Pasta, Noodles and Dumplings" chapter? We're not big pasta eaters in our house. When we cook pasta, the first thing I do is check the box for bugs because it's been sitting around for so long. Dr. and Mrs. S don't care that much for pasta either, so I was thinking that about three years from now, when I've cooked my way through this cookbook, I'd be left with a long list of pasta dishes to finish the project off.

But yesterday afternoon when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner, he said "comfort food". And for Don, half Italian and half Jewish by birth, one hundred percent Italian by upbringing, comfort food means pasta. It also, inexplicably, means broccoli rabe, a vegetable I've never really made friends with. This man comes home with two bunches of it (that's two pounds, folks), sautes it with at least two pounds of minced garlic and red chili flakes, and eats it. All of it. He swears that if it weren't such hard work to cook he would eat it every single day. He is a strange man, my husband.

So how wonderful that the Gourmet Cookbook has a recipe entitled "Penne with Broccoli Rabe"! Perfect. Epicurious does not provide this recipe, but it's not rocket science. Cook the pasta in salted water, cook the chopped rabe in salted water (I used the same pot with a strainer divider), then saute the cooked rabe in XVO with previously sauteed garlic and red pepper flakes. Toss with pasta.

I liked it. Don loved it. I think what made me like it more than I thought was the extra step of boiling the rabe (which must draw some bitterness out) and then sauteing it. I also used a Trader Joe's penne that was basil and garlic flavored. All in all, not a bad way to step into the "pasta, noodles and dumplings" world.


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THE WANDERER by Robyn Carr

From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes THUNDER POINT-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

MY REVIEW: Author Robyn Carr begins her "Thunder Point" series with "The Wanderer". Set in the ruggedly beautiful coastal area of northern Oregon, the book has some ties to her popular "Virgin River" series. "The Wanderer" is Hank Cooper, known as just "Cooper", who has received word of the death of his longtime friend, Ben Bailey. A loner, like Cooper, Ben left his beachfront property and business to Cooper, who is stunned to learn the extent and value of the land holdings. Ben lead a modest lifestyle, but his property is worth a fortune. Cooper only plans to stay long enough to handle Ben's estate, but the longer he stays, the more involved he becomes in the community, which starts to feel like home. He makes friends with the local deputy sheriff, Mac McCain, and he decides to renovate the bait shop/deli/bar that Ben had run on the property. As Cooper begins to restore Ben's place, he learns just what pivotal piece of property it is--if he sells it to developers, the whole community will be affected. Cooper befriends a teenager, Landon Dupre, who is being bullied by some of his classmates. When Cooper meets Landon's older sister, Sarah, he is instantly smitten, and he has one more reason to stay in Thunder Point. Like Cooper, Sarah is a helicopter pilot, serving with the Coast Guard. Cooper had served as a military pilot--Ben had been his mechanic--and now he goes where the work takes him. Having been badly burned by her cheating spouse, Sarah is not looking for an involvement. However, the chemistry with Cooper is impossible to resist, and they soon begin a passionate affair. To his surprise, Cooper finds himself wanting a deeper relationship, while Sarah tries to keep an emotional distance. Cooper has lived a nomadic existence by choice, but will his unexpected inheritance and surprising emotional longings finally give his life well-planted roots? Will Sarah give him her heart and her trust? "The Wanderer" is leisurely, but enjoyably, paced, allowing the reader to get a real sense of the setting and the characters. The secondary romance between Mac McCain and Gina James added much to the story line, and it is the basis for the second book in the series, "The Newcomer". If you love romances set in small communities where everyone and everything is somehow connected, then you will enjoy the "Thunder Point" series.

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THE NEWCOMER by Robyn Carr

With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr looks at letting go of the past-and knowing when you've found something worth building your future on.

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another. And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure. but they are not going down without a fight.

Step into the world of Thunder Point, a little town on the Oregon coast where newcomers are welcomed, hearts are broken and mended, and the dramas of everyday life keep the locals laughing, crying and falling in love.


MY REVIEW: Hank Cooper was "The Wanderer" in the first book in author Robyn Carr's "Thunder Point" series. Now that Cooper seems to be settling in for the long haul, he's "The Newcomer" in the Thunder Point, Oregon community. After an unexpected inheritance from his good friend, Ben Bailey, Cooper eventually grew to love the area where the property Ben had left to him was located. He also came to love Sarah Dupre, and her younger brother, Landon. Cooper became good friends with the deputy sheriff in the little community, Mac McCain. Mac was a single dad, raising three kids after their mother had left them a decade ago. With the help of his Aunt Lou, Mac managed to keep his family together and on the right track. The mother of his oldest daughter's best friend was Mac's best friend and parenting buddy. Gina James was a single mother, never married, living with her own mother and her teenaged daughter. Deep down, there was more than just friendship between Mac and Gina. Romantic attraction had made itself known on a couple of occasions, only to be shut down by an overly-cautious Mac, leaving Gina hurting and frustrated. Everyone knew that Mac and Gina belonged together, but it took another man's interest in Gina to make Mac stake his claim. Now that they're together, he can't believe it took him so long to claim the happiness that was there all along. However, when Mac's ex-wife makes an unwelcome return, she threatens the newfound joy for Mac and his family. Gina has serious issues of her own to deal with her daughter Ashley becomes distraught and self-destructive after she is heartlessly dumped by her boyfriend. Mac's buddy Cooper is trying his best for a happy future with Sarah, but a promotion for her in the Coast Guard could mean that she would have to leave Thunder Point. If her brother Landon went with her, he would be uprooted for his senior year of high school. If Cooper went with them, he would be leaving behind his newly found homeplace. Landon could stay behind and live with Cooper to finish out his school year, but then Sarah would be without the two most important people in her life. Meanwhile, Cooper receives another unexpected gift--one that will change the course of his life forever. Someone will have to compromise, but will it be a compromise of the heart? "Thunder Point" is like a patchwork quilt top--a work in progress where unexpected pairings and additions somehow come together to form a thing of beauty. Something unique and ever-evolving--just like the residents of Thunder Point.

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THE HERO by Robyn Carr

With warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all.

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind. just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart. Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it. and sometimes, you find a hero.

MY REVIEW: Author Robyn Carr returns readers to the coastal community of Thunder Point, Oregon with Book Three, "The Hero". Rawley Goode is a sixty-something Vietnam Vet, usually short on words and spare with communication. However, when he sees a young woman and her small child walking the road alone in the early morning darkness, he offers them a ride. From the young woman's clothing and hairstyle, he surmises that she has just left "The Fellowship", a religious compound located in the area nearby. Since he was on his way to Hank Cooper's little deli & bar, he offers to provide breakfast for mother and child, and then give them a lift to wherever they want to go. Devon McAllister and her daughter are indeed fleeing the compound and the control of the manipulative ruler, Brother Jacob. Devon had been vulnerable to Jacob's persuasion to join his commune, and later he fathered her daughter, Mercy. Devon knew firsthand that Jacob was evil--sometimes physically violent. He grew pot as a cash crop, saying that it was medicinal herbs. He was on the radar of the authorities, suspected of kidnapping and human trafficking. Rawley extends his kindness even further, giving Devon and Mercy a place to stay, and advising Devon to change her looks. She cuts her long hair very short, and Rawley helps her to get new clothes. Another friend of Cooper's also takes an interest in Devon. Spencer Lawson had been married to a former girlfriend of Cooper's, and when she is dying from cancer, Cooper is called to see her one last time. She reveals that he is the biological father of her son, Austin, who has been raised by Spencer. After her death, Spencer and Austin show up in Thunder Point, and Cooper is delighted to be able to spend time with his son. Spencer accepts the job of head coach at the local high school, and he throws himself into the role. Devon finds work in the new doctor's office in town, and she moves into a small apartment which needs a lot of work. Spencer, Rawley, Cooper and his lady, Sarah, step in and fix up Devon's apartment while she is at work one day, and she and Mercy finally have a real home of their own. The friendship between Spencer and Devon blooms into romance. Cooper and Sarah are making plans for the future, and their friends, Mac McCain and Gina James are now happily married and co-parenting their merged families. Devon enjoys her work, her new friends, and the romantic attentions of Spencer, but she is always aware of the danger she left behind. When that danger comes looking for her, and Mercy is kidnapped, Devon is devastated. However, there's more than one "hero" in Thunder Point, and Devon's friends won't let her down. When the past is put behind at last, what will the future hold for Devon and Spencer? Each of them is healing from painful memories, but hearts can always hope for healing and happiness to lead them to brighter and better days ahead. Thunder Point is just the place for them to be--a place where wanderers come to settle, newcomers are welcomed as friends, and friends become family.

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THE CHANCE by Robyn Carr

Share the joys, heartbreaks, challenges and triumphs of the people who inhabit the small Oregon town of Thunder Point with #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr.

With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge. Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep. unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.


MY REVIEW: With its picturesque coastal Oregon setting, appealing characters, and involving story lines, "Thunder Point" continues to be a very enjoyable contemporary romance series from author Robyn Carr. With "The Chance", FBI agent Laine Carrington is in need of a respite to recover from a gunshot wound incurred during a dangerous assignment to bring down a nefarious cult and its evil leader. The Thunder Point community had taken her into their fold after she had rescued a young girl, and Laine requests a leave of absence to return to the haven of the Oregon coast. Renting a house and settling in, Laine hopes to get a fresh viewpoint on her future and to come to some resolution with her difficult relationship with her father. When Eric Gentry, owner of the local service station and garage, first lays eyes on Laine, he is immediately smitten. After a troublesome past, Eric has put down roots in Thunder Point to be near his daughter and to make a better future for himself. Laine is equally attracted to Eric, and while he is cautiously making his way toward her, she is a decisive woman of action, and she knows what she wants. However, they have very different backgrounds and life histories. Eric quit high school and became involved with the wrong crowd, later serving five years in prison for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when his buddies held up a store. After learning a hard lesson, Eric cleaned up his act, got his GED, and became successful in auto repair and restoration. Laine's parents were both doctors, and as their daughter, she was a well-educated high-achiever. Can an electric chemistry and mutual need overcome their conflicts and lead to a lifetime of love? I look forward to future visits to Thunder Point and spending more time with its residents and its newcomers.


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Your guide to dining

Aut Bar 315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor 734-994-3677: In the warmer months, historic Kerrytown's Aut Bar spills out onto a quiet courtyard it has nearly all to itself. Functioning as a restaurant and a bar for 21 years (the second level is 21 and older only), there's a popular Sunday brunch (10-3) and a new Saturday brunch (11-2), and a Friday lunch (11-2). For brunch, Mexican specialties are standouts, including breakfast burritos or huevos motulenos &mdash layers of corn tortilla, eggs, and black beans with ranchero sauce, diced ham, peas and cheese on top. Even simple house omelets get a twist, such as the eatery's take-off from meat-and-cheese in their turkey-and-gouda, which adds onions and tomato to create a fluffy, three-layer omelet. Sunday specials include cobbler on cinnamon French toast and eggs Benedict. The Aut Bar is definitely gay-friendly, catering to the LGBT community and their friends, families and allies.

Blue Nile 545 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 248-547-6699: For those unfamiliar with Ethiopian dining, a big part of the draw is that you get to eat with your hands (steaming washcloths are tendered before and after). At the Blue Nile, you get only two all-you-can-eat choices: four meats and seven vegetables for $18.90, or all-veg for $15.90 (kids younger than 12 eat for half price, or, if they're toddlers, for free). Diners use small pieces of injera to scoop up the food, and the juices soak into the unleavened bread so that the last part of the meal is the tastiest.

Earthen Jar 311 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor 734-327-9464: Featuring vegetarian north Indian food in one big buffet, with dozens of selections. But instead of all-you-can-eat dining, this is dining by the pound &mdash $4.99 a pound, to be exact. After your food is weighed, you can sit down and eat in their casual shop or carry it out. And no tipping means you can get almost a pound of scandalously healthful food for about $5.

Inn Season Café 500 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak 248-547-7916: Good news: Inn Season Café &mdash a rare provider of vegetarian cuisine in metro Detroit &mdash has gotten better as it has gotten older. Fine, organic ingredients have always been its hallmark, but the health food nature of the cooking has been eclipsed now you are eating vegetarian haute cuisine.

Margarita's Mexican Restaurant 27861 Woodward Ave., Berkley 248-547-5050: Located right smack in the middle of the Woodward corridor suburbs is a Mexican restaurant that would never even dream of pandering to the Chi-Chi's crowd. This is authentic Mexican cuisine that is heavy on the veggies and true to its roots. This place is right under your nose &mdash don't miss it any longer.

Mind Body & Spirits 301 S. Main St., Rochester 248-651-3663: Situated at the corner of Main and Third, their newly remodeled building boasts rooftop solar panels, cork flooring, a bar top constructed of reclaimed wood, rain barrels for irrigating their onsite greenhouse and a bio-digester. But all these nifty, earth-friendly measures don't mean a hill of organic beans without tasty food. No worries there. The menu plainly defines the dishes that are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free. They also put effort into creating their dishes for simple removal of any items that might be objectionable to the food-conscious or food-sensitive diner. All the food is organic and local if possible. MBS has cultivated relationships with local farmers, such as Maple Creek in Yale, to supply their seasonal produce and even the edibles growing in the luxuriant greenhouse that faces Third Street.

Om Cafe 23136 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-548-1941: How does a vegetarian restaurant weather almost a quarter of a century? Find out by visiting Om Cafe, where you'll find vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic choices. And not only does the cafe offer some fish dishes for your flesh eating (or vegetarian-cheating) friends, but all desserts are vegan. Open only 10 (glorious) hours a week, 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Red Pepper Deli 116 W. Main St., Northville 248-773-7672: Before she opened the Red Pepper Deli last September, Carolyn Simon had no idea there were so many raw food enthusiasts around. There are. They make up three-quarters of her clientele, and they instruct her on everything from recipes to the science of raw-foodism. But the way Simon does it, raw dishes are scrumptious. Your own cooking &mdash excuse me, dish preparation &mdash might be improved too if you distributed cashews as generously as she does, in everything from salads to pie crust.

Seva 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor 734-662-1111: The eclectic specials can change weekly and all offerings range the globe (from Ethiopian to Mexican, Indian to Italian), converting traditional meat-based fare into vegetarian or vegan: Favorites include the "Enchilada Calabaza" (a butternut squash baked with spicy enchilada sauce on top and cream cheese), a low-fat Thai salad with a peanut-cilantro dressing, and for winter they are serving a hearty vegetarian chili. They also offer a full bar and juice bar, smoothies and cocktails (all juices fresh squeezed, right down to the margarita lime), along with an extensive wine list. But these all-house-made offerings come at a moderate price: the most expensive entrée is just less than $14. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays half-priced wine on Tuesdays.

Sprout House 15233 Kercheval St., Grosse Pointe 313-331-3200: The Sprout House is serious about health and finds nutrition to be key in a long life. A sort of organic grocery, with produce, discount vitamins and health and beauty products, this place does a thriving carryout business in sandwiches and refrigerated prepared dishes from the store's working kitchen. Offering vegan, organic dairy, organic chicken, soy cheese and vegetarian options, the store has preservative-, growth hormone- and antibiotic-free foods. They are as serious about their soups as they are about healthy living. How serious? Serious enough to create an organic, cheesy lima bean corn chowder or a nutty pumpkin miso. Chef-owner Marie Maconochie says, "I think we just come up with different things and people get kind of excited."

Ashley's Restaurant and Pub 338 S. State St., Ann Arbor 734-996-9191: Billed as a "casual pub," you can't get much more relaxed than when you have 65 beers on tap to choose from, plus a long list of bottle beer, and more than 60 single-malt scotches and "small-batch" bourbons. The kitchen is open late because, presumably, you'll need something before you wobble out.

Bates Hamburgers 33406 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, 734-427-3464: This slider stop is a venerable west side institution, with some saying you haven't lived until you've tried one of Bates' "gut bombs." The blandishments are few &mdash just the essentials: salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup &mdash but it doesn't get any more authentic than this. Great for going alone, eating at the counter and rubbing elbows with the people. A winning combo, as this place will have been open 50 years in February.

Big Beaver Tavern 645 Big Beaver Rd., Troy 248-680-0066: How does an Italian restaurant get reborn as a sports tavern? Check out what Mark Larco and company have done here. Not only do they have the burgers and fries, they have the sport and fun, including a massive burger that, if you can finish, you get a T-shirt for eating? We're down with that.

Bookies 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit 313-962-0319: Formerly Bookies Tavern on Washington Blvd., the new Bookies offers three levels and a full-service kitchen. On the first level, a stone and granite bar provides a place to watch the game on six hi-definition plamsa TVs. The second floor has a private VIP area and the third has a roof-top deck with its own bar. The kitchen features moderately priced American food such as soups, salads and sandwiches. The kitchen is open until 11 p.m., after which a scaled down version of the menu is available.

Butcher's Inn 1489 Winder St., Detroit 313-394-0112: Recently reopened by the crew over at Eastern Market's Cutter's, Butcher's Inn has been reborn as a tequila and margarita bar, with sliders, sandwiches and an Eastern Market location tailor-made for tailgating. As with all market spots, call ahead for hours.

Cutter's Bar & Grill 2638 Orleans St., Detroit 313-393-0960: Good-size burgers for $4.50, or $4.75 with cheese? And they're not stingy on the meat, gigantic and hearty. If you have enough cash you can shoot for higher things: stuffed chicken breasts, baby back ribs or whitefish. Or, you can choose to spend those extra sheckels at their bar they mix their drinks generously.

Detroiter Bar 655 Beaubien St, Detroit, 313-963-3355: Yes, it's a bar, but it's also a grill worthy of this meat-and-potatoes town. The downtown spot packs 'em in for lunch. Expect solid bar fare, including big salads and a tasty chicken breast sandwich. The staff seems especially proud of their half-pound burger, the "house special," draped with enough meat and cheese to bring tears to a vegan's eyes, including ham, bacon, American and Swiss, served with fries and a mug of beer or a pop. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily, except Sundays, which vary, but the kitchen does close for a bit, usually between 2 and 3 p.m., and then for the night at midnight.

Dino's 201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 248-542-6458: Next door to Club Bart, Dino's shares much with its neighbor: live music and open mics, sandwiches with just a touch more love than you'd expect, and a long bar that serves up quality cocktails. There's nothing intimidating here, and, if the music catches your fancy, many reasons to stay.

Dublin Fish and Chips 41900 Hayes Rd., Clinton Twp. 586-416-3474: Hidden in a little strip mall in Clinton Township, guests can enjoy affordable fish meals as well as all things chowdery, including clam cakes, hush puppies and oysters, all bought fresh and prepared when you order.

Duly's Coney Island 5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, 313-554-3076: This little southwest Detroit diner seems to have been built when people were a head shorter than they are today. Low-slung stools grace the long lunch counter, with small tables crowded in the back. Open 24 hours, with a fairly lively after-bar crowd, we're still getting used to sneaking around the cook to get to the restroom. Smoking allowed.

Hambo Coney Island 22900 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-414-9400: A cheap stop for a hash brown or a BLT, Hambo's will serve you in a jiffy, even if you arrive during Sunday's busy post-church crowd. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Janet's Lunch 15033 Kercheval St., Grosse Pointe Park, 313-331-5776: A place doesn't stay open for 71 years by chance. Founded in 1938, Janet's still serves such diner mainstays as hot beef, hot pork, hot turkey, mashed potatoes, soups made from scratch and homemade pies, including banana cream, apple, cherry and blueberry. There's fish after five every day, all day on Fridays. Great for eating alone, with 27 stools to choose from. Open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

Lafayette Coney Island 118 W. Lafayette, Detroit, 313-964-8198: Unless you're new to Detroit, you probably already know this place. If not, know this: Service here is fast, affable and loud. Accommodating night crawlers and day stalkers alike, the king of coneys boasts bright lights, long counters and cheap prices.

Mitchell's Fish Market locations in Birmingham and Rochester Hills see mitchellsfishmarket.com: Mitchell's Fish Market is a member of that new breed of restaurants: the upscale chain. Featuring an ice-filled display case with luscious steaks and bright fillets, the selection of fish varies from day to day. You choose the fish and its style of preparation

Noah's Deli 14500 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-582-8361: Though the spot opened as a deli back in 1936, it was only reincorporated as Noah's in 1977 years. But the offerings are timeless, and Noah's built its reputation on corned beef that's fresh-cut, lean and made on-site. This is your stop in east Dearborn for deli-style sandwiches. In addition to the specialty corned beef ($6.50), there's also ham, salami, roast beef, pastrami and turkey, as well as soups, meatloaf and hot plates, as well as dessert. Pick from their counter's 27 seats. Open 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.

Omega Hawg & Dawg Deli 2100 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, 248-548-5700: This narrow, rectangular building on the northeast corner of Hilton and Cambourne has minimalist diner decor. Coney fare predominates, including burgers, triple-decker sandwiches, salads and a large omelet menu. But expect inventive twists, such as a bag of sliders, "chilly dilly" (chili with all the fixings) and all-day breakfast. With 13 years on the block, this puckishly named eatery has solid fare, reasonable prices, and undeniable staying power. Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

Sherwood Brewing Co. 45689 Hayes Rd., Shelby Twp. 586-532-9669: A microbrewery with a full menu of ambitious burgers, pizzas and more, their midday lunch-and-pint specials (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday) look like a good deal.

Telway Diner 6820 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313-843-2146: This is the sort of place that looks like it hasn't changed since the late 1960s. The tiny building on Michigan Avenue is frequented by police, late night cabbies and local yokels at its busy take-out window. You'll find no-frills service with a charming gap-toothed smile. Settle in for a bowl of "hillbilly chili" or a classic slider.

Uptown Grille 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Twp. 248-960-3344: When you come in, you'll see the café that opens at 6 a.m. where they sell wine and beer, as well as drinks and casual food. After 11 a.m., they open the restaurant, with wine, beer, a full menu of burgers sandwiches and pastas, as well as steaks, fish and desserts.

Zumba 121 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-542-1400: Zumba, located right across the street from the Main Art Theatre, serves the film crowd and anyone seeking a fresh, quality meal as well. While the menu boasts just a handful of items, including the elusive "Baja-style" fish taco, all choices are made to order and can be customized multiple ways. Zumba labels vegetarian choices clearly, and diners top their meal from the fresh salsa bar where at least six varieties, ranging from very mild to spicy, are offered. Those dining inside sit at a stainless steel counter where they can enjoy the view of passers-by.

Atlas Global Bistro 3111 Woodward Ave., 313-831-2241: Voted by our readers as the best affordably expensive restaurant (under $50 per diner), Atlas has the vibe of a hip city eatery thanks to its striking interiors, knowledgeable service and international cuisine. In Atlas' quirky kitchen, ingredients don't necessarily remain with their cuisine-of-origin, and the fusion fare can be at once exotic and down-home, mixing it up with lemongrass, cactus, Gorgonzola, caviar and black-eyed peas.

Beverly Hills Grill 31471 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills 248-642-2355: For Sunday brunch, be prepared to wait at the bar for as long as a mimosa or two. But once you get your seat, you can choose from a half-dozen scrambles, omelets and frittatas, from the humble vegetable scramble (mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and garlic-herb chèvre can be made with egg whites) to the lobster Cobb omelet (smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, onion and blue cheese). Entering its fourth decade, here's one spot that has weathered more than one recession.

The Breakfast Club 30600 John R, Madison Heights 248-307-9090: This eatery is proud of its specialty breakfasts, such as crab cakes Florentine or a crab-asparagus omelet with Hollandaise. A vegetarian omelet made with Egg Beaters or egg whites, smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese, as well as about a half-dozen others. They also serve a chocolate-covered strawberry with every check.

Cafe Muse 418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak 248-544-4749: You won't find "omelets" on the menu, as the kitchen has chosen to serve scrambled eggs instead. The "exotic mushroom scramble" is rich with truffle oil and a bit of Boursin cheese, topped with shredded basil, which also goes well with the sweet potato side dish. Another scramble choice incorporates ammoglio, a mortar-and-pestle pounding of garlic, basil, peppercorns and tomatoes. Bread is from Strawberry Moon Bakery, which means excellent sourdough toast.

Cafe Zola 112 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor 734-769-2020: A bistro in the European tradition: a place for gathering, eating and enjoying coffee, espresso, hand-selected teas, and sweet and savory crepes made fresh, one at a time, and served hot and delicious. Or you can enjoy organic egg omelets, luscious house-made biscotti, Belgian waffles, market-fresh salads and sandwiches, and Turkish-inspired specialties. In true European style, there is outdoor seating on the sidewalk. Open 7 a.m.- 11 p.m., though the kitchen closes for an hour around 4 p.m. to prepare for dinner.

Club Bart 22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-548-8746: Some may be more familiar with the night-time music, but every morning, this bar and grill serves up breakfasts, opening at 9 a.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. weekends. The weekday breakfasts include popular omelets and oatmeal pancakes, but the weekend breakfast choices can get more interesting, including French toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, quiches, at least one Mexican-inspired special, and lots of sweet things to choose from.

Delmar Family Restaurant 1207 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak 248-543-2773: Most of the omelets are less than $6, and they're all classics. You have your spinach omelet, your mushroom omelet, your ham-and-cheese. But the choices get grander from there. There's the "meat-lover's," with bacon, ham, sausage and cheese. There's the Southern, with green pepper, onion and sausage with country gravy on top. But, for $6.25, you can have the Delmar omelet, which has it all: ham, cheese, onion, tomatoes, green peppers, even potatoes rolled up in there. Omelets come with potatoes and toast. And if that weren't enough, they allow a potato pancake- or pancakes-for-potatoes substitution that will fill out a trencherman's breakfast.

The Emory 22700 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-546-8202: Breakfast is served exclusively Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. One way to start the day right is with a plate of the Emory's huevos rancheros: two crispy corn tortillas layered with black bean spread, a generous dose of sautéed peppers and onions, eggs sunny-side-up and topped with melted cheddar. On the side are potatoes, baked and then flash-fried crispy on the outside and sprinkled with large chunks of onion and pepper. The other side of the plate is reserved for avocado slices and mandarin orange wedges. Anyway, whatever you get, wash it down with your own personal creation from the well-stocked Bloody Mary bar. Of course, it's more than just breakfast, with a kitchen that stays open until midnight. Try Tuesday's $5 burger-and-fry special, with buns baked right in Royal Oak, high-quality beef, house-made turkey and black-bean patties, and hand-cut French fries made from fresh potatoes.

The Fly Trap 22950 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-399-5150: Chef Gaven McMillian and his partners &mdash wife Kara McMillian and her bro Sean McClanaghan &mdash bought the tiny space that's been home to a diner since 1932. At first, they considered going high-end, but decided to go for a diner. "We're definitely thankful about that now," Kara says. They wanted to preserve the concept of diner food, but with a twist that's both playful and sophisticated. Gaven, a longtime chef formerly at now-defunct Fiddleheads, concocts diner food with a fine-dining finish. "You can't go wrong with that for $8.95," Kara points out. You can get a burger and fries, or bacon and eggs, but after that the menu goes in all sorts of interesting directions. The bill of fare is littered with fun names it's one big "blunch" menu, with egg and breakfast dishes, sandwiches, Asian-influenced fare, and some generous salads, all with a tweak. Even mac 'n' cheese becomes "macaroni with three cheeses" &mdash a distant cousin to the common version. The little diner that could marks five years on the block this December.

Frittata 236 S. Main St., Clawson 248-280-2552: Named after a type of omelet, Frittata has creative dishes without the smokers or fried food odors. Their knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff serves frittatas that are off the hook. The roasted wild mushroom frittata is a blend of wild mushrooms with fresh herbs, Gouda cheese and pancetta (Italian bacon) baked in a herb frittata. Every dish here looks camera-ready, and the frittatas are all $7 or $8, though the build-your-own starts at $5. They also have homemade soups, a slew of specials, that can include a turkey frittata, with sweet potato and apple with sage, smoked Gouda, and a homemade demi apple-walnut pancakes or hash with prosciutto ham, red-skinned and sweet potatoes, and a sunny-side-up egg. It's also vegetarian-friendly, kid-friendly and handicap-accessible. It's usually not hard to get in weekdays, but on weekends calling ahead for seating is advised. Weather permitting, the outdoor patio is open for folks with pets, and sometimes a DJ will spin light jazz on a Sunday morning.

Gest Omelettes 39560 W. 14 Mile Rd., Commerce Twp. 248-926-0717: More than 13 years in the omelet game means you're doing something right. Choose from omelets starting at $5.95, such as the Coney Island (dogs and chili), Popeye's Favorite (with spinach) or the Greek-influenced "Opa!" Or select from the create-your-own options of 14 meats, 12 vegetables, seven cheeses and such extras as black olives, chili and shrimp. The rest of their menu is a hoot too: Order the "World War I" plate and get corned beef hash, two eggs and toast for $6.85. Or, for a mere $6.30 you can have a go at the "World War II" plate, with creamed, seasoned ground beef and mushrooms over hash browns, two eggs, two strips of bacon and toast. There's even a "Mexican Revolution" plate for $6.55! Remember: All's fair in love and war. Open 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Harvard Grill 16624 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park 313-882-9090: You can create your own omelet here, piling items on until you've created a 2,000-calorie breakfast bomb. Or, you can choose from the usual omelets. One interesting choice is the Irish omelet, with corned beef (natch), green pepper, onion and Swiss cheese. All omelets come with hash browns and toast.

Louie's Ham & Corned Beef 3570 Riopelle, Detroit 313-831-1800: This boxy, newish diner on Mack and Orleans (near Eastern Market) has a giant pig on its sign. With a hog as a mascot, it's hardly a surprise they have a lot of pork on the menu. And you'll pay full freight for that pastrami on rye or Canadian bacon. But the breakfasts are a little cheaper. Another bonus: They have a drive-through window.

Original Pancake House 33703 Woodward Ave., Birmingham 248-642-5775: The quintessential breakfast, served all day, with the titular pancake still supreme and the omelets a close second. Do not confuse this with chain pancake houses. This one makes everything from scratch, and adheres to truth-in-menu honesty. No mixes or ersatz ingredients: real cream, real butter, real maple syrup. Often a wait, but worth it.

Russell Street Deli 2465 Russell St., Detroit 313-567-2900: This chattery Eastern Market deli serves breakfast and lunch six days a week to a loyal crowd. The customers are happy because they're eating really good food, and there's something about sharing tables with who-knows-whom that brings out the best in people. Both breakfast and lunch menus offer original combinations of fresh ingredients that make the best veggie sammies to ever set you salivating.

Toast and Toast Birmingham 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-398-0444 203 Pierce St., Birmingham 248-258-6278 In Ferndale, it's difficult to make a poor choice when ordering at Toast. The Grand Marnier French toast pairs vanilla-soaked challa bread with toasted almonds and other ingredients perfectly, and the more-than-filling granola banana cakes are made to explode stomachs &mdash in a good way. And the Birmingham spinoff serves great food and wine "with humor in a fun, casual environment." The hostess station is an old white Detroit Liner stove, a 1940s model with legs and drawers. There's a lounge called the Blue Room that's full of candles and sports a stark white deer's head over the fireplace. Serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with a menu almost like Ferndale's served till 4 p.m.

Al-Ajami 14633 W. Warren, Dearborn, 313-846-9330, $ Al-Ajami is no worse than, but no better than, a slew of other Middle Eastern restaurants, with uneven quality to its cuisine and cleanliness. So what does Al-Ajami do right? It's definitely inexpensive. Chef and co-owner Stephan Ajami offers 15 seafood dishes. Also good are the chicken lemon, which combines grilled chicken and pilaf with vegetables doused in lemon butter, a terrific chicken rice soup and a good lentil soup. Servings are enormous.

Al-Ameer 12710 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn, 313-582-8185 27346 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights, 313-565-9600 Owner Khalil Ameer says with pride that his Lebanese fare isn't Americanized factory food. He has labored to stay true to the Lebanese table, offering fresh bread, serving no pork or liquor, and preparing food that's not overwhelmed by spices and herbs. And the dishes are made to order. Instead of simply ordering a vegetarian platter, diners may choose among vegetarian grape leaves, tomato kibbee, green bean stew, eggplant stew, a "veggie galaba" of rice, mushrooms, carrots, green peppers &mdash and, if you must have it, they'll add more spice. The restaurant in Dearborn, which seats 200, has been open since 1989, and a new, equally commodious location in Dearborn Heights a year and a half ago.

Anita's Kitchen 110 W. Maple, Troy, 248-362-0680, $, A crowded lunch spot for Troy cubicle workers, this friendly café offers good food, reasonable prices and large portions of Middle Eastern and American foods. And, after many successful years of catering to the office crowd, general manager Joe Wegrzyn tells us that, at the end of October, Anita's will make its bid for a more serious dining crowd with a second location in Ferndale, on Woodward south of Nine Mile Road at the former home of the Frostbite ice cream parlor.

Beirut Palace 105 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-399-4600 2095 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, 586-795-0424, $ The Royal Oak location is situated just across the street from the Main Art Theatre and makes a great start to a night at the movies, particularly on unseasonably warm fall nights. (They take in their chairs Oct. 15.) And while we certainly would never suggest patrons smuggle food into the show, shawarma is definitely easier to pick out of teeth than popcorn. At Beirut, they make all their own bread &mdash definitely a plus in an industry where prepacked, hard-to-chew pitas abound. Their sandwiches include those made with lamb tongue and chicken liver. Gourmands with a more American palate might seek out the potato skins appetizer. All food is very fresh, and they make a great Turkish coffee. Have a nargilah pipe at your table for $11.95.

Byblos Cafe & Grill 87 W. Palmer St, Detroit, 313-831-4420, $ Located near Wayne State University, Byblos offers a Lebanese- and Middle Eastern-inspired menu featuring more than 90 dishes. The servers are friendly and helpful, making this an excellent place for those eager to dip their toes into a larger culinary world. While their juices and Lebanese dishes are quite good &mdash the Moujadara sandwich is a particular favorite &mdash they also offer more run-of-the-mill fare like quesadillas, fettucine Alfredo and grape Crush. Their wraps and sandwiches are a bargain and top out at around $5. A wide selection and easy-on-the-wallet prices.

Cedarland Restaurant 13007 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn, 313-582-4849, $ When the three brothers who own Cedarland converted the large bank building on the corner of Warren and Hartwell into a restaurant, they retained the drive-through window for quick orders. Whether eating in or taking out, the baba is creamy, with a roasted, earthy aroma and just the right bite. You can order it as an appetizer or a side dish. The website currently offers a printable coupon worth a 10 percent discount to a family meal $20 or more.

Elie's Cafe & Fresh Juice Bar 263 Pierce St., Birmingham, 248-647-2420, $ Elie's menu is supplemented with a sheet of daily specials, but even the standard menu is full of unusual Middle Eastern delicacies and a dozen vegetarian entrées, falafel or veggie combo plate are popular favorites. A favorite for lunch, even though the supply of hot pita loaves can run short.

M&M Cafe 13714 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-581-5775, $: Tender loving care, dished up along with great food, and served in spacious and attractive digs. The menu is a mix of American and Lebanese: hamburgers, chef salad and turkey sandwiches, kafta, hommous and laban. The grilled shrimp is divine just as good is a garlicky, buttery lemon chicken topped with thinly sliced mushrooms and served with rice pilaf.

Mr. Kabob 3372 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, 248-545-4000, $: There was a time not long ago when you stopped at a service station for gas and maybe a candy bar. Although most now have morphed into convenience stores offering sandwiches, donuts and slurpies, few if any flaunt the restaurant-quality cuisine turned out at Mr. Kabob, located inside a Sunoco station at the corner of 12 Mile and Coolidge. Most popular is the chicken kebab dinner, with your choice of rice or fries and soup or salad for $10.95.

Phoenicia Restaurant 588 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, 248-644-3122, $$ Proprietor Sameer Eid has been serving meticulously prepared Middle Eastern food to the locals since 1970. He knows his way around the kitchen, and gives a more sophisticated spin to the well-known litany of shish kebab, shish kafta, baked kibbee and lamb chops. Seafood is a specialty, including whitefish, Dover sole, grilled salmon, and a fish long known in the Mediterranean but relatively new to the American table: bronzini.

Pita Cafe 25282 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park, 248-968-2225, $: It's a busy place underneath the pretend grape arbor, because both the familiar (baba, the popular chicken shawarma, roasted vegetables) and the less so (arayis, ghallaba) are excellent. In business since the early 1990s, Pita Café has since expanded into Birmingham and Novi.

Steve's Back Room 19872 Kelly Rd., Harper Woods, 313-527-5047 24935 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, 586-774-4545, $, An east side institution since 1988, the eatery behind the swinging saloon doors of a grocery in Harper Woods is still open for lunch, but owner Steve Kalil has moved the main operation to the booming "Nautical Mile" of St. Clair Shores. The house specials feature what is best about Middle Eastern food: the sprightly flavors of lemon, garlic, parsley and olive oil, vegetables used in inventive ways, meat as a minor player. Desserts are standouts.

Yossi's Israeli Cuisine 7325 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-626-0160, $ At Yossi's, much of the menu is similar to what you might find in an Arabic restaurant &mdash kebabs, hummus, shwarma, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, fattoush &mdash but with differences that are both subtle and substantial. Dishes with the same names may be seasoned differently or prepared differently. Israeli cuisine also incorporates influences from Morocco, with its emphasis on spices and slow cooking. All appetizers are vegetarian, as are four entrées. Coming on the heels of Sukkoth, wander in for a taste of the harvest.

24grille 204 Michigan Ave., 313-964-3821: Though it shares the Book-Cadillac hotel with the open and airy Roast, stepping through the wooden double doors of 24grille means entering its darker, sexier sister. This urban oasis is decked out in leather and wood tones of beige and brown, a more intimate setting sporting a designer's touch, with cushioned stools and benches and wine glasses frosted with the restaurant's logo, all set off with low-key lighting from creative fixtures.

Antonio's in the Park 15117 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park, 313-821-2433: This romantic little Italian restaurant has all the Old World charm of a courtyard café in Rome. The menu has handmade pastas, thick and rich soups and to-die-for specials. The atmosphere, suggested by candlelight and colorful tapestries, is so relaxing that slow service would seem like a gift.

Assaggi 330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-584-3499: Assaggi's Mediterranean dishes include wood-fired pizza, antipasti, sea bass and sea scallops with hand-rolled pasta. A full wine list and a full bar are available to accompany your lunch or dinner. Known for its seasonal dishes, this month's fall menu will incorporate butternut squashes, risottos and richer, more comforting sauces. Half-entrée orders offer a slightly more inexpensive meal, but with all the flavor intact.

Big Fish Seafood 700 Town Center, Dearborn 313-336-6350: A Chuck Muer Restaurant, Big Fish responds to the need for "high quality, moderately priced, casual seafood." It has two open dining rooms, an outdoor patio and what may be the largest cocktail bar in town.

Bistro Bordeau 3315 Auburn Rd., Auburn Hills, 248-852-3410, $ Executive chef Kipp Bourdeau cooks up innovative bistro-style cuisine, including dishes such as crab- and Asiago-crusted whitefish with sautéed spinach, as well as rare-seared ahi tuna with side of seaweed salad and a vegetable spring roll. The decor is inviting, and the circle-in-a-square dining room offers many opportunities for privacy. Smoking in the bar area only. Want a testimonial? Server Becky Sorgen says, "We have great food."

Café Felix 204 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-662-8650: Authentic European-style café, serving pastries, breads and cakes baked fresh on-site, as well as European wines, beers and liquors. They serve a full breakfast, omelets, crepes, soups, salads and tapas. No smoking. Handicap accessible.

Cliff Bell's 2030 Park Ave., Detroit 313-961-2543: Stepping into the newly restored art deco live jazz bar with an even more recently opened kitchen is to arrive in another era. Before the stage, the main area is separated into two spaces: One with round, candle-lit tables, the other, a stunning curved bar. All this sits below massive barrel-vaulted ceilings. All this ambience comes from pricey restoration work done in 2006 to make today's Cliff Bell's look like the Cliff Bell's of 1935. That and the way they mix a cocktail. Neither cheap nor fast, mixed drinks are crafted old-school, more for taste than ease of production. With everything from a standard fillet of beef tenderloin to cassoulet, the French-inspired eclectic food menu speaks for itself. Try the duck confit on a buttermilk biscuit with cranberry jam for a small plate reduction of Thanksgiving dinner. Hedonists will go for a chunk of tender braised pork belly (otherwise known as bacon when cured and smoked) that comes plated with a rich, spicy sweet cider sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and a pinch of cracklings for good measure.

Coach Insignia 200 Renaissance Center, 62 Floor, Detroit, 313-567-2622, $$ This eclectic chophouse is the United States' second-highest restaurant and is located at the top of the GM Global Renaissance Center. Coach Insignia features incomparable food, great service and a world-class wine list to accompany a panoramic view of Detroit and our Canadian neighbors. Handicap accessible dress code: no jeans.

Cuisine 670 Lothrop St., 313-872-5110: Nestled along a blink-and-you'll-miss-it stretch of Lothrop Street, just uptown from the gargantuan 1920s buildings of New Center, sits one of Detroit's most unusual fine-dining establishments, chef Paul Grosz's Cuisine. Housed in an original Detroit dwelling, walking up into the anteroom of the former home takes you into an intimate experience, where early 20th century parlors, paneled with wood and stucco, have been turned into dining areas. Grosz's reputation for chatting with diners means the kitchen knows better what to do.

Detroit Fish Market 1435 Randolph St., 313-963-3003: The newest addition to the Frank Taylor dining empire fills a gap left by Joe Muer's departure from the downtown dining scene, an eatery specializing in the fruit of the sea. And it's a doozy of a location, set in old Harmonie Park, one of the last remaining oases of Augustus Woodward's 1806 city plan. Retooled and remodeled as an urban upscale eatery trading off the fame of Paradise Valley, the wood-paneled interior is decorated with fanciful murals depicting the creatures of the sea. And no place is more intimate than in the half-dozen private booths, each encased in its own partition of wood and blue curtain.

The Fondue Room 82 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens 586-463-8568: Here private cozy booths provide the ultimate romantic secluded atmosphere &mdash and dipping succulent strawberries in rich Swiss chocolate ain't all bad either! Serving a wide array of savory dishes, desserts and wines, the Fondue Room also educates its servers to act as skilled fondue trainers &mdash to ensure your fondue doesn't end up a "fon-don't." Open 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday and 4-11 p.m. Saturday closed Sunday.

Giovanni's 330 S. Oakwood Blvd., Detroit, 313-841-0122: The 2002 winner of our Best Where You'd Least Expect It award, Giovanni's could get your date wondering why you're driving toward the Rouge Complex. But, once you get inside, all will be clear: The stunning old spot brims with carved woodwork in the dining room and stainless steel in the kitchen. The restaurant's different rooms are adorned with family photos and heirlooms. The "Godfather Room" has a fireplace and charming old furniture. The "Wine Room" has a custom-forged gate that took nine months to make and is decorated with grapes that look ready for picking. And that's not to mention the "Speakeasy Room" in back, or the marble-clad restrooms. And the food needs no improvement, all homemade, including thin gourmet pizzas, eggplant Parmesan, capoletti soup, pasta fazul and calamari steak. Then there's the lasagna, made without ricotta, which features 16 layers of pasta. And all the restaurant's pastas are homemade by 84-year-old Irma Morri and her staff, including the light angel hair linguine, gnocci. For dessert, try the homemade tiramisu of cannollis. Everything is made to order, and nothing is ever kept in a steam table or on a shelf. Co-owner Fran Cannarsa Truant is proud of the restaurant's famous clientele, which has included Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Red Skelton, Paul Newman, John Travolta and, now, maybe you.

Iridescence 2901 Grand River Ave., inside the Motor City Casino 877-777-0711: High atop the hotel tower, Iridescence has a winning team that has given it quite a buzz. And they have recently welcomed new chef de cuisine, Derik Watson, who used to work with Iridescence's executive chef Don Yamauchi at Tribute in Farmington Hills. Look for his dishes on the new fall menu.

Mario's 4222 Second Ave., Detroit 313-832-1616: It's been more than 60 years since Mario Lelli opened this inviting Italian spot. Just down the street from the Hilberry Theatre, generations of theatergoers have enjoyed multi-course meals here. This is exactly the kind of place people think of when they think Italian restaurant. All the favorites from veal Tosca and spaghetti Bolognese to shrimp scampi and chicken cacciatore are served by a competent waitstaff in a series of rooms. Get everything from the humble chicken mariata soup ($4.50) to the mammoth chateaubriand for two ($65).

Mon Jin Lau 1515 E. Maple, Troy, 248-689-2332, $$ Sophisticated but casual chic Asian-Deco decor. New Asian cuisine, combining the taste of Asia with preparations artfully presented. Great ambience for gourmet Chinese food, with a lively bar for drinks or sushi, as well as cool music and lighting. The Chinese stuffed eggplant is an appetizer big enough for two. Lunch Monday through Friday dinner seven nights including late night dining.

Mosaic 501 Monroe St., Detroit 313-962-9366: When Greektown goes global, prepare to be dazzled. And it's not all porcini-mushroom-dusted scallops with Asiago potato croquettes, spinach confit, tomatoes and white truffle oil. The feast is as much for the eyes as the mouth at Mosaic, and all of it is drawn from a hip new generation.

Opus One 565 E. Larned St., Detroit 313-961-7766: When Tim Kokas opened Opus One in 1987, plenty of observers scoffed that a four-star restaurant tucked away on Larned Street wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't fly. But Kokas was no stranger to the business, as his family ran the long-lost Chambertin restaurant in Dearborn. But unlike his parents' suburban establishment, he felt that an upscale, luxurious eatery &mdash with a wine list to match its high-toned trimmings &mdash would be a smart gamble. For 22 years, he's been proving the doubters wrong.

Rattlesnake Club 300 River Place Dr., Detroit 313-567-4400: There's a reason this place has been selected by our critics year after year as the Best River View: Lots of other spots have pleasant water views, but none can match the fine-dining experience of the Rattlesnake Club. For decades, Jimmy Schmidt, the respected doyen of local chefs, has presided over one of the most creative kitchens in town. It's often where the city's movers and shakers cut deals over the restaurant's padded white tablecloths. The settings are just as elegant as the decoration. In fact, it's hard to tell where the art stops and the cutlery begins, with art deco salt and pepper shakers, real crystal, and Bernadotte china. It's enough to make the waitstaff flinch whenever something shatters. One newer addition is the outdoor pergola, with a shaded, garden feel and smooth jazz piped in.

Roast 1128 Washington Ave., 313-442-1600: After a $200 million renovation, the freshly scrubbed, historic facade of the Book-Cadillac contains this up-to-the-minute establishment. Unlike the 1920s flourishes on the hotel, Michael Symon's Roast is decked out in modern style. But it's a laid-back sort of elegance, relatively minimalist, with slabs of marble, granite and tile, leather-padded columns and sharkskin-style tile mosaics. The casual vibe extends to the service, with smartly dressed diners disarmed by the denim-and-dress-shirt servers who keep things down-to-earth. Restrained lighting, white linens and floor-to-ceiling windows pervade both rooms. Oozing from the sound system are chill-out lounge beats at just the right volume. And that food? The kitchen does the meat right, aging everything at least 21 days, and lavishing just as much attention on the poultry. Even better, Detroit's dean of the classic cocktail, Eric Welsh, is their new bartender.

Seldom Blues 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit 313-567-7301: Seldom Blues' concept is that of a sophisticated jazz supper club on the river, with handsome views. Celebrity owners &mdash restaurateur Frank Taylor, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic, "executive concept chef" Jerry Nottage and retired Detroit Lion Robert Porcher III &mdash add to the cachet. If you've had their short ribs served off the bone, you know how the fat really can melt in the mouth. The meat from their kitchen gives up the essence of beef with the creamy taste and feel of lots and lots of fat. And there's a lot of meat, including steak Porcher, rack of lamb, classic chateaubriand and butterflied pork chops, alongside the surf: blueberry-glazed blue-b-que bass, ahi tuna and bronzed salmon.

SaltWater 1777 Third St., inside the MGM Grand Casino 877-888-2121: When it comes to beyond-the-pale interior decorating, Michael Mina's opulent seafood restaurant is the catch of the day. Though the surf they serve will tickle your sea-tooth, the elegant space celebrates all things aquatic with equal creativity. The wow-factor is in the way they work the motif of water into every conceivable surface. It's in the cobalt-blue accents at the bar or on the great folding doors to the private dining rooms. The entire restaurant is screened off by glass, sort of like it's one giant aquarium. What's more, against the wall are sculptural reliefs of ripples spreading out across the surface of water they're hit with dramatic key lights that really make them pop. And their menu is equally dazzling.

The Whitney 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-5700: Detroit's showplace mansion restaurant, the Whitney used to cater to an older, chamber-music-loving crowd, but it has now made a bid for more casual, younger diners, with happy hours (Tuesday-Friday), shuttle services, DJs, live music, casual garden menus and patio parties, and its quirky Ghost Bar, trading off the building's haunted reputation. And the menu seems just as ambitious as the building, offering entrée choices including pork, salmon, duck, chicken, lamb, risotto, sea scallops, rib-eye and cioppino.

Wolfgang Puck Grille 1777 Third St., inside the MGM Grand Casino 877-888-2121: Detroit's casino dining vaults over the top when it comes to interior design. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's entry is fairly restrained by those standards, open and spacious, with the usual gazillion accent lights playing upon its surfaces. But there's a sleight of hand in that restraint, with playful design gags that reward the attentive. The fire also comes in flashes from the kitchen, visible through windows, where they prepare the innovative, seasonal, organic cuisine Puck has helped popularize. But if you'd rather get away from the bells and whistles (and the subdued chiming of the casino floor), the partitioned dining booths offer a bit more seclusion, with massive fabric lampshades that resemble, of course, open blossoms.

Gaucho Brazilian Steak House 39550 W. Seven Mile Rd., Northville 248-380-7770: The rooms gleam with Brazilian cherry wood and the brilliant white gaucho shirts of the staff at this authentic Rodizio restaurant owned and operated by Brazilians. Eliane Carvalho Coelho Turner and her partner, Neto Fernandez, have brought a real touch of Rio to the free-standing building. It is a fixed price system where an array of 15 different cuts of fire-roasted meats, from filet mignon to lamb chops, are brought to the tables on long skewers, one after the other, until diners call a halt. A salad bar offers 40-plus well-prepared relishes, salads, pastas, soups, risottos, cheeses, and side dishes of black beans and rice.

The Hill Seafood & Chop House 123 Kercheval St., Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-886-8101: Many of the Hill's "signature dishes" cater to a Reagan-era notion of good eating &mdash surf and turf, lots of blue cheese and bacon in the house salad. Seafood is a strong point: The swordfish is tall and terrific and the calamari appetizer is out of the ordinary. Desserts are quintessentially American: The molten lava cake has a luscious liquid chocolate center. The steaks are the usual cuts &mdash filet mignon, New York strip (prime) and porterhouse &mdash and all are certified Angus beef, char-grilled and prepared to spec. And the preparations aren't just mash and veg anymore, chef de cuisine Matt Couri says they've stepped up their game a great deal. The strip is available au poivre. And there's also a light-dining menu priced in the teens and happy-hour burger deals to keep 'em coming in.

Katana Nu-Asian Steakhouse 111 S. Main St., Royal Oak 248-591-9900: Katana offers a spectacular show seven nights a week in the fine art of teppanyaki, or grilling. This is a Japanese restaurant for those who shudder at raw fish any steak-loving American will find plenty that pleases. Seven stations are on one side of the restaurant, each with a granite counter wrapped around three sides of a hibachi. For this experience, expect to pay as little as $16.25 for chicken or $40 for a seafood combo of fillets, scallops and lobster (all tableside packages include soup, salad, steamed rice and vegetables). As many as 10 people can be seated at each station. On the other side are booths and tables for those who prefer the bistro and sushi menu, now with full entrées in addition to the small plates.

Moe's on Ten Seafood Grill 39455 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi, 248-478-9742: At Moe's, your friends can have the surf, but you still get your turf. For them: lemon sole that's lightly breaded and served with a lemony sauce flavored with dill and scattered with capers, seasonally available Chilean sea bass with green tomato salsa, halibut with mango chutney, and salmon with hearts of palm salsa. For meat-lovers: a New York strip sautéed with mushrooms, scallions and herb butter, and a filet mignon heaped with sautéed mushrooms and onions and a demi-glace sauce, as well as French-cut pork chops. And Moe's also serves such popular Michigan fish as lake perch, whitefish and walleye, for those who want to keep it local.

Morton's of Chicago 888 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy 248-404-9845: No cheap steaks are served here. The Morton's chain specializes in serving only the very best quality, aged, prime quality cuts of beef. They're so serious that a presentation cart of raw meat and fish comes to each table so diners may preview their porterhouse, double filet mignon or live lobster before actually ordering it. Everything is big enough to split. Since the menu is a la carte and expensive, it's far from a bad idea.

No. VI Chop House 27790 Novi Rd., Novi, 248-305-5210, $$, As plush a steak and seafood house as can be found in the area, this one offers top-of-the-line fare in a darkly sophisticated setting. All of the meats are prime, from the filet mignon to the veal chop. Expect to plunk down good money for fine meat, and it can be topped with bleu cheese glaçage, foie gras, carmelized onions, portobellos with shallot madeira or a morel mushroom sauce. Steaks are broiled at 1,700 degrees to sear in flavor. The remodeled bar now has plasma TVs and is cigar friendly.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 755 W. Big Beaver, Troy, 248-269-8424, $$, The clubhouse-like dining room has a golf theme, lots of wood and brass, and white linen swathed tables. Steaks, ranging from a small filet mignon to a huge porterhouse (for two), come to the tables on platters sizzling with butter, hinting at the New Orleans origins of the now-international chain of very good steakhouses. Extras are all a la carte.

Shiraz 30100 Telegraph, Bingham Farms, 248-645-5289, $$, Diners will find steaks of one grade only &mdash prime, the most expensive and fattiest &mdash plus beef in other forms, like short ribs, veal chops and calf's liver. You can even get duck, or a "surf and turf" consisting of a 7 oz. fillet and lobster tail. Steaks come with a choice of sauces: port wine veal essence, béarnaise, morel, horseradish cream or Detroit zip. The hearty port sauce complements the flavorful steak perfectly.

Sindbads at the River 100 St. Clair Ave., Detroit 313-822-8000: Before the roadhouse-style restaurants started springing up this decade, Sindbads had long served roadhouse fare. Opened in 1949, this multilevel restaurant has a great view of the Detroit River. There's an emphasis on steaks, chops and especially seafood. Try their fresh-made beer batter. Seafood appetizers include Snug Harbor mussels or Campeche Bay shrimp, and New England clam chowder. Steaks include a 16 oz., certified Angus beef center cut New York strip, a choice 8 oz. center cut filet mignon with zip sauce and the "Coxswain's Striker," a choice 9-ounce Delmonico steak. Or come for cheaper versions at lunchtime.

Buca di Beppo 12575 Hall Rd., Utica, 586-803-9463: Thousands of people love this place, a fast-growing chain that attempts to re-create the Southern Italian immigrant experience of the 1950s. The surprising thing is that the food is really good &mdash not to mention cheap. The tiramisu is dense and superior, and the wine list has Chianti in a basket.

Cafe Nini Da Edoardo 98 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-308-3120, $: The Barbieri family is attempting to re-create an Italian café in Grosse Pointe with Café Nini, the latest restaurant to bear the name Da Edoardo. They have Mokarabia coffee, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma and mortadella with pistachios &mdash all that's lacking is a glass of wine to sip with the panini.

Cariera's 6565 Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights, 313-278-4060, $: Charming little Italian restaurant with authentic Italian cuisine. Portions are big enough for two. In two cozy rooms, with bare wooden tables and thick cloth napkins and walls full of family photographs and wine and oil bottles, Cariera's turns out a familiar array of old-fashioned classics.

Crust Pizza & Wine Bar 2595 Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills 248-844-8899 6622 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Plaza, Bloomfield Township 248-855-5855 $: The flavors at Crust are a revelation &mdash not to mention the wines chosen to go along with them. Lots of people pick up a pizza after work, and maybe a six-pack. For not a lot more money, you can have more fun at Crust, where the "Naples classics" attest to the Neapolitan way of thinking, where crust is supreme.

Giulio's Cucina Italiana 31735 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, 734-427-9500, $: The pizza is great, at least the "al pesto" variety. In fact, if you're seeking a good pizza pie, the fare here is much tastier than hitting the local chain, and far cheaper. Giulio's also offers four veal dishes &mdash the usual three (Marsala, piccata, saltimbocca) plus a braised veal roast.

Inyo 22871 Woodward Ave., Ferndale 248-543-9500: With a wide-ranging menu, striking presentations and quality cocktails, Inyo has sparked a buzz in Ferndale's dining scene. The dishes have not just flavor, but pleasing texture contrasts within a dish. Take the cold appetizer maguro yookwhe: Strips of raw, lean tuna are deepened by a quail-egg topping and served with crunchy sliced Asian pear and a spicy dipping sauce. The hot side of the appetizer menu has everything from unagi (freshwater eel) and avocado rolled in a French crepe to Hong Kong-style spare ribs. Space sports oversized, wraparound booths and a granite horseshoe bar, with a soundtrack of easygoing nu-disco and downbeat lounge tunes. Excellent specialty cocktails.

Irie 45580 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton 734-844-8892: The menu showcases seafood, of course, alongside jerk chicken and curried goat. But it's also the homey side dishes that make Irie worth a trek. To try them, the appetizer sampler platter is positively the way to go. It comes with a mango-coconut-pineapple dipping sauce and well-browned but tender crab cakes, jerk wings, fried plantains, coconut-flavored shrimp that are crunchy and sweet, and, best of all, codfish fritters. Don't be afraid of goat, which in Irie's curry is spicy, not goaty, and more like an island beef stew than anything else. Sides include rice and peas cooked in coconut milk fried dumplings, which taste like a hard version of biscuits and festivals, which are dumplings too, but with cornmeal. And the desserts are sublime.

Kona Grill 30 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy 248-619-9060: For a taste of Hawaiian cuisine, which, as on the Big Island itself, is more accurately described as pan-Asian, Kona offers moderately priced fare in an attractive dining environment. Choices range from sushi, noodles and pizza to beef and seafood, featuring ahi, Maui onions, and macadamia nuts as a genuflection to the islands' culinary culture. Most of their mains cost less than $20, with the "signature dish" being macadamia chicken combined with a soy-based shoyu-cream sauce and adorned with pineapple-papaya marmalade, accompanied by a huge mound of mashed potatoes dotted with white cheddar and wok-tossed vegetables. The small and versatile wine list has some decent buys in the 20s and 30s.

Little Italy Ristorante 227 Hutton Rd., Northville, 248-348-0575, $, The food at Little Italy is splendid – standouts include calamari fritti and the eggplant appetizer, delicious sauces, and an exquisite raspberry sorbet-and-chocolate dessert called "Amore." These thoughtfully prepared dishes are expertly served in a narrow, old, frame house, now expanded to include a bar.

Los Galanes 3362 Bagley St., Detroit 313-554-4444: In addition to the expected enchiladas, tacos and burritos, such dishes as roasted baby goat, caldo de res (hearty beef and vegetable soup) and swordfish fajitas will please those who want to avoid the emphasis on tortillas. Outdoor seating on the side street offers great people watching and a chill from all the hot salsa.

Luigi's 104 Macomb St., Mount Clemens, 586-468-7200, $: Luigi's picks tradition over trendy any day: no experiments, only the tried-and-true. Pasta, fish, chicken, veal, lamb, beef &mdash nary a disappointment among them. Angel hair pasta primavera is a winner, and pizza is elevated to gourmet status, such as the five-cheese gooey dream.

Maria's Comida 11411 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck 313-733-8406: Family-owned and -operated, Maria's won Best New Restaurant from Metro Times readers, and Maria's Mexican cooking has really filled a void in Hamtramck, adding a bit of diversity to that already-diverse town.

Maria's Front Room 215 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 248-542-7379: Maria's anchored Ferndale's restaurant scene for more than a decade. Then, after memorable owner Joan Orlando died in 2004, the restaurant remained open until April of 2008. Its longevity had a lot to do with the fact that little had changed over the years. David Brown reopened the cozy trattoria in October 2008, and even purchased Maria's old recipes. He did, however, do considerable redecorating. The place does look more sophisticated now, and Brown slashed the previously low prices by about 25 percent so that entrées now average around $14. The food includes old classics and some new lighter fare. Moreover, Brown scored a full liquor license from Ferndale's city fathers, and now boasts a serviceable list with most bottles under $30.

Mario's Restaurant 4222 Second Ave., Detroit, 313-832-1616, $$, It's been 60 years since Mario Lelli opened this inviting Italian spot. Just down the street from the Hilberry Theatre, generations of theatergoers have enjoyed multicourse meals here. This is exactly the kind of place people think of when they think Italian restaurant. All the favorites from veal Tosca and spaghetti Bolognese to shrimp scampi and chicken cacciatore are served by a competent waitstaff in a series of rooms. Get everything from the humble chicken mariata soup ($4.50) to the mammoth chateaubriand for two ($65).

Mezzaluna 7750 E. Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, 586-268-7100, $, Offering classic Italian fare in elegant surroundings, Mezzaluna's mains on the menu include fresh pastas such as baci pappalina and several gnocchis that do resemble a traditional tutto mare. Most of the seafood is flown in from Boston's fabled Foley's, and milk-fed veal is another specialty.

Mezza Mediterranean Grille with locations in Orchard Lake, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak see mezzagrille.com: A new entry into the Middle Eastern mini-chain category, Mezza has all the usual classics at bargain prices, and with larger than usual servings. Looks like you can throw a rock and hit the nearest location, too.

Nami Sushi 201 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale 248-542-6458: You might never guess it from glancing at the expanse of glass facing Nine Mile Road, but, inside, Nami possesses a chill and cozy atmosphere. Narrow as the storefront restaurant is, its bar runs quite a ways, making it an ideal place to watch the show put on by expert sushi chefs. Nami's strength lies not in authenticity, but in the breadth of its offerings, running the gamut from the everyday creamy California rolls to dessert rolls featuring chocolate and lemon. Check out the new chicken lettuce wraps, tempura shrimp appetizers, and a brand new wine list.

Panini Press 28983 Woodward Ave., Berkley 248-547-7377: Opened this July in a storefront in a strip mall on Woodward Avenue just south of Twelve Mile Road, the owners take pride in the fact that virtually every product utilized in the creation of meals is of local origin. And the large panini sandwiches come white or multi-grain bread, roll-up wraps and even, somewhat incongruously, lettuce wraps for patrons concerned about the calories. For a slight extra charge, those with celiac disease and related afflictions can order a gluten-free panini.

Priya 36600 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills 248-615-7700 72 W. Maple Rd., Troy 248-269-0100: Specializing in south Indian as well as north Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Lunch buffet 7 days a week with wide variety of fresh selections, exotic drinks, and desserts always available. Catering for all kinds of parties and carryout available.

Quattro Cucina Italiana 201 Hamilton Row, Birmingham 248-593-6060: The newest addition to Birmingham's dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant's lush interior provides an elegant setting for the Mediterranean delights of its kitchen.

Rice Bowl Asian Kitchen 333 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit 313-963-3200 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit 313-871-7000 7930 W. Outer Dr., Detroit 313-533-5353: It's called Asian, but it's really a little mini-chain of Chinese joints, quick and inexpensive, with online ordering too.

Ristorante Cafe Cortina 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-474-3033, $$: Perhaps because of its somewhat off-the-beaten-track location, or maybe because the price structure has been higher than most other comparable restaurants, this place has never gotten much notice beyond its hardcore fans. The fresh pastas and veals, however, are the real thing and the setting &mdash which aims for elegance &mdash does help. If you like the sauces, they're bottled for sale, and they've added cherry wood to the indoor décor and an outdoor Tuscan patio to perhaps enjoy on a warm fall day.

Senor Lopez Taqueria 7144 Michigan Ave., Detroit 313-551-0685: Before you sit down to eat, you'll notice that someone with an eye for design has been at work for Señor Rafael López. His walls are a sunny, warm coral, and the oblong room is lined with framed mirrors. Black, lattice-back chairs are spare and classy. Utensils come wrapped in a black paper napkin ring decorated with bright peppers. And the food won't disappoint either.

Supino Pizzeria 2457 Russell St., Detroit, 313-567-7879, $, Serving brilliant thin-crust pizza with imaginative fresh ingredients &mdash even an egg &mdash with a delectable thin crust that's not too chewy. They serve five red pizzas and six white, meaning no tomato sauce almost all are made with traditional ingredients, no pineapple, no taco fixings. The red sauce is supremely simple, nothing much besides some fresh-tasting though canned crushed tomatoes. The

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IH COMBINE, TRACTORS, SKID LOADERS, FARM MACHINERY, FORKLIFT, SHOP ITEMS, HARVESTORE SILO, POWER UNIT, GENERATOR, ANTIQUES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & SCRAP IRON Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:30 A.M. Location: 1075 Richmond Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522 (Berks Co.). Take Rt. 222 North of Laureldale towards Moselem Springs. Turn R. onto Richmond Rd., go 1-1/2 mi. to auct. on L. COMBINE, TRACTORS, SKID LOADERS, FORKLIFT: IH 1680 Axial Flow combine IH 1020 17-1/2' grain head, flex, hyd. F/A sells w/header wgn. IH 1566 Turbo, TA. 540/1000 PTO, 3 hyd., whl. wghts., 20.8-38 8-ply rears 50% rubber Ford 8600 Dual Power, 540/1000 PTO, dual hyd., ROPS, canopy, ʻnewʼ Firestone 18.4-38 rubber, 6015 hrs., 2nd owner '58 JD 620 NFE, rollmatic, light, 3 pt., ser #6221793 IH 2500 (mechanics special) Versatile 160 w/Ford dsl. Farmall Super C NH LX885 Turbo w/cab enclosure, bucket & wghts. NH LS160 w/cab enclosure AC 7000-lb. LP forklift, 2 stg., 32" whls., rebuilt eng. Power Unit: Dodge 300 Farm truck w/Detroit 671 6-cyl. diesel (200+HP) w/Rockford 1000 RPM clutch & hyd. FARM MACHINERY: H & S mdl. WMCH30 30' continuous merger w/new p/u belts NH 166 merger EHE 2018 18' tedder like new! Miller Pro 1150 13' rotary rake Tonutti RCS8 folding whl. rake Tonutti GT-540 4-star 18' tedder White 5100 6R x 30" corn planter, no-till & liquid fert. Great Plains 24' folding grain drill MF 424 14' grain drill (28 row) Seed wgn.: 350 bu., 2 compartment w/FMC seed treatment. Yetter Seed Jet II blower & Digi-Star scale H & S HD Twin Auger 16' forge wgn. on H & S tandem gear McCurdy 275 gravity wgn. 2 J & M gravity wgns. CT gravity wgn. Sukup high-capacity grain cleaner (nice) Meyer Morton 350 portable grain dryer NH 790 tandem-axle manure spreader w/hyd. endgate MF 10-tooth high-clearance chisel plow IH 710 4 x18 semi-mount plow w/hillside hitch MF 2x12 3-pt. plow JD “AW” 12' transport disc 13' field cultivator Brillion 10' tandem packer Dunham 13' cultimulcher IH 153 4R 3-pt. cultivator JD 14' rotary hoe 7'x13' steel flatbed wgn. w/10-ton gear 7'x8' flatbed trailer w/title 6'x8' snowmobile trailer (no title) 6-ton running gear 8'x16' wdn. hay rack wgn. Brady 144 12' flail chopper 3-pt. rnd. bale carrier Woods 160 3-pt. 5' rotary mower AC 10' dozer blade 6-1/2' angle blade Sweepster 5' front-mount angle brush 3-pt. 6' blade SnowLander 610 3-pt. 7-1/2' snowblower Arts-Way 425-C grinder/mixer Herd 3-pt. spinner seeder BaumaLight QC55 55 KW PTO generator - less than 200 hrs.! PARTS MACHINES (AS IS/NEED WORK) SCRAP METAL: Lots of scrap metal oil skimmer Generac 5500 generator Monarch PTO pump IH 48 blower Great Plains 24' folding grain drill JD 93 backhoe attach & saddle lots of misc. Alamo boom mower parts NH 717 & NH 770 harvesters NH1890 self. prop. harvester NH 919A3 & NH890A 3R corn heads 2 NH 30 & 1 Gehl 1540 blowers Westfield 6"x26' grain auger 4"x16' grain auger Ford 3-pt. 8' flail mower Lancaster 24" roller mill/processor, NI elevator Ford E-350 rear Dodge rear Chevy C-50 trk. Ford Ranger JD AMT 600 gator AC 4-cyl. gas power unit w/540 PTO Hustler 4300 2 Jacobsen 6' mower decks MF 7 & MF 12 hydros Gehl 7285 mixer cart Ford 775 backhoe attachment IH 550, NH518, NH514 manure spreaders Rainbow hose reel NH LX985 boom, same tractor (in pcs.) Worthington air compressor Case 224 lawn tractor & more. MISC. FARM & SHOP RELATED: Tire: set 18.4-34 on JD rims JD 18.4-34 snap-on duals CIH 16.9-28 18.4-34 on Deutz rims & other misc. few rolls rubber belting 6 PolySquare calf hutches 8' CI water trough (3) 12' concrete J-bunks (2) 24"x16' concrete feed troughs Chore-Time 18t. galv. feed bin. Harvestore 20'x60' silo sm. Rissler feed mixer misc. gates & headlocks 1 cow vacuum bucket milker 7' SS hog feeder (100+) 7' treated fence posts misc. fuel tanks tandem axle for NH manure spreader lots of SS gr. 5 & 8 & other bolts diamond-plate trk. tool box misc. I-beams misc. pallet rack & shelving misc. CI radiators Grasshopper 411 lawn mower & 1 for parts (12) 56' wdn. trusses - new! (18) 40' wdn. trusses (50) 4"x4"x16' tobacco rails 30' wind turbine Farmall & other whl. wghts. lg. platform scales 24" feather plucker pony cart bag wgn. potato plow wood splitter w/eng. IR air compressor 1 Lombardini & 1 Lister Petter 1-cyl. diesels few Rockford clutches Homelite 3600 w. generator Hammond 6" belt sander Miller MP-45E mig welder Logan mdl. 1875 lathe Monarch 24"x10' eng. turret lathe B&D valve grinder Coats tire changer Delta & Walker drill presses Do-All bandsaw Toledo pwr. pipe threader (110v) hand chisles 90' copper rnd. gutter & fittings (never used) chicken feeders chicken waterers 4'x8' wdn. shop tbl. leather tool pouch misc. tools lots of parts 2 live traps & much, much more! ANTIQUES & HOUSEHOLD RELATED: U.S. Slicing mdl. HB elec. meat slicer Enterprise sausage stuffer Enterprise #22 meat grinder w/pulley & handle Rollman cherry stoner steel fry pans galv. tubs Universal grinder stoneware pitcher & crocks egg baskets Goodʼs chip tin wdn. berry crate I.B. Dickinson crane, Reading, PA metal thermometer sickle broad axe adz 2 Cyclone hand seeders cheese box wdn. window frames The Keystone & Champion wrenches runner sled 4 Oley Turnpike Dairy half-gallon milk bottles 6 oil lamps (3 w/jar bases) asst. Agateware wdn. Coca Cola boxes wdn. barrel wdn. kegs Kendall motor oil can CI dinner bell w/o clapper wdn. hitches. Books: 1844 Volks-Bilderbibel German Bible 1880 Youngs Bible Concordance the Rise & Fall Of The Third Reich - A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer - Vol. 1 1747 to 1947 Mertz Lutheran Church, Dryville, PA commemorative booklets sm. wdn. benches from Fleetwood Sportswear 8drwr. oak cabinet from Brownʼs Mill in Fleetwood Tilly Kerosene iron Breadman bread machine Maimin portable textile cutter sm. express wgn. Maytag rnd. tub wringer washer Wheeling washtub (2) 42"x78" formica-top work tables some furn. & more unlisted. AUCTIONEER NOTE: This is a 2 generation auction, thereʼs something here for everyone. Come see what turns up as corners get cleaned out. Much more than listed! We will sell w/2 auctioneers. Begins at 8:30 w/Misc. Farm & Shop Related followed by Parts Machinery, then better Farm Machinery approx. 12:30 followed by Combine & Tractors. 2nd auctioneer will begin at 9:00 w/Antiques & Household items (inside building). Auction Co. & sellers are not responsible for accidents. Auction day announcements take precedence over all advertising. Guaranteed payment by PA check, cash or credit card w/3% fee. Benefit food stand. See more @ auctionzip.com, ID#25403 TIM WEAVER DAVE STOLTZFUS Lic. #AY2109 717-354-9524

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2 Bedroom Apt. Oil heat, off street parking, full attic, quiet area Hamburg, $700, utilities not included, no pets. 610-562-7470.

Shoemakersville Area: 1 BR apartment. Sewer, water, trash included. Cable, laundry facilities avail. No pets. Refs. & Security $600/mo. 610-463-5744.

FOR RENT 1ST Floor 1 BR Apt. quiet neighborhood in Hamburg. $675/mo. Plus security deposit. Includes water, sewer and trash. On site laundry, Call 610-5625398, leave message. For rent in Lyons 2BR Apt. 2nd floor, with garage, refrigerator, stove, washer/ dryer hookup, total gas, $795/mo. Plus utilities. Trash removal included. 484-256-2240. Available Now.

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APARTMENT AVAILABLE Downtown Hamburg: 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom. 3rd floor. Move in ready! $825/ month Rent includes Heat, Water/ Sewer, Trash, off street parking. Coin Operated Laundry located on 2nd floor of same building. No Pets. Call 610-562-7823 to see the apartment. APT FOR RENT: 2nd. floor 2BR, $650/mo. 16 Home Ave, Topton. No pets, Call 610-682-2722.

APARTMENT FOR RENT Shoemakersville, 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, garage. Rent includes heat, water, sewer, trash. No pets. Call 610-926-1721. Country Cottage apt: Nice porch, Foyer, living room, kitchen, bath, 1 BR. Water, sewer, trash, off street parking, 1 Cat OK. 694 Old 22, Krumsville Area. $550/mo. Plus security, plus electric. 610-7804878.

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Throughout this book, there are a number of references to the Lancashire Dialect spoken by William Nutter and Dinah Ingham as they grew up and into adulthood. This chapter is being written to further clarify what the dialect is, facilitate some understanding of it and give some examples of it. Though volumes upon volumes have been written on this subject, this will be but a brief introduction to the mode of speech the family used, which is part of the family heritage.

The dialect is not a matter of English with some sort of strong accent. It is, in fact, almost an entirely different language. There is evidence that William and Dinah would revert to their "old way" of speaking if they wished the children not to understand what they were talking about.

One demonstration of how profoundly different the dialect is from our spoken American English (while still, nevertheless, being English) is the following scenario. If any one of the Nutters' descendants could be transported back in time to 1853 (when Dinah was still illiterate), most of what Dinah had to say would be utterly unintelligible to them. Yet ironically, it is likely Dinah would actually understand most of what the person from the twenty-first century had to say provided they didn't speak of televisions, airplanes, etc.

Some have challenged me on the idea that an illiterate dialect speaker might understand someone speaking "standard" English yet comfortably speak a dialect. However, an etymologist (a language expert) agreed with me and an episode in my own personal life verified it as well. In the 1970s, a custodian where I worked was an illiterate black gentleman from Alabama. He understood my mid-western accent and I understood his Alabama accent. But his cousin showed up one day at his work and these two guys spoke "country" - their dialect - between themselves. I had no idea what they were saying.

Possibly the most essential difference in the Lancashire dialect is the use of "thee" and "thou" in regular conversation. Both German and French and, for that matter, several other languages have two words for "you" - one formal, one familiar. Most of us recognize these terms from their use in prayer instead of "you". While it may seem formal in prayer and, therefore counterintuitive, "thee" and "thou" are, in fact, the "familiar" form of "you". The theory was that, when one talks to god, one should use the familiar form out of love for their heavenly father.

But dialects grow out of convenience of speech so the mouthfuls "has thou", "art thou" and "will thou" become "asta" and "arta" and "wilta". Dialect speakers would say "Wur asta bin?" (Where have you been?), "arta gooin' 'oom?" ("are you going home?") and "wilta be thur?" ("will you be there?").

They also don't say "something", "anything" and "nothing". It's "summat", "owt" and "nowt". They signify the beginning of a thought or sentence with "nay", "'ey", "'ey up" or "'appen" for "perhaps". They often add "like" at the end for no good reason at all.

They practice a peculiar economy in seldom using the whole word "the". Instead, they blend it in with the adjacent word. "Appen 'e'll goo to't shop like" means "Perhaps he'll go to the store". "Ey, asta got owt from't shop?" means "Have you gotten anything from the store?". "Nay, Ahv left th'oven dooer oppen" means "I have left the oven door open".

Then there are differences in pronunciation. The Lancashire dialect speakers dislike the letter "L" unless it begins a word "old Liverpool and Bolton" is pronounced "owd Liverpoo' and Bowton". A "U" is almost always said with one's lips thrusted out as is a double "O". "Cook" and "Book" rhyme with "Duke". A double "T" in the middle of a word is much like a glottal stop - making a bottle sound more like a "bokkul".

Very seldom is something "good" in Lancashire. Rather, it is "gradely" or "grand" (pronounced "grond"). "Very" is seldom used as an intensifier - never is anything "very grand" or "very gradely". It is "right grand" or "right gradely" - but "right" must rhyme with "eight". "Fur" is another intensifier used instead of "quite". So, if you're "flaid" (frightened) of someone but really frightened of someone else, then you're "fur-flaid" of the someone else.

Families consist of a "fayther" (or, in some villages,"father" rhyming with "gather"), "mootha" (or "mum") and "t' childer". Sometimes there was a "Grondad" or "Grammar" and "broothers" and "sesters". Whenever someone refers to someone in their own family, they claim them as "our" Tom or "our" Alice. However, when children are little, they are, with great affection, called "it" as in "give it summat ta eight" (give it something to eat).

Lancashire dialect speakers love the shortest way through a thought, sometimes adopting ugly little Scandinavian words instead of the old Germanic stand bys. One's mouth, ears, teeth and head suddenly become a gob, lugs, peggies and a noggin.

One has to wonder why they have so many terms for being drunk: druffen, bottled, sozzled, tight, palatic (a corruption of paralytic). The same question arises for the numerous terms for stupid gawmless, daft, dozy, barmy, pottie, simple and thick. A good fight has several names as well bash, baste, lambaste, punch-up, paste and wallop.

In Lancashire, if you're pleased or happy, you're "chuffed" or "fain". If you're not, you're "dischuffed" and perhaps you "have a face like a wet week". If you're worried, you're "mithering". If you're deprived, you're "oined".

Clearly, the Lancashire dialect is much more than a strong accent. It was a colorful pallet which William and Dinah Nutter, along with their families and neighbors, used in regular conversation among themselves. Their often somewhat limited knowledge of "formal" English was reserved mainly for church, school, letters and legal proceedings. Most folks were able, but not necessarily comfortable, with the "formal" language.

If Dinah could speak to you about her family from 1853, it might sound like this

Ey, Ah 'am reight fain to sithee lad (lass). Asta eerd owt abeht me famly? Futch tha cheer up to't table - sit thee deawn.

Me fayther were a weigh-ver an bootcher cowd Willyum Hingum. 'E is allus fur addled wi' suppin' ale. Tha' knaws 'e'll drink 'issel' to't dee-ath!

Me brootha Will's a baddun but air Tom were allreight. 'E wur allus poorly. 'E deed as 'e made up full age. Mogret and air MurryAnn were babbies when us moother deed. Air Grace wurt best. She wur lak a moother to uzall. "Ers 'ad childer but she in't wed.

A careful read through the last three paragraphs may produce some understanding of what's being said. The real test is to have someone read it to you. Chances are slim you'll be able to understand much, if anything.

In "English", the translation is as follows

I am very glad to see thee lad (lass). Have you heard anything about my family? Fetch your chair up to the table and sit down.

My father was a weaver and a butcher called William Ingham. He is always quite addled from drinking ale. You know, he will drink himself to death.

My brother Will is a bad one but Tom was alright. He was always ill. He died as he turned full age. Margaret and our MaryAnn were babies when our mother died. Our Grace was the best. She was like a mother to us all. She has had children but she isn't married.

For those with access to a computer, there are numerous sites dedicated to the Lancashire accent. Some even feature recordings which allow one to actually listen to the spoken dialect. Of course, there is always the alternative of traveling to the Pendle area of Lancashire and listening to the local folk. Virtually everyone who visits the land of our ancestors falls in love with it, the people and even their unusual manner of speech.


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