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Zingerman’s Deli vs. New River Groves in Citrus Bowl

The Michigan Wolverines play the Florida Gators on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl. While we are not college football fans we most definitely are regional food fanatics, so we always keep an eye out for the wagers politicians make on their hometown sports teams. This one leaves us torn. Do we side with Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan, who is putting up food from Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor? Or do we favor Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her key lime pies from Bob Roth’s New River Groves in Davie? Both are spectacular. This will be one closely fought battle (food-wise).

5 Great Metro Detroit Burgers

Here are five great hamburgers in the metro Detroit region, as selected by a writer for The Michigan Journal, the student newspaper for the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His choices: Redcoat Tavern in Royal Oak, Miller’s Bar of Dearborn, Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger of Ann Arbor, Jay’s Stuffed Burgers of Plymouth, and Mercury Burger in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. Eat up!

LAF in the A.M. February 12th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY!

Mormon Pastrami

Mad Hungry Woman’s Dinner at Bon Ton of New Orleans

Mardi Gras Time at Galatoire’s

Tony Luke’s Coming to Manayunk (and MD and FL)

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LAF in the A.M. January 23rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL PIE DAY!

Free Pie Today!

Michigan’s 10 Best Pies

Carnegie Deli Owner Suing Husband/Deli Manager and Mistress

New Menu, Decor at All Star Sandwich Bar of Cambridge, MA

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LAF in the A.M. January 12th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY!

U of Cincy Students Pick Skyline, Graeter’s

Ann Arbor’s Blimpy Burger: Love and Pain

The Tucson Tamale Company Story

The Man Behind Bob’s Clam Hut of Kittery, Maine

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LAF in the A.M. November 13th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Behind the Scenes at VT’s Simon Pearce Restaurant

Brian Gazda became the Executive Chef at the restaurant at Simon Pearce Glass in Quechee, Vermont in June 2013. The local newspaper Valley News spends time with Chef Gazda as he works with the restaurant’s staff to prepare for a day’s service. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. November 5th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Publican Sausage On Shake Shack Chicago Menu

When Shake Shack enters a new market they always select some quality local ingredients for their menu. We noted previously how, in Chicago, they are offering concretes made with Chicago’s Bang Bang Pie and Glazed & Infused doughnuts, and they are also offering Vienna Beef hot dogs. There are two other local twists on the menu. Another concrete incorporates a chocolate bar made with Hawaiian black sea salt, burnt sugar caramel, and 70% cacao dark chocolate, from Chicago’s high-end chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat. And there’s a Publican Pork Sausage, made by Chicago’s Publican Quality Meats, a high-quality butcher and lunch spot. The sausage is topped with Shack’s cheese sauce and crispy-fried, ale-marinated shallots. The Chicago Shack opened yesterday. Continue reading

Cake Nouveau of Ann Arbor Will Be Closing

Master baker Courtney Clark will be hanging up her rolling pin, at least professionally, within a few months. She’s decided to close her eight-year-old shop in Ann Arbor, MI, called Cake Nouveau, to spend more time with her family. She’s earned it. Best of luck, Ms. Clark, and we look forward to your future culinary endeavors when the kids are grown! Continue reading

The Return of Ann Arbor’s Blimpy Burger!

The residents of Ann Arbor, MI were shocked to learn of the impending demise of their beloved, 60-year-old Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger last year. The land beneath the burger joint was sold to the local university for the construction of a dormitory.  The restaurant’s owners vowed to find a new spot to reopen the Ann Arbor institution, and they were as good as their word, as a new Blimpy Burger had its grand opening yesterday. Lines are long. Prices are up. Seating is more expansive. Fans are overjoyed! Continue reading

Is Montreal’s Schwartz’s North America’s Best Deli?

Where will you find the best deli in North America? Yes, it’s a ridiculous question but play along. Shalom Life produced a top ten list, and it goes without saying that we’re talking Jewish delis here. All those great Italian and German delis are out of the running for this particular project. Anyway, New York’s Katz’s and Carnegie made the list, and LA’s Canter’s and Langer’s did too. As did Michigan’s Zingerman’s (and while the name sounds Jewish, are they really a Jewish deli?). But Shalom Life deemed none of those delis greatest on the continent. That honor went to Schwartz’s Deli of Montreal. And they don’t even serve corned beef or pastrami! But they do serve smoked meat, which many say is superior to those other two deli meats. And we won’t argue with them. What deli do you think deserves to be called best in North America?

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