The Chipotle Bacon Tater Tots are my new must buy at Comerica Park. They are locate at the Michigan Craft Beer booth out in in right field. This booth is a must visit. They have a bunch of craft beer and unique food. Food includes a few other loaded tater tots, fried peanuts, bacon on a stick, beer cheese and more.
The perfectly cooked tots come in a large Chinese take-out container. They are then topped with a chipotle mayo of sorts. This sauce is very liquidity which causes it to cover all the tots well but they don’t lose their crispiness. Then a heaping load of bacon bits is placed on top of everything. These are the same bacon bits they use throughout the park and get the job done. I had at least 2 spoonfuls of bacon bits left over at the bottom of the container after I finished the tots. So needless to say they don’t skimp on the bacon bits. The saltiness and crispiness of all the ingredients really work well together and you get a little smoky heat along with it to add that depth of flavor. I really enjoyed these if you can’t tell, and for $6 they are a great buy. I will be heading back to try the other food samplings at the Michigan Craft Brew stand, you should too.
I really do love this place. Check out the earlier post for a description of the atmosphere and service.
Mudgie’s only has lobster rolls for one week a year and only get so much lobster shipped in fresh each day. On our first attempt they happen to sell the last ones right as we sat down for dinner at 6pm. The next day they sold out by 1pm according to their twitter account. At this point I thought I may never get the Lobster roll, but Mudgie’s stepped up their game. They doubled the amount of lobster ordered and on the second visit we got it (thanks Dave for preordering them, yes I said preorder.) Hope you enjoy the reviews of the Lobster roll and the sandwich I “had to eat” instead of it on our first visit.
Our first attempt at obtaining the infamous Mudgie’s lobster roll was a failure. And by failure I mean I had to eat a different delicious sandwich. The delicious sandwich was the Pulgini. It consisted of a large helping of juicy chicken, artichokes, asiago cheese, spinach, tomato, and House-made pesto. Everything blends together great with the cheese lightly melted over the chunks of chicken and the very tasty pesto smothered on top of the cheese. The pesto is very garlicky for all you garlic lovers (or fair warning for those who don’t like garlic.) This sandwich usually comes on ciabatta bread. However, they ran out of ciabatta bread (not my day). So, I asked the waitress her suggestion for a replacement. She suggested the onion roll. I really liked this, it was a soft bun with a little onion flavor which I thought was a great edition. I may even ask for this in the future as sometime the hardness of ciabatta is not my favorite. While this was delish it was not what we came for and another trip was immediately planned for a few days later.
The Lobster Roll. Finally, one thing checked off the Bucket List. This lobster roll lived up to the hype and price ($16). The simplicity of this sandwich is what makes it so good. It starts with a simple Deli style hot dog bun (cut on the top instead of the side). It is lightly toasted on the outside to provide a little crunch. A small amount of shredded lettuce is added to provide some freshness and crispiness. But, of course the star of the show is the Lobster and there is a lot of it. There is a little mayo and some seasoning but mostly they let the lobster do the talking. This is great because too much mayo and you would ruin the sandwich and make it too heavy. The lobster just melts in your mouth with every bite. To say I enjoyed this sandwich would be an understatement. The crispy bun fresh lobster and just a tad of lettuce and mayo all work great together and make this a must buy for any sandwich lover.
La Cina is one of my favorite restaurants that no one knows about. It is a tiny Mexican restaurant technically in Detroit on Mack Ave, but it is on the border of Grosse Pointe. There is no alcohol served here which is why I believe they do more carry out compared to dine in, but I prefer to sit down. For one you get all the warm tortilla chips and salsa you can eat and they don’t skimp on these. The salsa that comes with the chips has just enough spice and makes dining in completely worth it. The Prices are reasonable, and you can always find coupons for a few bucks off. For this trip to La Cina I tried something new and an all-time favorite.
First for an appetizer we tried the Spicy Cheese Dip. This comes with more chips, as if the two baskets we ate with the salsa wasn’t enough. The Dip had a strange consistency but was oddly good. The consistency remind me of the classic nacho cheese sauce you would get at a ball game, but with real cheese added in to make it stringy. The cheese sauce also had fresh jalapeno peppers in and on top of it. Also, a few chopped onions for presentation topped the dipped. Getting past the odd texture, this dip tasted great. Obviously, very cheesy with just enough spice to taste the heat, but it was not over powering. I would definitely order this again. Of course by now I was already full but my favorite was still to come, the Chicken Chipotle Tacos.
These Tacos are what started my love for Chipotle flavor. The tacos are served with refried beans and Mexican rice. These are both good, but are nothing special. The tacos on the other hand are worth the trip. They are served in a soft flour tortilla that is slightly grilled to give it just enough crunch and slightly melt the cheese in the inside. The chicken is cut up in good size chunks and cooked in a chipotle sauce. This is what makes it. The chicken is still juicy and the chipotle flavoring is amazing. It has a little heat, not a lot, and a great Smokey flavor. The smokiness of the chipotle and juicy chicken combine and almost give the whole taco a bacon flavor. On top of the chicken there is some Mexican cheese which gets slightly melted from the tortilla and the warm chicken. On top of that is a little fresh lettuce and tomato, which gives a fresh crisp crunch to round everything out. Everything blends together great with these tacos, but the chipotle makes them special.
I love going to La Cina, but have a hard time ordering anything different, because the Chicken Chipotle Tacos are so good. I will say if you have room for dessert you must try their version of fried Ice cream. We didn’t have room on this occasion but it is delicious. The ice cream is coated in cinnamon toast crunch and then drizzled with warm caramel. Sorry I don’t have a picture of this, but believe me it is so good. Overall, great food, small building and you’ll get great service because few people eat in.
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