Orchard Grove Inn

19110 Middlebelt Rd
Romulus, 48174
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Quiet Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant If you're staying by DTW and tired of the hotel restaurants and Leonardo's (also very good), you should try the Orchard Grove Inn a few minutes south. It is a quiet friendly neighborhood restaurant about 5 miles south of the airport/I-94 on Middlebelt Road, out in the country. It is an older establishment that is very popular with the locals but there are a few business travelers there too. They are closed by 9:00 so don't plan for a late meal there. The food is traditional American fare with a nice selection of fried and broiled seafood and grilled chicken and steaks, all served with fries or potatoes (sorry, no veggies). They are famous for their perch and I agree. It was as good as any perch I've had anywhere. Other reviewers mentioned the whitefish, but they were out on my trip, so I'll be sure to try that the next time I'm in town.
LOVE this place! Drove past it for years and finally stopped about a month ago on a Friday night. It's like stepping into a time warp! The decor is not updated but I love it...it's part of the charm. Not a huge place but we didn't mind waiting (and we only waited about 10 minutes) as we were able to sit at the bar. Joe, the bartender (and I believe he is also the owner) made us the best drinks! We have said several times since then that we need to stop in one night just to sit at the bar and have a drink. Service was fantastic (we've been twice now and had different servers and we were well taken care of both times) and the food was incredible. I've had their perch and their salmon and both were delicious. My husband raved about their lamb chops. And do not skip dessert...the hot fudge cookie sundae was to die for. They are a bit pricey but in my opinion, you get what you pay for. I can't wait to go back.
The best perch ever every time I go there. This is a great family owned place that is well worth the trip.

(734) 753-4434

Desserts, Seafood, Sandwiches

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Vinnie’s Italian Sub Shop

7300 Middlebelt Rd
Romulus, 48174
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Now this is a friggin Italian sub! Personally, I think the menu should be limited only to the original, the Italian sub, if you want a turkey and cheese or a philly, get lost. I overheard the owner telling a regular they may have to add wheat bread and bacon to the menu because it's requested so often. Please don't! You can't find classic Italian subs like this down south, don't mess with it. The menu board seems confusing at first but is actually quite simple. All subs are one size and made on either hard (traditional) or soft bread. Just pick the bread (hard please), number of layers of meat/cheese (5/1, 12/3, etc), and loaded (tomato, onion, peppers, dressing) or not and that's it! Get the hot oil too, awesome. Sides are limited to antipasto salad, potato salad, spicy olives, a whole pickle, or chips. Prices are very reasonable, I can't believe another reviewer thought it was expensive. A "Italian" sub at friggin Subway will cost you darn near $8 and I consider anything from there wasted calories. Do yourself a favor and see what a real Italian sub from a place wreaking of local charm is all about.
I ordered the Italian sub. I've read the other reviews and how impressed they were. Well, I was pretty impressed by I wasn't blown away. I thought the sub was pretty good. The meat truly was amazing but my bread was a bit on the hard side. He asked if I wanted it hard (toasted) or soft, I asked for it soft but I kinda think I might as well asked for it hard since it was already hard. Besides the bread, I enjoyed my sub. The chicken noodle soup was tasty. Again, wasn't spectacular but definitely hit the spot! I will genuinely say that it was much better than Subway and such other sub shops. Definitely try this place out. Soup and 5/2 (5 layers meet, 2 layers cheese) sub came to $8. Not to bad of price. You can eat there if you feel like sitting on a bar top stay table with bar stools. I took it to go and just are it in my hotel. Not much room for talking if you're there with a group.
Great sub shop, get there a few times a month for lunch, it's out of the way but worth the drive. Love the sides also.

(734) 722-2997

Delis, Sandwiches

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Leonardo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

7575 Merriman Rd
Romulus, 48174
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The menu of this place was way overpriced. I ordered french onion soup and specifically asked the waitress if its good. She said its the best she has ever had. It was served in a white bowl, the one slice of Swiss was floating in the middle of the salty onion soup. It appears they microwaved the soup in order to melt the cheese. It was not put under the broil as french onion soup should. Problem 2 was right before the pizza showed up. We were brought a silver tray for the pizza and there was a piece of cheese dangling on the steel tray. Our Pizza was finally brought. It was at most OK. Next time I will spend my money someplace else. This place needs Gordon Ramsey to come in and straighten a few things out before I ever go there again.
First off it's bland pizza. Second the prices and location suck! AVOID
My parents have this annoying habit where they like to drop me off like three hours before my plane home leave. Three hours! Three hours in Metro Airport? Blarghles. Anyway, I have slowly been getting them to, come on, don't leave their house until two hours before the flight. But now that we've discovered Leonardo's, being early is not a problem! I love their gnocchi, parents love the ravioli and their prices. Nice wait staff. Great red sauce. Delicious all around. We'll be coming here for lunch or dinner next time I fly to Detroit again. Oh, and did I mention the prices? So very reasonable. Come here!

(734) 326-2560

Pizza, Italian, Party & Event Planning

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Baldo’s Restaurant

20051 Telegraph Rd
Romulus, 48174
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Wow, I'm totally shocked that Baldo's only has 3 stars. Well, for those of you who want to know the real deal on this place, I grew up 5 minutes down the street from this family-owned Italian restaurant, this was my first job, and my parents have been eating this food since they were 14, so listen up... Baldo's is a family-owned restaurant, opened by a mom and pop who have serious Italian accents. The three sons now run the restaurant and they're all sweet guys. I know many of the people who have and do work here still, and they're all good people. Now, onto the food... This is Italian done right. Their minestrone soup is crave worthy. The chicken noodle soup is made with ball noodles which is fun and delicious. They have some delicious rolls here. The bread is made in house daily. You can get a loaf of sliced or unsliced bread for about a buck fifty here and it's pure down home goodness. The pizza is awesome. My mom is obsessed with the Baldo's Special. It's pretty damn good. They have subs too, which are great. If I had to guess, I'd say the steak and cheese is most popular, and with good reason. Since I've been away from home, I crave Baldo's steak and cheese. Anyway, everything they make here is great. Broasted chicken is amazing. I also looove their cheese ravioli. It's so perfect. I know a lot of people who love the gnocchi here, however I haven't had it so can't give my opinion. When you order take-out, the salad comes in a cute little take-out container similar to a Chinese take-out box. The cannolis are awesome. Parking lot is small and a little cramped. As someone else mentioned, they do cater to parties. They have a backroom set aside for large parties. My family has held a few parties here over the years and they've always been great. They also have delivery service. I must say, our area is blessed to have Baldo's!! Love it, been loving it for years and will for many more! Definitely give this place a go. You will not leave hungry or unhappy :)
One of my favorite Italian restaurants downriver. The food is amazing, the service is great, and the atmosphere is nice. This is a restaurant that even if there is a wait longer than 20 minutes, we wait. The bread is so yummy and my favorite dish is the penne with meat sauce. As a true blood Italian I can honestly say this food is the closest I've had to my grandma's cooking in a long time.
pretty typical for Italian. they have all the dishes you'd expect plus a comfortable atmosphere. Can't remember what I had last time but I don't remember it being a bad experience. I guess if you're hungry and in the area you should try them out. waitstaff is friendly.

(734) 479-0100

Pizza, Italian

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Merriman Street Grill

7660 Merriman Rd
Romulus, 48174
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Great spot that is right near the airport. Good beer selection and you get a ton of food for the price. Will definitely be back. Pros: large portions, value, hand patty hamburgers, dressings made in house Cons: server was very busy but super nice, crowded at dinner time.
I do not drop 5 stars much but this place kicked ass. Delivered to hotel, super fast Had pasta, sub and pizza all excellent Stayed in this area several times Saw this joint but did not ever try but will be first choice in future
The food here is pretty good, and excellent considering where it is. Service is pretty friendly and decent. My only complaint is that its a small place and they get pretty busy. There isn't a lot of elbow room between tables. I've eaten here on two separate occasions (the first I had delivered to my room at the Holiday Inn) and the second I ate at the restaurant. Both the burger and the club sandwich were done well and plenty of food. If you're a beer drinker it could be for you as they serve primarily Michigan craft beer. I will be back on my next trip.

(734) 595-6166

American (Traditional)

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Romulus House Restaurant

9110 Wayne Rd
Romulus, 48174
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If you like fried catfish you have to try the catfish dinner. Just enough seasoning you wont need hot sause.
I thought for sure I would like this place based on the reviews, but sadly I had a very different experience than most. When our party of five arrived there were about 4 or 5 unoccupied tables, but none next to each other to push together to make a larger table so we were seated at a 4 top and given a chair to put at the end of it. The chair directly blocked the fire exit. I guess who cares when you already stack the high chairs in front of the fire exit as well. So, my husband had a nice view of high chairs and would be the prime tramplee in the event of an emergency. A young man came by and dropped off four settings of silverware and we asked for the fifth. He never brought it. About five minutes in, another young lady came and took our drink order. I assumed she was our server, but I was wrong, as another young lady who turned out to be our server eventually came to drop off the drinks -- SANS straws. Coffee was delivered in a to-go cup because she said they ran out of coffee mugs. Um weird. It wasn't even a full house. We asked for straws. The server came back and took our order having forgotten to bring the straws...sigh. She left and when it was clear that she was not returning to bring straws still, I got up to get them myself. After a while, I got up again to get more coffee. Our breakfast took 25-30 minutes to come out and not ONCE did our server come even near our table. Yet, another server managing the tables near us is going back and forth a zillion times, each time bumping into my chair because we are 5 people jammed into a 4 top. Meanwhile, occupancy has dwindled and the place is about half full now. Finally our order arrived. My omelette was overcooked and dry. My daughter said her eggs tasted "funny". I tried them and she was right. I can't be for certain that they were, but they were reminiscent of powdered eggs. My son said his steak was tough and chewy. My husband had ordered a side of corned beef hash, but he didn't get it because I guess the server thought he said hash browns. Typically, this would not annoy me so much, but we'd been waiting FOREVER - and for what - eggs and pancakes. She leaves and we are still short a silverware setting so I have to get up yet again to get one. This is the third time now that I had to get my own items. The corned beef hash comes out another 15 minutes later. Other than dumping off our food and then later the corned beef hash, we never saw our server. Not once did she come by. How is this possible when the restaurant is 1/2 empty? It's as if she wasn't even trying. We only got drink refills because we got up to get them. None of the plates on our table were removed. Oh, that's another thing -- they put every single item on a separate plate. We had plates up the wazoo! It was ridiculous. When we got the bill there was a miscellaneous charge of $2.00 listed at the bottom. When we questioned it we were told it was the difference between the hash brown side dish (which was already listed on the bill) and the corned beef hash side dish. OMG -- it took 45 minutes to even get the flipping corned beef and it was a server screw up. You couldn't even comp the $2.00?! I kid you not, the server then came over when we were completely done with our meal and were already up to go and asked if we needed anything else. I told her that there was a lot we needed when we were actually having our meal, but given we were finished, that it would be of no use now. Her response was "I know. Sorry about that." Wow. That was awesome. Never. Again.
Inexpensive meals to be found here that are tasty and home-style, which was probably just what I needed the morning I had breakfast here. Simple foods consisting of eggs (over medium of course) and hashbrowns and rye toast (pass the jam please). Tasty overall, but it would delight me if they added Texas Pete to their hot sauce collection! That's the southerner in me. I've not yet tried anything other than breakfast but hope to - family diners like this one are so quaint and needed in a world of chain restaurants and hectic fast food so called "breakfast" offerings. I've heard that the soup/sandwich menu is decent so I will look at ordering one of those selections next time I visit, which I expect to soon. Recommended. Staff: 6/10 as my server looked stressed. Interior: 7/10 just what you'd expect of a small town diner. Food: 8/10 quite tasty breakfast. Price:10/10 very kind to the wallet.

(734) 326-7177

American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

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Capitol Bistro & Bar

7600 Merriman Rd
Romulus, 48174
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One star for the simple fact that i was completely ignored by the server and decided to walk out. Was greet quite nicely by the bartender who provided the menu and gave me a glass of water while I waited for the server. The server then passed by me once and passed a second time, greeted a newly seated table and told them she'd be back to take their order. Came back from another table and passed me again. Then she went directly to the table that was seated after me and began taking their order. But no worries...I'll happily spend my money elsewhere.
Little place HUGE flavor! Was late at night and there was not to much in the area to eat until we Came across the Capitol Bistro. Boy where we in for it.... They had already switched to the late night menu so our options were limited... But hey we where just glad to find somewhere to eat! I had ordered the Michigan cherry salad with chicken, and I'm telling you that salad was a bomb that just exploded with flavor! Fresh crisp lettuce, Michigan dried cherries, walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles! As I'm writing this right now I'm craving it! It's was to good! If your ever in the area this is the place to come to!
Excellent service backed up by mediocre food and good beer. Hardest working waitress I've come across in years - impressive for a 22 yr old. Lamb was fair at best and small portion size. Serious fruit fly problem, but great service.

(734) 710-9800

American (Traditional)

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Wheat and Rye

7000 Merriman Rd
Romulus, 48174
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Food is great but service is horrible...with the exception of the main female bartender. The waitresses were no where to be found..when I asked the bartender where they were she didn't know either. A few guys from the bar said the waitresses were in back getting high. When the waitress was found 30 minutes later..she appeared high and never placed the order I gave her. The only reason I'll be back is cause my guy likes to play pool there...other than that..no way!
If you are stuck at the airport and need a good, HUGE sandwich or burger, check this place out. Full bar, microbrews, and great waitstaff. Very close to the hotels and airport.
I was referred to this place - with the premise being how huge the portions where for the price (and was told the food was good), etc. etc. Well - sometimes size does not matter (at least in the food world......). Let me start with the location. The bar sits off the road a bit and has a bit of a dark / uninviting feel to the outside. If it wasn't for the cars parked out front (admittedly there were quite a few patrons) - you might think the place was shuddered and closed down. It is a straight forward bar (in general terms). Although it does have a rather large seating area; this isn't the place for a general dining experience (nothing wrong with that - it just wasn't my initial understanding). In my hay day - I probably would have viewed it as a great bar stop in general (food being more of an after-thought). So if you look at it from a pure bar perspective - your opinion might differ from mine. On to the food - Wheat and Rye was touted to me for this reason. Admittedly - I only sampled a handful of items. So take it for what it is worth. I will say the menu looks enticing (from a straight burger, sandwich, bar food perspective). The even use words like "Famous Sandwich" or "All Star Burgers" - so who wouldn't be jazzed up to down a few of the items; right? We tried a sampling of the Reuben Sandwich, Hoagie, and Superbird. This was take out for us so there is not much to report on that front. Service was straight forward and satisfactory. We ordered in house and waited. No complaints on cook time or anything on that front. The food was in gigantic portions. I mean that quite literally. Sometimes people say "large portions" and it is not entirely true. I even asked the waitress about this; she didn't even have to say much - her subtle "ughh yay" gesture got the point across. If you were to form an opinion solely on size of meal / portions - Wheat and Rye might be an award winner and be revered in restaurant lore (heck - maybe that is why there are so many loyal followers to begin with). But - like I stated earlier - size doesn't always matter and you still have to satisfy the person (or in this case taste buds and my stomach - this is till food we are talking about here - let's keep it PG people!). Maybe I made the wrong assumption - but the sandwiches were not grilled / oven baked. It was just general - cold - straightforward bread. I really think that could make a huge difference in the taste and maybe that is my mistake for "not requesting" - but who the hell wants plain (cold - for all intents) sandwich when downing a few bears. For that matter; I can't imagine a stomach full of beer and then trying to "house" one of these mammoth sandwiches. Further - there just really wasn't any distinctive taste or flavor. I kept waiting for that "something" to hit me and it never did. The closest thing was the Reuben (when you have Russian Dressing - it's hard to screw up) - but even at that - it lacked the balance in overall ingredients to make it fantastic. At the end of the day - these were just simple sandwiches at the core with nothing to else to offer. It really was just overkill all the way around with the premise being the portions. I'm a French Fry guy too - and even the amount of skins was nauseating (not to mention they were that good - a dry wimpy fry that tasted like it was re-heated from yesterday's leftovers). Cost was moderate. Probably about what you would expect. But otherwise - I really just wasn't impressed. I'm not going to kill Wheat and Rye here - it might be I should try them one more time and do something different- or asked for the sandwich to be made a bit differently. But - have to be honest that when I analyze everything from every angle - I honestly don't believe they will raise the bar because I think there premise is fundamentally wrong in focusing on portion size (as opposed to quality food in general). These are just my thoughts.

(734) 729-0044

American (New), Pubs, Burgers

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Ha’Penny Pub

Detroit Metro Airport Marriott,30559 Flynn Dr
Romulus, 48174
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One thing to say for the overnight layover conversation: Dzikuje! The food's what you expect for a pub in an airport hotel complex. Eh. The beer list is good with some Michigan brews. Any place with Bell's Oberon on draft wins. The conversation is what bumps this place up. Bunch of weary travelers and a great staff.
Only gave a star so I could post my experience - wish there was a no star button! Went here because I had a Restaurant.com gift certificate. I purchased the certificate cause the menu on Restaurant.com had Shepherd's Pie and claimed it was an Irish restaurant/bar. The only thing that remotely made it Irish is that it has "Pub" in its name!! The menu was nothing like what I saw online. It had absolutely no Irish entrees! My husband got the Blackened Salmon special which was okay - salmon good, greasy Mac & cheese and bland mashed potatoes. I ordered Mac & Cheese - menu said "ham, peas, pasta in a cheese sauce". When it came out there was a pile of chopped tomatoes in the center. There were no peas at all and less than 1/4 cup finely chopped ham. Not at all worth the $13 it cost! Nothing was said about not having peas or why there were tomatoes. I tasted it and it was disgusting! It was as if they poured tomato water all over or cooked the pasta in tomato water or made the cheese sauce from tomato water. Not that I don't like tomatoes but there was NOTHING in the description that said tomato! So I wasn't expecting them and if I had know I wouldn't have ordered that dish. When I questioned the waitress about their menu on Restaurant.com and it having Shepherd's pie - she said "That is our menu from over 2 years ago." I suggested she/they might want to change it - she said " We did not add ourselves to Restaurant.com . It just happened." My thoughts - whether you added yourself to Restaurant.com or not, you know you are on that site; I would want my information correct! I would find a way to get my menu updated and accurate. I can honestly say I will never go there again or recommend them to anyone!!
Very disappointed of this place. I have been here a few times now, but this time the renovations at the hotel are taking a toll on the service and the food quality. I won't return until they return to normal ops.

(734) 729-7555

Irish

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Toarminas Pizza

7640 Merriman Rd
Romulus, 48174
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While visiting a friend we decided to order a pizza and I came to Yelp for suggestions. While reading the reviews we decided to try Toarminas. We were not disappointed we ordered the large bbq chicken pizza. It was fantastic. The delivery person was very prompt and courteous. Next time Im in the area I will definitely be calling Toarminas for pizza.
The ribs are soo tender n smoked, the bbq sauce done juz right, not too much not too little. Love the cole slaw as well but the fries r not my fav, a bit too hard.
This place was recommended to us by the receptionist at our hotel. She said this was her favorite place and that she loved the pizza there, so I was looking forward to some really awesome pizza. So we decided on this place for dinner and got some pizza delivered to our hotel room. The pizza was ok. It wasn't as great as the lady made it out to be, but it was good. The cheese and the crust were a bit too chewy for my taste. And I wish there was a little more sauce. I did like the toppings on the pizza. They were what made the pizza taste good. The pizza wasn't as good as I was expecting, but it was decent.

(734) 721-1409

Pizza

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