Chef Cooper’s Custom Catering L.L.C.

11920 Macon Rd
Saline, 48176
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Chef Cooper recently catered a banquet for the executives of our business. The layout of the food was quite beautiful and it tasted delicious! This is a caterer that actually knows what they're doing. He exceeded all of our expectations and hopefully we'll being seeing them again for our annual Christmas party.

(734) 429-4183

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Baker’s Nook

901 W Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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I was looking for a special "ophthalmology" themed cake for a little party we were having for my fiancés residency class and I hit the bakery jackpot by choosing this place! The staff here at The Bakers Nook was INCREDIBLE! They were very accommodating and helpful with guiding me towards designing my cake. It came out looking great and everyone loved it! I got to use some fun clip art photos and some of my personal photos and they were printed onto sugar paper. So fun! Plus, it tasted great! Great cake. Great staff. Great price. I can't wait to come in and browse around your store and hopefully pick up a few things to try to bake my own awesome cake!
Since we're having cupcakes instead of a wedding cake, my next big project is to make a cupcake stand. I've been searching all over online and on ebay for cheap ones that look decent but they're all so expensive! Also, a lot of the sites only sold bulk quantities, and I didn't need 100 cake boards to make my one measly stand. I went through different websites and stumbled upon shopbakersnook.com . To my surprise, they sold individual cake boards in all different shapes and sizes for very reasonable prices! I ended up buying 4 round waxed cake boards in different sizes to make a tier-like stand. The total price for the 4 boards was only $3.00, but shipping was $6.60 so the total was $9.90. Not bad. I'm anxiously waiting for them to arrive at my place so that I can get started. They have TONS of good items on their website, so check them out! I am a big cupcake fan and found lots of fun and pretty materials that can definitely spice up any plain ol' cupcake. I instantly fell in love with their cupcake decorating flower toppers and cupcake sleeves, but the ones that I wanted were temporarily sold out. Nonetheless, I am very happy with my purchase.
Despite me being a jackass and charing under $4.00 on my credit card twice during the same visit they were relatively polite, curt but polite. I personally do not make cakes but my wife is a cake backing superstar and I saw many great cake pans and items to make any one's birthday super dooper special.

(734) 429-1320

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Benny’s Bakery

111 W Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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If you are looking for Christmas cookies, Benny's Bakery has beautiful decorated ones. The sugar cookies are my favorites, decorated like Stars, Santa, Snow Men, ornaments. They are made daily. Wherever I take them people don't want to eat them as they are so cute. Benny's is known for their Pretzels on Saturday, but this week I discovered the Holiday Christmas Cookies. Deliciouls
Like somebody else mentioned, I've been a fan of Benny's Bakery since it was called Walker's. Back then, workers from the Ford factory hung out there in the wee hours before their shifts. Like somebody else said, the pretzels on Saturday are amazing. Each weekend, they sell 400-500 dozen. 400-500 DOZEN!!! And even more on Michigan Football Saturdays. That's for a small family business. OK, full disclosure: my sister and brother-in-law bought this bakery from Benny Galimberti himself around 2005. I have nothing to do with the bakery, though, except that I occasionally go to bag pretzels on Saturday mornings when I'm visiting (I live in CT now). Seriously, the donuts, pretzels, breads, cookies, and cakes are fantastic. Steve Babiak (the current Baker Extraordinaire) makes cookies frosted with either UM or MSU logos during that game week, and he does the same with OSU cookies during that week (he's still a Buckeye at heart, which is a source of some family ribbing, depending on who's got the better football team). Just like back in the 70's, the locals add a lot to Benny's. On any given Saturday morning, I can walk in and say hello to my high school friends or their parents. My father is one of the men who hangs in the middle of the bakery with other retired folk talking about the old days (cue Springsteen's "Glory Days"). If you're from out of town, it's just as welcoming, so you definitely should go. One caution, go to the bathroom before you enter--the bathroom is in the haunted (seriously) basement, and it's, um, well, just go before you get there. So, get my point? Go, get some pretzels, eat them all on Saturday, digest on Sunday, anticipate on Monday (they're closed), and get the donuts on Tuesday (through Friday)!
A co worker brought in the pretzels from Benny's bakery one Saturday and I knew I was in love. Can't wait to try the other goodies here.

(734) 429-9120

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Gabriel’s Hoagies

972 E Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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I started going to Gabriel's about two years ago and haven't stopped since. I've been around to many different cheesesteak joints across the state, and I've even had the pleasure of eating the best cheesesteaks Philadelphia has to offer (Pat's, Tony Luke's, etc.), and while this hoagie isn't quite the same, it's one heck of a fill-in for the real thing. Some complain the bread is not fresh-baked, but it is still tasty and frankly, it keeps the cost down (it's not even 7 bucks for a full sandwich including all toppings). I would definitely recommend getting extra cheese as well as the cherry peppers on the side. My favorite sandwich. An absolute must if you are in the Saline/Ypsilanti area!!
I grew up eating Gabriels cheese steaks. It's new to Salime but an old favorite from those in the ypsi area. We don't get carryout often but we've had the Saline Gabriel's a couple times and they've both been good. Fast service, friendly cashiers and good food.
I stumbled across a review for the Ypsi location and decided to try the Saline one. I never would have noticed that it's in the "new" mall in town if not for Yelp. Finally got a chance to grab lunch there today. The place was busy. The two young ladies at the register were very polite and efficient at the same time. My sandwich was made very quickly. There are a few tables--from the counter right up to the door. That might be cold in the winter! Because of the tight quarters, this place would only be good for a group of up to 4, unless you are able to push two tables together. I ordered the steak and cheese hoagie with mushrooms and peppers. If you like a little spice, definitely get the peppers. They also have the peppers for sale by the jar. The sandwich comes wrapped in several layers of paper. Good thing, because it's juicy. Good value for the price. Next time I'll bring the hubby and split a salad, too.

(734) 316-2651

Sandwiches

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Thompson Bar & Grill

10655 W Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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When you first walk in, you get the impression that Thompson's is the kind of bar that only the locals and regulars would know about. For good reason; it is in the middle of a long stretch of Michigan Avenue (US12) between Saline and Clinton. Who would go here? Let me tell you! Locals, yokels and even a few from the city come out here to hang out and enjoy a real rural pub experience. The food is GREAT with a few exceptions. Seriously, if you're going to eat Mexican style food, it really is best to eat it at a Mexican style restaurant (though it was survivable). The hamburgers are the real star here. Delicious, cooked just right, perfect served with a side of chips or fries. DO GET THE FRIED PICKLES. Fried pickles are localized, rural southern Washtenaw county pub MUST. If you see em on a menu, you just have to get them. You won't be sorry (what's a few more miles on the treadmill?!)!! In the summer they proudly serve Bell's Oberon (a super big plus) and in the winter you can switch back to Sam Adams. What's not to love? Plus they will give you orange slices to put in your beer. Cool! The way it's supposed to be. The waitresses are all cute, happy and friendly. They even wear tank tops in the winter. On Fridays they have a decidedly country-skewed karaoke. There is lots of seating and a couple of pool tables. Upstairs there's no windows but it's nonsmoking. But who cares? You are in the boonies, enjoy the locals hanging out at the bar. You may make a friend. GREAT place to just come have a beer by yourself and just start talking to you stool neighbor at the bar. The booths need more padding but after a big beer or two or three you don't notice anymore. UPDATE 12/09: They renovated the padding in the booths! Hooray! If you love the idea of 'True Blood's' Merlotte's Bar you have found the identical equivalent in Thompson's (sans vampires!). Note: It used to be called the "Polar Bear" and it still bears the letters 'PB' on the windows. In the summer, you get an AWESOME sunset view over the farm fields across the road. If you get too tipsy, you can take the back roads back to town. No, I did not just tell you that.
Went there on Sunday the pizza:s was great and the service was fast. An all around good experience
Basic dive bar. Should have had music playing. I had to listen to some regular at the end of the bar. The entire staff seemed new. The sandwich was fine. Fries were fine. Coleslaw was very good. Restrooms were clean and in good repair.

(734) 429-0757

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Detroit Dog Co

103 Ann Arbor St
Saline, 48176
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Fairly mediocre tasting food. Everything appears to be cooked with a deep fryer. The batter for both the onion rings and jalapeno poppers could be improved. I had the mac and cheese fritter hot dog, but was disappointed that they used what seemed to be a batter that matched poorly with the fritters when deep frying.
Rock city. Deep fried, bacon, chipotle mayo. Enough said. Get this damn dog. It is happy. I also like the Boblo Island BBQ (coleslaw and o rings on it too) and the Mexicantown with the chorizo, avocado, jalapenos, cheese, sour cream and the rest. Either way you go, regular dogs (my husband's preferred way) or polish (what I prefer) work. My husband and I split these three dogs in half and shared and we were stuffed to the gills. The sides were good. The hand cut fries and the poppers being our picks. I preferred the poppers but that is no shocker. The fries were decent but not as much my thing. I wanted pickles but my husband is not a huge fan of the pick, especially as I order them a lot. Yes the dogs cost. They are also sizable and loaded up. I am not bothered by the price point. On the Facebook page they do deals like 20% off takeout Thursday the other day or a couple of takeout combos with two or four dogs with fry side(s) and fried brownie dessert (16-22 dollars respectively) those are both nice deals. Eating in is not the best experience, it is not large there and definitely not designed for eating. The outdoor tables work in the summer unless like my husband you are anti al fresco. Frankly we are fine with next time having just the dogs for takeout and trucking them home to devour with a big bag of Better Mades we already have from a shopping trip. I doubt the fries would survive our journey at any rate, hmmmm those jalapenos might though. All in all worth a whirl, especially if you like dogs.
Good hot dogs on the best hot dog bun I've ever had. The bun is the right balance of toothy and soft. It can get a bit pricey but worth it.

(734) 323-7927

Hot Dogs, American (Traditional)

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Joyful House

515 E Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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When you compare Joyful House to restaurants in general, this takeout place is probably a three star... but when you compare it to the restaurants in the area and compare it to the other Chinese take out place(s) in the area, it's a 4. That's because the only other Chinese take out place is Best China by the WalMart and it's low quality, high quantity cheap Chinese food. Joyful House is a little higher in quality and consistency, but you pay for it (an extra dollar or two or so on lunch specials). The General's Tso's chicken which is the basic standard by which you can compare take out chinese, is good. Definitely better meat than the Best China fodder they use. The sauce is sweet though, and you definitely need to ask for spicier. The lunch combo also does come with a crab rangoon which I like better than mystery-filled egg rolls. I have not tried anything else just yet, but I would not be opposed to it. Above all, yes, it's worth the extra 2 dollars for a higher quality meal. You also get less fried rice than at Best China, so not really enough for leftovers at all, but sometimes its better to have a better tasting, less gristly product. Don't expect more than your standard Chinese take out or delivery place and you won't be disappointed.
My husband and I had take out here a few Friday's back, and it was delicious! I had the veggie fried rice and Carb rangoon, and he had the sweet and sour chicken. Both of our meals were excellent and just the right amount : ) The staff here are very friendly and the take out order was ready in ten minutes. Would highly recommend them!
This is by far the best Chinese Restaurant in Saline. I really love their menu selection, as the food is not only reasonably priced, but very delicious. Likewise, the portions tend to be on the large size during the dinner hour.

(734) 944-3197

Chinese

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The Homestead Bed and Breakfast

9279 Macon Rd
Saline, 48176
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This is a fun, old-fashioned family farmhouse. Plan on getting to know the hosts - friendly and full of stories. Be sure to sit on the back porch for a while. The breakfast was extremely good!!! Strong coffee, just what we often yearn for when traveling. Beds are on the small side. Shared baths. But very comfortable and pleasant, very homey. Not as pricey as many similar places. I hope to go back sometime.

(734) 429-9625

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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Mancinos Pizzas and Grinders

1323 E Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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The turkey grinders here are good and big size. I would liken the style of sub to something a little like tubby'a.
Not as good as the Carpenter Rd restaurant. I had the ham and cheese grinder, hubby had the steak and cheese grinder and we shared a small cheese and garlic bread and fries. Fries and my sandwich were OK, not great. Steak sandwich had less meat than the other restaurant. Bread was very different than the other place, hardly any cheese and overcooked. We will stick to the Carpenter Rd site!
I've had their pizza many times before. It was OK, with a nicely acidic tomato sauce. The balance of bread, sauce, cheese & toppings was right. Today I had a grinder for the first time. The half sandwich is 8 inches, the full size is 16. The bread was soft and spongy. I actually prefer my grinder bread to be thinner and chewy, so the bread was just OK by my standards. I got the "Italian" grinder. There are almost two dozen choices on the menu. The meat was tasty. There was a bit of cheese on there, since I noticed caramelized bits of it falling off my sandwich as I ate it. If there were any green peppers on my sandwich, I didn't notice. I ordered extra veggies, and there was an abundance of shredded head lettuce and refrigerated (bland) tomato slices. It was hard to fold the sandwich over to contain all the vegetative matter, so the quantity was great, but I would have preferred some green peppers and red onions along with the rest. So I'd rate this grinder a 2.5 out of 5, and I'll be sure to try something else next time.

(734) 944-2838

Pizza

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Dan’s Downtown Tavern

103 E Michigan Ave
Saline, 48176
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Dan's is a relaxing place to watch a game or chat with friends but they really need to stop using styrofoam dishes. Why can we have real plates! Management needs to step up to this! Our pizza was good but the wings were only so so.
After several trips to Dan's I will never be back. The owner is extremely unprofessional. Yells at his staff, his costumers, and swears in front of children. I expect things to get rowdy in a bar, but this was during the dinner rush. Absolutely uncalled for. I feel so bad for his unappreciated wait staff. Who do a great job (Other than a couple) but Dan's behavior makes me concerned about his mental health. Just a complete jerk. ______________________ Just received this response from the man himself... rest my case: frankly I think you review is full of shit I am glad that you are not coming in...My Mental Heath is definitely intact sir...and Basically your an Idiot...
A friend and I went to play Tuesday trivia, have a few beers, and dinner. Overall, Dan, you have a good Downtown Tavern. The positive highlights included the service we received and the 44 beers on tap (including an impressive array of IPAs). Our server greeted us immediately, was very friendly, and was helpful in providing information about their beer selection. Throughout the evening she checked on us at all the right moments (a difficult feat when all tables are playing trivia) and brought our drinks and food quickly after we ordered. The food was pretty good bar food. My chicken philly sandwich was fine and I give a high five for serving up shoestring fries. The only deductions here concerned that it was really hot on the newer side if the restaurant and the space between people didn't justify the temperature. Also, the men's bathroom needs some work. The door didn't shut, the trough wasn't welcoming, and the look could use a makeover. The bar/restaurant isn't a true dive, so the restroom could be brought up to the same standard. I would certainly stop in again.

(734) 429-3159

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