Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill , Northville Michigan

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So what is hott and cool up in Michigan? Cider Mills! These are what you do in the winter, summer, fall, you name it these places have lines out the door at 2PM on a Wednesday! The apple cider is excellent and the donuts are not gluten-free BOOHOO but the fudge hut has some of the best fudge ever. You park, get out, get in line and wait about 20-30 minutes and smell the intense smells of apples, fudge, and cinnamon omg smells excellent. Tell the cashiers what you want and bam good to go.

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Only problem I have with this cider mill is the fact they have literally 0 business sense… the lines, placement and entire business model is pretty bad. I could totally re-arrange this layout, add more flavors or cinnamon, hot cider, pumpkin cider, etc… It’s all super basic and their prices are really cheap.

2015-10-07 16.09.31 (Large)I’m pretty sure I could turn this into a million dollar a year to a ten million dollar a year business, but none the less it’s vintage, old, and a little dated. However the cider is excellent, and the fudge is great. Maybe one day they will have gluten-free donuts. The winery is absolute shit, the room is super small, the bar is in the very back in a corner and impossible to get to and try an order cider from. The bartender was great however. I wish they could expand the size of that bar and bank out some money. But none the less for my first cider mill this place was pretty elite and smelt amazing, don’t swat all the honey bees! Also check out the duck pond in the back. See more to see more photos.

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Toasted Oak Grill and Market, Novi Detroit

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I really wanted to sample some local fair for being in a new place (Novi, Detroit). I checked out YELP for the best restaurants in the local area and found the Toasted Oak that was attached to a $300 a night hotel. We parked and walked in and a hostess greeted us and sat us down and we were the only people in the place on a Weds at 3PM. We came back Friday night and the place was slammed and service was overwhelmed.
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With the YELP app you can check-in and get a order of Kabesa sausage for free which is the most epic tasting sausage ever, tastes so darn good. We also got some wine which was $4 happy hour and was excellent. The place is legit on the inside and very cool winter feel all we needed was snow. They have a retail store of overpriced wine bottles and knick nacks for home and wine.

I got the truffle fries and fritas for the first night which were tasty, excellent and full of flavor. The Friday night I went back I got the grass fed Michigan beef which has nothing on Texas beef, it was fat, chewy and had little to no flavor. However the lavender infused drink was absolute crap and the drinks were inconsistent from the day before.

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The bartender on Friday night ran out of a drink special and I told him just make something similar or something he likes, our first day waiter came back and told us the bartender will not do that pick something on the menu. (How dare you bartender?! You work off tips, I’ll be sure to let management know to change your attitude or fire your @ss. You didn’t prep enough cocktails for the night and then have the audacity to tell me you won’t make something similar.

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For dessert on Friday night we got a apple tart pie and I got a custard which was gluten-free and amazing. The only reason for not 5 stars is a crappy bartender on Friday night and also not having a gluten-free menu or gluten-free bread. GET WITH IT TOASTED.

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