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“Pot Roast is still just Pot Roast”

Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar
Ranked #6 of 202 Restaurants in Southfield
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Edwards and 12 Mile Rd.
Description: World Beat Cuisine with a consistent dose of creativity, an ever-evolving, unique & mouth-watering menu of completely satisfying items that will have you counting the hours before you return. A fantastic selection of daily specials, house-made soups, pastas, seafood, steaks, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings - inspired by exciting ethnic cuisines.Favorites include Five Spice Calamari to Avocado Crab BLTs, and Pecan-crusted Chicken breast as well as a wonderful selection of fresh-baked desserts including Apple Brown Betty...Delicious!Think about Sweet Lorraine 's for brunch, lunch, dinners and special events (from family gatherings to social & business meetings - Sweet Lorraine's will be happy to accommodate your group).
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Pot Roast is still just Pot Roast”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Heard from the locals that Sweet Lorraine's was the place to go for dessert. It was. They have a different menu for each night of the week for their main course, and I was there for pot roast Thursday. Starting off with hot tea, I was very excited when the waitress brought over a leather box, holding it open for me to decide what delicious and fragrant tea to choose from. Another disappointment. A couple of green teas and your regular black teas, nothing exciting. Their bread comes with a homemade tomato marinara sauce, which was very tasty, with just the right flavor to the sauce. The pot roast is still pot roast, but these people threw together a tasty meal out of a cheap cut of meat. The portions were large, and as pot roast goes, there wasn't to much fat. The garlic mashed potatoes were tasty and the fresh green beans were crisp and flavorful as well. They should have a couple of other items on the menu to select from, they only had two, I cant remember what the other one was. To the desserts, they bring out a tray of their desserts which you can select from. I figured if the plastic version they were showing me was half as good as the real ones I was in for a treat, and i was. Selected the carrot cake, and out came a HUGH slice of triple layer cake, MOIST and just the right amount of cream cheese frosting. If ever in the area again I will be sure to come to Sweet Lorraine's, but only for the dessert

Visited October 2013
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Northville, Michigan, USA
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“Great dining”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great healthy choices and great food. I have been going to this eatery for over 20 years. Consistently great. Same owner all these years. High quality food regardless of the dish. Great Sunday brunch at Livonia location. Have eaten at all locations and food quality and experience is always excellent. Great waitstaff. Polite and highly trained.

Visited October 2013
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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“MUST STOP!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have been here a few times and every time we try something new. They have a regular menu that includes fresh Michigan grown veggies and free range meats. Then they top it all off with a daily specials menu that is always different and wonderful. This menu has a dozen + new items everyday, including new drink specials and specialty desserts... all handmade!

The calamari is the best!

  • Visited October 2013
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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“How about grits cakes with melted cheese for breakfast?”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Have a delicious breakfast at Sweet Lorraine's in Southfield. Return for an encore with your receipt and they'll give you 20% off your bill. Try the tasty grits cakes with melted cheese. Omelets are perfectly prepared; something that seems to be a surprising problem for so many breakast restaurants.

We first shared the Havana Hash; a complimentary mix of chorizo, onions and peppers over spinach, topped with eggs and served with sides of sour crème and tomato corn salsa. The dish includes some redskins that unfortunately seemed rubbery so we passed them by. We had also ordered a side of the grits cakes and had more than enough great food to satisfy us both without the potatoes.

We returned a week later to try the Iowa Ham and Havarti Omelet; which was light and fluffy. The omelets are served with a buttermilk bisquit (as are many breakfast dishes) but we found the bisquit a bit dry when served with the Havana Hash. Of course this is a matter of taste, so we ordered a Wolferman English Muffin instead along with the grits cakes.

Sweet Lorraine's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They open for breakfast on Sunday at 8am, which is nice to know since many breakfast places fill up so quickly on a Sunday. Sweet Lorraine's offers ample seating and their current breakfast crowd arrives fashionably late, leaving the place wide open for anyone desiring an early meal.

Having read a few other reviews I will agree that the building is a bit older, but it has that delightful atmospheric quality that makes dining an experience. The walls are painted with vibrantly colored murals. I love the little international peace signs strung across the main ceiling area and the lightbulb caps that provide subdued lighting. Mostly I adore the music—anything from Sinatra to Piaf, a vintage assortment that's audible but soft enough to speak over.

Sweet Lorraine's is a nice place to share a meal with the one you love or your meet and eat crowd. Try it soon.

  • Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Didn't match the reputation”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

At this restuarant with business meeting group; Had separate room upstairs; Building is very old and run down, kind of junky, dark and outdated; The separate banquet room is up a very narrow and extemely steep stairs.

To start, the beer choice are quirky --- had lots of off brand/ off flavor beers; They didn't have coors or Blue moon but they did have Miller which is the same brewer. Tried a recommended wheat ale which "is just like Blue Moon" but was far from that -- bitter and heavy foam with no orange to cut the bitter yeast.

I had "pecan crusted chicken"; The white breast chicken had been flatted to about 1/4 inch, coated with finely minched pecans and sautee' well. It was served on a puddle of dijon mustard sauce which was extremely bitter. It was accompanied by wild rice (good) and steamed carrotts (also good). Prior to the meal, we also had italian foccia bread with tomato sauce dip and what appearred to be cheese cassadia(?) which were both OK.

For dessert I had a huge slice of carrott cake - standard with cream cheese icing which also was good.

The score would have been better if the main dish -- the chicken -- was up to average standards.

  • Visited September 2013
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