If you missed last week’s episode of Dining in the D, you missed watching Chef Tom enjoy some great food and hospitality at Mae’s Diner in the cozy town of Pleasant Ridge. If you’re not already familiar with Mae’s, get ready for some good eating.
The atmosphere is bright and cheery. The Formica countertops and turquoise stools gives the place a nice retro feel–that and the Faygo and Uptown posters adorning the walls. The eclectic collection of salt & pepper shakers on each table adds to the charm.
Consider breakfast—Mae’s 3-egg omelets include the Hippie, with sautéed mushrooms, onions, green peppers, spinach and tomatoes; and the Kurtzy, with goat cheese, red peppers, spinach and bacon. Mae’s also has a number of ‘Benedicts’, including one with poached eggs on thick cut bacon, tomato and spinach, drizzled with hollandaise on a fresh Avalon Bakery baguette.
On my most recent visit, I tried the Hillbilly Benedict. Mae’s starts out with fresh homemade buttermilk biscuits, tops each half with crispy fried chicken, a poached egg, some sausage gravy, shredded cheddar and Frank’s hot sauce. Not a fan of poached eggs, I ordered mine scrambled. Amazing is the first word that comes to mind. The biscuits are flaky, the homemade sausage gravy is to die for. The hot sauce adds just the right amount of heat. Mental note: would make a great hangover cure.
Lunch is good here as well. There’s traditional diner fare like a BLT, Grilled Cheese and Turkey Club. But why not go out on a limb and sample the Turkey Reuben with grilled Swiss, homemade slaw and Thousand Island dressing? Chef Tom enjoyed the Butter Burger, two delicious all beef (and butter) patties, topped with melted gooey cheddar on a fresh Avalon bun, served up with hand cut fries—onion rings or sweet potato fries are a bit extra.
On another visit, I tried the Positive Detroit salad with grilled chicken, sliced fresh strawberries, candied pecans, and fried goat cheese over mixed greens with a tasty poppy seed dressing. The warm goat cheese patty was like eating a slice of sweet and creamy cheesecake, and mixed well with the other tastes on the plate. Check them out for yourself–
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