17288 Skyline Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94062
Good, solid road house food. Fantastic sliced prime rib sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. Soups are made on premises and desserts come form a local bakery. Breakfast is also good.
Located in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. Service is friendly and efficeint. Lots of outdoor seating with much of it under cover (in case it rains).
I have moved to the area fairly recently and Alice's has become my regular place.
A note for Arlo Guthrie fans. This is the Alice's of Alice's Restaurant fame. The place is packed on weekends as this is a gathering place for all the bikers that ride the twisty, narrow roads of the Santa Cruz mountains.
Buck's Of Woodside
3062 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062
Buck's is everything I want in an American restaurant (other than price). It has a woodsy, mountain home feel with a cute rather than trite feel. The menu is varied with the American dishes being the best. Service is friendly and efficeint.
The wait staff have a cheerful, gabby nature. I think it is perfect. People who just want to eat good food and get out may be annoyed. (But that is their problem, I like to enjoy my meal and good, friendly service is a huge part of that enjoyment.)
Tomatoes A Pizza Inc
29275 W 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
If you want good food and good value, this is the place. This definately northern Italian pizza (the further south you go, the thicker the crust). Very thin crust and flavorful toppings that complement rather than overwhelm. (This is not the place to go if you like double crust or Chicago-style pizza.)
The pizza is almost as good as Pepe's, one of the original US Pizzarias founded in New Haven, CT over 100 years ago (when they were still called ""Cheese Pies"").
Dining room in Farminton Hills is clean, well lit and well laid out, but you definately go for the food rather than the decor.
Fox and Hound
39560 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
My one experience was walking into a dark, smoky, noisy bar on the way to a better lit, smoky, noisy dining room done in dull red and brown with paneling. Reminded me of a cheap 50s Italian place trying to look fancy. Food was okay, but not great. I have not been able to get my wife to go back for a second shot to see if we just came in on a bad night.
160 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009
Great location for food, drinks, and people. Typical pub fare with the addition of full meals. It get's busiest after sundown with standing room only in the bar section. A quiet(er) room is available in the back with booths and tables for those who would rather spend time with a few friends. The mingling happens in the bar.