Side Street Diner & Luca's Chophouse

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots


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STREET TREAT: Sidestreet Diner’s corned beef on grilled Breadsmith Rye with natural Swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing. (Photo by Joe Vaughn)

 

 

SIDE STREET DINER:

Cousins Meghan Spicer and Sheila Taylor have steadily improved their friendly and unpretentious spot, adding a beer and wine list that’s in keeping with the small dimensions and affordable price structure of the place. The duo preside over a menu of classic American diner dishes, including sandwiches, salads, oven-roasted turkey, meatloaf, and notably good soups, from chicken noodle to beef barley. Old-fashioned layer cakes line the counter.

630 St. Clair, Grosse Pointe; 313-884-6810, sidestreetdiner.com. B, L & D Mon.-Sat., B & L Sun. $12 H

 

LUCA'S CHOPHOUSE:

The balconied space in Papa Joe’s Plaza has a sophisticated ambience and subtle color scheme as a setting for a menu of beef, lamb, and pork that’s natural and free from antibiotics. It’s the second outpost for proprietor Luca Gjonaj, whose original is in Grand Blanc. A plus for both of his restaurants are the prices. Even the biggest cut — the 24-ounce porterhouse — is well below $40, with a 6-ounce filet at $25. In addition to red meat, there are pasta choices, as well as a list of sandwiches at lunchtime. Service is emphasized.

6870 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-266-6370, lucaschophouse.com. L & D Sun.-Fri., D Sat. $24 H

 

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Note: Dollar amount is the average entree price
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