Eating Out In Livonia, Michigan, The Top 10 Restaurants

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9 February 2017

With plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, foodies will never be short of places to eat in Livonia, Michigan. A great place to stay on the edge of the bustling metropolis, Livonia features many parks, lakes and recreational spots that visitors love. Known for its fast food and Mexican joints, here are the 10 best restaurants to choose from when in town.

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Bates Hamburgers

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
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A family-run restaurant that’s been dedicated to perfecting the perfect burger combo since 1959, Bates Hamburgers may be a modest establishment but it certainly serves top quality food. Both take out and sit down meals are available, perfect for enjoying anytime of the day from breakfast to dinner and anytime in between. Try the breakfast special of two eggs, sausage or bacon, hashbrowns, toast and coffee in the morning. Or come by later on to sample one of the legendary hamburgers with fries for the cheapest price imaginable.

El Nibble Nook

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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With colorful food, a colorful atmosphere and a fun-loving name, El Nibble Nook serves some of the best Mexican food and margaritas in the state. Perfect for family meals and dinners with friends, the restaurant is casual and welcoming. With way more than the usual array of tacos and enchiladas, diners at El Nibble Nook can enjoy more exotic fare such as fritas calabrasas (fried zucchini), botana (a variation on the more common nachos), carnitas (a braised pork broth) and beef or chicken chalupas. Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, the chefs here take great pride in creating the most fabulous flavor combinations to get diners’ taste buds excited. Book a table and arrive with an appetite.

J Alexander’s Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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A top end, contemporary American restaurant, J Alexander’s Restaurant is highly reputed for its innovative wood-fired dishes and elegantly presented plates. A rotating menu is in place to ensure that there is always something new for diners to sample whilst at the same time ensuring that favorite dishes return to center stage again. The perfect venue for a romantic dinner for two, consider ordering the fire-grilled artichokes as an appetizer, the swordfish beurre noir for your entree, and a creme brulee for dessert. A fine selection of wine is available to complement each of the dishes on offer and a sophisticated atmosphere finishes the perfect date ambiance.

Las Palapas

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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An authentic Mexican restaurant that also makes great cocktails, Las Palapas is an ideal dinner venue for anyone after a good time as well as great food. Alongside the classic dishes of fajitas, enchiladas and tacos, Las Palapas specializes in proper home-style Mexican cooking. For something exotic try the empapelado marino (shrimps, scallops and a full fillet of tilapia served with sauteed vegetables inside a pineapple), or for something hearty and warming go for the chicken mole poblano. Time it right and there may even be a Mexican party going on while you eat.

Lefty’s Cheesesteak Hoagies

Sandwich Shop, American, Healthy, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Street Food, $$$
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With the motto ‘Lefty’s where everything is done right’, Lefty’s Cheesesteak Hoagies is a classic American diner. Serving a vast array of all the usual favorites: burgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and sides, Lefty’s is perfect for a quick meal with all the family. No trip to Lefty’s would be complete without trying their namesake cheesesteak hoagie; a steak, grilled onion, and blending of American and Swiss cheese combo. Get a coney special hot dog; a Reuben on rye and a portion of chilli cheese fries and you’ll be wanting to return to Lefty’s again and again. The food here is simple, fast, affordable and extremely tasty. Just don’t come if you’re on a diet because the hoagies are simply too tasty to resist.

Mitchell’s Fish Market

Market, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Gluten-free, $$$
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With seasonal menus reflecting the restaurant’s dedication to delivering delicious meals made only from the freshest ingredients, Mitchell’s Fish Market is known for its incredible seafood and steak dishes. Beautifully hand-crafted cocktails, an extensive selection of fine wines and an array of microbrews are available in the sophisticated bar as well. While in the dining room, guests can enjoy a variety of fine food. Sample appetizers include bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp, mussels provencal and fresh oysters. Some entrees that also deserve a mention are the yellow fin tuna, tropical tilapia, lobster and shrimp stuffed cod, king crab legs and, of course, the chargrilled filet mignon served with skin on mashed potatoes and asparagus.


Restaurant, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, $$$
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Michigan is home to the largest Arab community outside of the Middle East and Sheesh gives Livonia locals the opportunity to taste some classic Arabian dishes. Fusing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors, the menu is full of delicious dishes such as hummus, falafel, fatoush, sheesh kebabs and shawarma, as well as many lesser-known dishes. A great choice of restaurant for sociable meals with friends, diners are encouraged to order a variety of dishes to share with the as the people from the Mediterranean do.

Sweet Lorraine’s

Bar, Cafe, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American
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An award-winning establishment, Sweet Lorraine’s is both a cafe and a bar. Featuring dishes from all around the world, any whim, craving or fancy can be satisfied a Sweet Lorraine’s. Perhaps not the best place to go to for those that struggle to make decisions, menu choices range from an artichoke and feta pizza to a sauteed shrimp quesadilla, turkey parmigiana sliders to gorgonzola fondue, pecan chicken with saffron rice to Cajun-spiced sirloin, and butternut squash ravioli to a vegetarian paella. Despite the unusually large variation in cuisines, cooking methods and flavors that are incorporated into the menu at Sweet Lorraine’s, somehow the chefs manage to ensure that all the dishes are equally delicious. With a dish to suit everyone, this is a fantastic family restaurant.

Thomas’ Family Restaurant

Restaurant, Polish, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, $$$
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One of the few restaurants in the area to offer authentic Polish cuisine, Thomas’ Family Restaurant is dedicated to serving families delicious food in a welcoming and cozy environment. Thomas’ is a community-based restaurant that cares greatly about making sure all of its dishes are affordable as well as tasty so that all of Livonia’s locals, as well as its tourists, are able to keep coming back time after time for an enjoyable supper. In addition to a rotating menu of seasonal specials, Thomas’ also features a fixed a la carte menu that is packed full of tasty plates. Try the broccoli and cheddar cheese bites or the Polish sampler to start, before trying a plate of breaded pork chops or sauerkraut and kielbasa for an authentic meal.

Two Guys Pizza Pies

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, Mexican, Fast Food, Street Food, Dessert
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A restaurant that the whole family will want to visit, Two Guys Pizza Pies makes for the perfect laid-back lunch or dinner. The restaurant is everything anyone could possibly ask of a pizzeria, plus a bit more. Diners get to choose the type of pizza they want, how big, what kind of seasoning on their crust (if any), what type of cheese and what toppings. Aside from the traditional American pizza types, Two Guys offers a few Sicilian alternatives and a gluten-free crust. Salads, chicken wings and cinnamon bread all make an appearance on the menu too.

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