Hollywood Diner recently took over the location that used to be Hardees. Since changing to Hollywood Diner, they have completely redone the interior of the restaurant, and now the setting is fabulous. The word diner makes you think of a greasy spoon kind of joint, but this place is anything but. The menu is large, with options for anyone. They have everything from typical diner food consisting of coney dogs and burgers to filet mignon, chicken picatta, and and lamb shank. Pretty much anything you crave they have, including a full service bar. I was surprised at the quality of the food and the nice atmosphere. I highly recommend this for anyone hoping to avoid typical chain food without spending a fortune at a high end restaurant.
Kamils has a wide assortment of goods that you can buy for all your middle eastern food needs. What I like the most is that amidst the groceries you can also get fresh food prepared right when you order it. They make shwarma and fallafel sandwiches as well as other food. They also sell very good hommus and have a variety of pita at really good prices. It's a great store to go to.
If you're looking for a haircut for a reasonable price - the Aveda Institute is the place to go! The price is around $15 for a cut and that includes shampooing and blowdrying. Since the person cutting your hair is a student - you are not allowed to tip. One nice aspect is that they have to check in with an instructor at every step of the process. It definitely helps though if you know what you want in advance.
Aveda is great for haircuts but may not be as great for manicures. The manicures are pricey and since the students don't prepare as much to do manicures sometimes they don't end up as well. However, you do get the bottle of nailpolish with your manicure.
If you're looking for a good fun time at the Casino...I personally don't think it will be at Motorcity. The one time I was there..I was personally scared of the Casino since it seemed really dark and smokey. I like to gamble occassionally with friends just for fun, but Motorcity seemed very intense and like it was only for hard core gamblers. The minimum bets were pretty high and overall it didn't seem like it was for the casual gambler or the novice. If you're interested in cheaper tables and more options, going across the bridge into Windsor may be the better bet...since it's brighter, friendlier, and has a ton of options both in machines and tables.
if you're looking for something different to do on a weekend...Second City may be it.... Second City Comedy Theater has shows on weekends that somewhat resemble sketches you'd see on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Some of the sketches are not as funny unless you're hip to Detroit and what's going on politically and socially there. Otherwise they have some pretty funny sets. The one thing is that it's somewhat pricey for a short comedy show. I wasn't greatly impressed...but it was nice to do something different. It didn't seem like it was hard to get tickets since it wasn't very full when we went.
After shopping around for many prescriptions...my family has found that sometimes Diplomat Pharmacy is just cheeper for your prescriptions. While it may not make a difference if you have prescription drug coverage and are only paying a co pay, it can make a huge difference if you're not covered. So it's definitely worth it to give Diplomat a call...cause it could save you a few bucks. While the pharmacy can be busy at times...they get the prescriptions prepared in pretty good time...which is more than I can say for some of those big chains. They have a pretty big staff working in the pharmacy so that helps get things out fast.
If you like balloons for your party decor...then the Marx Sisters may be the place to go. For the few times that I was organizing events while I was in High School, we attempted to look at the Marx Sisters for our party decor and I was not very impressed by the selection. It seemed that the bulk of their decor options were specifically balloons and party favor like options...and that did not really go with the classy theme we were looking for. It also seemed like the decor that was for sale was quite pricey...so while many people may go there first for their party decor...I was not very impressed.
From the minute I walked in Sadako...I knew I'd like it. My friends actually thought I was crazy when I said I liked and that we should come again before we even got the food...but that's what the ambiance of the restaurant did for me. Many of the places in Ann Arbor leave much to be desired for...and don't make you want to sit and enjoy your meal. Sadako is the exact opposite with a classic and elegant look. The Sushi is pretty reasonably priced...and if you dine you receive a salad and soup as well with your meal. I enjoyed the rolls that I tried...and they had a pretty wide variety to choose from. Overall it was a great place to dine and I can't wait to go back.
Short Stop is located conveniently on Elms Road right near the ice skating rink. Short Stop has a little bit of everything from all sorts of food items, to personal care items, to liquor and lotto tickets as well. If you don't want to make a big trip to the grocery store...then Short Stop is the place to go. Sometimes when I'm driving around and I can't find the newspaper...I head to Short Stop since it's right down the street. They have a large selection of lotto tickets including scratch tickets - if you want to test your luck for the day.