Filled with Flavor: Get Your Hands on a Stuffed Meal in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | August 25, 2014

When you think of stuffed entrees, one of the first things to come to mind is probably a turkey filled with stuffing, right? Well, my dear reader friends, there is no reason to wait until Thanksgiving rolls around to enjoy a stuffed entrée. There are plenty of stuffed dishes out there that don’t include, well, stuffing.

Stuffed chicken, stuffed peppers, you name it. These classic dishes that remind you of home can be found at several Metro Detroit restaurants—with a twist. Let’s take a gander at some of those eateries in the D, shall we?

Coco Fairfield’s, 2959 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, allows you to start your day off by filling your stomach with one of the greatest things on earth: stuffed French toast. Here, the Stanford Stuffed French Toast breakfast specialty consists of sweet apple cinnamon bread stuffed with cream cheese, which is then topped with cinnamon apples.

If you have a food allergy, never fear! This decadent dish can be prepared gluten-free.

The Metropolitan Café, 52969 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp., serves simple contemporary cuisine with a bit of a twist. Both the lunch and dinner menus consist of small plates, including Madjool Chorizo Stuffed Dates. The pieces of fruit are packed with chorizo, then wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and topped with a roasted tomato and red pepper sauce.

This is a great dish to share with a date (aha, get it?) or group of friends for lunch or dinner. You can certainly tackle it on your own, too.

Prime29 Steakhouse, 6545 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield Twp., is a sophisticated steakhouse suitable for taking your lady to on her birthday or treating your fella after he gets a job promotion. Manchester Farms Quail is the stuffed entrée on the menu at Prime29, and it includes quail stuffed with wild rice and Michigan dried cherries.

The dish is accompanied by zucchini, squash, onions and fried okra, as well as a cranberry glaze. Any place that has $9 side items on its menu is a tad out of my everyday price range, but if you can afford it, more power to you.

Rochester Chop House, 306 S. Main St., Rochester, has a menu bursting with fresh fish and seafood, as well as several poultry and meat items. If you’re craving seafood packed with even more seafood, this is where you want to go. Try the Stuffed Shrimp, which is stuffed with broiled Maryland lump crabmeat, topped with lobster cream and served with a side of rice pilaf.

This spectacular entrée gives you the best of both worlds if you’re being indecisive with your dinner choice. Shrimp and crab in one!

La Dolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit, is a great little Italian place with a beautiful patio. For more on that, please review my previous article on outdoor dining in the D! As for the stuffed entrees, the lunch and dinner menu contain two different stuffed dishes.

The one served at lunch is Ravioli Pastore, a spinach and ricotta cheese stuffed ravioli topped with marinara sauce. Once dinnertime rolls around, the menu changes and Ravioli D’Aragosta Allo Zafferano becomes the stuffed entrée of choice. The saffron ravioli pasta is stuffed with lobster and topped with palomino sauce. If you ask me, the only thing more delightful than pasta is stuffed pasta.

Shalimar Restaurant, 307 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, an Indian restaurant that specializes in North Indian and Tandoori cuisine, has several stuffed items on its menu. One of the dinner specialties is Stuffed Dum Aloo, or potatoes stuffed with cheese and nuts, prepared with yogurt, tomato, fennel seeds and a variety of spices.

The restaurant also serves quite a few different varieties of stuffed breads, including Podina Naan (stuffed with mint leaves), Stuffed Kulchas (stuffed with your choice of potato, paneer and onions; date, poppy seeds and coconut, or olive and feta cheese) and Onion Kulcha (stuffed with chopped onions and fresh herbs).

Speaking from personal experience, naan is some of the best bread I’ve ever had, so you don’t want to pass this up.

Stuffed entrees are like two meals in one, and the ones above are all great choices. Enjoy your stuffed meal out in Southeast Michigan! Let’s all just steer clear of the Turducken, shall we?