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Novi & Northville

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n the competition of sister cities,
it's no fun always being runner
up, while the brasher, bolder
sibling takes center stage. Indeed,
no one ever penned a famous song
about Oakland. Can you imagine the
opening credits of a steamy nighttime
melodrama dubbed "Fort Worth"? And
it just wouldn't have been the same
had Mary Richards tossed her tam
while window shopping in the staid
St. Paul.
To be sure, these well-known burgs,
always the bridesmaids, if you will, to
their more cosmopolitan neighbors,
have suffered their share of jokes and
shame.
But a revolution of sorts is taking
place, as second cities around the
country and even right here at home
— the surprisingly sprite Northville
is as much a draw as the broad shoul-
dered, confident Novi — are coming
into their own, exerting their singular
personalities, as locales worth a look.

DINING/NIGHTLIFE
With the majority of commerce in
Novi occurring along the Novi Rd./
Twelve Mile corridor, in the vicinity of
Twelve Oaks Mall, it's not surprising
that when it's time to grab a bite the
choices tilt in favor of the big chains,
some of which, though, haven't yet
saturated the marketplace and offer a
one-off experience.
However, a little exploring in the
adjacent shopping plazas — West
Oaks I and II, Fountain Walk, Novi
Town Center, Mainstreet, City Center
Plaza — yields a trove of interesting
discoveries, some unfamiliar, others
former haunts merely forgotten.
No compilation of eating spots in
Novi or Northville would be complete
without such perennial favorites as
the casual and comfortable Diamond
Jim Brady's (26053 Town Center Dr.,
248-380-8460), or the slightly more
sophisticated, menu-wise, but no less
friendly in terms of atmosphere, Steve
& Rocky's (43150 Grand River, 248-
347-0688).
Also eliciting raves and pleasing
palates for a number of years are
two Northville spots with distinctive
pedigrees: the classic MacKinnons
(126-130 E. Main St., 248-348-1991)
and Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall (108
E. Main St., 248-349-0522), home to
the seven-course Italian dinner and
interactive comedy theater.

Authentic Japanese cuisine plus a
taste of Korean fare abounds in these
parts at, among others, the sublime
Cherry Blossom (43588 W. Oaks Dr.,
248-380-9160), Shiro (43180 W. Nine
Mile, 248-348-1212), Oishi Noodle &
Rice Bowl (43155 Grand River, 248-
380-1600), Bi Bim Bab (22208 Novi
Rd., 248-348-6800), and Jasmine (146
Mary Alexander Ct., 248-465-9393).
Diners can have a hand in what's
for dinner at such create-your-own
stir fry favorites as BD's Mongolian
Barbecue (43155 Main St., 248-735-
1900) or Sizzling Sticks Café (144
Mary Alexander Ct., 248-380-9400).
Take a trip to the Emerald Isle
herself via Gus O'Connor's Public
House (42875 Grand River, 248-465-
9670), the largest authentic Irish pub
in North America, or indulge in a
feast of Italian specialties at Andiamo
(42705 Grand River, 248-348-3838) or
Tirami Su (146 Maincentre, 248-735-
0101).
In addition to food, many of these
restaurants serve up a hefty menu of
live entertainment. Or, if you'd rather
step out later in the evening, there's
always a hearty welcome at the Post
Bar (42875 Grand River, 248-465-
9600), or something for everyone, lit-
erally, at the "upscale" bowling lounge
Lucky Strike (44325 W. 12 Mile Rd.,
248-374-3420), which also features
billiard tables, game rooms and the
high-energy Tequila Rain Dance Club.
For something with a healthful kick,
look for the brightly painted store-
front of Garnish...a fresh impres-
sion (www.garnish.com) for fresh-
squeezed juices and good-for-you
sandwiches and salads.
And should the caffeine cravings
become too hard to ignore, get your
fix and take a much-needed respite at
downtown Northville's Tuscan Café
(150 N. Center St., 248-305-8629).
Finally, you'll be all the happier if

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