Home » Detroit-Area Autopians: Have Breakfast With Mercedes, Jason And Me Tomorrow Morning! [EDIT: Jason Is Out]

Detroit-Area Autopians: Have Breakfast With Mercedes, Jason And Me Tomorrow Morning! [EDIT: Jason Is Out]

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Mercedes and I are having dinner with Autopian contributor and NVH engineer Steve B right now at Metro Detroit’s legendary “Vinsetta Garage.” I feel weird typing on my laptop at the dinner table, so I’ll make this brief: We’re having a breakfast meetup tomorrow, and Jason Torchinsky is joining us! Oh, yeah, Jason: He’s currently got the weirdest “press car” in history.

There’s Mercedes and me right now, hanging out with Steve [points up]. And here’s Jason right now. He’s borrowing my friend Jamie’s 330,000 mile Mazda MPV and not a press car from a manufacturer. Why? Because why not? This thing rules!:

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He’s heading towards Detroit from Ann Arbor after Ubering there from the airport. We’re going to a cool car designer sketch battle tonight (probably; Jason hasn’t agreed to it yet, but I plan to go. And you should, too!).

Due to timing constraints (I have to run a bachelor party tomorrow), our only time for a reader meetup is tomorrow at 8:30 AM. So be at Monty’s Grill (28300 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067) on Woodward avenue at 8:30!

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UPDATE: Jason cannot come. He has an early obligation! Mercedes and I will attend, though!

Update 2: we are now at a Jersey bagel place just south of Birmingham.

Update 3: ok now we’re at the original pancake house.

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Scott Ross
Scott Ross
6 months ago

I mean I would have hit up Maple leaf or Recipes in troy. Ill try Monty’s next time i’m in town.

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
6 months ago

I’m full just thinking about Vinsetta (so good tho)!

Max Johnson
Max Johnson
6 months ago

MONTYS!!!
Montys is spectacular

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
6 months ago

I’m here. Place is closed until the 23rd!

David Smith
David Smith
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Beckman

Restaurant open 23 hours a day.

Mrbrown89
Mrbrown89
6 months ago

If I saw this yesterday I would call sick today, instead I am here sitting on a empty office where nobody decided to show up, only management of course…

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
6 months ago

I will always accept more MVP content if that’s what’s going on here.

Jalop Gold
Jalop Gold
6 months ago

Bate and switch!

/S

Kommkat
Kommkat
6 months ago

Aw damn, me and places without bathrooms don’t get along well… What’re chances of dinner at somewhere like Lockhart’s or National on 12 Mile?

Cryptoenologist
Cryptoenologist
6 months ago

David, I’m so sad I got starstruck and didn’t say hi at Concourse d’Lemons. I saw you, looking very German in your hat and backpack and on a mission, and didn’t want to interrupt. I hope you come up to central Cal again sometime soon.

Pathew100
Pathew100
6 months ago

Nice spot. That onion dip and chips is great!

Chewcudda
Chewcudda
6 months ago

David running a bachelor party? Will there be a party game about stroking your crankshaft?

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
6 months ago
Reply to  Chewcudda

There will definitely be discussions about “stiff members.”

Of course David will be talking about the new F-150 tailgate.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago

No Bloody Mary on the menu?!
You call that a breakfast joint?
Hard pass.

Last edited 6 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
6 months ago

I remember when that garage was an actual garage, servicing vehicles. Yes, I am old.

3WiperB
3WiperB
6 months ago

I have too many meetings around that time tomorrow, so I can’t roll into work late tomorrow. Good choice on dinner restaurant though.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
6 months ago

Steve? Steve who?
We only know Not Actually Jason.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

Steve Balistreri duh.

(Me laying down the knowledge for RootWyrm)

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
6 months ago

Okay, that was in fact pretty damn well played.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Shhh, they might hear us.

Last edited 6 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago

*the sound of a twig snapping in a dark forest*

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago

What was that?

*cowers in some damp shrubbery*

Steve Balistreri
Steve Balistreri
6 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

As long as that doesn’t become my new nickname

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago

The Journalist Formerly Known As Steve Balistreri?
Sorry. This is now your lot in life Not Actually Jason.

Once a nickname sticks it’s extremely difficult to shake off.
Just ask my friend Booger.

Last edited 6 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
6 months ago

Fine I wonder what everyone ordered. Chicken Fried Steak needs more fans.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
6 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

I hope you’re eating something local! Pescatarian on the coast is one thing, but fish in the Midwest on a Thursday might be dicey!

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
6 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

“I hope you’re eating something local! Pescatarian on the coast is one thing, but fish in the Midwest on a Thursday might be dicey!”

You can get all kinds of fresh seafood around here if you go to the right place. It’s pricey, but never-frozen Alaskan king salmon and Mediterranean swordfish are on the menu. David’s a local boy so he knows it’s all about freshwater fish in most of our restaurants. I’ll take fresh lake perch or walleye over frozen farmed Atlantic salmon any day of the week.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
6 months ago

I was about to say—hot damn, the Great Lakes produce some excellent fish.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
6 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

Walleye is the best!!

David Smith
David Smith
6 months ago

Didn’t their movie for Pixar get an Oscar?

3WiperB
3WiperB
6 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Shower Sushi doesn’t have the same ring to it, but I bet it can make you even more violently ill than shower spaghetti.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
6 months ago
Reply to  David Tracy

Pescetarian eh?
Just can’t help yourself around a shrimp barrow I guess.

Spartanjohn113
Spartanjohn113
6 months ago

Sadly, the Mach-E Rally wasn’t loaded up with shrimp cocktail during the GTD event. I guess there’s always next time. In all seriousness (well, as serious as one can be about silly food) I don’t think the frunk shrimp is just a myth. I’m wonder if it happened during the Mach-E tech unveiling?

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
6 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I got some sort of burger with locally grown tomatoes!

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
6 months ago

There’s a song about how there’s just two things that money can’t buy, and that’s true love and home grown tomatoes!

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
6 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

Damn right!

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
6 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

CFS FTW.

(I’m stuck at the opposite end of the country, but dammit if I don’t want a chicken fried steak now. Good thing that’s a widespread thing here.)

Last edited 6 months ago by Stef Schrader
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