California Avocados have their place, but in our Scratch Kitchen we prefer locally grown produce when possible.

Produce is that overarching term that covers both fruits and vegetables. In fact, in some cases meats, grains, and oats, may be associated with the term.

Fresh produce truly makes a great dish.

Del Monte canned peas and Birdseye frozen green beans have their place in America’s diet but not a Carlyle Grill. In our Scratch Kitchen we prefer that which is local and not frozen.

I’m in a pickle.

Ever wonder if a pickle is considered a fruit or a vegetable? To be more specific, we should ask is a cucumber, the most widely associated product with pickling, a fruit or vegetable. It has seeds but is often used as a garnish in conjunction with lettuce, onions and tomatoes on a hamburger.  In this manner we might consider it a vegetable.  But, like all other fruits, technically it’s a full fledged womb for a new plant.  It has seeds.

Other pickles.

Sandwiches, such as a reuben, are often complemented with sauerkraut, and a pickled cucumber on the side.  Sauerkraut is simply pickled cabbage. Sauerkraut is made by a process of pickling called lactic acid fermentation that is analogous to how traditional (not heat-treated) pickled cucumbers and kimchi are made. The cabbage is finely shredded, layered with salt, and left to ferment.

Local Picklers.

Carlyle Grill is pleased to serve a variety of pickled products from Southeastern Michigan vendors.  To start your meal, our fried pickle spears are beer battered, then fried to a golden brown and served with buttermilk ranch.  These specially prepared cucumbers come from the McClure’s family recipe, a company based in Detroit.

Once you’ve savored the flavor and readied yourself for your main dish, you can enjoy our famous Corned Beef Reuben which is slow roasted, sliced paper thin and piled high then topped with house-made 1000 island dressing, Emmenthaler swiss cheese, & sauerkraut which is all served on deli rye with a side of shoestring fries and (just in case you didn’t get enough) a McClure’s pickle. Our sauerkraut is locally produced by Gielow Pickles, Inc of Lexington, MI.

So, the next time you’re in a pickle about what to eat for lunch or dinner, come by Carlyle Grill, enjoy your pickle and eat it, too.