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Bozii at Great Lakes Crossing

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Bozii is a new entry into the metro Detroit fast food market, and it’s turning some heads. It’s technically not a sandwich, and not even a burger. It’s “more like a premium stuffed pocket”, says Marketing Manager Brad Russell.

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The Bozii concept originated in Canada two years ago, and recently opened at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. This easy-to-hold / eat-on-the-run grilled pocket is made by hand, stuffed with fresh ingredients, and is preservative and additive free. Each Bozii is grilled fresh to order, and most are under 300 calories.

I had the opportunity to sample a few, and was pleasantly surprised at the high quality and taste—this isn’t your typical greasy fast food meal. Nope, this is fresh roasted meats, and hand-chopped vegetables, just like you’d do in your own kitchen. The bread is a scratch made dough, and smells delicious. I asked about wheat bread or gluten-free options, and currently these have not yet been perfected. Bozii won’t sell an inferior product.

Here’s a sampling of the lunch/dinner lineup:

  • Pulled Pork—my favorite. Tender slow roasted pork with chopped carrots, celery and onion, and a dab of bbq sauce.
  • Curry Chicken—lots of meat and veggies, in a mild curry seasoning. Just a hint of a slow burn on the back end.
  • Chili—this one surprised me. Ground beef, black beans and veggies make this pure comfort food, and you don’t even need a spoon.
  • Greek Spinach and Feta—tasty wilted spinach and feta combine for this play on a traditional spinach cheese pie, for one of a couple vegetarian options. There’s also a ‘veggie’ and a ‘tuna supreme’.

Breakfast is served at Bozii, and it’s a favorite of mall walkers and mall workers every morning. You don’t have to show up at 9 a.m. though, as breakfast Bozii’s are served all day and night. I sampled the bacon-egg-cheese, and thought it was as good as most other fast breakfast sandwiches, with a slightly smokey bacon taste, and real chopped bacon inside. Breakfast Bozii’s are made with a lighter, flakier crust, more like a croissant.

Finally, Bozii does dessert too. I sampled both the Fruit Explosion –a tasty fruit pie chock full of blueberries, apples, cherries and strawberries, and the Cookie Dough—which is like warm chocolate cookie heaven.

Pita chips with three dipping sauces makes a tasty side dish, and there’s a kids meal as well, with ‘chicken peepers’, a mini cookie dough bozii, pita chips, and a milk or juice box.

Next time you’re out near Great Lakes Crossing, Bozii is worth a stop in.

Bozii is open at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For the full menu and nutritional information, check them out online at www.bozii.com, and on Facebook.

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