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"The bar is one of Birmingham's favorite watering holes, the dining room in the back slightly less frantic at this brightly reworked circa-1932 building where chef Jack Leone has done wonders for the menu. Now colorful contemporary dishes, typified by angelhair pasta with chicken, tomatoes, white beans and artichokes, stuffed tenderloin and linguine with shrimp, spinach and lemon, and some great Italian salads make the food live up to the witty decor which pays homage to the light bulb. A separate, downstairs room called Edison's offers live jazz, its own menu of light dishes, and upscale drinks like martinis and champagne in the evening, Thursday through Saturday."
The Book Cadillac’s 24 Grille is a less formal, though no less expensive, alternative to the acclaimed meat-eaters’ paradise in the hotel’s opposite corner, Roast. It has a somewhat shorter, American menu, with just a couple of steaks and four seafood dishes. 24 Grille says that its ingredients are preservative-free and sourced locally when possible. As at many places these days, 24’s calamari are crisp and wonderful, served with capers, lemon beurre blanc and chili aioli. The dressings make the dish. The melt-in-your-mouth scallops, sweet and smoky and served with clams in the shell, are excellent. For vegetarians, there are Himalayan cabbage rolls, stuffed with grilled tofu, mushrooms and some nutty Himalayan red rice. And delicious veal meatloaf comes as a tall tower — layers of meatloaf and bacon, interwoven with layers of potato purée. 24 Grille also has a happy hour from 4 to 6 on weekdays, when wine and appetizers are half off.
"Cheerful brew-pub with housed-brewed suds. Good, upscale pub food. Awarded Best Brew Pub in the Midwest by Brew Pub Magazine and Best Brew Pub in Michigan by Microbrew and Brew Pub Guide. Beer tasting the second Thursday of every month from 7-9 pm. Tickets are $20 and include a light appetizer."
Dine with chefs of the future! Washtenaw Community College's Culinary Arts Dept. offers luncheon specials and themed menus. Lunch only.
Asian Corned Beef has opened a new branch at the corner of Warren and Woodward in Detroit. Named Asian Corned Beef & Ocean, this new restaurant is like the old Asian Corned Beef, which opened in 1978. Owner Hason White serves up their famous corned beef, which is prepared in an Asian style, along with some fast-food items, including their popular Asian corned beef and cheeseburger. As the name implies, the decorations inside this Cultural Center-area restaurant are related to the ocean. Fish-themed paintings and other works of art are displayed all around the 45-seat restaurant. Orders can also be placed by phone.
Known for its attractive atmosphere and creative
menu, Assaggi's menu skips along the northern coast of the
Mediterranean from Spain to Lebanon. There's seating for 80 in the al
fresco patio, where a garden of tomatoes, peppers, basil, flowers and
other herbs — and statuary including reproductions of the "Venus de
Milo" and Michelangelo's "David" — conjure the atmosphere of Tuscany.
And, happily, the sound of the fountain drowns out the traffic on Nine
Fresh, seasonal cooking. Sandwiches, soups, salads, reheatable meats and desserts.
Bamboo's dishes have their origins all over the world, but with their own twists, and always with a feel for combinations that bring out the best of the diverse ingredients. There are four different but overlapping menus for lunch, Sunday brunch, tapas-time (4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday) and dinner. The food is very good and beautifully presented, bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients, but also keeps them in balance. For instance, the intense creaminess and richness of a curried apple soup was toned down by the heat of the curry. Excellent desserts, and the tasting menus are a good deal. Bamboo has a full bar. Restaurant patrons get free admittance to the art gallery. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Founded on the principles of elegance, creativity and freshness, Bambu has been serving for just about a year now. Lunchtime sees the largest crowds, drawn by creative panini varieties. For $9, order a Cubano panino filled with such pleasures as shaved prosciutto, honey turkey and avocado. The French Connection is packed with Black Forest ham and baby brie. Vegetarians will love the $7 Caprese panino, with its layers of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto, or the Beyond Vegetarian panino, with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, artichokes and spinach. More panini come stuffed with chicken or turkey. There’'s even a Reuben panino. All of them are grill-pressed with precision. Dinner entrées ($15-$22) are adjusted daily. There are three or four on a chalkboard at the entrance of the restaurant, generally covering the typical offerings of meat, fish and pasta. One Thursday night saw our table supporting a plate of crisped organic spinach and Asiago ravioli in a tomato-basil pomodoro salsa, pesto and fresh herbs, lively with its combination of textures and flavors. A strip steak of Australian Wagyu (Kobe) beef was cooked spot-on medium-rare and garnished with thin, tender asparagus, grilled white prawns and mashed Yukon potatoes. Desserts vary on a daily basis.
For Sunday brunch, be prepared to wait at the bar for as long as a mimosa or two. But once you get your seat, you can choose from a half-dozen scrambles, omelets and frittatas, from the humble $8 vegetable scramble (mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and garlic-herb chèvre; can be made with egg whites) to the $10 lobster Cobb omelet (smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, onion and blue cheese).
"Brighton's meeting place. A casual, upscale grill and bar in a restored 1800s grainery. Entrees include signature steaks, fresh grilled seafood, pasta, big salads and sandwiches, and they all go great with our wide selection of California wine sold by the glass."
On the banks of the Huron River, an old English-style eatery in a country setting. Frog legs, onion pie, salads, seafood, beef and chicken dishes. A stir-fry, some schnitzel and even a Bombay curry.
Only one of Centaur's 13 menu drinks includes any gin, James Bond be damned. Harrington's trying to lure downtown business types who want a sophisticated setting for their after-work nip, and he’s pleased that patrons are a disparate lot, both in age and ethnicity.
"Upscale cuisine and service in comfortable, supper-club setting located in historic Gem and Century building. Spacious banquet facility; theater and dinner packages available."
"Lively dining atmosphere with impeccable service and food preparation. Champps offers a large menu with something for everyone and enormous portions. A state-of-the-art video set-up shows all the favorite games — 16 TVs placed throughout the restaurant make every seat the best during a sporting event. Nightly game-show promotions each weeknight (cash and prizes!) and Thursday night karaoke. The perfect 'night out' for food, fun, family and friends!"
"Specialty casual theme restaurant and bar with generous portions, '8-to-80' crowd appeal, and distinctive, fun promotions."
Casual fine dining, west-coast style. Eclectic menu is highlighted by Prime Angus steaks, seafood, chops and pasta. Extensive regular and vintage wine list. Reservations recommended.
Featuring homemade continental cuisine including pierogies, beef burgandy, stroganoff, smoked sausage, and kraut. Also serves fresh sandwiches, entrees, salads and soups.
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Come out and celebrate Detroit’s 313th birthday at The Detroit Historical Society’s Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Groups will work together as historical detectives in a game involving puzzles, questions and learning about the buildings and features within the exhibit modeled after 19th century Detroit. They will also be giving out special birthday treats throughout the day. The birthday festivities will go from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tomorrow night, the sweet indie pop melodies of this Scottish five-piece will be floating through the Loving Touch. . With ease, front woman Tracyanne Campbell’s smooth, candied vocals and wry Scottish story telling illustrate the challenges of life. Themes often circle around heartbreak, a common thread running through their recent album Desire Lines, released June 4. The album title nods to life’s uncommon paths that are marked by wear, not by signs; the paths our feet choose naturally. Forging its own desire lines, Camera Obscura’s unconventional style is well off the beaten path.
Get naked! Well, almost naked. Strip on down to your skivvies and head over to the Tangent Gallery this Thursday night for a summer night bike ride, complete with g-strings, brews, neon body paint, glitter and a bunch of rowdy companions. “It’s more than a party. It’s a movement.” Celebrate urban cycling and that hot bod of yours by scooting around Detroit with a bunch of nearly naked strangers. After the ride, there will be cold drinks and hot tunes to shake your ass to. Ride starts at 8:30 p.m.
Every other year, the Puppeteers of America hosts festivals that bring the best and brightest puppeteers to the region. This year's Great Lakes Regional Puppetry Festival comes to Detroit, bringing three days of award-winning shows to the DIA. It all kicks off with the award-winning The Snowflake Man by puppeteer Sarah Frechette (aka Penny Pup from the children's TV show SeeMore's Playhouse), which takes a look at the life of photographer W.A. Bentley with hand-carved traditional Czech marionettes and watercolor paintings. The Snowflake Man plays at 3:30 p.m. at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org. Check the dia.org for the full schedule. The puppet shows are free with museum admission (and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties).
Come out and enjoy a night of kings and queens, princesses and duels at the Redford Theaters showing of the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride. This PG rated film is full of hilarity and romance from beginning to end and will spice up any average summer night. Don’t forget to hit the concession stand, which prices are distinctly low and the popcorn is always delicious.
Keith Fields is a trickster. This Brit is known for fooling people as he makes them laugh. And now, living in the U.S., his tricks are reaching a whole new audience. His interactive show ‘Keith Fields – Live and Tricking’ integrates magic, stunts and rip-roaring comedy. Fields has tricked all over the U.S. – from Broadway to Vegas. Hell, he once had Robin Williams as his opening act. You can’t get more official than that.
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