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Mediterranean-inspired menu including: main course salads, gourmet pizzas, pastas, gourmet signature sandwiches and Bistro Favorites.
Bon Vie certainly scores with its crispy Tomato Provencal Flatbread appetizer ($9), which surpasses most of the thin designer pizzas offered for firsts elsewhere. And the roasted beets, accompanied by green beans, cheese and almonds ($7) compete easily with many of the recently trendy beet salads I have had. I wish I could say the same about the immense but just OK Salad Nicoise ($13), where the seemingly unmarinated potato and tuna cubes and minuscule egg bits were slightly off-key. Although a few of the 15 entrées soar into the 20s, most fall comfortably within the mid-to high-teens, such as, for example, Atlantic salmon, presented somewhat unusually with mushrooms and capers in a lemon sauce. It was a tad salty, perhaps because of the caper brine, but French cuisine often is a tad salty for some American tastes. Bon Vie’s hefty portions of deftly seasoned, marbled beef easily meet the authenticity test, although those with tender palates should steer clear of the incendiary pepper steak. Steak plates come with a choice of one of the bistro’s several outstanding side salads. As befits a respectable bistro, Bon Vie has an interesting global wine list with one-third of the two dozen bottles under $30. Deserts ($5-$6) are French traditional with the dreamy lemon tart a fine choice among the crème brûlée, chocolate mousse, profiteroles, and cherry clafouti.
"Nice french-style pastisserie. Everything is made on the premises. There are several café-type chairs available indoors. Serving Stucci's ice cream and frozen yogurt."
French cooking, and a nationally recognized wine list. The menu is brief and well-focused. Mushroom soup is a specialty. Salads and about a half dozen main courses.
Brian Polcyn’s stylish bistro, situated on the unlikely east side of Woodward Avenue, is on the ground floor of a new multi-use, especially “green,” three-story building created by prize-winning architect Victor Saroki. The handsome, long, narrow room, with huge windows and a bustling open kitchen, seats only 65 at its white-clothed tables and lively bar. Starters include a hearty bowl of French onion soup ($8), thick with onions and melted cheese, and the charcuterie du jour platter ($18), with exquisite smoked meats, sturdy housemade mustard, and three choice mini-salads. The mains, most of which hover around $28, are anchored by an admirable steak-frites platter, with a thick strip rather than hanger or flat-iron steak, plus abundant skinny, crunchy fries. Another pleasing dish is the Berkshire pork loin, thin slices of meat, perhaps a little fatty, but nicely adorned with warm green apples and red cabbage, along with a cippolini onion, all of which rests gently in a subtle port-wine reduction. A mecca for oenophiles, almost all of the wines are not only available by the 5-ounce glass but also by the 2-ounce taste, which permits a good deal of experimentation, even for those doing the driving. As for dessert, it is difficult to pass up the warm chocolate cake, stuffed with chocolate mousse, which comes with contrapuntally cool vanilla-bean ice cream, pistachios and cherries.
Grapevine-wrapped pillars, classical background music and jeweled murals. Entrees prepared to order. Vegetable broth-based French onion soup, bay scallops poached in vermouth. Warm salad of duck confit and lobster. Pastries are beautiful to behold.
"Your one-stop shop for cakes and pastries for all occassions. Specializing in custom orders, with no pre-made products. Every cake is made from scratch using only the finest fresh ingredients. You will be pleased with your cake, not just for it’s artistic design, but also for it’s delectable taste. We will also cater for special dietary requirements i.e. eggless cakes, organic ingredients, gluten free etc."
The Truant family thought long and hard before rebuilding after a near-disastrous fire. The results are stunning, with the old spot reborn in almost every detail from the carved woodwork in the dining room to the stainless steel kitchen. The food needed no improvement. Handmade pastas, the best veal Marsala around, as well as chicken and seafood dishes. The mostly Italian wine list is the perfect accompaniment and the service is friendly and correct at the same time.
The traditional French pancake gets an American treatment here. Each crêpe takes about two minutes or less, from first careful pouring to the moment it's handed to the customer. Biggest seller so far among the savories is the “Sarah.” “Vera” combines bacon and spinach with Boursin, and two other savories pile on Black Forest ham. For sweet crêpes, which are the majority, customers like the “Fay,” similar to a nonalcoholic Bananas Foster, plus pecans. When eating these creations on the go, neatness can be a problem. The safest technique to avoid the innards’ spilling out is to roll the crêpe up like a burrito, tucking in the corners if necessary. Feel free to call ahead for take-out orders. Call for reservations if your party is of six or more. One dollar off orders with a Detroit Film Theatre ticket stub, or with a student ID. Serves 50 different crêpes available, with a full expresso bar and Intelligentsia coffee. Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.
When you go to La Cuisine, here’s what to do: Order a starter of foie gras (a feature, not a regular menu item). Although it’s not a huge portion, $18 Canadian is not really a lot for this taste sensation that everyone ought to try at least once in their lives. Bussed in from Quebec, it’s rich, rich, rich, yet melts-in-your-mouth. Served on butter-soaked toast with ladles of Madeira sauce that gild the lily.
Charles Sorel, raised in France but with the Caribbean personality of his native Martinique, is providing a splash of sunlight at his breakfast-and-lunch spot in Corktown. His small space has bright yellow walls and bright yellow napkins. It’s accented in green and turquoise and is adorned with paintings in primary and other cheerful colors. Outdoors, a patio with raised beds for perennials has the beginnings of a greenhouse in which to raise tomatoes and herbs. Patrons may order crêpes, salads, sandwiches, cheese, ratatouille and coffee. Later this year, Sorel expects to be able to serve spirits as well.
"Located in a beautiful old country farmhouse that is rumored to be Henry Ford's old foxhole, the Lord Fox offers an elegant atmosphere and entrées such as beef Wellington, veal Oscar, roast duckling and hazelnut whitefish. We also feature an extensive wine cellar, outdoor dining, and an intimate gazebo overlooking a stream. Banquet and private party facilities are also available."
Etched glass and marble are lavished on downtown's handsomest restaurant. Pure luxury all the way, with a completely upscale approach and a kitchen that makes virtually everything from scratch. The menu changes seasonally and is typified by such dishes as medallions of veal with Madeira sauce, rack of lamb, seafood en croute, and a pastry cart that is hard to resist. Excellent service is a hallmark of the 10-year-old restaurant that some said would not fly in Detroit. Opus One continues to prove them wrong. *****
Sister restaurant to the successful burger joint in Royal Oak.
A sophisticated European-style country inn restaurant whose dining room overlooks a brick-walled garden with a fountain, wood grill, terrace with tables and herbs, vegetables, fruit and grape trellis. Interior decor includes tiled and carpeted floors, terra cotta walls, tile murals and important art. The Lark was voted the best restaurant in America in the Conde Nast Traveler reader's poll, best restaurant in Detroit area in Gourmet magazine reader's polls, top-rated in Michigan by AAA, Mobil and Zagat survey. 850 wines earned Wine Spectator's best award of excellence.
Over-the-top detail in both decor and food sets this luxurious restaurant apart from the crowd. Chef Takashi Yagihashi, an import from Chicago, commands the crew in the huge, two-sided kitchen on the lower level, below the dramatic Victor Saroki-designed dining room where diners can be assured they are treating themselves to the area's most expensive restaurant. The a la carte menu is in a constant state of flux, as exotic ingredients ebb and flow.
Coffee, cakes, excellent sandwiches, desserts and delicious Zingerman's breads. Cigars and smoking room.
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Showcasing genre-defying music and distinct spaces that have become a haven for creative endeavors that otherwise would not have a home in traditional performance spaces.
When G.G. Allin died in 1993, a lot of people breathed a sigh of relief. As Tesco Vee once said, “This feces-encrusted, jockstrap-wearin’ stinkbag was just gross.” That said, audiences flocked to see Allin’s transgressive, often coprophagic performances, to experience that mixture of fear and awe only the “rock ’n’ roll terrorist” could evoke. Allin has been gone two decades now, but a version of his backing band, the Murder Junkies, still tours, playing the Allin catalog, which includes such colorful ditties as “Anal Cunt” and “Raw, Brutal, Rough and Bloody.” The bill is rounded out with Busby Death Chair, Sons of Strippers, Public Sex and Dolly Rocker Ragdoll.
Fred Thomas of His Name Is Alive loves to fuck with people by taking left turns and throwing musical curveballs at every given opportunity, and a few opportunities that weren’t given at all. Experimental indie pop is the order of the day here, Ann Arbor native Thomas soaking in a ton of Detroit soul and coming out the other side with something that sounds like Mayer Hawthorne fronting Weezer. Kinda. The band has been around since ’99, which seems bizarre, though; they didn’t play any shows until 2002. Now the band is flying, and 2013 sees a new album, One Kiss Ends it All.
If Björk taught us anything, it’s that English-language acts from Iceland are going to be awesome, and Of Monsters and Men follow that train of thought quite nicely. The winners of the 2012 Músíktilraunir (an annual battle of the bands in Iceland), these guys put out their debut album, My Head is an Animal, the following year. Though the guys in the band do sport some tremendous facial hair, they’re exaggerating with the animal reference. This summer, the band will be all over the world hitting the major festivals, so let’s enjoy them while they’re here. The “King and Lionheart” single promises great times ahead.
Detroit artist Graem Whyte’s practice explores the space between architecture and fine art. His work utilizes a wide array of materials and often combines mythology, architecture, Chewbacca, the landscape, and patterns of mathematics and nature with a wry sense of humor.
733 Saint Antoine
Detroit, MI 48226
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