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Forest Grill

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.

 
735 Forest Ave.
Birmingham
Phone: (248) 258
 

Attributes

Beverage:
Liquor License
 
Entertainment:
Bar Scene
 
Facility:
Outdoor Dining Reservations Smoking Prohibited Wheelchair Access
 
Meals:
Dinner Late Dinner Lunch
 
Payment Types:
Amex Master Card Visa
 
Types:
Romantic
 
Price Range:
$21-30
 
 
Capacity:
Capacity: 50
 
Travel:
Directions: On Woodward Avenue going north, one block south of Maple road on Forest Ave. Forest Ave is between the AAA building and Speedway gas station. On the corner of Elm & Forest. Parking: Street parking and valet (dinner only).
 
Travel:
Directions: On Woodward Avenue going north, one block south of Maple road on Forest Ave. Forest Ave is between the AAA building and Speedway gas station. On the corner of Elm & Forest. Parking: Street parking and valet (dinner only).
 
 
 
 

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  • Oyster Club
    Oyster Club 8/10 2:00PM
     

    Forest Grill's Oyster Club features a variety of oysters that are selected by Chef Nick. Each oyster will be briefly discussed as well as basic oyster know how. There will be a featured wine, specialty cocktail, and all beer will be priced at $5 per bottle. Space is limited and we will be ordering oysters according to reservations.

    Place: Forest Grill    Tags: oyster club

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