Monday, August 1, 2011

[944 Detroit] Detroit Restaurant Week

This published in April 2011 for the Spring Edition of DRW. View the PDF by clicking here; below is also the restaurant listings and featured segments from the article. (This was for spring but is also a nice way for you to ramp up for the forthcoming Fall Edition.)

Detroit Restaurant Week launched in fall 2009 with a concept created by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and produced by Paxahau Event Productions. Since its launch it has attracted more than 85,000 people and generated more than $1.5 million in sales for participating restaurants. Featuring the top restaurants in the area offering three-course menus at a fixed price of $28, it has (re)introduced the community to Detroit’s world-class dining destinations. On April 1 through April 10, the spring edition of Detroit Restaurant Week once again showcases the best of Detroit’s culinary talents.

As Detroit Restaurant Week has grown, it has evolved from one season to the next.  For this fourth promotion, DRW is excited to introduce Angelina Italian Bistro into the fold of participating restaurants.

“We had talked to them a few years ago when they first opened and wanted to give them some time to find their way in the marketplace and cement their footing in Detroit,” explains Jason Huvaere, President and co-founder of Paxahau Event Productions. “We’re looking forward to their participation and are really excited to see what they come up with.”

Also new this time around is a sponsorship by Quicken Loans.

“Quicken has been a part of downtown culture for awhile now,” Huvaere states.

“We presented them with the opportunity to get involved with and support DRW and they came in with guns blazing!”

They will provide coverage of Restaurant Week on their “Destination 313” program on WJR, as well as continue to promote the event and the restaurants to their downtown employees, who are within walking distance of many of the participating restaurants.

“As Detroit Restaurant Week continues to grow we want people who work down here to enjoy these restaurants after work,” Huvaere adds, noting that Quicken is committed to promoting these businesses not just during DRW but year-round, in keeping with DRW’s greater goal of presenting these restaurants as places to go not just during the promotion and not only for special occasions but also for dinner and drinks after work, or just because.

Click through for the complete restaurant listings.

204 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226-1907
(313) 964-3821
A gastro-pub located in the AAA four-diamond-ranked Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 24Grille offers a casual approach to fine dining, featuring regional flavors sourced from local producers under the direction of Executive Chef Christian Borden in a stunning plush urban-industrial atmosphere. (See feature below.)

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-6700
Metro Detroiters are very familiar with the Andiamo Restaurant Group, a local group of Italian-American restaurants for over a decade now.  Located on the ground level of the Renaissance Center, this location provides upscale Italian cuisine with breathtaking views of the Detroit River.

Angelina Italian Bistro
1565 Broadway Street
Detroit, MI 48226-2114
(313) 962-1355
This newcomer to Detroit Restaurant Week promises to be a wonderful addition to the lineup with contemporary southern Italian cuisine in an artful urban atmosphere.  (See feature below.)

Atlas Global Bistro
3111 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201-2723
(313) 831-2241
They call themselves a “global” bistro because their menus feature influences from all over the world – Mediterranean, French, Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and all contemporary American.  They also boast a handsome menu of classic hand-crafted cocktails with house-made bitters and syrups.

Caucus Club
150 West Congress Street
Detroit, MI 48226-3208
(313) 965-4970
One part Mad Men and two parts Old Detroit, the Caucus Club is a throwback to a former era.  After 60 years in business it is pure retro nostalgia, offering the same classic dishes that made them famous as the “waiting room” for the London Chop House – particularly their fresh seafood.

Coach Insignia
100 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-2622
74 floors high atop the Renaissance Center with panoramic views of Detroit and Windsor, Coach Insignia is initially impressive for its vertigo-inducing views but continues to impress with its contemporary steakhouse menu with clever twists on classic dishes.  It is also a six-time award winner of Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.”

670 Lothrop Road
Detroit, MI 48202-2715
(313) 872-5110
Owner and Executive Chef Paul Grosz is Detroit’s own culinary genius, and his simply-named restaurant located in a charming historic mansion across from the Fisher Building is where diners can taste a little of his brilliance on an ever-evolving seasonal menu of contemporary French-American “cuisine.”

Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
2203 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3500
Conveniently located next to the Fox Theatre and across from Comerica Park, Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille offers rustic northern Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere perfect before or after a game or show.

Detroit Seafood Market
1435 Randolph St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Buttery yellow leather booths and high ceilings with exposed brick give this seafood restaurant a bright, airy feel, and their Paradise Valley Lounge is one of the hottest spots for Detroit’s young professionals.

Iridescence (AAA four-diamond ranked)
2901 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-2907
(313) 237-6732
We featured Chef de Cuisine Derik Watson in November as one of the “13 most buzzworthy chefs in the country right now,” and it seems like Iridescence is now on everyone’s radar.  The cuisine is so edgy it should rightfully be called art: classic comfort food deconstructed and gone gourmet. 

Mosaic Restaurant
501 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9366
With a “world cuisine” menu featuring prominent Mediterranean inspiration in the heart of Greektown, Mosaic is also a visual feast with sculptured glass, copper, marble, granite, woven teakwood and waterfalls, making it a true mosaic of architectural design and multi-ethnic cuisine.

Opus One
565 East Larned Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-7766
As opulent as its namesake Napa Valley winery, Opus One continues to offer elegant dining with signature dishes such as their Shrimp Helene and tender-as-butter Pork Osso Buco.  The bistro bar menu offers the same exceptional quality without all the white tablecloth formality.

Rattlesnake Club
300 River Place Dr # 1900
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-4400
They have attributed their recent interior renovation and menu revamping to the success of previous Restaurant Weeks, much to the pleasant surprise of the DRW team.  The Rattlesnake Club is one of Detroit’s most storied fine dining establishments, where classic steak and seafood meets inventive regional American.

1128 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
Michael Symon’s Roast opened with a bang and hasn’t slowed since.  One of Detroit’s most popular restaurants, everything from the Roast burger to the roast beast is phenomenal, as well as the service and atmosphere.  A robust craft cocktail menu and Michigan-heavy craft beer list also distinguishes them.

Roma Café
3401 Riopelle Street
Detroit, MI 48207-2020
(313) 831-5940
Open since 1890, Roma Café is Detroit’s oldest restaurant.  Rich, classic Italian-American cuisine where trends don’t play a factor in the consistently hearty homemade dishes defines their menu, and the air itself is thick with its rich history (this used to be a hotspot of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang).

Saltwater (AAA four-diamond ranked)
1777 Third St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 465-1777
Inside the MGM Grand Detroit, Michael Mina’s Saltwater has come to define upscale seafood restaurants.  Dishes are exquisitely presented and the wine list is designed for the connoisseur.  Soaring ceilings allow endless opportunities for lustrous tactile design elements.

The Whitney
4421 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-1821
(313) 832-5700
Built in 1894, the 52-room Whitney mansion is a Detroit icon.  Retaining much of its historic character (including original Tiffany stained glass panels and hand-woven silk wall hangings), the flavors of the Whitney are seasonal American, appealing to more contemporary tastes. 

Wolfgang Puck Grille
1777 Third St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888-2121
Executive Chef Marc Djozlija effortlessly melds high-end steakhouse cuisine with simple burger-and-beer fare, appealing to a wide demographic as well as a wide range of tastes.  The upscale “Up North” interior is inviting to everyone.  Most restaurants can’t be all things for all people but here they succeed exceptionally well.

Featuring: Angelina Italian Bistro

Proprietors Tom Agosta and Mike Viviano opened Angelina Italian Bistro in fall 2008 in the former Madison Theatre space.  Featuring exposed brick and ductwork with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on Broadway, Angelina has a distinctly Detroit identity.  Tom and Mike set out to open a restaurant with the same from-scratch mentality inspired their Italian grandmothers, but with an updated urban feel.  “We grew up with made-from-scratch sauces and pastas and those kind of influences,” Tom says. “We tried to do a modern version of an Italian restaurant.”  All pastas and sauces are made from scratch by hand (no industrial machinery involved); they also have house-smoked fish and antipasto platters with organic meats.  Recently they started offering cooking classes that have been so immediately popular there is now a waiting list, and they also host a wine tasting series every other Wednesday with “Wine Gal” Erica.  For more information visit

Featuring: 24Grille's Christian Borden

24Grille inside the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel just celebrated their two-year anniversary, but for too long now they’ve been overshadowed by the high-profile Roast in the same building. Fortunately, with new talent in place, 24Grille won’t be sitting quietly in the background much longer. “I really wanted to reinvent it,” explains the new Executive Chef Christian Borden, formerly of Atlas Global Bistro. “There was a lot of polishing that needed to be done, concept development of who [they] are and what [they] are.” Formerly 24Grille regularly vacillated between a fine dining steakhouse and something a little more edgy and hip, but with Borden’s cutting-edge culinary sensibility and his steadfast commitment to always presenting his eclectic American menu his way – the way he knows to be best – 24Grille will have a whole new identity all its own and secure its position as one of the finest restaurants in metro Detroit.