Restaurants

You, Too, Can Do the Boogaloo

  “Gritty.” “Real.” “Tough.” “Survivors.” If you were on Jeopardy, “What are Detroiters?” would get you a knowing nod from the show’s resident Canadian, Alex Trebek. Those are all words used to describe Detroiters, and the city itself.  For this month’s blog, we’re headed into Detroit to discover the most famous sandwich you’ve never eaten. …

A Young Man’s Fancy

I believe it was Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain, who first said, “In Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . brisket.” OK, maybe that’s not EXACTLY what he said, but that’s probably only because he was used to eating black pudding.  And porridge.  And powdering his wig. …

Dinner With A Golden Lady

Sometimes a meal is flavorful. Sometimes a meal demonstrates the chef’s technique, their mastery of the culinary arts. Sometimes, rarely, you get both. And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, a few times in your life you get to experience something transcendent. “Transcendent” is the best word to describe my recent experience at Supannee House of …

Otus Supply – Fabulous in Ferndale

It started with an Italian grandmother.  Well, not the restaurant, but the chef. For Myles McVay, 37, the executive chef at Otus Supply in Ferndale, the interest in cooking began with his Italian grandma, “She was always cooking.” From there, it was a short trip to the neighborhood pizzeria. At 13, he started working there, …

Takoi, nee Katoi

  “And you may ask yourself What is that beautiful house? And you may ask yourself Where does that highway go to? And you may ask yourself Am I right? Am I wrong? And you may say yourself, “My God! What have I done?” “Same as it ever was.” “Same as it ever was.” With apologies …

Red Dunn

  Detroit’s vibrant restaurant scene just got a bit brighter, with the opening of Red Dunn Kitchen, adjacent to the Trumbull & Porter Hotel. Red Dunn could be considered a hotel restaurant, a fact that usually means you should eat elsewhere.  Especially in a neighborhood like Corktown, where hotspots like Mudgie’s Deli, Brooklyn Street Local, …

Biscuits & Gravy & Love

It’s 5:30 a.m., and Hana Nrecaj is making biscuits. Starting with all-purpose flour, buttermilk, and other ingredients she won’t divulge, she mixes the dough. Forgoing the use of measuring cups or spoons, she mixes it “until it looks right”, then turns it out into a floured pan for a gentle kneading. Too much kneading, she …

Serendipitous Sushi

Originally published August 11, 2015 – “Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way,” is Google’s definition of serendipitous, and it’s a good description for last evening. I stopped off at one of my favorite local restaurants, Izakaya Sanpei, on Joy Road in Canton, MI.  Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant, and while I have …

Detroit’s Biggest Ham (Sandwich)

Originally published March 24, 2016 – “Can I get some mayo?” “No.  Mustard, pickles, cheese.” “No Miracle Whip?” “No.  Mustard is better for you!” So says Mike Muftari, 67, the owner of Mike’s Famous Ham Place, on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. Mike has been here since 1974, along with his wife, Yrvet, serving up some of the …