Restaurants

Albena – Detroit’s Unique . . . Eating Place

    Albena is one of Detroit’s newest spots, located in the incredibly cool Siren Hotel. On its website, Albena says it is “a minimalist approach to progressive dining.” That’s as good a description as any, but Albena’s motto could just as easily be “Rethink what you believe a restaurant to be.” Albena is an …

Best Dessert of the Fall (and it hasn’t even started)

While this blog normally focuses on a full event, like a restaurant, a meal, or a store, it’s a rule that can be broken. When justified . . . And boy, is this justified. Earlier this week, I went to lunch at Red Dunn Kitchen, in the Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Detroit. Andy Campbell, …

Lyles BBQ – Lexington, KY

It’s a warm July morning in Lexington, Kentucky, and I’m sitting with Jennifer Lyles, talking BBQ. Jennifer, along with her husband Greg, and oldest son Chandler, own Lyles BBQ.  Greg is a retired Air Force vet, having put in 22 years.  Chandler put in 4, and their youngest son, Tucker, is now in training to …

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, …