Post Number: 133
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:00 pm: || |
I was reading Wine Spectator magazine during a slow stretch of my part time Wine & Spirits grocery store department job. I came across an article on New Orleans dining establishments. One was Emeril's restaurant DELMONICOS. It waxed poetic about their steaks, seafood, etc (atmosphere) I am sure it would be pricey.
I then thought what the hell. What if I told my wife we are takinmg a four day weekend, driving to New Orleans (from greater Des Moines, Iowa) and eating at Delmonicos then getting in the car and driving home.
IF I wanted to do the same going to DETROIT, what ONE restaurant is DETROIT personified? Great food, great Detroit digs, atmosphere?
Post Number: 3007
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:35 pm: || |
Well, let's see. Delmonico's in New Orleans has been there more than 100 years. Of course, Emeril hasn't. It's hard to find that kind of history here, and a celebrity chef to boot. How about the Whitney? It's in a historic Detroit mansion with Tiffany windows. The mansion is mid-1890s, and Delmonico's opened in 1895. Chef Michael Lutes isn't on TV like Emeril, but he puts out some great food.
Post Number: 3513
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:43 pm: || |
Post Number: 148
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 10:44 pm: || |
Ponchartrain Wine Cellars.
Post Number: 1718
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 11:09 pm: || |
Post Number: 122
|Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 11:29 pm: || |
Opus One for high end.
Post Number: 1052
|Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 12:40 pm: || |
"What if I told my wife..."
Your wife must be a saint!
Post Number: 48
|Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 6:45 pm: || |
I agree Roma Cafe is the one. Every time we go there it is a treat. One hundred year old house, old waiters the food is fantastic.
Post Number: 2164
|Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 6:48 pm: || |
Roma's is still good, but its not what it used to be.
Post Number: 304
|Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 8:43 pm: || |
Duly's , but don't order heavy onions on the hot dog. They'll put on too many.
Post Number: 333
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:33 am: || |
I've been to Delmonico's. True, it was a great dining experience, though more of a steakhouse and less of a New Orleans cajun/creole restaurant. Emeril's other NO restaurant, NOLA, was also pretty good.
Since I'm a transplanted Detroiter, any time I make it back to the CofD, Lafayette is a must, and it used to be Fishbone's, though the food has changed a bit over the years.
Post Number: 46
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 1:45 pm: || |
I think Mario's is terrible and Roma cafe is only so-so. Vince's on Springwells is hands-down the best Italian food in Detroit.
I'm going to have to go with Small Plates for best restaurant. It's fancy but not pretentious and the food is delicious.
For most 'Detroit' restaurant (that isn't a coney island): How about Traffic Jam?
Post Number: 450
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 2:54 pm: || |
Traffic Jam is still there? I went there when I was at WSU in the 70's. What about Hella's in Greektown - stil there?
Post Number: 2166
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 3:15 pm: || |
sadly no, RIP Hella's
Post Number: 28
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 3:16 pm: || |
Roma's Cafe. Hands down.
12468_laing: Traffic Jam is still there. Hella's sadly closed a year or two ago.
Post Number: 71
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:22 pm: || |
Sidebar-what's the latest update on Carl's?
Post Number: 99
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:27 pm: || |
Went to Mario's to celebrate a milestone birthday. Food and service were both awful. It was a Friday night and the place was pretty much empty.
Post Number: 455
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:33 pm: || |
always liked Sinbad's, and eventhough it isn't in Detroit proper, Lido's on the Lake was also a favorite.
Post Number: 942
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:39 pm: || |
went to mario's for a wedding rehearsal dinner. food and service were both excellent. it was a friday and they were doing decent business.
Post Number: 3524
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:37 pm: || |
Awful food at Mario's? They must have really went downhill. I don't believe that. What was so bad about it? I take food/restaurant assessments with a grain of salt. People used to rave about the Whitney, it sucked. No wonder they went out of business. Food was crap and the staff was rude. Terrible place.
Post Number: 691
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:44 pm: || |
Had a birthday luncheon at Mario's last fall, and it was as good as ever.
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:54 pm: || |
Bar none - Slow's
Post Number: 383
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 7:38 pm: || |
I'm liking the Whitney idea. The building, if not the restaurant, has been there since before the auto industry and reflects the lumber age that gave birth to it indirectly. You can also hang out in the third-floor bar for a taste of local sports fandom and conversation.
Me, I also like both the Roma and Mario's, which are old-line Italian places. But the Whitney will knock your eyes out.
Post Number: 1797
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 7:59 pm: || |
I used to go to The Rattlesnake Club for special dinners, but that was years ago and I don't know if it's as good as it used to be.
Post Number: 100
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:08 pm: || |
The night we went to Mario's I had high expectations as I had always heard how fantastic the food was. I was with two of my girlfriends. The waiter could care less about waiting on us and he had a pretty big chip on his shoulder. Our salads were wilted, the soup was cold, my steak was charred on the outside and raw inside. I had ordered it medium rare. Both of my friends ordered the sea bass and both of their meals were cold. After our food came, no one came and asked us if we needed anything, or how the food was. When the waiter brought our bill to the table he asked why we hadn't eaten our dinner. We told him about the problem with the food, he shrugged his shoulders, asked us if we wanted to box up our food and gave us the bill.
Post Number: 306
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:05 pm: || |
Last time I went to Mario's it was pretty good, portions were always large. Back in the day, waiters were usually snotty, maybe because they had to wear a tux all night.
If you order the filet medium rare it's gonna pratically have a pulse, you gotta go medium or even medium well. Thick cut of meat you're ordering.
Mario's zip sauce tastes an awful lot like soy sauce to me. It's tasty but kinda salty.
Post Number: 165
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 9:28 pm: || |
Between the Whiteney or Slow's...quite a contrast lol.
Post Number: 81
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 1:06 am: || |
I know we said no coney islands but I travel all over the country and internationally and I always miss how you can pretty much hit any corner coney in the city and (1) know what's on the menu, (2) know what it'll taste like and how much it'll cost, and (3) get it fast and be back on your way, in some cases even through a drive-through window... they don't have that in other places and I'm always quick to come back and get a sandwich from Zef's downtown or any of the fantastic late night coney islands in the McNichols/Greenfield area. I know we said no coneys, but I just had to throw that in... Coney's are pretty unique to here and are fantastic... oh btw also Detroit One on Woodward near Peterboro is terrific too.
Post Number: 284
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 1:45 am: || |
Other cities have their proletariat cuisines and you can pretty much expect the same thing from every casual establishment in the area--Chicago-style dogs/Italian beef, etc., Philly cheese steaks/hoagies, New York dogs/pizza slices, LA tacos. Detroit's the same. As far as best restaurant I would vote Slows for Detroit, but it's a biased vote since I consider the all around experience--neighborhood, people, beer selection, comfortability, and, of course, the food. It's heavy comfort food, and sometimes I'd rather have something lighter, but on all points it scores #1 with me.