I have lived in downtown Detroit for the past 18 months. I can walk to all of the downtown restaurants, and I have tried over 40 at this point. The Detroit Food scene is incredible, and rivals any other city in the world. When you consider the price of most meals I have had, I would say from a value standpoint, Detroit is near the top of the charts.
Restaurants are hard to compare because it depends on the mood, event, company you are keeping, etc. However, I have come to find that my favorite restaurants are the ones where I get;
- Consistent good quality and service
- Great food choices with a menu that continues to be updated
- A good staff with energy and smiles
- Relatively reasonable prices for the food being presented
I am now to the point that I go to Small Plates at least once a week for all of the reasons listed above. The food is fantastic. I have yet to have something on the menu that I didn't like. As the name indicates, the food is served on small plates, and the portions are small. At the same time, I can get out of Small Plates at the same costs as I can get out of far worse restaurants, yet be full, happy, and have had several great tastes vs. one main dish.
Small Plates food is meant to be shared. Most sandwiches come out in twos or threes. Most dishes come out with several of something. Even the salads / vegetables are healthy servings to be shared.
My go-to is the fried-green tomato BLTs. They just added corned-beef sliders that are incredible. The cheese plate is large and very good quality, while the fish tacos are insanely good. The only food on the menu I don't order anymore is the Lobster Mac N Cheese. Not enough lobster, not enough lobster taste, and the cheese that is used tastes a little processed. Otherwise, I am not kidding when I say I have tried everything else on the menu, and I am completely happy and satisfied.
The bartenders are great, and they serve "Our Detroit" Vodka. This Vodka (made in Cork City) is insanely good. I highly recommend trying this Vodka. You will be very pleased.
Two words of caution - watch the Detroit Opera House showtimes. If a show is on, this place is PACKED prior to the show. Second thing is that if it is full, DO NOT go next door to the Detroit Beer Company. The place is terrible, with horrible food and mediocre beer.
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