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Restaurant Review | The Grille Midtown – Detroit

The Grille Midtown
(Photo by Erin Klema)

A new(ish) restaurant in Detroit is “committed to delivering thoughtfully cooked food and cocktails with uncommon hospitality.”

Well, mission accomplished, The Grille Midtown.

If you didn’t get a chance to eat here last week for Detroit Restaurant Week, I’d suggest you do so on your next visit to Motown. You’ll recall from my last post that I dined at Detroit Seafood Market during restaurant week, but my mom and I checked out The Grille Midtown last month and were very pleased with our meal and the service.

Midtown location places restaurant in the city’s cultural hub.

The Grille Midtown opened in the fall of 2013 in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Grille Midtown opened in the fall of 2013 in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Located on Woodward Avenue, this Motor City restaurant is in the heart of a transitioning neighborhood, where young professionals and Wayne State University students are taking up residence. New loft apartments are now being leased upstairs, an old theater next door is being renovated, and a Whole Foods recently opened about two blocks away at Mack Avenue.

The surrounding neighborhood is anchored in history, art and culture. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays a block down from the restaurant, and less than a mile away are the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Public Library and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The Grille Midtown is located on Woodward Avenue, a block from Orchestra Hall, in Detroit. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Grille Midtown is located on Woodward Avenue, a block from Orchestra Hall, in Detroit.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Dining room decked in automobile grilles — like a true Motor City establishment.

The grille of a classic car hanging above a generously-sized booth greets visitors of this Motor City restaurant. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The grille of a classic car hanging above a generously-sized booth greets visitors of this Motor City restaurant.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

You definitely won’t forget you are dining in Motor City while eating here.

The Grille Midtown has sleek design -- just like the Detroit-made vehicles in many of the posters hanging around the dining room. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Grille Midtown has a sleek design — just like the Detroit-made vehicles in many of the posters hanging around the dining room.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

I particularly liked the grille above our high-top table. (Photo by Erin Klema)

I particularly liked the grille above our high-top table.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Luxe libations: Cocktails as classic as a vintage car

The Peach Dream and Remy Sidecar cocktails were well-mixed libations. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Peach Dream and Remy Sidecar cocktails were well-mixed libations.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

My Peach Dream cocktail was stiff, but had the fruity flavor I was expecting and would be a refreshing summertime drink. Our waitress said it has received great reviews from her customers. My mom said her Remy Sidecar was strong as well, and she was quite happy with her Cointreau-based libation.

Delicious dishes delighted our senses.

The Salmon Nicoise salad includes red new potatoes, Nicoise olives, capers, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, French green beans, a grilled salmon filet and a Dijon vinaigrette. (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Salmon Nicoise salad includes red new potatoes, Nicoise olives, capers, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, French green beans, a grilled salmon filet and a Dijon vinaigrette.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

My mom began her lunch with chili, which she said tasted just like her mom’s recipe. So, I tried a spoonful of it, and I thought it tasted just like the chili my mom makes. It had several beans — dark red kidney, pinto and cannellini, we think. Sorry, I didn’t get any photos of our soups. We were pretty hungry, and they just looked and smelled so good that we dove right in.

For her entree, my mom got the Salmon Nicoise salad pictured above. The salmon filet was about 8 ounces, we estimated. It was a sizable portion, as was the salad itself. Due to the capers’ saltiness, my mom said she’d have preferred less seasoning on the salmon. But overall, she was pleased.

Crab cake slider at The Midtown Grille. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Crab cake slider at The Midtown Grille.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

My meal started with the smokey-flavored tomato soup. It had a gritty puree-like texture unlike a smooth bisque. I loved it, and I think this is a must-try for any tomato soup fan. It also comes as the side if you order the grille”d” cheese sandwich as your entree.

While I love a good grilled cheese, I opted for the crab cake sliders. The trio of lump crab cakes were served on top of fresh arugula and topped with a red pepper aioli. My only complaint was that between the bun, crab cake and greens, the sauce was a bit lost. And, I love a good aioli, which this was.

My mini crab cakes were served with a filling side of salty and thick fries. So potatoey! (Yes, I know that’s not a word, but you know what it means.)

Salty gourmet fries served with ketchup come with the burgers and sandwiches at The Grille Midtown. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Salty gourmet fries served with ketchup come with the burgers and sandwiches at The Grille Midtown.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Dessert ended lunch on a high note.

A raspberry swirl cheesecake was the chef's special when I dined at The Grille Midtown. So yummy! (Photo by Erin Klema)

A raspberry swirl cheesecake was the chef’s special when I dined at The Grille Midtown. So yummy!
(Photo by Erin Klema)

A smooth, creamy cheesecake ended my delicious meal. My mom had the moist Michigan Apple Cake, which has apples and nuts in it and is served with ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.

Michigan Apple Cake is topped with ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Michigan Apple Cake is topped with ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.
(Photo by Erin Klema)

Know before you go …

Restaurant: The Grille Midtown

Location: 3919 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.

Parking:Street and garage parking nearby

Menu: New American cuisine

Drinks: Quality cocktails; wines available by glass or bottle

Price:Appetizers $9-14; entrees $8 for Caesar Salad to $29 for Ribeye — most burgers between $10 and $12 and seafood entrees around $20 (Note: These prices are from the dinner menu. I dined during lunch.)

 

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Wish you were here,

Erin

 

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One Comment Post a comment
  1. Nice review. Hope this entices others to try this place out. Great pictures

    April 23, 2014

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