Restaurant Review | The Grille Midtown – Detroit
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.
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.
Dining room decked in automobile grilles — like a true Motor City establishment.
You definitely won’t forget you are dining in Motor City while eating here.
Luxe libations: Cocktails as classic as a vintage car
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.
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.
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.)
Dessert ended lunch on a high note.
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.
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.)
Wish you were here,