Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Upper crust

Birmingham's Café Via has lovely dishes, a cozy interior and a terrific patio

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

One of the Café’s best features is its large patio, covered with sage-green canopies and provided with heaters for the transitional months. Outdoor seating is needed because there are only 15 tables inside, plus a tiny bar and a few seats for drinks in that crowded hallway. The small rooms give an intimate feel. Café Via’s patrons follow the French way of dining: less quantity, higher quality. All dishes are lovely to look at.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mexican high

Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi mixes the contemporary and the classic

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Though it’s fairly simple to locate a Mexican restaurant in metro Detroit, it’s not necessarily as easy to get good Mexican food. After you get past the complicated question of authenticity there lie plates and plates of bland and forgettable fare with a side of beans and rice. But at Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi they’re skillfully mixing contemporary and classic Mexican dishes with an eye toward freshness and flavor.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Country fresh

Evans Street Station keeps it slow and local out in Tecumseh

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The restaurant’s philosophy is slow and local. If that sounds pretty fashionable these days, note that chef and co-owner Alan Merhar is surrounded by farmers, making it easy to make the most of them for his produce, in season. His relationship with Mike Prochaska of Prochaska Farms, for instance (it’s four miles away), is such that each winter the two pore over seed catalogs and decide what to plant and then serve. The resulting dishes are fancy in the sense that sophisticated measures have been taken, but (mostly) all-American if you look at the ingredients. Not everything’s local, obviously: Scottish salmon, scallops, certified Black Angus steaks. But many of the side dishes will be, come summer. Desserts are made in-house and include a rich cappuccino crème brûlée, pumpkin pound cake, tiramisu, Key lime cheesecake, and blood-orange or lime-ginger sorbets.

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