It couldn’t be any easier to enjoy Detroit Restaurant Week. Forget buying tickets, searching the Internet for deals or clipping coupons. How do you enjoy Restaurant Week? Pick your favorite fine dining establishment from among 21 choices. And then eat there. Restaurant Week lets you taste the best of Detroit with three-course meals at one set price — $28 per person — today through Sunday, Oct. 2.
Detroit Restaurant Week was created in 2009 to support and promote fine dining restaurants in greater downtown Detroit. The spring 2011 version broke participation records, with 18 restaurants reporting a combined total of 36,578 participants. That was a 19.6 percent jump over the year before.
In total, more than 120,000 people have enjoyed Restaurant Week, which has generated an estimated $2.1 million in sales, according to organizers.
But what’s it about, really? Paul Howard, co-owner of Cliff Bell’s believes his restaurant participating in Detroit Restaurant Week will be an opportunity to “share our passion for food with metro Detroit.”
– Christy Strawser
The 21 Club
These are the participating restaurants: 24 Grille – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit; Andiamo Detroit Riverfront – GM Ren Cen; Angelina Italian Bistro – downtown; Atlas Global Bistro – Midtown; Caucus Club – Penobscot Building; Cliff Bells – downtown; Coach Insignia – GM Ren Cen; Cuisine – New Center; Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille – Foxtown; Detroit Seafood Market – Paradise Valley; Fountain Bistro – Campus Martius Park; Iridescence – MotorCity Casino-Hotel; La Dolce Vita – Palmer Park District; Mosaic Restaurant – Greektown; Opus One – downtown; Rattlesnake Club – Stroh River Place; Roast – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit; Roma Cafe – Eastern Market; Saltwater – MGM Grand Detroit; The Whitney – Midtown; and Wolfgang Puck Grille – MGM Grand Detroit.
The New Guys
This is your chance to try something new without risk, so think about using Restaurant Week as an excuse to enjoy some of the newest restaurants in Detroit. Two of the newest participating restaurants, Cliff Bell’s and Fountain Bistro, offer French inspired dishes, while La Dolce Vita offers cuisine from southern and northern Italy, according to organizers. Romantic La Dolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave., is near palmer Park; Fountain Bistro, 800 Woodward Ave., is on the grounds of Campus Martius Park, with floor-to-ceiling windows to drink in park views and a large fountain that shoots water more than 100 feet into the air. Cliff Bell’s, at 2030 Park Ave., is a jazz and supper club with live music, vaulted ceilings, cozy booths and an Art-Deco ambiance straight from the flapper era. “We think La Dolce Vita, Cliff Bell’s and the Fountain Bistro will prove to be great additions … We’re looking forward to another strong campaign,” said Detroit Restaurant Week executive director Jason Huvaere.
Think about this: Ricotta gnocchi and grilled ribeye steak from Wolfgang Puck, shaved roma apple salad, roasted garlic and thyme-crusted prime rib of certified Angus beef at the Rattlesnake Club, mini duck sliders and cinnamon-honey braised pork shoulder at Cuisine, crab-stuffed salmon and iced gazpacho at Caucus Club. The list of delicious delacicies goes on and one. Click here for in-depth information about participating restaurants and menus. “Like” Detroit Restaurant Week on Facebook and follow @dineDRW on Twitter.
No special reservations are required to enjoy Detroit Restaurant Week, but it’s always a good idea to call busy restaurants directly to make sure your group has a seat.
The Official Wine
A new twist this year is the official wine that was added for the first time to Detroit Restaurant Week. DRW partnered with Gothic Wine, a collection of cool climate wines, to offer the 2009 Willamette Valley ‘Nevermore’ Pinot Noir at some of the participating DRW establishments. Learn more at www.gothicwine.com.