Food Adventure // Detroit Restaurant Week-24 Grille

We don’t go to Detroit nearly enough and Detroit Restaurant Week seemed to be the perfect excuse to go. Eighteen restaurants participated and created a reasonably priced pre-fixe tasting menu. I looked at the list and narrowed the choices down to six and then I had Marc take a look. We realized that we couldn’t choose just one and decided on 24 Grill at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel and The Rattlesnake Club in Rivertown. We had a wonderful time and I took lots of pictures with my iPhone for you! I tried fitting both restaurants into one post, but it became huge. I’ll post our experience at The Rattlesnake Club next week.

The pictures above are of the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit. It first opened in 1924 and when opened was the tallest hotel in the world with 33 floors. It has a glorious history that boasts guests like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back in the day. The hotel has had its ups and downs, but in 2006 it was restored and stepping inside is a treat. The hotel is now contemporary in style, but plays up the architectural details. It is home to two of the city’s top restaurants, 24 Grille and Roast. I really want to go to Roast one of these days, but we couldn’t pass up the unique menu 24 Grille offered.

Dinner was wonderful and I loved the creativity from the kitchen. The decor was contemporary and I just loved everything about the place. Our waiter was very professional and the person I guessed to be the manager was buzzing around with a huge smile.

Dinner at 24 Grille

Cocktails

Hypnotiq Kick Our waiter recommended this one and I normally would have ignored it based on how it was spelled alone, but you have to trust the experts. Coconut and tropical flavors. A nice sweet and tart flavor combination.

Latin Quarter Vieux Carre Heavenly. I happen to love whiskey and this is one of those great old-school cocktails. Marc ordered it and I was so jealous that it wasn’t mine.

First Course

Tuna Tartare Tuna Tartare with pickled shallots and jalapenos, cucumber, apple and soy ginger sauce. Diced tuna and vegetables were stuffed in crispy wonton? cones. Really fresh.

Alligator Gumbo Gator andouille and white tail meat, onion, okra, sassafras and rich stock. Rich, thick and tasty soup. Nice amount of spice.

Second Course

Pork Medallions with Root Vegetables Brookshire Pork Tenderloin Medallions with roasted root vegetables, quince and black truffle jus. The most delicious pork I’ve ever had. Sauce was delicious and pork perfectly cooked.Goodness, you guys.

Beef Short Rib Angus beef rib with mashed potato croquette, baby bok choy and horseradish. Loved the unique croquettes. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. A really creative side. Beef was fall-apart tender.

Third Course

House Churns Strawberry ice cream, chocolate coconut gelato and caramel gelato. I was really in the mood for ice cream, despite the chilly weather and this did not disappoint. I read that there is a $300 dessert menu item which includes a night’s stay at the hotel, a bottle of champagne and their house-made ice cream brought to your table on an old fashioned ice cream cart. Cool, huh?

Snickers Chocolate mousse laced with peanut, caramel and chocolate glace. Extremely delicious and a unique concept. It tasted like Snickers, but much better.

If food is not your thing, heaven forbid, the hotel also has Spa 19 next to 24 Grille (if you put the two together, you have 1924, the year the hotel was built). You can indulge in facials and massages. It’s nice to know we don’t have to travel far for a big city adventure.

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