To say The Cork House Broker Restaurant is a wine restaurant that just happens to serve food wouldn't be totally inaccurate. The extensive wine list encompasses a wide range, welcoming bottles of sparkling and still, red and white, inexpensive and indulgent. Those who join the restaurant's wine club receive exclusive invitations to events such as wine dinners, tastings, cooking classes, and meet-and-greets with winemakers.
With that said, the restaurant’s chefs certainly know their way around the kitchen. Guests can pair their wines with a flight of carefully curated cheeses, made from goat's and cow's milks, or consult a dinner menu filled with timeless entrees including steak diane, french onion soup, and fabulous mussels. Meals unfold in the restaurant’s intimate dining room or under the patio’s generously shady cover of trees.
Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
Since 1937, the Bastien family has been sneaking steak into nearly every section of their menu. It's an understandable obsession, seeing as it has resulted in savory signature plates such as the new york sugar steak and the filet mignon with serrano-lingonberry sauce.
Rib eyes and porterhouses aside, Bastien's Restaurant focuses on cooking up a warm, down-home vibe more than cooking up a particular food. The menu also includes comforting entrees of wiener schnitzel and fried chicken alongside delicate bites of seafood, all of which find their perfect pairings on an international wine list. Meanwhile, bartenders help create a retro feel thanks to their classic cocktail recipes and friendly greetings of "So, what part of Pangaea are you from?"
Refreshing summer cocktails, a long list of local and global brews, and sake by the glass and bottle lay the foundation for Asian-infused feasts. Couple a glass of lychee love (Bombay Sapphire gin, lime, lychee liquor, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur) with a fresh green-papaya salad ($6), or share a plate of bigeye tuna salad with mizuna, mango, avocado, and pistachio-lime vinaigrette ($16). Hearty helpings from the kitchen include wagyu beef carpaccio with smoked char roe and Michigan scallion pancakes ($16). Or happify hungry herbivores with the organic buckwheat soba noodles tossed with Asian eggplant, tofu, cucumbers, and ginger-scallion vinaigrette ($12). Flying fresh and fast from the sushi bar are poppable pieces ranging from classic rolls like spicy tuna ($8) and unagi ($9) to specialty makimono such as mango monsoon (smoked madai, spicy tuna, salmon, mango, lychee, and yuzu foam; $13).
Established as a haven for steak lovers in 1958, Emil-Lene's grillmasters have crafted a menu of upscale filets and American cuisine served with a bevvy of trimmings. Meaty choices include 5-, 9-, and 12-ounce filets, as well as three sizes of sirloin as tender as a butterfly's fragile ego. Chefs fry chicken dinners to crisp completeness, while 10-ounce prime ribs are seared to perfection atop a charcoal grill. Along with the menu's simplified offerings, servers whisk trays of vegetables and spaghetti appetizers to tables, with chilled butter spreading across fresh-baked bread, and soup or salad and a choice of potato tucking themselves into the last crevices of each stomach. The restaurant keeps in touch with its historic roots and cowboy ambiance, with Wild West artwork, a cozy dining room, and regular duels between visiting handlebar mustaches.