Bangkok Cuisine first started slinging authentic Thai food in 1983, throwing a bowl of spiced coconut milk across metro Detroit’s culinary landscape. The restaurant took taste buds by storm and quickly began opening full-service and express locations across the state. Today, it serves specialties such as bangkok chicken, vegetable curry, and shrimp or scallops pad thai from eight locations. All entrees roll out in queen-, king-, or Bigfoot-sized portions and come spiced to order in mild, medium, hot, or extra hot.
At La Palma, chefs skewer marinated beef, chicken, and vegetables to complete kabob orders that match with other Mediterranean-inspired eats, including creamy hummus and crispy falafel balls. The kitchen?s wood-fired oven is in full view of the dining room, so guests can watch as their pitas cook to a fluffy finish. For larger events, chefs pile kebobs, meat pies, grape leaves, and charbroiled chicken onto platters perfect for sharing with others or hoarding for yourself in a dark closet.
The Whitney is a grand, historic mansion built in 1894 for lumber mogul David Whitney. The Whitney restaurant itself sports a lavish interior of rich woods, beautiful stained glass, and linen-clad tables that host fine dining experiences at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Whitney's wine list includes dozens of palate-pleasing potables that pair with stuffed lobster, rack of lamb, and steaks seared to perfection. In the evenings, the live piano fills the halls with music, adding a festive vibe to the already plush environs.
Students file into the expansive studio at Bikram Yoga Midtown Detroit, lining up their mats amid the natural light spilling in from oversized windows and checking their form in the mirrors that line two walls. Here, they assume and hold 26 different yoga poses during each 90-minute class. Along the way, certified instructors check their form and help them stretch muscles, a feat that is all the more easy due to the studio's temperature of 105 degrees with 40% humidity, which also promotes detoxification. Classes are held daily??from as early as 6 a.m. to as late as 7:30 p.m.??and are open to all fitness levels.
Midtown's revival of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues includes The Grille Midtown, a casually upscale dining cove serving from-scratch American classics. The Detroit Free Press called it a "welcome addition" to the area and expressed admiration for both its spread of carnivorous cuts and sandwiches as well as its "handsome" decor. In particular, the paper lauded the sleek look of the eatery's vaulted black ceiling and gray walls hung with glossy photos of automobile grills, which inspired the restaurant's name. Amid the softly ambiance, guests feast on everything from char-grilled double lamb chops with chimichurri sauce to prime burgers on houses-made brioche buns. Salads and sandwiches round a menu that diners may also enjoy while saddled up to The Grille Midtown's luxuriously long bar.
For an art museum, the flat, cracked facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is shockingly stark, yet there's beauty in its realness. The walls that once framed an abandoned car dealership now host Barry McGee's "Untitled" mural of writ-large graffiti on the building's exterior, greeting people with an uncompromising sense of honesty that permeates through to the art collection within. MOCAD's informal approach to art exhibition shares a kindred spirit with few other museums, with exhibits that swap museum-imposed artifice for relatable, raw beauty. That didn't go unnoticed by The New York Times, who hailed the collection for "seeing the seediness, and celebrating it."
Never straying from a mission to present contemporary works that reflect the current culture, inspire dialogue, and engage the community, MOCAD's stunning exhibitions narrate the history and future of the Motor City. Public programs such as lectures, literary readings, live music performances, films, and children's educational activities further engage visitors, and the MOCAD store offers exclusive t-shirts, magazines, kid's toys, and jewelry.