As if winning the admiration of customers across Detroit wasn?t enough, Chrystyna Adams, head chef and owner of Christine?s Cuisine, went ahead and earned a spot in Rachael Ray?s heart with her homemade pierogies, which the Food Network star deemed the best in Michigan. And pierogies aren't the only thing the Chrystyna can make. As Dining in the D discovered, the talented chef transforms beets and sour cream into decadent Ukrainian borsch, and keeps potato pancakes light, crispy, with her not-so-secret secret: adding oil to the batter, rather than the pan.
Yet, like David Hasselhoff's popularity, Chrystyna doesn?t stop in Eastern Europe. Her hand-written menus showcase items from across the globe. She brings flavors from Italy and Greece with eggplant parmesan and chicken athena dabbled with feta; she sends a shout out to America and its love for grilling and cows with blackened burgers paired with potato chips; and, she even turns breakfast up a notch with smoked salmon omelets, peanut butter and jelly waffles, and bacon and cheddar pancakes.
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When designing the menu for Inyo Restaurant, executive chef Kenny Wee incorporated influences from many different traditions, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. The diverse selections range from comforting chow mein noodles to spicy Szechuan fish, the latter of which is one of many dishes that features seafood freshly flown in from Hawaii and Japan. The jet-setting proteins can also be found alongside interesting touches such as jalape?os and strawberries.
Surrounded by dark Asian tile and crimson walls, guests can sip sake at the sleek, curved bar or experience signature martinis while watching plasma TVs. In warmer months, there's no better place to enjoy a spicy-tuna pizza than out on the patio.
The Tex-Mex cuisine at Cantina Diablo owes its authentic taste to the restaurant's team of chefs. After serving for years in kitchens in Mexico and Texas, they've assembled a menu that combines their own unique recipes with those passed down through generations. Fresh flour tortillas are the cornerstone of a menu that features classic fajitas alongside massive burritos and skillet enchiladas. Tacos are piled with eclectic meats such as braised pork shoulder al pastor, beef cheek, garlic- and cilantro-marinated mahi, and battered buffalo shrimp. Chicken mole with corn and pepper salsa and a Mexican-spiced beef short rib wellington also put a twist on Tex-Mex cuisine. The bar, meanwhile, puts its own spin on Mexican flavors: martinis and mojitos are made with fresh herbs and muddled by hand, while a signature drink features tequila and sangrita in a cucumber cup. Thanks to Cantina Diablo's catering, much of the food is also available for on-location dining.
No two people are exactly the same, so it would be difficult for them to benefit from the exact same juice cleanse. The ayurvedic term for each body's unique constitution is dosha; at Organico Juice Bar & Cafe, staff members create juice cleanses and detoxes according to not only the customer's fitness goals and handwriting analysis, but also his or her dosha. The juices that go into these cleanses and appear on the menu are raw and organic, with no added sugars or preservatives. Other menu items include organic salads, sandwiches, and sweet treats.
Though its name evokes the rolling hillsides of Ireland, The House of Shamrocks takes much of its culinary inspiration from the good ole’ USA. That’s not to say they don’t whip up Irish staples such as fish 'n' chips and corned-beef sandwiches, but they primarily prepare classic North American comfort food such as popcorn chicken, deep-fried pickles, home-style chili, and half-pound hamburgers made with super fresh Angus patties.
Visitors can watch the latest sports on TVs throughout the bar or, on occasional weekends, enjoy musical entertainment such as karaoke, live bands, and DJs.
Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.