Gilligan's serves up more than 20 varieties of gourmet hamburgers made fresh daily with local ingredients free of artificial preservatives and fillers. The grill's triple-A half-pound, hand-packed beef creations, derived entirely from local producers, include the vaunted fire-grilled original burger, adorned with the house grill sauce ($10+), as well as more exotic offerings such as the Los Cabos burger, which sports zesty salsa, guacamole, a dollop of sour cream, and a lace mantilla ($11+). Burgers fashioned from ground turkey ($10) and buffalo ($12) provide poultry and bison alternatives, and the dry-rub St. Louis side ribs can quell pork-centric cravings and coat palates and fingers in a tangy coat of barbecue sauce ($12/half rack, $18/full). Old-fashioned milkshakes in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate varieties arrive topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and a cherry and deliver moving arguments in favour of lactose tolerance ($5).
To craft their signature paninis, Bar Domani’s chefs layer freshly baked focaccia bread with cuts of chicken, veal, and fresh vegetables, topping everything off with fine cheeses. Outside the kitchen, guests raise glasses of specialty martinis over plates of tiramisu in the intimate dining room.
Martinis and conversation reign at Vermouth, a place that enshrouds imbibers in 1920s-style environs. Friends and clandestine groups of treasure hunters can peruse a menu of creative cocktails and shareable appetizers such as shrimp cocktails and spreadable artichoke dip. Barkeeps blend fresh fruit into seasonal specialty martinis including the raspberry currant, and mixologists shake classic vodka and gin recipes. Foursomes may alternatively toast the completion of their Monopoly game by pouring from a shared pitcher of sangria. The establishment's interior mixes vintage and contemporary decor, inviting patrons to linger near the fireplace or lounge on plush couches.
The Pour House Pub, an upscale gastropub, serves a menu full of foodie-pleasing pub favourites alongside draft beers, local wines, cocktails, and Scotches. Like a monocle-wearing robot, dinner melds classic fare with a modern touch, as evidenced by the goat-cheese topped gourmet potato skins ($7.95), sturdy steak sandwich ($9.95), and radiant veggie panini ($7.95). The slab of ribs ($9.95 for half, $17.95 for full) leads the hearty entree parade, and a panoply of pastas ($10.95–13.95) bring up the rear in grand Apennine style. The pub’s nimble-fingered tapsters ensure a phrenologically sound head on a pint of Labatt Blue, Stella Artois, Sapporo, and other draughts, and fanciful cocktails, such as a Professor Plum or a Red Lotus (both $6.95) illustrate their alchemic abilities. Exposed brick walls, ductwork, and Tudor-esque wooden beams conspire with stained glass accents and low lighting to keep diners as cozy in their seats as dinner is cozy in their stomachs.
Keyshia Cole's soaring vocals and raw, emotion-laden R & B have netted her a platinum album and four Grammy nominations. Channeling experiences of passion and heartbreak into her powerful voice, Keyshia lets loose with cannonades of soulful singing, tugging on heartstrings and teaching even the most logical robot what it means to love. Coming off her recent album Calling All Hearts, Keyshia will draw on hits from her four studio records, including such chart-toppers as "Let It Go," "Heaven Sent," and "I Remember." Up-and-coming R & B wunderkind Miguel complements Keyshia's set with his own dulcet tones, rounding out the evening with melodious aplomb. Rhythms and blues swirl together at Chene Park on the banks of the Detroit River, which fills the open-air venue with cool watery breezes and the bubbly murmurs of ticket-scalping merfolk.