Named Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press in 2002, Cuisine sears and sautés fine French-American delicacies in a modern milieu. Owner and Le Cordon Bleu graduate chef Paul Grosz draws on several years experience at high-end restaurants and billionaires-only diners around the globe to craft both deluxe progression and a la carte menus of specially prepared delicacies. Kick off a taste tour with the prepared meat charcutière of duck pâté, duck mousse, and beef sausage ($10) before quashing stomachs’ opera aspirations by muffling its baritone with a filet of beef tenderloin rossini seared with foie gras and potato cake ($33). The regionally raised Indiana duck arrives tuxedoed in an upscale assemblage of strawberries braised in red wine and buttered quinoa ($26). A tasty surprise dessert or cheese course ($9) concludes the feast with a shocking 11th-hour twist that leaves the door open for future meals.
With its deep-burgundy walls, heavy curtains, and crystal-draped chandeliers, What Crepe’s dining room hearkens back to Belle Époque–era Paris. The scent of simmering crepe batter and melting cheese further imbues the bistro with an aura of authenticity. Chefs flip more than 50 sweet, savory, gluten-free, and vegan crepe varieties that have earned praise from the Metro Times and the Detroit Free Press for their freshness and ability to be delivered through mail slots. Savory standout The Obvious garnishes chicken and caramelized apples with feta, while the Nutty Monkey blends banana and Nutella, then tops them with vanilla ice cream. In addition to crepes, dining companions can share sips of organic tea and the restaurant’s own blend of french-press coffee.
Food slingers at Heavenly Chicken & Waffles whip up a full menu of hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, and chicken-and-waffles plates inspired by the cuisine of classic Harlem eatery Wells Kitchen. Like justice, breakfast is served all day and has a penchant for belgian waffles, served either plain ($5), stuffed with bacon ($5.75), or strewn with cinnamon apples, chocolate chips, bananas and pecans, strawberries, or blueberries (an additional $1.50 each). The Favorite ($13.50)—four chicken wings or one 7-ounce chicken breast served atop a plain belgian waffle with a side of red-skin garlic potatoes—fills stomachs, suppressing butterflies in the bellies of spelling-bee contestants.