Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of global cuisine and drinks at Atlas Global Bistro in the Brush Park Historic District.
Atlas's intimate, comfortable dining room sets the stage for diners to expose sheltered palates to a variety of international cuisine. Agape eyes devour views of the Detroit skyline while mouths take in elegant dishes such as the seasonal vegetable paella ($25). Or put down binoculars and notch a close-up view of bird-based dishes such as Thai Kissed confit of duck ($9) or Moroccan grilled quail ($27). Housed inside the historic Addison Building, Atlas's interior pairs exposed brick with modern amenities, much like a mustachioed railroad baron furnishing his private train car with numerous iPads. All lunch and dinner menus change seasonally and can be enjoyed with a variety of cocktails and wines, which come in white, red, and bubbly.
High ceilings, exposed brick, and wooden floors inside a pre-war building set the stage for fancy dinners and power lunches at Atlas Global, where huge windows provide a great view of downtown or a quick and dramatic escape route. Their global menu lets diners experience a variety of cuisines in one sitting with plates of thai grilled shrimp, wild-caught Atlantic salmon with sweet-pea coulis, and braised lamb shank with a cumin crust.