One of Benjamin Franklin’s last theories was that taking in a good view while eating aids both in digestion and in the ability to squeeze milk out of coal. Prove him half right with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary steak-house fare and drinks at Coach Insignia, located on the 71st and 72nd floors of the GM Global Renaissance Center.
Coach Insignia pairs hearty yet elegant cuisine with stunning panoramas of downtown Detroit, winning the 2011 Meal With A View award in Channel 4's Vote for the Best competition. The dinner menu beckons visitors with cooked-to-order Angus steaks, including center-cut filet mignons ($33 for a 7 oz.) and rib eyes juicier than a romance novel penned in orange nectar ($39 for a 16 oz.). A choice of béarnaise, horseradish, or Detroit zip sauce accompanies each chop, awakening palates with a zingy tang. Clad in a wetsuit of pepper and coriander, bigeye tuna ($38) dives into bellies with bathyspheres of niçoise olives.
A rotating selection of house-made sorbets ($7 each) guides taste buds through fields of fresh fruit, and a skilled sommelier steers them toward a wine list brimming with Old World reds, New World whites, and praise from Wine Spectator.
The only Detroit eatery named to OpenTable's 2011 list of top 50 scenic-view restaurants, Coach Insignia lets diners soak in views of the city from the 71st and 72nd floors of the GM Renaissance Center. In the sky-high kitchen, executive chef Frank Turner gives traditional dishes a modern twist—for instance, a corn-dog appetizer comes stuffed with fried lobster, and standards like veal Oscar share menu space with Asian-fusion pan-seared tofu. Turner and his staff also grill USDA prime and certified Angus beef steaks and source fresh local ingredients from Michigan farmers and markets whenever possible. Additionally, the 720-bottle wine list earned Wine Spectator's "Best Of" Award of Excellence in 2011.