Seldon Standard – Detroit

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seldon standard dining room detroitSeldon Standard, Detroit:    We had an awesome time at  Seldon Standard  on Saturday.   We didn’t have a reservation however, when I called they said half of the seating is reserved and half is for walk ins.   We arrived around 4:20 pm and got in line, there were 4 people in front of us.   Doors to Seldon Standard opened at 4:30 pm, the kitchen doesn’t open until 5.  At that point there were 30 people waiting in line behind us.   We put our name on the list and grabbed a seat at the corner of the bar.   The bar staff was very friendly and helpful.   Just after 5 pm we were shown to our table.

The starters we enjoyed:   First of all Seldon Standard is a small plates or tapas format.   However, we did technically we did  have starters.   We enjoyed the Roasted Cauliflower and the Herbed Flatbread, both were excellent.   The pace of how the food came out was very nice.

seldon standard bar detroit

Entrees:  Seldon Standard specializes in locally sourced food from a variety of local farms.   For dinner we started with the oysters on the half shell, followed by the pheasant sugo, lamb ragu, and the grilled whole trout.   The food was absolutely amazing, one of the best we have had in the fast growing Detroit restaurant market.

Wine:  If you have read any of my other posts, you know by now we are always drinking Chardonnay, Seldon Standard happens to have  3 chards on the menu.    We enjoyed the French Bourgogne Chardonnay.   It was very reasonably price both by the glass and by the bottle.   It is nice when a restaurant has by the glass option which allows you to sample it before you have to commit to a bottle.

Parking:  Parking free along the road, we parked right in front of the building.

Property details:   Seldon Standard is located close to Detroit’s Midtown.    Address3921 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48201  Phone+1 (313) 438-5055

Hours:  Seldon Standard does take reservations by phone only however, you have to make them weeks in advance to be successful.   I did not find them on open table.    The are open based on the following schedule.

Dinner 5pm-10pm everyday
Bar 4:30pm-11pm everyday
Lunch 11am-2:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch 10am-2:00pm (Sat, Sun)


In the area:    Will Leather Goods, Shinola watch and bike store.

London Chop House – Detroit

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London Chop House Detroit – Murphy-Telegraph Building

London Chop House, Detroit:    I had an opportunity to have dinner at London Chop House in Detroit after the North American International Autoshow.   The London Chop House is located not really in the basement, but more of a garden level, a few stairs down from street level similar to Vertical.

I sat at the bar and the service was excellent and friendly.    The facility has bar, table and booth seating all in one large area.   Overall it was a very positive experience.

Entrees:    For my entree selection at the London Chop House I enjoyed  the sauteed lake perch with shrimp and roasted red potatoes top with lump crab.   It was excellent and reasonably priced for the venue.

Wine:  For wine I order  a house Chardonnay, they had different 3 chards by the glass.  All of them were reasonably priced.

Parking:  Parking in the area is mostly paid parking.  There are some surface lots as well as parking decks in the area.

Property details:  The London Chop House is located in the Murphy-Telegraph Building on West Congress between Shelby and Griswold, just about 2 blocks from Cobo Hall.    Phone:  (313) 962-0277   Address:  155 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226

Hours:  The London Chop House Detroit is open for lunch M-F 11 am to 3 pm.  Dinner Monday to Thursday 5 pm to 10 pm,  Friday and Saturday dinner hours are extended to 11 pm.   Sunday is only private events at the London Chop House.


Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop – Detroit

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Mudgie’s Entrance

Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop, Detroit:  Had a chance to grab lunch at Mudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop.  Mudgie’s gets a significant amount of news and social media coverage.   The news hype was not over rated, my visit was excellent, Mudgies has been voted best deli 7 years in a row.   Unlike most delis Mudgie’s stays open late on most days.

What i enjoyed:   Mudgie’s has a variety of sandwiches, soups, soft drinks, and a full bar, most items on the menu are under $13.   Their menu includes starters as well as a kids menu, salads, design your own sandwiches, as well as 6 vegetarian and vegan menu items as well.  They had 3 different soups on the menu this afternoon.   They also have a brunch menu, after 5 specials which I want to try, and they do catering.


You enter through the wine shop which is around the back.   I was greeted by a very pleasant hostess.  The main dining area is in the front of the building with additional dining by the bar.   The main kitchen is in the corner of the main dining are.    The interior of the building has a very cool vibe to it.   It has classic tin or metal ceiling with lots of interior brick showing with a lot of unique decorations.   They music playing was awesome.   They have a small court yard for dining out side, when it is warmer, as well as a really cool back yard with a fire pit.      The staff was very up beat and the bar tender was very helpful in explaining how their wine by the bottle works.    They have free WIFI as well.

Entrees:  I had the Salmon Rueben sandwich which was excellent.  Lots of salmon and an excellent sauerkraut.   The rye bread was grilled nicely and it came out super hot.  In typical deli fashion the portion size was large.  I was not hungry when I left.

Wine:  I asked about the wine list and was informed that they have wine available by the glass as well as by the bottle from their shop.   The corkage fee is very reasonable only $8 a bottle.    After discussing the wine options the bar tender brought out a few bottles to choose from.   He brought out a bottle of Red Car Chardonnay which is one of our favorites.   I got one to go to share at home.

Parking:  Free parking was available on the street, I was able to park right in front of the place, that’s my car on the right hand side.

Property details:   Mudgie’s  is located in Corktown.  The area has lots of cool old houses as well as some new build.  Mudgie’s is located at 1413 Brooklyn St, Detroit, MI 48226  Phone:  313-961-2000

Hours:  Mon – Weds open 11a to 9p, Thurs – Sat open 11a to 11p (Bar open until Midnight), Sunday brunch open 10a to 3p, We deliver Mon – Fri 11am – 3pm


Ottava Via Detroit

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Ottava Via

Ottava Via, Detroit:  First visit to Ottava Via recommended by a friend of mine.  Ottava Via has a really nice back yard, complete with bocce ball and two fire pits.  We came into the restaurant through the back door.   There is also a front entrance off of Michigan Ave.

What we enjoyed:   The main dining area is in the front of the building with additional dining in the back separated by the kitchen.   We sat in the back which worked out great, it was not too load and we had excellent service.

Starters:   We tried the brussels sprouts appetizers which were flash fried and wonderful, along with the homemade preztels.

Entrees:  We really enjoyed the Salsiccia pizza which is made with Sweet Italian Sausage, Peperoncini, Aged Provalone Cheese, Red Onion, and Peppers it was amazing.   Additionally the Tuscan Braised Beef Ribs topped with Onion Frites which was served on a Bed of our Creamy Mascarpone Polenta.

Parking:  Parking was available on the street and the were also parking lots available on the next street over.   Best of all the parking was free.

Property details:   Ottava Via is located in Corktown.   Located at 1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit.


Downtown Louie’s Lounge

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Downtown Louie’s Lounge

Downtown Louie’s Lounge, Detroit: Had the opportunity to meet a friend at Downtown Louie’s Lounge in Detroit.

What we enjoyed:   The inside of Downtown Louie’s is very elegant, with a two story ceiling and lots of wood paneling.   Very up to date and super clean.   The bar has a wine bottle display stacked to the ceiling. Two large screen TVs over the bar for the sports and new junkies.

Starters:   We enjoyed the flash fried brussels sprouts appetizers as well as the sales wedge.

What we drank:  Fortunately, they have a happy hour until 6 pm.   We enjoyed the $5 wines on the happy hour menu.

Downtown Louie’s Lounge

Parking:  I parked on Washington Blvd. which has a parking machine, it is $1 per hour and you can park for up to 2 hours. There are lots of parking lots and parking decks close by if the street parking happens to be full.

Reservations:  They are on Open Table which is handy.   On this particular Monday night you did not need a reservation.   They also do carry outs which is cool if you find yourself working late at the office and want to pick something up.

Property details:   Downtown Louie’s Lounge  is located just off Woodward, near Grand Circus at 30 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48226.

Downtown Louie’s Lounge



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Cuisine Detroit
Cuisine Detroit

Return visit to Cuisine, Detroit:  We recently enjoyed our second visit to Cuisine and just like the first time, the second time was just as amazing.  We arrived at Cuisine around 6:30 pm on a Saturday evening.   We did not have reservations, however we managed to get the last table.

What we enjoyed:   On this evening we enjoyed their 3 course progressive menu which included a house bread, a starter, main course and desert.

Starters:   The Lobster Bisque with peekytoe crab and milk froth was amazing.   Sometimes a lobster bisque can have a bite or be a little spicy.   Cuisine’s bisque was not and can only be describe as amazing.   Crispy shrimp with sweet and sour sauce was also excellent.

Main course:  The beef short rib served with goat cheese over noodles was fabulous.   The beef was very tender and moist and the goat cheese just put it over the edge in a positive way.

What we shared:  We shared the butter nut squash risotto.   I have trouble passing up butter nut squash as well as risotto, however pulling both of them together is just wonderful.

What we drank:  We all enjoyed the 2012 Neyers Chardonnay, from the Carneros region.   It was a very nice Chard, dry and oakey but not overly done.

Sweets:  The mixed berry tart for desert was excellent and I was hoping that they had take home by the quart but unfortunately they did not.

Parking:  Parking was pretty easy, we ended up parking directly in front of the restaurant.   There is a parking machine, it is $1 per hour for parking.

Property details:   Cuisine is locate in the New Center area.    Situated at 670 Lothrop Rd, Detroit in a historical house with paid street parking.   Cuisine participates in Open Table which is helpful for reserving a table.


Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Dirty Blonde Beer

Atwater Brewery, Detroit:  Stopped in at Atwater Brewer, Detroit for some drinks and appetizers.

What we enjoyed:   The atmosphere is very open and airy.  Lots of big screen TVs with different games on.   A unique feature were the board games around the bar available for guests to break out a game of their choice.

Starters:   We tried the brussels sprouts appetizers which were flash fried and wonderful, along with the homemade preztels.

What we drank:  We all enjoyed Dirty Blonde beer as well as rum and coke.   Atwater distills their own rum, vodka and other liquors.

Parking:  Parking was easy, we park across the street, and it was free.

Property details:   Atwater Brewery is located just off Jefferson, down river from Belle Isle in the New Center area, situated at 237 Jos Campau, Detroit.