Fressing With Fishman: Celebrity Chef In Motown



By Ryan Fishman

Admittedly, I don’t have a culinary background, per se … but I like to think I have pretty good taste. Having said that, Mario Batali was in Detroit earlier this month for a little tableside tourism and made some very wise choices with where and what he ate.

So where would a celebrity chef eat with just a weekend in the Motor City?

Batali did dinner at Roast, conveniently located on the ground floor of the Westin Book Cadillac; Gold Cash Gold in Corktown, where he brunched on chicken and waffles; and toured distillery and cocktail bar Our/Detroit and the Eastern Market.

Mario Batali’s Instagram photo of Gold Cash Gold

To see where else Batali stopped while in town, check out his Instagram @mariobatali.

Mexican Rebrand
There’s a new taco coming to town … or at least a slightly different one.

Royal Oak’s Zumba Mexican Grille is rebranding as Detroit Taco Company, but the new owner, Jeffrey Omtvedt, does plan to stick to the format customers have come to know and love.

Doors on the refreshed restaurant will open Nov. 1, after a last-hurrah for former owner Tim Casteneda last weekend. Castenda will stay involved with Detroit Taco Company and also take on responsibilities at Dan Linnen’s Rojo Mexican Bistro.

Under the new name, expect more of a “street food flare,” including an expanded selection of tacos and Mexican street corn, fire-grilled and served on a stick with chipotle cream, salt and Cojita cheese. The Chipotleesque “bowl-rito” will also stay on the menu for the carb-averse among us.

For those of you who like to give back while you grub, the restaurant plans to donate taco sales the first Tuesday of every month to an area food bank, and on rotating Mondays will dedicate 20 percent of proceeds to some great causes like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

New & Noteworthy
Down the street in Royal Oak, you’ll find Onyx Steakhouse, the newly opened reincarnation of the first floor of Woody’s Diner. Designed for a more “mature” crowd, the bar features more than 75 higher-priced liquors, beers and wines partnered with a menu that features upscale comfort food, the seemingly omnipresent go-to of too many new Metro Detroit restaurants.

If you’re a health-food loving calorie counter (or GMO averse), there are two new restaurants set to open this fall that are being built just for you.

Brome Burgers & Shakes in Dearborn (22062 Michigan Ave.) will reinvent the burger with fresh, organic patties and hand-cut fries made with Kennebec white potatoes. Working only with vendors committed to “responsibly raised vegetables and animals,” the restaurant will use only 100 percent organic beef from grass-fed cows, non-GMO certified ingredients and waste-reducing business practices. Their menu will feature intricate salads, hand-spun shakes and stepped-up sides like all-beef bacon.

Daniel Kahn’s GreenSpace Cafe got its certificate of occupancy from the city of Ferndale last week, and the doors will be open soon. The Nine Mile and Woodward spot will feature a vegan/vegetarian-friendly menu, self-described as “artisanal plant-based food.” The restaurant will also feature craft cocktails.

Mazel Tov To…
Mara Dermer and Kenny Ebanger, both Detroit natives, on their wedding in Laguna Beach, Calif., last weekend … and to a very proud father, Art Dermer.

Dr. Bob Levine of Levine Chiropractic in Farmington Hills; deservedly honored with the Michigan Association of Chiropractors Kirk A. Lee Champion Award for his service to the field.

Brad Schram, Howard Hertz and the entire team at Hertz Schram PC in Bloomfield Hills on their 14 attorneys named to this year’s Super Lawyers.

Jeff Schostak, vice president and director of development at Schostak Brothers and Co. in Livonia, named one of 2015’s “30 in Their 30s” by DBusiness.

Happy birthday to Alix Craig, Michael Serling and Amanda Fisher!

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