I was just in Detroit about a week and a half ago to see John since he is touring with the National Broadway production of Annie!
John on tour just means me travelling out to see him and going on great adventures to find amazing food. I would just like to take the time here to share some of the delicious plates of food we had on this mini trip.
NEW CENTER EATERY
The first of many stops was “New Center Eatery.” This busy restaurant was located right across from the St. Regis Hotel where we were staying. Their system for ordering was a little different. You stand in line, order and pay for your food at the cashier, take your table number, seat yourself at an open table (if there is one), the waiter/waitress will look at your receipt and bring your food once ready. Now for the mouth-watering part… they are known for their chicken and waffles dish. I never tried such a thing and decided that day was the day!
Oh nelly, was this the best unhealthy plate I could have asked for. The waffles come out hot and fresh with a nice crunchy crust and a fluffy interior. You may think the combination of waffles, strawberries, maple syrup and chicken tastes weird but you have to try it before you judge! The chicken… ohhhhhh my, the chicken. It was deliciously crispy with enough seasoning to not overpower your waffles. What I recommend is to pay the extra $0.50 for more berries. Also, if you like your waffles crispy, pour some of the syrup on the side and dip your waffle in it (which is what I ended up doing for the other 2 plates I had while I was in Detroit).
The New Center Eatery stays open pretty late, and is a perfect greasy spoon to hit up after a few drinks at the karaoke bar. *TIP* If you order your chicken & waffle combo between the hours of 5pm – 10pm they only charge $5 per plate. During earlier hours the dish will cost you $10.50 (but it’s so worth it if you can’t make it during the special hours).
WRIGHT & CO.
My second last day in Detroit, John had a “Golden Day” (the day off) and we had tickets to see a NHL Preseason game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Joe Louis Arena (3-0 Detroit). After having many breakfasts and late dinners at the New Center Eatery, we wanted to opt for more fine food before the game. John found this place on Yelp called “Wright & Co.” the name sounds more like a publishing company than a restaurant, but don’t let that stop you. The food here is AMAZING! Wright & Co. is a gastropub serving small plates of deliciousness.
*WARNING* you may start drooling on your keyboard.
FIRST PLATE – Charcuterie Board
I wish I could remember the types of cheeses on this board but I know the bottom one was a type of blue cheese. The bread was perfectly toasted with a nice crunch. The orange marmalade went well with everything! ugh. just look. You just have to go try it to know how good this was.
SECOND PLATE – Heirloom Tomatoes Salad
Anytime I see tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a menu, my stomach immediately craves it. When this plate came out, I had to admire their take on this gorgeous salad. Wright & Co. made a basil concoction that was addicting and topped the plate off with micro basils. THE PLATING! how could you not stare at this plating. The olive oil perfectly outlines the bed of salad, and the pillows of basil sauce evenly distributed under tomatoes. SO GOOD.
THIRD PLATE – Sriracha Chicken Skewers
FOURTH PLATE – Sauteed Sea Scallops
Sweet corn, asparagus, and chive beurre blanc. I love corn, but I never would have ever thought to make this combination. The salt in the scallops with the sweetness in the corn and the creamy sauce. HEAVEN in a bite.
FIFTH PLATE – Dessert | Chocolate Panna Cotta
The atmosphere in Wright & Co. was very hip with metal ceiling fans being rotated by bungee cords, exposed brick walls, and groovy music. It would have to be on my list of MUST VISIT for those of you who plan to go to Detroit or live there. Our bill came to about $54 for 2 people and all this variety of food. Don’t let the “small plates” deceive you. I thought what we ordered wasn’t going to be enough for the both of us until we left and I realized I could barely walk with the food baby I was carrying.
I hope you liked this post! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit in Detroit and the food I got to experience. I have video footage of my visit there and might be posting a vlog with shots of each of these restaurants. If I end up publishing the video I’ll attach it to the bottom of this blog post.
Let me know if any of you decide to hit up these amazing food spots and tell me what you think!
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You’re welcome for the tummy rumbles! Have an amazing day fellow readers!