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24 Grille Restaurant- Detroit

24 Grille Detroit

The legendary historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel is as beautiful as ever following a 200 million renovation. Interesting fact: it was the tallest building in Detroit and the tallest hotel in the world at its completion in 1924.

I’ve heard recently, with all the movie biz going on in Michigan, it’s become a celebrity hang out, with the likes of Ben Stiller, Wesley Snipes and Gerard Butler seen eating there.

I was more interested in the restaurants that are in it. Michael Symon’s Roast, and 24 Grille.

On this occasion, we went to 24 Grille. I have to say I had high expectations after reading online reviews, and so we went! It didn’t hurt that we had a restaurant.com coupon that took $50 off our bill.  

The Hotel is gorgeous and  you have to go in to get to the restaurant. You have to valet park because parking in the city is impossible. 24 Grille has very nice decor and ambiance, with dark tones, wood, and fire touches. Very comforting. It was moderately busy, I had also made reservations, and we were seated right away. I always stake out a restaurant’s menu online, so I usually already know what I want to order (plus I try to make sure they have vegetarian/seafood options if they aren’t hallal/kosher).  

The spinach gratin was good but nothing outta the ordinary. I liked the chunky artichokes in it.

24 Grille Detroit

*Spinach Gratin- MI- boursin cheese, marinated artichokes- $10

Our friend Mike had the calamari. He said they were ok. I didn’t taste em.

24 Grille Detroit

*Calamari- Boston, MA- fried capers, chili aioli- $12

I ordered the tuna tartare. It was REALLY good. You really have to mop up the soy sauce with what i’m assuming is a crispy wonton, to really get a complete bite, otherwise it would feel underseasoned. But all of it together was really yum.

24 Grille Detroit

*Tuna Tartare-Sea of Japan- pickled shallots & jalapenos, cucumber, soy ginger sauce- $12

24 Grille Detroit

My hubby had the caesar. I tasted it. It was ok. And the trend with the salads seemed that the dressings were underseasoned, too rich, no acid. And I can say this because I tasted all the following…

24 Grille Detroit

*Roasted Tomato Caesar- oven dried tomato, roasted tomato dressing- $7

I had the frisee. It said peppercorn dressing. Let me tell ya, it seemed there was no dressing at all. No salt, no pepper, no acid. Really dissappointing. I had to add a ton of salt to it, and I never salt my food.

24 Grille Detroit

*Frisee salad- arugula &frisee, poached apples, blue cheese, hazel nuts, cucumber riata, peppercorn dressing, poached egg- $8

Mike (our friend) also had a salad. He got the beet salad. He felt the same way. That it was underseasoned.

24 Grille Detroit

*Roasted Beets- Mi- baby arugula, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, vanilla truffle oil, aged balsamic vinegar- $8

For the main, my hubby wanted the salmon, but he opted out from getting it with the onions and just wanted asparagus with it. It was good, and cooked perfectly.

24 Grille Detroit

*Scottish Salmon- $25

Since I had ordered a appetizer, I knew I would be too full for a full plate so I ordered the truffled mac and cheese. It was divine. Probably one of my favorite things I had there. The crunch of the crumbs on top was the icing.

24 Grille Detroit

*Truffled mac & cheese

Mike had the scallop main. He liked it except for one thing, the clam sauce. He said the dish was too fishy, but otherwise good.

24 Grille Detroit

*Day boat scallops- MA- heirloom carrots, potatoe puree, asparagus, clam sauce- $26

The cheesecake was a cheesecake. Nothing earth shattering here.

24 Grille Detroit

I will give the decor and ambiance a thumbs up but the service was soso because our waiter seemed to have something stuck up his wazoo.

Overall, I wasn’t really impressed. I mean the food wasn’t bad, there was nothing wrong with it per se, but underseasoned food is a sin! I was just expecting alot more especially for the prices they are charging. I mean they have a main dish priced at $60.  Also, everything sounded much better on paper than it really was. Don’t get me wrong, I will pay anything for that perfect bite, but it has to be…perfect.

If you still want to try this place for yourself, they do have a happy hour, or use a coupon. Otherwise, don’t spend your hard earned money here.

always uncut.

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Plymouth Art in the Park

Plymouth Art in the Park 

The 2010 annual Art in the Park event, in Plymouth , was this past weekend. Artists come from all over to attend the second biggest art fair in Michigan. The weather was amazing and it was packed!

I always love the chalk drawings, and this Andy Warhol’s chalk repro of  his famous Marilyn Monroe is no exception. The colors are so vivid.

Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

What would an art fair be without a caricaturist?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And a jazz band?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And a happy woman selling happy lemonade?
 Plymouth Art in the Park

Plymouth itself is the perfect backdrop for the fair, because it boasts amazing specialty shops.

The sign below says “Old World Olive Oil”. All this store sells is olive oil and vinegar from around the world.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

These shops were just too cute!

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And this looked like the most perfect neighbourhood toy store.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

On to the ART! So, I just wanted to highlight some of my favs from the fair. This is by no means an inclusive list. There were too many talented people there to count. But here it goes…

These metal sculptures caught my eye right away! I mean, for starters they were pretty big, and they were just gorgeous, making me want one right away for my backyard. They are by michigan metal sculpturers: Anderson’s Metal Sculpture. Click on the link to check out more of their awesomness, they take conseignments too.

A butterfly on a flower…

 Plymouth Art in the Park

A gorgeous goldfish…

 Plymouth Art in the Park

A colorful dragonfly…look at those kaldeiscopic glass eyes

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And my fav….the grasshopper!

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I think it was the little “hairy” spikes that made me fall for this fella.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Another group of metal “animals” perfect for the yard, are these beyond cute Yardbirds. Make sure to check out their website. They came all the way from Louisville Kentucky. I really really, and i mean REALLY loved the venus fly trap below. He also reminds me of Randall from Monsters Inc.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

These next piks show how much my photography skills are not so great yet, and really do not do the art justice. You HAVE to visit his website Pubsof. He goes around the country and draws the local pubs that are the heart of the city. Truly amazing work. The detail, the colors…trust me, just take a look at his work and you will be hooked.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Now this next artist is a penmaker and woodworker by the name of Ben Sturk (you can reach him at RSturk@aol.com). I was intrigued. Wooden pens that don’t even look like wood, and hand made, I mean, all that work! He had so many of them too.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I love the marbling effects.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And these were my fav. They look a bit like snake skin, right?

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And for the the rest of it I just wandered around. Here are some other cool shops from Art in the Park.

I was in tie die heaven (i’m a hippie at heart).

 Plymouth Art in the Park

And I was surprised to see Bonzai trees. I love em and have been wanting one for a while.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

The funniest maid and cook outfits.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I’m also a sucker for vintage signs. These would be for a game room, or man cave.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

I don’t think the ones below are vintage but they were great non the less.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

Lots of jewlery shops. I loved how these were displayed.

  Plymouth Art in the Park

Cartoony melancholic drawings are another love of mine. I should share my etsy finds on here. Soon, I promise.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

More cutesy fun garden stuff. I especially liked the “weeds for sale sign”.

 Plymouth Art in the Park

 Plymouth Art in the Park

If your around next year, this is definitely a great event to attend. As always help support local artists and spread the word.

*discalimer: all Art pictured is property of their respective owners. I have no rights to any of it. If you know the aritsts names of the other art please let me know.

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