Getting away from it all
Downtown, Corktown, Midtown, Ferndale, Royal Oak and all around our town. Sometimes it seems that all of the most appealing restaurants are concentrated in certain neighborhoods.
But what about those gems hidden in offbeat locations?
I’ve found a few lately that surprised me with their quality and appeal. Places like Mi Lindo San Blas on Livernois at Vernor, the far reaches of Mexicantown. It offers what to some is a surprise: seafood from fish tacos to platters of crab legs, prawns and scallops accompanied by thick slices of very good garlic bread. Yes, garlic bread in a Mexican restaurant. This is a place to go with a group, because several of the dishes are big enough to be shared by four or five. 1807 Livernois, Detroit (313) 789-6100.
Another is China Café Asian Bistro, tucked into a Novi strip mall, serving an array of dishes ranging from dumplings filled with shrimp, scallops and pork, Beijing street style chicken wings and vegetarians will find no less than 11 dishes just for them. 24200 Novi Road, Novi (248) 449-4888.
Flowers of Vietnam started as a pop-up but now is a full fledged restaurant in a former Coney Island, with hours soon to expand beyond the Friday and Saturday night schedule. Almost all the dishes are sharable, from the fried salt-and-pepper shrimp spiced with Thai chiles to green mango and papaya salad and meatballs made with three different cuts of beef. The atmosphere is more party than restaurant. 4430 W. Vernor, Detroit (313) 554-2085.
It’s good to get away from the mainstream once in while.