Spirits of Detroit: Bar-hopping with a beer-loving Okie

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By Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press 2:32 p.m. EDT August 5, 2015 635743622206746110-spiritsgrand My long-lost friend from Oklahoma had never been to Detroit. Its reputation, in his words: “A dirty, violent, sketchy place.” Two weeks after sending me a Facebook message, he arrived at my downtown apartment Friday afternoon — dropped off after hitching a 14-hour ride from a friend heading to a memorial service. Tim Landes, 33, of Tulsa arrived curious, with a camera strap on his shoulder. “Is it safe to walk around out there?” he asked, gazing out my 12th-floor window over Grand Circus Park. Most of…

Top 10 Takeover dines at Corktown’s Gold Cash Gold

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Besides tasting imaginative and sophisticated dishes, another treat for diners attending sold-out Free Press Top 10 Takeover restaurants has been experiencing the transformation of Detroit buildings with stories to tell. So it was Monday night at the Corktown restaurant Gold Cash Gold, the hot spot that got its name from the pawnshop pitch that distinctively decorated the former Sam’s Loans on a familiar stretch of Michigan Avenue. Gold Cash Gold was the fifth Top 10 Takeover destination and an exclusive chance to dine at one of the Best New Restaurants, selected in February by Free Press Restaurant Critic Sylvia Rector….

Revitalising Detroit, a dish at a time

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Think of Detroit and the first words that usually come to mind are ‘cars,’ ‘Motown,’ or more recently, ‘broke.’ But with the bankruptcy behind the city (it emerged from Chapter 9 last November), the latest buzz on the street is not about ‘restructuring,’ but rather, ‘revitalising.’ One of the most visible signs of the city’s comeback is the number of new restaurants popping up in old buildings: nurturing Detroiters with both farm-to-table food and the refurbishment of beloved, previously vacant, spaces. It took brothers, David and Tom Carleton, and their business partner, Sean Emory, nearly four years to obtain the…

Freep’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year is Selden Standard

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Detroit’s restaurant scene blossomed last year in a way it hadn’t in decades — and Selden Standard is #1. A young cook stirs the glowing embers in the wood-fired grill and adds another log of Michigan hardwood to the flames. Nearby, guests begin gathering in the bar, their conversations blending with the staccato rhythm of cocktail shakers. It’s almost 5 p.m. — time for dinner service to begin at Selden Standard in Midtown Detroit. The kitchen’s daily prep is done: Hand-braided loaves of brioche rise in the pastry kitchen. Hanger steaks, duck sausages and glistening whole trout await the grill….