Cravings: Townsend Hotel and Cadieux Cafe

Their stylish menus are enticing enough to attract a loyal clientele of discriminating diners, but no matter how expert they are, restaurant people like to take a break from their own kitchens for a taste of someone else’s cooking


Drew Sayes, the newly appointed executive chef at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, recently returned to Michigan after living in Illinois, California, and Georgia for the past six years. “I haven’t had much time to re-acclimate myself to the area and find new favorites,” he says. “On the rare occasion that I do go out, I go for simple meals that are done well. For example, I’ll go for sushi and noodles at Noble Fish in Clawson; for a quick lunch, it’s the Fly Trap in Ferndale; and for picking up specialty brews, I go to 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company in Ferndale. However, my favorite meal is at home when I cook for my family. I have to admit though, a burger at the Rugby Grille cooked medium rare can’t be beat!”

> Cadieux Cafe co-proprietors Paul Misuraca and Ron Devos (Paul’s uncle), spend much of their time at the traditional Belgian bar/restaurant/feather-bowling center on Detroit’s east side, but they have their favorite getaways. “There are three places I go,” Misuraca says: Antonio’s in the Park, Luciano’s, and Sindbad’s. His favorite dishes include penne pesto at Antonio’s, where his brother Andrew happens to be the bartender, veal dishes at Luciano’s, and pan-seared scallops at Sindbad’s on the river, “where my grandmother used to take me.” Misuraca says he gets a nostalgic feeling every time he walks through the door. Devos likes Loui’s Pizza in Hazel Park, where he gets a simple pepperoni and cheese, burgers at the Irish Coffee in Grosse Pointe Farms, and the blackened-salmon salad at Antonio’s.

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