Joe Muer Seafood & Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro
MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots
Dive into the Raw Bar Plateau Platter (for four) at Detroit's Joe Muer Seafood
Photograph by Joe Vaughn
JOE MUER SEAFOOD:
Detroit’s classic fish house is back — updated and in a spectacular new setting, preserving the old values while adding contemporary flair. It offers many of the familiar dishes, from white-bean relish and clam chowder to Dover sole meunière, along with Executive Chef Jim Oppat’s “modern classics,” such as coriander seared tuna and miso-glazed salmon. The interior design, which is divided into a series of seating arrangements around a central sushi/cocktail bar, manages to give the large space a human dimension. Chef’s tables offer the action in the kitchen as an alternative to sweeping river views visible through a wall of windows.
Tower 400, Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-567-6837, joemuerseafood.com. L & D Mon.-Sat., D nightly. Average entree price: $30 (Handicap accessible)
DIAMOND JIM BRADY’S BISTRO:
Chef/proprietor Mary Brady is back in a new location in Novi Town Center after having lost the original space, and the shift has turned out to be a case of blessing in disguise. The new quarters are snappy and modern and bring kitchen and dining room together in a convivial way. In the hands of chef/partner Sharon Juergens, the updated menu is just the right length and offers the classic Brady burger, as well as such updated dishes as black-lentil salad, pork loin with bean and corn ragout, and Scottish salmon with toasted barley. Good beer and wine lists, too.
43271 Crescent Blvd., Novi Town Center, Novi; 248-380-8460, djbistro.com. D daily, Br Sat.-Sun. Average entree price: $18 (Handicap accessible)