Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots
BOOTLEGGERS PIG & WHISKEY BAR /// The next-door neighbor of Jai-Lee Dearing’s Rockefeller’s Oyster Bar is now its sibling, sharing the kitchen, but with its own menu of smoked ribs and chicken, pulled pork, seafood gumbo, and po’boy sandwiches in a setting done up with black-and-white photographs and other Prohibition-era memorabilia. Local musicians are often on hand in the two-room setting with a bar stocked with, natch, more than 100 varieties of bourbon, Scotch, and Irish whiskeys. 15412 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-429-1010. D Tues.-Sun. $15 H.
AU COCHON /// Birmingham’s new French restaurant isn’t that in the classic sense, but it has plenty of French flair in its snappy tile-floored, zinc-topped bar setting. The surprise is that it serves from breakfast until late night on a daily basis, with a menu that is nicely pared down to what the open kitchen that shares space with the dining room can handle. There are steak frites, of course, plus steamed mussels, tartines, chicken paillard, and fresh pastries made in a separate kitchen in the rear. Seating includes big red leather banquettes along one wall and tables overlooking the street scene. It’s another in Zack Sklar’s Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group. 260 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-792-7795. B, L, & D daily. $16 H