Molly’s Picks: Gaudino’s and Prime + Proper

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots


gaudino’s: Bistecca Monte Carlo is a grilled flat iron steak with roasted root vegetables.

Gaudino’s // The trend toward combining a food market with a restaurant has a good example at this handsome Italian spot. In addition to its menu, it offers imported pastas, seasonings, and sauces, plus a butcher counter with housemade sausages and another with a wine assortment. And in the middle, a handsome marble-topped bar centered with a “tree” made of wood from wine barrels. A focal point is the open kitchen, where executive chef Joe Beato heads the staff. The menu doesn’t deviate from an Italian spin and the wine list follows suit. It offers pastas and pizza, salads, and entrees, including a lovely chicken Milanese. 27919 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586- 879-6764; L & D Tues.-Sun. $14

Prime + Proper // Downtown Detroit dining gets a major shot of glamour with this over-the-top steak and seafood emporium that dominates the corner of Griswold and State streets. Although red meat from prime dry-aged Tomahawk ribeye to Wagyu strip is the focus — and yes, there’s a burger made with a dry-aged butcher’s blend — oysters, king crab, and caviar are not far behind in an elegant white and gold setting. The niceties of service are maintained by an impeccably dressed staff, hand-picked by proprietor Jeremy Sasson. 1145 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-636-3100. D nightly. $50


Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Molly's Picks: Fist of Curry and The Greek Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

The Detroit Hot Spot With Dual Personalities

Part restaurant, part night club, we explore the many facets of Sweet Soul Bistro

Birdie’s Something Chocolate Makes a Ganache With Panache

The local business is making sweet success out of a family recipe

7 Michigan Breweries Worth a Trip

Check out these must-visit locations during your summer travels

Meet the Southwest Detroit Pizzeria Serving Sospeso

PizzaPlex in southwest Detroit is challenging what it means to be a new business on the block
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Best of Detroit 2018
    Our reader's picks for the Best of Detroit winners in food, drink, leisure, people, and services
  2. Father’s Day Activities for Every Type of Dad
    Celebrate your pop with experiences perfectly fit for him
  3. Detroit’s Ford Fireworks Celebrate 60 Years
    The annual show will light up the riverfront on June 25
  4. How Custom Bikes Are Changing Lives
    Beaumont’s Bike Day program helps special needs children
  5. A Family of ‘Foodies’ Share Their Ramadan Traditions
    What Iftar looks like for the social media savvy Sareinis
  6. An Hour With... Tim Zajaros
    Co-founder, Armory Films
  7. Getting Ready with a Drag Queen
    Emma Sapphire gives a behind-the-scenes look at a pre show beauty routine
  8. The Vegan 'Ice Cream' Even Non-Vegans Will Love
    Allergy conscious and delicious, The Ice Cream Plant is quickly growing fans in metro Detroit
  9. Cocktail Recipe: Strip and Go Naked
    A refreshing tiki classic from Lost River in Detroit
  10. Blown Summer Style Challenge: Be Brave With This Season's Sheer Fabrics
    Billowy silhouettes and scintillating jewelry create an ethereal appeal