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


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PARK 600: Chocolate Caramel Cake.

Photograph by Joe Vaughn

 

PARK 600 BAR + KITCHEN // The former Brookshire has had a complete redo. They’ve stripped away formality in favor of a casually comfortable setting. Seating arrangements include a big central bar, in front of a blazing pizza oven, at a communal table and conventional tables, as well as on a terrace overlooking Paint Creek Trail. The menu is contemporary, with small plates, arugula and kale Caesar salad, and sandwiches, including a burger at lunch, and dinner entrees typified by roasted duck confit, osso bucco, and lamb meatballs. $20. Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester; 248-453-8732. B, L, & D daily and afternoon tea ($41 per person) Wed.-Sat. by reservation. 

GRIFF’S // This Allen Park spot may seem to be just a modest watering hole, but the creative menu reveals it to be something more. No surprise to those who followed chef Steve Kempner at pop-up dinners around Corktown. Now he’s settled down at Griff’s where he is executive chef for proprietor Chris Griffin, who transformed the small building into a cozy gastropub. The menu includes pub standards, including burgers, Reuben and club sandwiches, and fish and chips, as well as surprises like Scotch eggs, housemade sausage, osso bucco, and orange-ginger glazed Faroe Island salmon. $15. 14596 Southfield Rd., Allen Park; 313-724-6878. L & D Tues.-Sun. 

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