Molly's Picks: Folk Detroit and Lumen Detroit

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


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Lumen: Pei mussels with white wine and chorizo

FOLK DETROIT /// Charming is the word for this Corktown storefront with an open kitchen dishing up an all-day brunch menu every day but Tuesday. It’s an offshoot of the Farmer’s Hand grocery and farmer’s market, also run by Detroiter Kiki Louya and Australian Rohani Foulkes, and it’s as homespun as it sounds. The menu focuses on prettily served nutritious dishes from salads, quiche, sandwiches, and meat pies to granola bowls, with local products relied on as much as possible — from bread to ice cream. Outdoor seating adds to the capacity of just 24. 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-290-5349; BR daily except Tues. $12

LUMEN DETROIT /// A well-edited contemporary American menu and a Victor Saroki setting, makes the restaurant overlooking downtown’s Beacon Park one of the best of this year’s entrants onto the scene. The dining room offers a view from virtually every one of its stylishly set white marble-topped tables. The single-page menu, work of proprietors Bonnie and Norm LePage and executive chef Gabby Milton, is as distinctive as the understated décor. Appetizers such as freshly made pretzel, and chicken wings seasoned with sea salt, garlic, and onion are a prelude to such main courses as salmon dressed up with quinoa, tomato, asparagus, and chimichurri herb sauce and New York strip with béarnaise butter, all served by a well-trained staff. 1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-626-5005. L & D, except Mon. $20

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