Bad Brad's & Maria's of West Bloomfield

Molly's Picks: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots


Published:

BAD BRAD’S:

The rustic setting of mismatched wood, bare-topped tables, and a mural a butcher would love (showing the salient parts of a pig and a cow) is just right for the menu of St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, and pulled pork, and such side dishes as the great cornbread, and house barbecue sauces that are as carefully prepared as the slow-cooked meat. Proprietors Mike and Marc Pollard were trained in fine-dining establishments but came down to earth when they opened Bad Brad’s with partner Brad Teagan.

35611 Green St., New Baltimore; 586-716-9977. L & D daily $15 (Handicap Accessible); badbradsbbq.net.

 

 

 

 

MARIA’S OF WEST BLOOMFIELD:

Tradition, tradition. The revival of the long-shuttered Ristorante di Maria brings back all the popular Italian favorites, from the appetizer of spiedini (bread drenched in lemon, butter, and mozzarella) to veal chops, lasagna, and eggplant rollatini remembered from the 1980s, when chef Artie Oliverio put the place on the map with his gutsy interpretation of New York-style Italian fare. Now it’s Jeff Condit in the kitchen, replicating the old days but putting a bit of a modern spin on things.

2080 Walnut Lake Rd., West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-2500. D Tue.-Sun. $22 (Handicap Accessible); mariaswestbloomfield.com.
Edit Module
Edit Module

Hour Detroit Magazine

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

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

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

This Bank-turned-restaurant is Another Reason to Love Clarkston's Dining Scene

The Fed Community is serving up good food in a kid-friendly atmosphere

Inside the Resurrected Takoi

The restaurant has survived arson and controversy to claim a top spot in Detroit's culinary scene

Molly's Picks: Atwater in the Park and Nick's 22nd Street Steak House

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

River Bistro is One of Detroit's Hottest New Restaurants – and It's Not in Downtown

The Northwest Detroit restaurant is just the beginning for the hometown chef
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Why Abdul El-Sayed's Run for Governor Is for Real
    Can a political rookie from Michigan become America's first Muslim governor?
  2. Female Entrepreneurs Are Staking Their Claim in Detroit
    These three women-owned businesses are unstacking the deck
  3. Michigan’s Craft Distilleries Are Setting Their Sights on Bourbon
    Proof that the best things require patience
  4. Inside the Resurrected Takoi
    The restaurant has survived arson and controversy to claim a top spot in Detroit's culinary scene
  5. The Era of Autonomous Vehicles May Be Here Sooner than Expected
    What does that mean for Detroit's legacy automakers?
  6. Introducing the Nordin Brothers: The Duo Behind the Detroit Design Center
    You may not know their names, but chances are, you've seen their art
  7. The Faces of Michigan Wine: Josh Morgan
    To say that 2017 was a pivotal year for Josh Morgan would be putting it mildly.
  8. Meet the Makers: Pingree Detroit
    The brand is employing veterans to craft upcycled leather totes and journals
  9. It's Game On for Detroit's 'Bar Arcade' Scene
    M-Brew, Pop + Offworld, and Ready Player One pair microbrews with retro video games
  10. What You Need to Know About Oil and Gas Drilling in the Suburbs
    Energy companies are staking out new territory in metro Detroit