Local Kitchen & Bar and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

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


Eat Local: Local Kitchen’s baked mac ’n’ cheese with Gouda, sharp cheddar, Gruyère, mozzarella, buttered bread crumbs, and candied bacon.



The corner space on Ferndale’s busy West Nine Mile Road, formerly occupied by Via Nove, has been updated and toned down to emphasize the comfort-food approach of proprietor Rick Halberg. The menu offers many familiar dishes — from burgers and potpies to mac ’n’ cheese — carefully prepared and served in a high-ceilinged room and covered patio with a two-sided fireplace. No frou-frou, just the light from pillar candles and blue-and-white dishtowel napkins atop uncovered wood tables, including what Halberg calls a “common” table to underscore the neighborhood feeling of a place he hopes will become a local hangout. 

244 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-291-5650. L & D daily Br Sun. $20


In the shadow of the Birmingham Theatre marquee, in a space that formerly housed Forte, this plush steakhouse offers 28-day aged prime, and 36-, 40-, and 50-day dry-aged prime, as well as Kobe-style Wagyu beef in a clubby setting that flows from the spacious cocktail lounge at the entrance to well-decorated dining rooms with handsomely appointed tables. An extensive wine list accompanies the menu that also features platters of chilled seafood. Service is emphasized.

201 S. Woodward, Birmingham; 248-594-4369; hydeparkrestaurants.com. D nightly. $35


photograph by joe vaughn

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