Their stylish menus are enticing enough to attract a loyal clientele of discriminating diners, but no matter how expert they are, restaurant people like to take a break from their own kitchens for a taste of someone else’s cooking
Being the busy proprietor of popular restaurants Bacco Ristorante and Bigalora doesn’t stop Luciano Del Signore from getting around to other dining destinations, and his tastes are varied. His current favorites include Torino in Ferndale, where Garrett Lipar is the chef. “I love his creative and local tasting menus,” says Del Signore. He also likes breakfast at Commonwealth in Birmingham, for beans and toast or house-made yogurt with local honey, and White Lake’s The Root Restaurant and Bar’s charcuterie board and special theme dinners. Imperial in Ferndale is another spot on his list. “I like when they run special tacos like roasted duck or portobello mushroom,” he says. La Feria in Detroit gets the nod for pork, shrimp, and sardine tapas.
Paul Grosz drives up and down Woodward Avenue every day between his two restaurants, Cuisine in Detroit and The Stand in Birmingham, and has found some favorite spots along the way. “I like Mt. Chalet for their burgers,” he says. “I love the tacos at Imperial in Ferndale. When in the D, I like the sardines at La Feria.” Grosz is gratified that, as he puts it, “It’s a really good food scene here in Detroit now. With all these new restaurants opening in the city, I’m looking forward to some new favorites