Cravings: April 2015

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.

Thanks to crazy hours at the bakery, it’s difficult for Jenn Tilton, executive pastry chef at Morning Glory Coffee & Pastries in Grosse Pointe Farms, to get out for dinner. But when she does, “I really enjoy Hibachi House Grill & Bar in Rochester — the salmon is excellent! I also love the cheese pimento jar at Red Crown, which is just down the street from us. That, paired with their soft baked pretzels … I’m in heaven, and that says a lot since we’re known for fresh baked goodies at Morning Glory. And, of course, I love the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.” She confesses she may be biased because it is a sister restaurant to Morning Glory, but, she adds, “Hour awarded them Restaurant of the Year in 2010, and it’s only gotten better since then.”


Aaron F. Belen, proprietor of Royal Oak’s hot Bistro 82 and Sabrage, proclaims that he “absolutely loves Phoenicia in Birmingham. I’m very consistent in my ordering, always getting a tomato and feta salad or house salad, hummus, and then shish tawook and their legendary BBQ sauce on the side.” If there’s room for dessert, “it’s baklava for sure.” Another favorite is Ronin, “which is across the street from my restaurant. When I go there, I always get the chicken teriyaki and ginger salad. And I’ve got to mention Franklin Hills Country Club, where I enjoy the deli salad with light dressing, and the chocolate and vanilla swirl with champagne for dessert. And their bread basket? It’s the best in town!”