Roadside B&G & The London Chop House

MOLLY’S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots
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Short-rib Tacos with salsa, avocado, and sour cream is on the menu at Roadside B&G. // Photograph by Joe Vaughn

Roadside B&G

Another winning concept for Bill Roberts, it’s a classic bar and grill with a twist. A retro theme harking back to roadhouse days adds extra flavor to the 86-seat spot (just about the same size as Roberts’ Beverly Hills Grill) with a menu that ranges from top-notch burgers, baby-back ribs, and fish and chips, to intricate seafood dishes and steaks, of course. The Ron Rea setting has expanses of window-wall, barn wood, and soft lighting with witty touches that give a nod to our car culture. The L-shaped patio outside those windows adds a lot of vitality. You won’t recognize the former Brandy’s either — outside or in.

1727 S. Telegraph, Bloomfield Township; 248-858-7270, roadsidebandg.com. L & D daily, Br Sun. $20 H

 

The London Chop House

It’s back and it looks better than ever with its cellar setting beautifully restored — from the oak bar to the leather banquettes. The classic menu is in keeping with the history and setting, offering prime porterhouse, rib-eye, and New York strip steaks, and seafood dishes, such as a “mess” of perch and steamed whole Maine lobster among the choices from a new kitchen headed by Executive Chef Robert Scherer. Jazz combos are part of the scene, as they were in the old days.

155 W. Congress, Detroit; 313-962-0277, thelondonchophouse.com. L & D Mon.-Fri., D Sat. $40 (Not currently handicapped accessible)

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