On Saturday, I returned from another trip to the US. This would be the final trip needed for the project I am working on for AHCA/NCAL. This trip was to Detroit. While there, several local people asked what I had heard about Detroit, and what were my impressions. I answered honestly that most of what I heard was pretty dismal up until the past few years, when the news became more optimistic. They generally agreed that was how they felt also.
We saw a central core that was trying to recover through sports venues, gambling and a convention center. The recovery seems to be moving in the right direction, though slowly. There appears to be a lot of opportunity to get aboard this recovery. The core in particular is full of beautiful retro buildings, many of which are vacant. There are fewer restaurants than one would expect given all the sports and tourist venues. We actually spent a lot of time talking with the owner of a relatively new restaurant, the Rusted Crow, located in the Kales Building, maybe three blocks from Comerica where the Tigers play. He proudly shared with us his vision and how he and his brother brought it into being. The restaurant enjoys great reviews, deservedly so.
In other news, last Sunday, we tried to break out of the Sunday rut by venturing away from the marina. At first, we considered returning to the golf course at Espiche, when we remembered an ad in Tomorrow magazine for Fontenario’s, also in Espiche. The reviews in Tripadvisor were great, so I called on Saturday night to book. I asked whether their Sunday Grill would include chicken or fish, since Soo doesn’t eat any other meat, and they said there would be no problem.
We arrived just after noon on Sunday and the owner, Debbie, immediately moved a table so that we could sit out of the sun on Fontenario’s broad patio.
Once she verified that we were the ones asking about meat alternatives, she told us that her daughter had marinated a nice chicken kebab and that they would also put some chicken parts on the grill. Debbie then asked Soo if she would like some fish as well, saying that would be no problem. Soo said that the chicken alone would be fine.
Dinner started with a home-made cream of broccoli soup. Three different salads came out next, followed by the grilled meats and home-made chips (fries). After bringing out Soo’s chicken, Debbie brought me a plate of grilled meat that could feed a small village, and then told me that they were still working on a couple steaks for me. The meal also included dessert, and we both selected a dish of bananas on top of whipped cream, caramel pudding and a graham cracker crust. We never asked for seconds on anything, and actually wound up taking the leftovers and bones for our friend Terry’s dog, who was in heaven for the next week.
We can now add another venue to our rotation: beautiful location, great food and a hands-on owner who couldn’t do enough for us.
Bob and Soo