This is a required stop on our way to Detroit.
The comfortable, casual, bistro environment is even more charming with mismatched coffee cups and eclectic mix of tables and chairs-(some harkening back to a long forgotten soda shop no doubt).
Waitstaff have always been knowledgeable, patient and highly informative about the menu and ingredients. We take our time selecting our order-enveloped in the rich aroma of the French coffee press. There are always fresh flowers on the table-what a lovely touch.
Breakfast or brunch is always fantastic-mimosa and Bloody Marys if you wish. There's also a wide selection of craft beer and craft cocktails-the bartenders are virtual cocktail chemists-and the bar boasts everything right up to top-notch, top shelf spirits.
Back to breakfast. The Eggs Benny is fantastic, as are the many skillets, from All Ham's on Deck with potatoes, red onion and green pepper to the Hungry Hippie, another delicious skillet with polenta, squash, zucchini and goat cheese.
Every dish features fabulous fresh vegetables, delicious cheeses, first class ingredients. Vegetarian dishes are plentiful and the whipped cream on the Belgian waffle is so obviously freshly homemade.
Ah and the bread-the bread is to die for! Wonderful artisan breads-made in house-firm crust and lovely texture. The biscuit is magnificent, as is the smooth and creamy gravy with Detroit sausage.
We started our meal with a grilled cinnamon bun. You absolutely MUST!!
The lunch menu is extensive and entertaining-hard to choose just one thing. We've never had anything that was less than top notch. In fact, we usually order a few things and share-whatever is left over goes into a take out container that can be recycled.
When leaving, we walked around back past the potager. On top of the dusting of new snow, was a most colorful and festive scattering of fresh beautiful fruit and vegetable peels, including green tops of fresh pineapple and an array of other colorful culinary castoffs-a testimony to the freshness of the food and the restaurant's commitment to the environment.