Grey Ghost This Prohibition-inspired steakhouse is primal, yet refined
47 Watson St., Detroit, MI
- Neighborhood: Downtown
- Price Level:
- Has weekend brunch.
- Vegetarian Options
- Outdoor Patio
- Cards Accepted
- Free Parking Available
- Hours: Mon-Thu: 4PM - 12AM
Fri-Sat: 4PM - 1AM
Sun: 10AM -2PM, 4PM-12AM
- Phone: (313) 262-6534
- Website: http://www.greyghostdetroit.com
- Social: FACEBOOK
At the height of Prohibition, there was one guy in Detroit you didn’t want to cross. We don’t even know his name, but we sure know his reputation. A dark figure, dressed in a gray suit, gray mask and a gray hat. He was a pirate, a bootlegger. Folks called him the Gray Ghost.
Sporting his favorite pair of pistols and his trademark gray machine gun, he sailed his gray ship back and forth across the Detroit River, transporting boatloads of illegal Canadian whisky and plundering merchant vessels as they traversed the waterway. From 1920-133, America’s prohibition years, he ruled river.
The Gray Ghost was later killed by a member of the Purple Gang, but his name lives on in the Prohibition-style Brush Park steakhouse Grey Ghost.
For a 1920s inspired eatery, Grey Ghost is surprisingly hip and modern. Sleek lines, exposed brick walls and an exposed ceiling give the place an industrial chic vibe. Look closer at the details, though, and you’ll find vintage inspiration in touches of reclaimed wood and art deco-inspired cocktail glasses.
The menu showcases exactly the kind of primal, red-blooded cuts of meat that would make the Gray Ghost and his rowdy crew very happy. But they are refined; appropriate for the gentleman (or lady) pirate, as the Ghost was often described.
Sink your teeth into a dry aged ribeye with peppercorn butter, perfectly tender and wonderfully meaty. Or how about a generous slab of Pork belly nestled up to apple kraut? We’re also fans of the fried quail with pepper jelly and corn flakes, and the pork schnitzel with malted parsnips and pub mustard. Complete your meal with a side of brussel sprouts topped with fried chicken skin, or delicate trumpet mushrooms served with bacon jam.
This being a Prohibition-inspired spot, it’s appropriate to linger over a cocktail or two. Grey Ghost offers and extensive menu of hand crafted libations. Currently, their bartenders are mixing a lovely warm apple cider with rum, cinnamon, angostura bitters and a pad of butter.
You couldn’t have an homage to the Great Lakes greatest pirate without a few dishes from the sea, so Grey Ghost added a bounty of fresh fish and seafood to their menu. Savor a lovely plate of sea scallops, ocean trout, yellowfin tuna, or smoked whitefish served on an everything bagel.
Even vegetarians can find something to love among the butternut squash with green mole and pomegranates, cauliflower soup, and sweet potato agnolotti.
Save room for a little something sweet, because Grey Ghost makes a sinfully good PB&J sundae. This mashup of childhood favorites is the perfect note on which to end your meal. Because even if you’re a pirate, sometimes you just want to take a break from all the raucous swashbuckling and be comforted by dishes Mom used to make.
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