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The BLOCK (fomerly The Grille Midtown) This Brand New Hot Spot Has Classic Cars And Contemporary Cuisine

The BLOCK (fomerly The Grille Midtown)

3919 Woodward Ave, 48201
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: american, brunch, dinner, lunch, modern, midtown, weekend hours, classic cars, Sunday brunch, 9new

The cars may be vintage, but the vibe here is completely modern.

Midtown’s hottest new spot, The Grille, has an upbeat yet intimate atmosphere which transitions seamlessly from casual weeknight supper, to raucous evening with friends, to romantic night on the town.

There’s a definite classic car theme to the decor. Paintings and photographs of vintage muscle cars adorn the dining room, along with retro installations where the front ends of several cars (aka the grills) actually stick out from the wall.

Sleek, dark leather banquettes and lots of chocolate brown wood furnish the dining room, where charcoal painted walls are flanked by patches of cinderblock and exposed light grey brick. Service is friendly and attentive; the staff goes the extra mile to make guests feel comfortable and welcome.

The menu offers contemporary American cuisine. Start your meal out with some light and crispy crab cakes served with a roasted red pepper tartar sauce. We also love the lollipop chicken wings, which are marinated then grilled and served with a bleu cheese dipping sauce. Peppadew peppers are stuffed with ground veal, Monterey Jack and Asiago cheeses, and smothered with a light tomato sauce. The very mild, slightly sweet peppers are a delightful start to any meal.

You could easily make a meal of the steak cobb or salmon nicoise salads. The kale antipasto salad is delicious and filling. Made with kale and romaine lettuce, it’s topped with oven roasted eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, red onion, bell pepper, tomato, sliced sopressata, salume, olives and mozzarella, and tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

The kitchen turns out a beautiful selection of grilled fish, chicken and steaks. Salmon with a sweet chili and soy glaze is a noteworthy standout, as is the thick-cut, chargrilled bone-in pork chop topped with bacon jam.

The Grille also serves up simple but impressively well-made burgers. Thick, juicy, and flavorful, they come on a house-made brioche bun with a McClure’s pickle on the side. You’ll also find a turkey burger and lentil burger among the selection. Round out your dinner with a side of sauteed asparagus, a baked potato, or sweet potato fries.

Most entrees cost between $17-30, with lamb chops and steaks claiming the higher price tags, and chicken and pasta dishes on the lower end of the cost spectrum. Burgers and sandwiches range $8-12. The Grille offers a nice selection of wines to pair with your dinner as well as a full bar and draft beer like Fat Tire, Bell’s, 312, and Founder’s.

George Stewart and Mike Byrd, whose family also owns Flood’s Bar & Grill, began renovating space for The Grille in June 2012. The Detroiters purchased several buildings on the 3900 block of Woodward, including the historic Garden Theater. After extensive renovations, Mike and George opened The Grille in late November 2013. The Garden Theater, a concert and performance venue, reopened this October. The Grille expanded its offerings with Sunday hours, including brunch from 10 am – 2 pm, in March 2014.


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