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Au Cochon Offers 'French Flair'; Central Kitchen Strikes the Right Balance

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Central Kitchen + Bar.
Central Kitchen + Bar.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.
Molly Abraham finds an approachable menu at Au Cochon: If for some reason you were intimidated by "rich sauces and hard-to-pronounce [French] dishes," Abraham is here to assuage concerns. "Au Cochon is not trying to be a classic French restaurant. It does offer French flair, along with some classic dishes, including steak frites, flat iron steak accompanied by a heap of truly addictive, frilly ribbons of parsley-dotted potatoes served with little pots of aioli and ketchup." The burger is also a front runner for most popular dish. Measured by lunch and dinner service, the critic gives Au Cochon three stars. [Detroit News]

Serena Maria Daniels eats up Central Kitchen + Bar's upscale gastropub fare: "Whereas Townhouse strives for opulence and Dime Store is designed for power lunches and boozy brunches, Central Kitchen comes in somewhere in the middle with a more laid-back vibe," the critic observes. Cocktails "trend toward fun." She samples the Lemonade Stand and the "spicy sweet" Hot in the City, followed by a serving of the "splendid, completely tender" quail. The Detroit Burger is also an "early contender for downtown burger of the year." [Metro Times]

Central Kitchen + Bar

660 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 963-9000 Visit Website

Au Cochon

260 N Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI Visit Website