Mario Batali's love of Michigan is well-documented. The self-described Michigan "evangelist" owns a summer home up north and occasionally eats at Bigalora in Ann Arbor. This weekend the celebrity chef decided to make a detour to the Motor City, dining, drinking, and documenting his exploits on Instagram and Twitter. Batali's visit started Saturday evening with a trip to the venerable Michael Symon's Roast.
Then, Sunday kicked-off with a distillery tour and drinks at Our/Detroit and brunch at Gold Cash Gold complete with the famed pickle-brined fried chicken and waffles. "Wow! This town is on fire," he writes.
Like many Detroiters, Batali also made a weekend trek to Eastern Market taking in the new art. It seems like he was altogether impressed with the visit. "Detroit is awash in fresh art and delicious food," he says.