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Mario Batali Ate His Way Through Detroit This Weekend

The Italian chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality took a mini culinary tour of the Motor City.

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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.

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.

1 roast beast at Roast in detroit @chefsymon !!! wheeeeeee!

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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.

hanging near the still with my nbfs at @ourdetroit tasting yummy drinks and loving DETROIT!! wheeeeeeeeeee!

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delizioso brunch @goldcashgold in Motown. wow! this town is on fire !!!

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what a day! thanks chef josh and team at goldcashgold!! delicious over the top hospitality and joy!!

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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.

detroit is awash in fresh art and delicious food !! wow!

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Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Avenue, , MI 48216 (313) 242-0770 Visit Website


1128 Washington Boulevard, , MI 48226 (313) 961-2500 Visit Website

Eastern Market

2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 313-833-9300


2545 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (313) 656-4610