Serena Maria Daniels dines at Au Cochon: Restaurateur Zack Sklar's French brasserie is lively during the evening, but not overwhelming," Daniels writes. Chef Mark Barbarich's menu includes classics like "frog legs swimming in a garlicky, rich herb sauce" and sous vide flat iron steak "stacked high with crispy, addicting shoestring fries." Au Cochon's bacon cheeseburger also finds another fan. "Short of having a friend whose hobbies including butchering pigs, you'd be hard-pressed to find cuts of bacon so thick and delicious." [Metro Times]
Au Cochon Leaves Critic 'Thoroughly Satisfied'; La Strada Is a 'Gem'
Restaurant writers dish on two new Birmingham eateries.
Molly Abraham is pleasantly surprised by La Strada Dolci e Caffe: Birmingham's new café, La Strada is a "gem of a place" that exceeds expectations of a standard coffee shop, according to the critic. "Service at La Strada is the kind that can spoil a person. The well-dressed staff takes care of diners in seamless fashion, bringing the colorful fare, including lovely thin-crusted Margherita and Bianca pizzas, well-balanced minestrone, and composed salads, such as the golden beet and Burrata salad that was a special last week, on pure white plates and bowls." Abraham awards La Strada a formidable four stars. [Detroit News]