BOOZE NEWS — Time to once again revisit Flowers of Vietnam. The Vernor Coney Island pop-up has secured a liquor license and will host a bartender pop-up this coming weekend featuring cocktails from James Downs. [Facebook]
WEEK IN REVIEWS — In this week’s reviews Serena Maria Daniels visits relative Southwest Detroit newcomer Mi Lindo San Blas, which debuted last October off Livernois. "The menu brings a Mexican vacation to mind," she writes. "You'll find a variety of spicy or citrusy shrimp dishes, whole fried fish, prawns, scallops, ceviche, octopus, crab legs, oysters — you name it, Mi Lindo has set out to make it available." Daniels enjoys the San Blas cocktail served with seafood swimming in "tomato-y broth" but says the osiones preparados (oysters) lack saltiness. San Blas is apparently expanding to Lincoln Park this year. Meanwhile, Molly Abraham stops in at Michigan Beer Co. where chef Jeff Krulinkowski’s "food is not an afterthought, but the beer list is the real reason to visit." Expect upscaled meatloaf and barbecue chicken. [Detroit News/Metro Times]
OPENING REPORT — A new restaurant has set up shop on Livernois. Although it’s been open for several months, The Avenue an International Kitchen will make its official grand opening debut from 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday at 19163 Livernois Avenue. The restaurant serves up pizza, sandwiches, tacos, and more. [Metro Times]
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