Downtown salad staple shutters this week
It’s last call for longtime downtown Detroit lunch staple the Green Room. The restaurant will bid farewell to the Ford Building this week where it has operated since 1996. Owner Steve Zuccaro told Eater in January that the restaurant’s lease was set to be terminated by the building’s new ownership Zaid Elia and Matthew Shiffman (who co-own Parc in Campus Martius). Zuccaro had hoped to relocated to a new space, but the high demand and rent hikes in downtown Detroit have made finding a new lease difficult.
Troy newcomer Polka gets thumbs up from critic
Detroit Free Press critic and Polish food connoisseur Mark Kurlyandchik has given his nod of approval to Polka in Troy, which opened in January at 2908 E Maple. Of the fresh soups on the menu, Kurlyandchik heartily recommends the dill pickle “with a creamy base that adds a touch of sweetness to the slightly sour soup brimming with chunks of potato, celery, matchstick carrots and dill.” The potato pancakes and the pierogi also stand up to the critic’s standards, particularly the dumplings stuffed with wild mushroom. The city chicken, however, fell short due to its “parched” breading that was “so profoundly fried it cracked right off the meat.”
Neehee’s named one of the country’s best Indian restaurants
Metro Detroit mini chain Neehee’s has been named among the nation’s top Indian restaurants by Thrillist. Metro Detroit native (and full-disclosure a former reporter at Eater National) editor Khushbu Shah writes that despite Neehee’s deep and fully vegetarian menu, diners “definitely won’t miss the meat.” She recommends the “Samosa Pav, which layers a crispy fried samosa, chutney, and crushed peanuts between two grilled buns for a carb-bomb that will put a satisfied smile on anyone’s face.”
Coffee shop and laundromat hosts grand opening
Mack Avenue corridor newcomer The Commons will make its official debut on from noon to 7 p.m. at 7900 Mack Ave. on May 12. The event will feature food trucks, music, dancing, and more.
New Italian restaurant in Livonia
A new Italian restaurant from Roman Village Cucina Italiana’s owners is set to debut tonight. The restaurant called Antonio’s Piccolo Ristorante opens at 4 p.m. at 31735 Plymouth Rd. in Livonia.
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