Matt Prentice Restaurant Group-Detroit
Yesterday I got a coupon in the mail for the Matt Prentice Restaurant group. I am relatively new to the area and don't anything about these restaurants. The restaurants are Northern Lakes Seafood Co. in Bloomfield Hills, Coach Insignia, Dowtown Riverfront, Shiraz, Bingham Farms and No.VI Chophouse in Novi. Can anyone give me any input on these restaurants? Thanks.
matt prentice group restaurants are a pretty solid group. he has scaled back recently with the closing of morels (my favorite also) and portabella. my run down of his places:
shiraz - same kitchen as morels (which used to be next door in the same office building). good, but not quite the same. solid bistro-esque menu with creative touches.
northern lakes - i really like this place. fantastic seafood based menu, including a wide fresh catch of the day board, some great salads, and an excellent lobster reuben at lunch.
no vi - a passable steak house but i prefer cameron's, rochester chop, morton's, and capital grill.
coach - probably my least favorite of his places. the view from atop the ren cen is great, but it is part of the pricing. execution can be spotty, which i attribute to having the kitchen on a different floor from the dining room.
tavern on 13 - a very good, laid back place with a wide variety (burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta, entrees) of downright good quality food and a decent selection of beers and wine.
deli unique - deli and breakfast standards executed well.
milk & honey - strict kosher menu. i have not been here but the menu looks good and i have heard good things from friends.
we haven't been to all of his restaurants but our experience with a number of them is good, fresh food at reasonable prices. I have only had one prentice meal that blew my socks off (at Morels, which is no longer open) but I've never had less than very good. Always fresh, consistent quality, and they often feature Michigan specialties -= tart cherries in the salads, perch from the Great Lakes, etc.
take a look at the menus on line http://www.mattprenticerg.com and see what looks good. you won't be disappointed with any of them.
we often eat at his more casual place - tavern on 13, at 13 mile and southfield, in the shpping center on the NE corner. it's more casual and cheaper, but you might try it to get a taste of his operation.