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Where would you send your parents for fine dining in/around Detroit?

I'd like to get my parents a gift certificate to someplace special - they don't often treat themselves to a nice evening out. They live in the Mount Clemens area, but if the best stuff is a bit of a drive from that, I think that would be ok. Price unimportant, but I know that my step mother isn't crazy about spicy food.

I'd be grateful for any help you can give me.

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  1. Either of the Michael Mina spots at the MGM are excellent.

    1. Without knowing their palates, adventurnous and personalities, it's a bit of a stretch ...

      The Lark is among the best in the area ... but its a haul from Mt. Clemens and involves
      a bit of local driving. Expensive.

      If they don't mind "Detroit", then consider Coach (with a view) or Roast ... with only a bit
      of city driving.

      Closer to Mt. Clemens is Mr. Paul's Chophouse (for hot, dead cow).

      If they enjoy walking around a "downtown" area before/after a meal, there are several
      good choices in Birmingham (Mitchell's, 220 Merrill, etc).

      > Price is unimportant ...

      Easily said, but *my* parents can never overlook the check, even when dining with a gift
      certificate. I've stopped giving them gift certificates, because it's *always* a matter for
      [cough] discussion (lecture). If you want to aim a tad lower without sacrificing anything
      on the food, while sacrificing a bit on ambviance and service, consider Modern Food &
      Spirits in Keego Harbor.

      1. Thanks so much to both of you. I've eaten at a Michael Mina restaurant and enjoyed it very much - is the MGM a hotel in Detroit?

        And rainsux, I know what you mean ... my father once ordered soup as a shared appetizer (oh the humanity!) but it seems that when someone else is paying he's more willing to gild the lily a bit. I'll look into all of these recommendations. Thanks again.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          What rainsux calls Coach is officially Coach Insignia. It's on the top of the Renaissance Center. Certainly qualifies as a special-occasion place.

          http://www.mattprenticerg.com/urc/coa...

          Second on Roast in Detroit. Excellent serious carnivore food. It is in the Westin Book Cadillac hotel. Main entrance and valet parking are actually on the Michigan Ave. side.

          http://www.roastdetroit.com/

          MGM is the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. Haven't been there myself, but the restaurants have gotten good reviews.

          http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com/

          Also agree that Birmingham could be a festive place accessible to eastsiders. If they're seafood lovers I've had good luck at Streetside Seafood.

          http://streetsideseafood.com/

        2. Here are some of my favorites:
          Coach Insignia - Ren Cen Detroit
          Capital Grille - Troy, MI
          McCormick & Schmick's - Troy, MI
          Lelli's (old time favorite) - Auburn Hills
          It's been awhile since I've been to the one in Rochester, but Kruse & Muer is yummy with several locations.

          1. I'd second the Kruse & Muer suggestion and offer one more - Filippa's Wine Barrel in Utica - very traditional but always good.

            http://www.filippas.com/
            http://www.kruseandmuerrestaurants.com/