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DTW: Dearborn Holiday Lunch options

momskitchen Dec 7, 2010 05:31 AM

I am looking for a place with great holiday decorations for my annual work ladies lunch. Anyone been to Edison's - the newly revamped restaurant at the Dearborn Inn? How about the Gallery Restaurant at "The Henry" which is the hotel formerly known as the Ritz Carlton Dearborn. A

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    vtombrown RE: momskitchen Dec 7, 2010 07:58 PM

    Hi momskitchen, I wouldn't presume to know anything about Dearborn that you and your circle don't already know, but I must ask-- Did your post get cut off? Also, are you looking to buy decorations, or are you looking for a well decorated place at which to enjoy a holiday luncheon (seems so, though very un-foodie like)?
    On a semi-related topic, I'm thinking of nominating JanPrimus to host a West-side BYOB holiday cocktail hour next week. I don't know. Seems like a seasonal, spirited kind of thing to do.

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      JanPrimus RE: vtombrown Dec 7, 2010 08:40 PM

      Fermented Foods and Fermented Drinks? Maybe we can have them down by Fermi.

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        momskitchen RE: vtombrown Dec 8, 2010 03:03 AM

        I am not sure what happened with my post....anyway, I am looking for a well decorated place at which to enjoy a holiday lunch. I do know Dearborn food well, but never given a thought to the holiday deco before. Also, I have yet to be to these 2 new restaurants - Edison's or The Gallery yet. I do know that the Dearborn Inn usually has great holiday deco, so I can vouch for that part of it.

      2. TheHenryDearborn RE: momskitchen Dec 8, 2010 05:27 AM

        Hi momskitchen!

        The Ambassadors of The Gallery at The Henry would love to have you in for a holiday luncheon. I would be happy to send you a menu or some pictures of our holiday decorations this year, as they are a little different from past years. Please let me know if you have any questions or interests. Happy Holidays!

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          momskitchen RE: TheHenryDearborn Dec 9, 2010 01:41 AM

          Thanks for the kind offer - I didn't see a menu on your website, but if you could just tell me about some of your best dishes offered for lunch here, I will propose it to the gals!

        2. jjspw RE: momskitchen Dec 9, 2010 06:39 PM

          How about the restaurant at the Henry Ford Estate?


          Estate ownership changed, so Dec. 17 is the restaurant's last day of operation. Maybe you could squeeze in a last-minute holiday luncheon there?

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            boagman RE: jjspw Dec 9, 2010 08:12 PM

            AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! What the *heck* did you just say?!?? The Pool Restaurant is closing? How did this come to be, and when, exactly, did you find this out? Who's the new owner, and why the *heck* would they close the restaurant down?

            Oh...so many great memories there. I am *extremely* annoyed.

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              jjspw RE: boagman Dec 9, 2010 08:35 PM

              I was surprised too. I heard nothing about it at all! I only noticed it when I looked at their website a couple hours ago in order to provide the link in my above post. The message on their website is pretty vague -- just says new owners are closing the restaurant. Very, very strange.

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                momskitchen RE: jjspw Dec 10, 2010 07:01 AM

                I know the details - Fair Lane is being taken over by the Ford family again because U of M Dearborn can't properly care for it:


                My understanding is the folks that run the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate in Grosse Pointe will manage Fair Lane, which is going to be a good thing, I think. While I liked the Pool Restaurant, the rest of the place needed help. The gardens have really been in shambles....it's a shame because at one time there was 1000 rose bushes. I am hoping they can restore it to it's glory.

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                  TheHenryDearborn RE: momskitchen Dec 16, 2010 10:25 AM

                  Sorry for the delay about our menu!
                  In addition to our regular lunch menu (which is fabulous), for the holidays we are offering a 3 course holiday lunch menu. The menu vaires every day, but for example, todays menu is a choice of French Onion or New England Clam Chowder, or the Chef's Selection of the Day which is announced at lunch, with a delicious pop-over (my personal favorite). if you prefer salad, we offer a Mixed Green salad or a Classic Caesar. Second Course is the choice of Ahi Tuna Nicoise, Braised Beef Shortribs, or Pesto Free Range Chicken. The Third Course is our Chocolate Pot de Creme dessert with Fresh Berries, Shortbread and Whipped Cream. This 3 course menu is $23 per person. If you have any questions or to make reservations, please call 313.253.4475.

                  Mixed Greens
                  , Cleveland, OH 44102

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                    momskitchen RE: TheHenryDearborn Dec 16, 2010 01:57 PM

                    We went to the Henry today for lunch and really enjoyed it. I had the french onion soup and it came with a cheesy popover and it was divine, I had the crab cake salad with tomato/fennel salad that was good, too. I'd definitely go back! And the Christmas decor was very pretty, too

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                      vtombrown RE: momskitchen Dec 16, 2010 07:14 PM

                      Wow, sounds like a darn swell Holiday Lunch. I hope you got some appreciation for hooking it up.
                      Braised Short Ribs, Popovers...love it!
                      My lunch wasn't quite as elegant as your's, but anything involving edible grub, not working and buzzed coworkers, is pretty worthwhile. I'll post about mine, but as a preview, I'll just say that it ended at Great Lakes Crossing's Toby Keith bar, for some mechanical bull riding. Funny how that bull makes middle aged coworker's shirts ride upwards, just enough to display that corresponding waistbands have edged downwardly... in an unflattering manner, needless to say.

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                        momskitchen RE: vtombrown Dec 17, 2010 05:23 AM

                        Yikes! I don't think I want to visualize my coworker's bare midriffs or backsides...but then again, we are going bowling later this afternoon....

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