Selden Standard Restaurant in Detroit

Moments after zooming across the bridge from Windsor I found myself sitting in one of Detroit’s hippest haunts. While the city might best be known for humble grub a la chili slathered Coney Island and the iconic square slice at Buddy’s Pizza, Motorcity has a handful of trendy restaurants showcasing top notch dishes prepared with local ingredients.

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Selden Standard was awarded restaurant of the year in 2015 by the Detroit Free Press and in 2016 by Hour Detroit. Two time James Beard semi-finalist Chef Andy Hollyday’s food features flavours born in local farms, captured at the peak of the season, prepared in a wood-fired oven, and served small plates-style in perfectly shareable portions.

Complementing the menu is a breezy bar featuring wines thoughtfully chosen from small producers, local and global brews and craft cocktails paired perfectly to each season. The concept is both rustic and casual – tattooed bartenders shake up whisky spiked libations with glee, a flock of locals chat politics while perched over wood burning stove and the who’s who enjoy a sun soak in the late afternoon on a graffiti adorned patio out back.

Highlights from my first feast in Detroit at Selden Standard include tequila and kumquat muddled “Margarita for John Keats,” poached egg plopped Polenta & Mushrooms, plump Chorizo Sausage with white beans, heavenly short rib ragu topped Celery Root Agnolotti and spicy chili ice cream paired with sweet Chocolate Cream Puff’s.

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1) A Margarita for John Keats | tequila, kumquat, citrus, curacao, orange blossom, mezcal

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2) Polenta & Mushrooms | poached egg, sage pesto, aged balsamic

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3) Chorizo Sausage | white beans, marinated peppers

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4) Celery Root Agnolotti | short rib ragu, mushroom conserva

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5) Chocolate Cream Puff | hazelnut cream, white chocolate chili ice cream

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