Easter, held this year on April 4, will be here before we know it. As you figure out how to celebrate the holiday for the second time in a pandemic, consider keeping things simple and leaving the cooking to the pros.
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If you’d like your kitchen to smell like you cooked a gourmet meal without having to do the work, Grey Ghost in Detroit has the answer, offering easy meal kits!
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Look for wine, beer and cocktails with fine cuisine. Standout drinks include the Ghost martini with Ghost gin, Dolin Dry, Dolin Blanc and orange bitters; the Pinky Promise cocktail with gin or vodka, St. Germain, Aperol and lemon; and a simple gin and tonic with lime.
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Modern-day Detroit would confound the Iroquois who originally inhabited the land, as well as the French fur traders who arrived in 1701. Once driven by automotive prosperity, the city has endured hard times from deindustrialization and political miscalculation. But over the last decade, low rents have lured chefs, artists and innovators of all kinds, including urban farmers and winemakers, whose venues have sprouted across neighborhoods. Here’s where to find fresh ideas in Motor City.
When Tim Winterfield learned that ultra-marathoners reach their peak in their 60s, it both inspired and motivated him. He took up long-distance biking, as in dozens of miles per day, which led to two separate journeys stretching up to 1,800 miles along both coasts of America.
As beverage director, bartender, and an owner of Grey Ghost and Second Best in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood, Will Lee oversees both beverage programs and also serves up a myriad of creative cocktails. His background in illustration and graphic design has shaped the way he approaches his craft with an artistic flair.
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With a wonderfully culinary scene in this iconic American city ,we wanted to pick the Detroit bucket list for all foodies. The dishes that are so good you simply cannot ignore and have to try at least once.
It’s time for warming, high-alcohol content beers to shine. Will Lee, beverage director at Grey Ghost in Detroit prefers a Russian Imperial Stout during this time of year.
John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino are the co-chefs at Grey Ghost Restaurant in Detroit, Michigan. The restaurant can be found in between the historic Brush Park and Midtown neighborhoods of Detroit, and is named after the “most notorious rum-running pirate on the Detroit River during the Prohibition Era”. To get to know John and Joe better, we got them to share why they like to cook, their best cooking tips and to share one of their favorite recipes.
It’s easy to see why a good burger is so loved. A juicy, ground beef patty sandwiched on a fresh, fluffy bun acts like a blank canvas for the culinarily adventurous. No matter how the patty is topped — be it with American cheese, kimchi, or jalapeño poppers — the potential flavor combinations are limitless.
Detroit has long been known as a destination for great food, from traditional meat-and-potatoes joints to upscale Italian and French fine dining destinations. These restaurants, food trucks, and nightlife spots rank among the city’s best places to treat a date to fine and casual fare, offering unique ambiance, shareable plates, and well-paired wines and cocktails.
Here are some of the words Will Lee uses when he talks about the hospitality industry in his hometown: “hard-working,” “camaraderie,” “supportive.” I think the one that comes up the most often in our conversation is this one: “pride.”
The Aunt Dotty is sort of an oyster geek’s oyster. Massachusetts’ Island Creek Oysters grows them off a narrow barrier beach that protects the Duxbury Bay — a small body just north of Plymouth that some characterize as the oyster industry’s “Napa Valley” — from the much larger Cape Cod Bay and Atlantic Ocean beyond it.
Grey Ghost slings some of the best cocktails in town, and like Lents, the chef duo here spent time working at top Chicago restaurants before starting their Detroit venture, and it’s a homecoming for several of the partners.
Learn how to make a fried chicken sandwich with Chef John Vermiglio fro Grey Ghost.
To say the food scene in Detroit used to be bleak might have been an understatement. There wasn’t much of a market for new eateries in 2014 when 50,000 of the city’s 261,000 builders laid abandoned. “Coming up in the city and seeing the food scene was pretty grim,” says John Vermiglio, Detroit native, chef and co-owner of Grey Ghost and Second Best, both set in Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood. Vermiglio and his three-years-old Grey Ghost is part of the hearty culinary scene cropping up all across the city.
Homemade pasta sounds like a daunting project, but with a little know-how, and some patience, it’s weell within your grasp. Just ask Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino, of Grey Ghost Detroit, who come in here with a handy explainer of how to make agnolotti pasta with whipped goat cheese and peas.
Grey Ghost Detroit is a stylish eatery that’s all about showcasing the art of butchery. The burgers here are on another level to what you’ve tried before: gourmet and full of goodness. They keep things simple with only a cheeseburger on the menu. Add an egg on top for a real treat.
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“For travelers eager to experience a renewed Detroit’s heartbeat, there is much to do, see, taste, hear, touch—and be touched by. ”
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A new class of steakhouses has reinvigorated the city’s red-meat scene.
There’s never been a better time to be a beef lover. Here are some of the best spots for steak all across America.
Detroit holds its secrets well, and its citizens hold them even tighter; anyone who tells you there’s nothing to do either didn’t bother looking, or they’re leading you astray. It doesn’t have to be that way, though: having friends visit should be an excuse to spill all the insider info you’ve collected over the years, as well as try out the fun touristy stuff you’ve shunned in the past. We’ve rounded up some wildly fun and interesting things to do with your guests below — things that you probably don’t even take advantage of yourself, or maybe even haven’t heard of yet. Detroit’s packed with excellent activities… here are our favorites.
The blend of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion and salt has inspired a multitude of recipes capitalizing on its unique crunchy texture and garlicky flavor, and even chefs have jointed in on the trend. From the finishing touch on a wedge salad to a doughnut filled with chive onion cream cheese, here are some creative ways chefs are incorporating everything seasoning on their menus.
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Grit, in all its iterations, is part of the framework of Grey Ghost — a hip, meat-forward, eatery, with an impressive bar, that opened in July 2016 in Brush Park. It’s manned by chefs John Vermiglio, 34, and Joe Giacomino, 31, who opened another bar directly across the street from Grey Ghost last August called Second Best, intentionally named.
Detroit has been kicked to the curb more than a few times, with bankruptcy, riots and devastating fires shaping its recent past. But the city is on the up once more, and this time its renaissance has gained serious momentum. Hundreds of restaurants have opened, boutique hotels are transforming the Downtown area and abandoned buildings are being given a facelift. “America’s Comeback City” is living up to its name.
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“Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino sharpened their knives in Chicago before moving to Detroit to open a restaurant on their own. It’s there, in their dark and cozy restaurant—think exposed brick, ornately tiled floors, leather banquettes, and a glowing, open kitchen—that the duo’s creativity exploded into things like Chicago-style oysters and beet poke. If you’ve had a couple beers already, there are few plates of food in all of Detroit more prepared to sop up a little too much booze than Grey Ghost’s fried bologna served on a sharp cheddar waffle. Of course, if you want to keep drinking, you can do that too, via Vivant Farmhand and Dark Horse Boffo Brown. The restaurant does a killer dinner, focused on dry-aged steaks and housemade pastas, but if you want to skip the dinner rush, cheeseburgers are served until late alongside cans of Hamm’s and shots of whiskey.”
Will Lee, partner and beverage director at Grey Ghost Detroit, designed this cocktail for cold days. Its name, A Farewell to Arms, comes not so much from Hemingway, as the summertime expression, “sun’s out, guns out.”
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Detroit is slowly coming back as one of the greatest US cities and with a revitalized and vibrant downtown this city is proving to be a place you have to visit this year. It is renowned as the birthplace of Motown and Techno, and it has one of the largest theatre districts in America. Oh and also four pro sports teams just blocks apart! If you’re not into sports then you can enjoy some outstanding shopping and great innovative food.
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Thanks in part to the auto industry, Detroit has a rich restaurant history rooted in iconic steakhouses. These classic chop houses were the ideal spots for businessmen to splurge on a meal or impress a client and helped give the Motor City its Midwestern meat-and-potatoes reputation. As times and tastes changed, some of those establishments went by the wayside. Others such as the London Chop House and the Caucus Club have found new life in the midst of the city’s expanding restaurant scene. From high-end modern steakhouses to old-school bars serving beef by-the-ounce, here are 11 excellent spots to savor a juicy steak dinner.
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Four Man Ladder Management, the team behind Grey Ghost, is bringing the self-titled Second Best Bar to Brush Park next year in the former Heidelberg …
Whether its a dry-aged steak or a patty, Grey Ghost’s kitchen has a way with beef. It’s definitely a step up from your typical burger…
The cuisine at Grey Ghost isn’t easily defined, but the results are original and well-prepared.
The attractive neighborhood-facing space off Watson is moody and masculine and romantic all at once, giving off a distinct Chicago-esque vibe with its dim incandescent lighting and dark polished wood interior.
Will Lee is a man of extreme creativity and determination. His cocktails at Grey Ghost are deceptively simply and well thought out. Nuanced details such as tiny drops of sesame oil or homemade infusions with adventurous ingredients like mace put him in a class outside of many others. He is also among the brave few leading the charge on quality batched cocktails served by the tap.
So much grey and wood in a restaurant might feel dull, but at Grey Ghost, patterned tiles and a smattering of real animal skulls perk the place up.
As perhaps the most anticipated opening of 2016, Grey Ghost lived up to its hype when it opened in late July. Headed by Chicago chefs John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino, each dish and drink is carefully crafted, from deceptively simple plates of fried bologna sandwiches served on waffles, to a more ambitious steak tartare and fried quail. While the chefs may be from the Windy City, Grey Ghost is all Detroit. Located in the legendary and long-shuttered Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe space in Midtown, the name pays homage to a notorious rum-running pirate on the Detroit River. Fittingly, you’ll find an impressive cocktail selection at the hands of Will Lee, formerly of Selden Standard, Wright & Company, and Standby. With a powerhouse staff like this, it’s easy to see why Grey Ghost stole the spotlight in 2016.
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“…Grey Ghost Detroit, which was opened by two well-known Chicago chefs (yes, chefs are leaving other cities to come to Detroit now!)”
Part of Detroit’s wave of new American restaurants, Grey Ghost offers a striking setting for a great meal. The renovations of the Watson Street restaurant space contrast exposed brick with polished dark wood tables and dark upholstered banquette seating. The bar area with its reclaimed bowling alley counters and black and white patterned tile was given equal importance by the designers with careful thought put to how bartenders would function in the space.
Easily one of the most anticipated openings this summer was Grey Ghost, which opened its doors in the historic Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe in July. Headed by chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino, the menu is packed with proteins like dry-aged rib-eyes, black forest pork chops, and racks of lamb. The venue pours a variety of signature cocktails served stirred, shaken, or from the tap. Go for the slightly spicy Not Your Libre, made with tequila, chipotle, cola, lime, and Angostura bitters.
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Detroit Free Press introduces Grey Ghost Detroit in advance of its July 28th opening.
Midtown Detroit will welcome a new and possibly delicious arrival this summer. Grey Ghost Detroit will open its flagship restaurant at 47 E. Watson. The 2,500 sq. ft, 80-seat restaurant will be located in part of a space that was most recently was home to the Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe on Woodward, but the door to the establishment will be on Watson Street as the building has been divided into three ground floor spaces.
Grey Ghost Detroit, the forthcoming meat-centric restaurant and cocktail bar, officially has a home. The spot’s location, which up until today had only been identified as being in the Brush Park/Midtown area, will be at 47 E. Watson (at Woodward) and is set to open this summer.
The four horsemen of the Grey Ghost team have officially announced a location for their forthcoming restaurant. Josef Giacomino, Will Lee and brothers John and David Vermiglio will open an 80-seat restaurant in part of the former Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe on Woodward Avenue, which shuttered in 2014.