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Molly’s Picks: River Bistro
and Ford’s Garage

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking
down some top spots


Published: February 7, 2018

RIVER BISTRO /// The one-story building is eye-catching with its cobblestone façade. The surprising kitchen is headed by Max Hardy, who returned to his place of birth after a career in which he was personal chef for NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, among other posts. The 16-seat spot features jerk ribs and chicken wings, rock shrimp fritters, and maple and garlic salmon served to communal tables. There’s also carry-out. Mango lemonade and ginger beer are the drinks. This is the first of three restaurant concepts planned by Hardy. 18456 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-953-2225; L & D Tues.-Sat., Br. and D Sun. $14

FORD’S GARAGE /// Henry Ford’s legacy is celebrated on Dearborn’s main thoroughfare with a colorful spot harking back to the company’s early days of the Model T and the Model A. No less than 12 variations on the classic American burger come from the kitchen of chef Darin Thompson, whose resume includes a number of well-known local restaurants. Other appealing dishes include lobster mac and cheese, chicken wings with a


Ford’s Garage:
The Estate Burger: Black Angus with smoked gouda and sweet red onion marmalade.

choice of 10 sauces, and Black Angus filet mignon. More than 100 craft beers are ready. Automotive details at every turn add to the experience. 21367 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn; 313-752-3673; L & D daily. $14

This article appears in the February 2018 issue of Hour Detroit
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