For drinks and appetizers we went to the Pegasus Taverna. We’ve been there before, but we wanted to go again just for the saganaki (aka OPA!) and the restaurant was practically out the front door of our hotel so it was convenient too.
Saganaki, for the uninitiated, is pan-fried cheese that is flambéed table side with brandy (at least in the US, Canada, and Australia, according to Wikipedia). The saganaki is served with bread, but we both found the sweet and salty flavor of the cheese drowned out by the bread. It was delicious and went well with our cocktails, a VO Manhattan for Dave and a White Russian for me. The drinks were on the small side, but were plenty as they were the first drinks of the night!
For our second course, we decided to do more appetizers rather than an entree and checked out Opus One Restaurant upon recommendation from my Aunt Mary.
We went during happy hour (4pm-7pm) so martinis were only $5 (there is a different happy hour special depending on the day of the week, so check their website before you go)! There was a good selection of martinis available, probably around 8 or so, and they were a good size and used top shelf liquor so it was a great value. Dave got a Kettle One vodka martini with olives and I got a lemontini. The lemontini was different from the traditional lemon drop as it didn’t come with a sugared rim and the orange liqueur was a much more prominent flavor. Both martinis were excellent and I kind of regret not having another, but that may have posed problems in getting to our third location!
For food there were lots of options. As part of happy hour we could have had made to order risotto (lots of different toppings to choose from) or sampled the raw bar (bleh!). We were also given the bistro menu which is made up of appetizers, sandwiches, and salads as well as the full dinner menu, which was a bit heavier and pricier than we had planned on doing. The selection was good on both menus and we decided to go with the Greek thin crust pizza and the Philly cheesesteak rangoons (one each) from the bistro menu.
The Greek thin crust pizza had a VERY thin, cracker like crust, but was sturdy enough to support all the toppings: roasted veggies (red peppers, zucchini, and eggplant), spinach, and feta cheese. It was very good. There were several different varieties to choose from and all of them sounded good, we went with the Greek because we’re big feta fans. The larger size (12″ vs. 6″) was the perfect size for the two of us.
The Philly cheesesteak rangoons were super tasty (hey, I can’t say everything is delicious or excellent, I’ve got to mix it up!). Inside the “crust” was very tender sliced beef (and I’m not a big beef fan, but it was very good) and it was served with a creamy cheese sauce. Like the martini, I could have had another one of these, but I was conservative and saved room for dessert. And boy am I glad I did!
We hopped on the People Mover at the Renaissance Center and headed over to Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine. We’ve also been to Vincente’s before, but it’s one of our favorites largely, but not exclusively, due to their tres leches cake. It’s divine! We can’t figure out how something so simple, so plan looking could taste so incredibility good. It’s magic. It’s so delicious that we stuffed our faces and our plate looked like the photo below before we remembered to take a photo. While I would have just liked to order another slice, we asked the waiter to bring the dessert tray back around so I could snap a picture.
In addition to the delicious tres leches cake, we also enjoyed our final cocktails of the evening. Dave got a sangrini rojo which was sangria jazzed up a bit with raspberry rum, cherry, and lime juices. It was very complex tasting and very good. I ordered a pina colada and (here I go again!) it was the best pina colada I’ve ever had! It wasn’t too sweet, it had great coconut flavor, and a nice creamy texture.
Overall, our Detroit progressive dinner was fabulous and we can’t wait to plan our next progressive dinner. But where will it be? Ann Arbor? Detroit? Somewhere else? Your thoughts?