Small Plates is a restaurant located in downtown Detroit right by the Detroit Opera House. We had gone to the restaurant for years, but it had gone down in quality both in food and service and we stopped going, which was a shame because it’s right on the People Mover line so it’s very convenient for Detroit Red Wing Hockey games. However, Small Plates was bought and the new owner has brought the restaurant back (and beyond) it’s former glory!
The focus of Small Plates is that all the items are smaller than normal entree portions and they are meant to be shared. The items come out from the kitchen as soon as their ready rather than all at once. We started with their fried green tomatoes that were served with a spicy remoulade sauce. The tomatoes were excellent, fried to perfection, they were nice and crispy, but not greasy at all. The sauce also added a nice flavor. Then we tried the chicken tostadas. The pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese, mango cucumber jalapeno salsa, lime and cilantro sour cream were all served on top of crispy fried flour tortilla discs. This was Dave’s favorite of the night, while I think this tied with the fried green tomatoes as my favorite.
After our two “appetizers,” we tried the pretzel sliders, which were mini hamburgers topped with grilled onions, white cheddar, bacon, and chipotle aioli on cute little pretzel buns. While they burgers were okay, they were my least favorite of the night. The burger was slightly over-cooked and the whole thing lacked flavor, especially compared to the other items that we enjoyed. The pretzel sliders are the only thing I wouldn’t order again.
With our initial order done, we were still hungry so we placed an order of Red Wings, flash fried chicken wings with sweet Thai chili sauce and a slice of the cheesecake of the day, which happened to be butterscotch. Both were excellent. The wings were crispy and the sauce was delicious. The cheesecake was made with an Oreo cookie crust, which we prefer, and was rich and creamy. We did each try a couple of cocktails, but I forgot to take a picture of the cocktail menu and the drinks are not currently on the website. That being said, they have a good bar with a decent cocktail menu along with many beers and wine available.
As a bonus, we each got a token for our ride back on the People Mover for the hockey game. Just show your ticket stub and your waiter with give you one. We’re so happy that Small Plates is back! I’m looking forward to our next visit to try more items on the menu as well as order our favorites again. I highly recommend making reservations as they were completely sold out the night we went because of the Lion King playing across the street.