Despite being owned by Jimmy Schmidt, Detroit’s best known chef, Rattlesnake Club is somewhat of a foodies’ secret, tucked away on a side street just east of downtown. Everything coming out of the kitchen—sautéed Lake Ontario perch, ginger-laced Malpeque oysters, immense porterhouses—is exquisitely prepared and presented. The delicious Angus “Rattleburger” is sculpted with a flourish, served with a mix of blue cheese, chipotle aioli, and marmalade. The service is nothing short of impeccable, and alfresco dining along the Detroit River is available in summer.
Tip: Just to the right of the entrance, Rattlesnake Club’s sleek, modern wood bar has one of the city’s most expansive (and best) wine lists.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.