"Detroit?" says Remy Lutfy. "Just in the past four years it's crazy how much has changed." That includes the revivified Paradise Valley neighborhood, where Lutfy's wine bar Vertical Detroit opened last year, near the turn-of-the-century-era Detroit Athletic Club. The clientele is a cross-section of the city: "Black, white, young, old—we see everyone," Lutfy says. The outstanding wine list, co-written with her father, Jim (a longtime wine retailer and Vertical's co-owner), hits familiar names like Caymus as well as unusual ones like Beaujolais star Damien Coquelet. "Our main goal is to take the intimidation factor out of wine," Lutfy says. Chef Alex Knezevic's menu does that, too, with inescapably wine-friendly dishes like sautéed scallops with smoky charred scallions. 1538 Centre St., Detroit; verticaldetroit.com.