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Gallery: Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen brings fish, duck, tacos and more to Detroit's West Village

December 16, 2021, 8:07 PM

The newcomer's bar has 11 craft beers and house cocktails. Eight food photos are below. (Photos: Metropolitan)

Detroit's West Village neighborhood gains a multi-purpose destination in a space that was unused for months after Craft Work, a popular cocktail bar with a small plates menu, shut when Covid hit Michigan last year.

Now the Agnes Street space is reborn as Metropolitan Bar & Kitchen and Metropolitan Variety store next door -- a small market with snacks, groceries, pints of fresh soup, beer, wine and liquor.

The restaurant portion, open for dinner five days a week, bills itself as serving "a fusion of California cuisine and traditional Mexican cooking."

The menu by chefs Brendon Edwards, a co-founder, and Hailey Enszer includes grilled and glazed pork collar, grilled octopus, fried scallops and Picanha steak -- plus daily specials (see gallery below). Among seven vegetable side dishes are squash with salsa macha and cashew cream, and Peruvian green chili with Oaxaca cheese.

Horchata panna cotta is a dessert choice. (The other is shown below.) 

The decor includes a century-old chandelier and wood cabinets from an apothecary that used to occupy the storefront.

Metropolitan is taking New Year's Day brunch reservations from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Gallery from business:

Sable fish with ajo blanco and black olives atop tostones -- a special entree last Sunday.

Chimichurri steak tacos are a rotating menu addition.

Duck al pastor with creamed yuca, pickled pineapple and fresh tortillas was the special two weekends ago.

Spicy grilled snapper with plantain mofongo and fresh corn tortillas

Salsa roja duck tamales with roasted jalapeño were served last week.

Padrone pepper and fennel soup with cotija cheese

Cornmeal doughnuts are served with chocolate creme and candied pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

The adjacent shop has daily donut offerings for $5 with coffee. These are double-chocolate creme fraiche donuts with pineapple glaze.


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