175. Mabel Gray – May 4, 2016 – Hazel Park, MI

Hello all! It’s been nearly a month since I’ve written a post here, and I’ve missed it so! May has been a crazy-busy month for me, and June promises to be even more cray-cray – but it’s all cray-cray in an extremely good way. Lots of excellent stuff blossoming – and it’s summer, too! FINALLY! OK, so it’s technically not summer yet for a few weeks, but the weather has felt like it here in the D for the last 10 or so days, as we’ve been graced with some absolutely phenomenal weather. I hope all of you are enjoying the warmth and lushness and expansiveness of the season, wherever you are!

I’m happy to be introducing a new city to the blog today. Mabel Gray is representing Hazel Park on 100 Places in the D!

I’d been wanting to eat at Mabel Gray for months and months and months, ever since I read about it in Hour Detroit (that beloved local publication that planted the seed of this blog in my mind years ago). I’d hyped the restaurant up pretty good in my mind. Fortunately, it delivered.

See that ribeye in the photo above? That, my friends, is quite probably the best ribeye steak I have ever eaten in my life. It was PHENOMENAL, tender and juicy and with just the right amount of fat marbling, cooked a perfect medium-rare. And check out those gorgeous desserts. Your life will be made complete by Mabel Gray’s desserts. My friend had the lemon tart pictured above and let me try a bite; it was awesome. But the chocolate torte? The chocolate torte was out of control! It was served with Chantilly and this cashew caramel sauce that was absurdly good. I couldn’t stop thinking about that torte and that ribeye for days.

I’m really not surprised that I loved what I ate there. Mabel Gray is all about featuring fresh and local ingredients, and that’s kind of my jam. The menu is a handwritten menu that changes regularly, the fare being influenced by what’s available in the kitchen. There’s the option to participate in a tasting menu if you’d like to sample all that’s available that evening.

Based off of what I tasted, this concept is working for the restaurant. And based off of the crowd gathered in its tiny interior on the Wednesday night that I visited, and the need for reservations to snag a table – even right when the restaurant opened at 5 – others are totally agreeing with me. Take note: you can sit at the bar without reservations – at least, we were able to on the night we went. You can make table reservations at Mabel Gray’s website, given below.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that prices are a bit steep; this is definitely a special-occasion place for moi on my current budget. But the hit to my wallet was more than worth it to me, because I experienced a completely memorable meal.

23825 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030


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