Here’s a fun fact for ya….
The name, Grey Ghost, refers to the alias of the most notorious rum running pirate on the Detroit River during the prohibition era. It’s perfect for a place that commits itself to crafting cocktails in Midtown, Detroit. In addition to delicious drinks, Grey Ghost offers a menu blended of cured, raw, vegetarian, and meat dishes. It’s well balanced and includes options for just about every palate. There are some modern, unique plates, but they are executed with a familiar comfort that works. Take the Queso Fundido with salmon chorizo and poblano peppers & the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi with mushroom, aged Gouda, sour cream, and green onion. Dishes we are familiar with, only with a modern twist.
Chipotle, Avocado, Cotija Cheese. The first thing that stood out to me was the octopus to breading ratio. It was equally proportional without too much chunky, greasy breading. The breading wasn’t greasy at all, but more like a pancake batter, almost fluffy. The octopus was fresh and paired well with the kick from the Chipotle and the creamy avocado. The cojita added a slight saltiness to tie the whole corndog together.
Tomato gnocci, mustard, and green onion. I am a huge kielbasa fan so when I spotted this on the menu, I had to order it. Tender gnocci lays on top a mustard sauce that is tangy and pairs well with the rich, meaty flavor of the lamb. The lamb kielbasa had a lot of flavor and was perfect with the sweet and subtle gnocci.
Gooseberries, seasonal beans. I really liked this dish, but the pasta was undercooked. Some of the edges and corners were starchy and firm. Other than that, it had good flavor. With each bite you got the sweetness from the gooseberries paired with a slightly acidic and savory sauce. The sauce was made from a rabbit reduction and the meat itself was flavorful and tender.
Overall, service was great and the food was good. Our server did a nice job of describing each dish and going over the specials. Now that I experienced the dinner menu, I need to check out brunch at Grey Ghost. They offer a handful of different Bloody Mary’s including a Verde Maria (oh, hell yea) featuring tomatillo, green tomato, and mezcal. We all know how much I love verde sauce. No one told me they also serve Chicken Fried Steak! Another one of my favorites! With hot sauce (just keeps getting better), sweet pickle, and a soft scrambled egg this sounds like the perfect start to my weekend.
Grey Ghost•47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201•(313) 262-6534
Shout out to Joe for trying the Lamb Kielbasa even though ya don’t like mustard. Thank you! #soblessed