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The Dirty Dog Jazz Café Restaurant
My guest and I
decided to try The Dirty Dog Jazz Café last Friday.
The Dirty Dog is a brand new café located on The Hill
at 97 Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms Michigan, 48236. We
are natives of Grosse Pointe Farms and have been anxious for
this café to open its doors right down the street.
Native Detroiter and entrepreneur, Gretchen Valade, who is
known and respected for her dedication to Detroit culture,
owns the café. It opened for the first time on February
13 with an array of jazz entertainment, drink and food specials.
decor is a vintage jazz flair with a red neon light that illuminates
the ceiling and accented by the lavish white tablecloths.
The café is more like a five star restaurant than a
café that’s accompanied by a piano and jazz band
while you eat.
calls itself a tapas jazz bar, which means the food is served
as small plates. The menu is very selective with minimum to
order, but there is quite a selection of desserts to choose
I had the small
filet of swordfish braise tapenade with an olive dressing
that was $14, and the pepper streak penzenella salad that
was $10, served cold, on a bed of lettuce. My guest only chose
to have the pepper steak salad. Although I have to say I was
still hungry afterwards and I thought the prices were a little
I thought the menu
was a little difficult to understand because most of the items
were gourmet seafood tapas and other unique foods that I constantly
had to ask our waitress about. In my opinion, the cafe should
a larger variety of food choices that people are familiar
with. The whole menu consisted of strange seafood, which I’m
not a big fan of. Other tapas include: Shellfish roast, streak
and eggs, and beef brisket sliders just to name a few.
As far as the café
goes, it’s not like any other restaurant where you can
come and go as you please, or sit at the bar while waiting
for a table. In order to get a table you have to make reservations
a couple days before hand because the café is treated
like a dinner show. In the early evening, there is a piano
player and later in the night there is a band. If you arrive
for the earlier show, you have to leave after you're done
eating so the later reservations have tables to sit at. Basically
the whole café is reservation only.
After my guest
and I ordered, we wanted to take our time, relax and enjoy
the band, but before we knew it our tapas were already in
our laps as though the waitress was rushing us out. The amount
of time we were there was an hour and I didn’t feel
very comfortable, or felt my needs were being taken care of.
Dog Jazz Café
97 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Farms
For show times
and reservations, call (313) 882-5299
Piano set - 5 to
7 p.m., first show 8 p.m., second show 10:30 p.m.
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