DETROIT – We sat down with Jacques Driscoll, the owner of several popular restaurants in Detroit (Green Dot Stables, Johnny Noodle King and the Huron Room) and asked him where he likes to go when he's off the clock. Here are 4 places he says you should check out:
1) Abick's Bar - 3500 Gilbert St., Detroit
This local bar in Southwest Detroit is one of the oldest family run bar's in the city. It's charming with a friendly staff and a lovable dog that plays host. One thing most people might not realize is their secret cigar lounge in the back. It's filled with comfy couches, twinkling lights and, of course, plenty of cigars.
2) La Feria - 4130 Cass Ave., Detroit
This Midtown restaurant is a great place to grab a bite to eat. They serve Spanish tapas that everyone can share in a bright and fun loving environment. Jacques favorite dish to get is their Gambas Al Ajillo, or shrimp in garlic oil. He recommend getting some bread to go with it so you can dip it in the tasty oil. Click here to see our Dine in the D on La Feria.
3) Gabriel Richard Park- 7130 E Jefferson Ave., Detroit
This gorgeous park, located on the Detroit Riverfront, is a hidden gem with stunning views of Belle Isle and the bridge. In the summer there is a fountain that the kids can play in as well. Jacques says the park is always clean and a great place to go to relax.
4) The Kids Playground Across From the Nature Center on Belle Isle- 176 Lakeside Dr., Detroit
We might not know it's name, but the park across from the Belle Isle Nature Center is a great place to bring the kids. The park is new and has all the latest and greatest structures for the kids to play on. Plus, with the Nature Center across the street, you have two great activities in one.