Food & Drink

Pork four ways & fresh pot pies

The wave of upscale comfort food restaurants is now officially cresting over Detroit, not that you'll notice after hitting up the newest -- Local Kitchen & Bar -- and eating enough of it to sink to the bottom

Housed in the former Via Nove space, Ferndale's Local has got high ceilings and antiques that give off a casual, country home feel, all anchored by a wood-burning fireplace that's totally hearth-warming. The Zagat-lauded chef's sending out "well-crafted comfort" like the pig platter (slow cooked then seared belly, bbq pulled, porchetta, and chicharrons), chicken-fried chicken, and a turkey meatloaf sandwich served on challah, the correct pronunciation of which sounds like you're clearing your throat... which'll be helpful, as it'll be full of turkey meatloaf sandwich. Sizeable sides include sweet potater tots served with chipotle ketchup, a baked mac & cheese (gouda, sharp cheddar, gruyere, and mozz) that you're definitely getting with candied bacon, and a very on-trend mushroom gravy- & cheese curd-topped poutine, marking the first time in centuries that obesity has been considered "on trend"

Booze-wise, there's an awesomely affordable wine list all available by the glass/bottle, six local taps (including Founders Centennial and Atwater's Vanilla Java Porter), and 'tails like one with house-infused berry rum, balsamic vinegar, and a balsamic sugar rim called the Standing Ovation, though shouldn't you really be giving it the wave?