Ask any native Detroiter and he knew about the David Whitney building in downtown Detroit. Most of the natives were not aware of the Whitney mansion only a couple of miles away near the campus of Wayne State University. The Whitney family was originally in the lumber industry and the first time you enter into the building of the Whitney restaurant you will be impressed by the high quality of the wood in the rooms. This was a house that was not a cookie-cutter house.
The home was converted into a fine restaurant and there are many different settings to dine in. One could dine in the parlor area, or in the dining room or even in a library. One could even go up to the third floor to listen to music drinks and even enjoy coffee and dessert.
Through the years, we have availed ourselves to the Sunday brunches served at the Whitney as a prelude to attending a symphony, an occasional matinee of legitimate theater or an afternoon at the latest exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The brunches there, were not a brunch one encounters at a resort or a country club, but is actually a sit down affair with several choices of well crafted plates of food, normally accompanied by Mimosas.
One night for a change we tried the Whitney for dinner before seeing a play at the Fisher Theater. The same attention to detail that we enjoyed at their brunches was also used for the dinner menu, even for a Pre-Play dinner option. The first dinner that we had there was accompanied with a Merryvale “Starmont” Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 from Napa Valley. It was a new wine for me, as well as a new dinner venue. I am happy to inform, that both were well crafted and totally enjoyable.
We have been back many times since, both for more brunches and dinners. When my Bride heard that her God-daughter and niece was getting married, she even rented an hour for wedding photos in this grand mansion. It was a stellar venue for such an awesome event.