The other day I met a friend for lunch, and it was one of the few hot days that we have had this season. When I got to the restaurant, he was seated outside in the patio, and I had to take my sport coat and hat off, because it was so warm there. The Deadwood is a very unique restaurant, which is part of a local chain of establishments, each with its own name and separate identity. One of the common factors is that they all claim to serve “road kill.” As you can tell they have their tongue firmly set in their cheek, and they are having fun.
The Deadwood sits by itself, not in the downtown area of Northville, and not with all of the chains on a busy road. This particular establishment has the feel of the Adirondacks by design, with some whimsical touches of décor. It feels like a hunting lodge with televisions, and a pool table off to one side. The patio is an extension of the hunting lodge theme and very comfortable.
We were just having some burgers, but rather than just a bar burger, we had the Bison burger, which I thought had a slightly sweeter taste and much more moist, than the typical burger. I tried their Houghton burger which besides the Bison burger had Smoked Ham and Cheddar Cheese. It was very tasty, and my friend commented afterwards that he thought he would try that burger the next time he was there. We also had some of the best onion rings that I have had in ages, as they were not all greasy, as one usually encounters.
Even though we were having burgers, it was so sunny and hot that day, that I opted to have a glass of Pinot Grigio wine. I know what you are thinking, a white wine with red meat, but it was hot and sunny and we were outside, and the thought of a cold white wine sounded so appealing to me, just think of it as a picnic. The wine I had was an Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio from Italy and the name means “Here’s Tomorrow.” The grapes are grown in the regions of the Tre Venezie: Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The wine is very crisp and light and perfect for a warm summer day, and I think it also works well with fish and lighter pasta dishes as well.