Midwest Living Review
Long before becoming a culinary duelist as a Food Network Iron Chef, Cleveland's Michael Symon built a national reputation with innovative cuisine at his restaurants Lola and Lolita. His empire expanded with the opening of Roast at Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac. This meat-eater's nirvana does nothing daintily. Come here for 14-ounce veal chops and porterhouses the size of shoe boxes. When the gregarious Symon is in town, expect to see him working the dining room, asking customers about their meals. In addition to steaks, chops, lamb, veal, chicken or fish, there's a roast beast of the day (on one of our visits, it was goat) clearly visible on a spit in front of the open kitchen. The smoked pork chop ($28) and bacon-wrapped trout ($24) we sampled were exceptional. While vegetarians may find the concept off-putting, rest assured they will be happily accommodated. The a la carte side dishes are equally creative and include a pungent mac and cheese ($7) and the famous fried Brussels sprouts ($7), which believe it or not are completely addictive. Roast is a dinner-only restaurant with entree prices ranging between $18-36. A separate bar menu offers a delicious deconstructed take on the coney dog, piling pulled pork, jalapenos and cheddar cheese on a big, crusty bun ($9). While wine and cocktail selections are plentiful, the beer menu gets some serious respect here; it's divided into sections like a wine list.