Forest Grill, 735 Forest Ave., Birmingham, 248.258.9400
"Cooking what nature provides" is 's motto. James Beard award nominee Chef David Gilbert elegantly creates rustic, impeccably prepared dishes. Focusing primarily on seasonal, local and sustainable foods, Forest Grill's menu remains accessible and a joy to behold.
Always on critics' best-of lists at the end of the year, the attitude and focus of the restaurant remains the same — good food prepared well. There's no pretension here — it's all about the food.
An extensive, well thought-out wine list means there is a pairing for every course, even dessert. Ask the sommelier for suggestions.
Menu changes occur multiple times throughout the year, so check for new, exciting items.
Recommended dishes: Forest Grill burger, charcuterie, smoked trout and potato salad, veal cheeks and chocolate pot de creme
Credit cards: All major
Hours: Monday-Thursday: lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 5-11 p.m.; Friday: lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: lunch closed, dinner 5 p.m.-midnight; Sunday: closed