Go For the Food: Gourmet sliders in gritty Detroit

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 10:33 am •  Published: February 4, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Enough with all the downtrodden-Detroit talk: Green Dot Stables, a bustling sliders joint in an industrial area not far from downtown, may restore your faith in the city's future. It also will give you a whole new vision of the lowly slider.

The friendly gastropub's menu has 20 varieties, mixing the adventurous and the familiar. And with all of them priced at $2 or $3, there's no reason not to experiment.

There's the BCT, with bacon, cucumber, roasted tomato sauce and mayo. The tempeh: marinated tempeh, wasabi mayo and wakame salad. The Korean: beef patty, peanut butter and kimchi. And, as Green Dot's website proudly announces: "The Fried Bologna Slider is back!!!"

There's also a weekly "mystery meat" offering. Recent examples posted on Green Dot's Facebook page: goat burger with English cucumber and mango-habanero sauce; antelope sausage with blue cheese and apple chutney; roasted brisket with chive sour cream, sauerkraut and crispy shoestring potatoes.

Green Dot, an unassuming brick building, has been around since the 1970s in one form or another. The bar closed in 2011, and was reopened in March 2012 with a new vibe by new owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll, who moved back to hometown Detroit from San Diego to create something they'd never have been able to afford in California.

"It was more of a dive bar when we got our hands on it," says chef Les Molnar. "The only thing that was happening was cheap beers and sketchy times."

The sliders idea "just took off like a rocket," says Molnar, a Detroiter who studied at Chicago's Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

Stories differ on how the restaurant got its name, but one rumor has it that the original owner named it after his stable. At least that's what a server said on a recent visit. Molnar's version has the original owner naming it after a horse that won him some good money. Either way, the Driscolls stuck with the theme, and horse paraphernalia abounds: harness racing photos, jockey hats, a golden horse statue on the roof and more.

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