A Lovely Night at the Cork Wine Pub

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We had a enjoyable evening last week at a fairly new establishment on Woodward Avenue in Pleasant Ridge.  Cork Wine Pub, opened by owner Nancy Crutchfield about 6 months now, combines unique and delicious food, great wine selections, knowledgeable wait staff and lively ambience; what more could one want?
Our evening began with our server, Jon, who was definitely well-versed with the menu offerings and Cork’s extensive wine and spirits list, offering suggestions at our request.  We chose two small plates to start; first, ricotta-filled fried “Squash Blossoms,” arriving with a sundried tomato Greek yogurt dip; second, “Shrimp & Grits,” combining cheesy polenta, grilled shrimp salad, and a tart lime salsa. So far, so good.


Next, it seemed time for salad, so we opted for the Cork Salad, a simple mixture of greens, herbs, shaved fennel and a red wine vinaigrette. When it came to the main courses, we chose “Oakland Park Lamb,” two perfectly-cooked chops, with a black mission fig gaujillo sauce, and minted quinoa salad. At the recommendation of Executive Chef Rubin Griffin, we also tried “Ridge Road Rabbit,” a delectable combination of herbed papardelle, pancetta, corn, wild mushrooms, corn cream demi, with brandy-braised rabbit shreds. Unique and wonderful! Next time, maybe the grass fed “Cambridge Filet”…


As we pondered the dessert menu, we found ourselves with a happy challenge. All desserts are made in-house by Chef Rubin, (“Stone Fruit Cobbler;” “TresLeches,” a three milk Almond Cake; etc.) and sound enticing, but finally, upon our server Jon’s recommendation, we tried the light and fruity “Italian Strawberry Short Cake,” lemon pound cake, strawberry balsamic compote, vanilla Greek yogurt pannacotta. Superbe!    –  Richard and Theresa Dalton

Cork Wine Pub Website

Cork Wine Pub Is Located At
23810 Woodward Ave. Pleasant Ridge Michigan 48069
Phone Number: 248-544-2675

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