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    WINE DOTTE BISTRO: Casual Chic Dining

    Wyandotte has long been considered a bar town, but one local couple is tweaking the restaurant landscape with the chic but casual Wine Dotte Bistro. 

    Owned by Karen and Karl Goreta, Wine Dotte Bistro features steaks, seafood and an eclectic wine menu alongside an impressive full bar, all in a cozy but vibrant space facing the Detroit River.

    The Goretas are no strangers to the local business owner scene as Karen has owned several adult foster care facilities. "I've always been a spunky sort of person," Karen said of her seemingly sudden decision to open a restaurant. " ... One day I told Karl I wanted to open a wine bar and we just ran with it."

    Wine Dotte Bistro is their vision of all their favorite places including Miami Beach and New Orleans, combined with their preferred flavor profiles. "We like to dine and places like Moro's and Joe Muer Seafood and we wanted to bring that here but at an affordable price," Karl said. The result is a warm but industrial space with crystal chandeliers and mixed-media art, where diners can expect fresh cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, salmon, tuna and more, with new items being added often.

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    In fact, head chef David Wood said diners can expect to see the menu rotate often with daily features and small batches of soup made from scratch. "We go by what's in season, and we're at the end of the squash season and heading into cranberry season," said Wood, who has 24 years of cooking experience. The kitchen is not just stocked with seasonal ingredients, either. Wood's mantra is local, local, local with seafood hailing from Wyandotte's own Weyand's Fish Market and fresh produce from Eastern Market. Wyandotte's Dangerously Delicious Pies also makes an appearance on the dessert menu.

    Plates range in price from $6-$33 depending on your tastebuds. For those who would like a bit of a unique dining experience, Wine Dotte Bistro also offers hot rock cooking, where patrons can cook their own food to temperature on a hot granite slate.

    Wine, however, is at the heart of the bistro, and it shows with an impressive wine list featuring bottles from California, Traverse City and Washington state. The bistro's cellars feature an international list, but the restaurant does play favorites with more Michigan selections. The beer and spirits selection mirrors that, according to the bistro's mixologist, GiGi Baker, with Mayor Pingree Bourbon from Valentine Distilling Co. and vodka from Two James. Local craft beer includes Atwater, Perrin and Griffin Claw.

    As for cocktails, Baker said she feels it's important to serve drinks that deliver complex flavor and considers muddled cocktails her specialty. "I like to step out of the box," Baker added while explaining a palate refresher creation made with cucumber vodka and Saint Germain liqueur.

    Wine Dotte Bistro is at 2910 Van Alstyne St. - Downtown Wyandotte, MI 48192

    Open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The business is closed Sundays and Mondays. A new happy hour menu is available from 3-5 p.m. daily, and the the restaurant is available for private events like bridal and baby showers.

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    For more info, visit their business listing: Wine Dotte Bistro


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