Detroit News: Burger Decadence at Rugby Grille...

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Last week, local food news was buzzing about a news release detailing a decadent burger at Birmingham’s Rugby Grille. Besides being topped with seared foie gras, the menu item was causing chatter because of its price tag: $55.

I decided to take a trip to the Rugby Grille, to see what a $55 burger tastes like.

Located in the Townsend Hotel, the Grille is definitely a special occasion restaurant known for old school style and top-notch service. Entrees, which average around $40, include roasted lamb loin, salmon matelote, duck a l’orange and a variety of steaks. The server’s description of the Dover sole prepared table side was almost enticing enough to make me forget the mission at hand, which was to order the foie burger.

The burger has a rich taste not only because of the seared foie gras (duck or goose liver from a bird that has been specially fattened; a controversial [...]

Crains Detroit: Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille...

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Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille

The Foie Burger is available now at The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grill in Birmingham.

The Rugby Grille introduced a new item to their menu: the Foie Burger, priced at $55.

Sold exclusively on the dinner menu at the restaurant inside Birmingham’s The Townsend Hotel, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles, Thomasville tomme cheese and is served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

The Rugby Grille is located at 100 Townsend, Birmingham.

New restaurant in Eastern Market

Stache International, a 2,000-square-foot, 60-seat restaurant, opened Thursday. Starting with lunch, it add hours on the weekends and delivery to local bars to serve the late-night crowd.

The sandwich shop squeezed between Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar and the Pure Shea Store, will serve bar-friendly food items such as sandwiches inspired by international flavors, charcuterie and appetizers like the Firecracker bites (cheese bites [...]

Birmingham Eccentric: Birmingham restaurant introduces the $55 hamburger...

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Foie Burger

If you’re tired of steak or lobster, there’s always the $55 hamburger at the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille in Birmingham.

Chef Damian Yopek is the creator behind the Rugby Grille Foie Burger. Sold exclusively at dinner, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, arugula, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles and Thomasville tomme cheese. It’s served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

“The $55 hamburger is pretty much an opulent hamburger,” Yopek said. “We know hamburgers aren’t supposed to cost that much, but we wanted to offer something unique with great flavor. It’s gratifying and satisfying and a good conversation piece.”

Yopek said the eight-ounce burger has been on the menu for three weeks and took off right away. The first one to purchase one was a food blogger by the name of Grace D, who gave it a great review on Yelp.

“First time dining [...]

C & G News: GivingTuesday comes to Birmingham...

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#GivingTuesday comes to Birmingham | C & G Newspapers

BIRMINGHAM — Whoever said giving can’t be a little bit glamorous?

In honor of Giving Tuesday — that’s the new philanthropic holiday that comes right after Thanksgiving and the money-grabbing occasions of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham made a hefty donation of furniture to Habitat for Humanity.

The award-winning luxury hotel gave the nonprofit 24 lounge couches and ottomans, 20 granite-topped dressers, 23 desks, 32 nightstands, 30 bed benches and 56 crystal lamps, plus an assortment of artwork to be sold in Habitat’s ReStore resale shops. The public will be able to purchase the high-end furniture, and the proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland and Wayne counties, which work to build and renovate homes to be turned over to families in need for a no-profit mortgage.

“We’ve been rejuvenating the Townsend [...]

DBussiness: The Townsend Named Among Top Hotels in Midwest...

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Dbusiness Magazine – The Townsend Named Among Top Hotels in Midwest#.VrT-3OPruDZ

The Townsend Named Among Top Hotels in Midwest DBusiness Daily News

Published: November 24, 2015

<img src=”http://rivista-cdn.dbusiness.com/images/cache/cache_3/cache_5/cache_7/Townsend_lobby-d9d3f753.jpeg?ver=1448400660&aspectratio=1.5″ alt=” The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham was ranked No. 11 among the Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest.”>

The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham was ranked No. 11 among the Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest.

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, have awarded the Townsend Hotel with the No. 11 spot on the publication’s annual Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. The hotel was one of only two Michigan properties to make the roster of distinguished regional hotels, as determined by reader scores. The other was the Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island at No. 10.

To receive a Readers Choice honor, properties — judged on a variety of criteria including rooms, service, amenities and more — must [...]