Detroit; Belle Isle Conservatory, Sunday Dinner Company

23 Apr

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to visit the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle. It was built in 1904 and designed by famed architect Albert Kahn, and was modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The conservatory occupies 13 acres of land, it features five horticultural houses, an outdoor Lily Pond, and formal perennial gardens. The tallest palms reside under the central 85 foot high dome. The showhouse display reflects the season and in the Spring features bright white Easter Lillies with their sweet scent, pastel tinted  Azaleas, and brightly colored Amaryllis, just gorgeous. This is a wonderful area for wedding or family photos too.  I just love the fountain area, it is so relaxing with the sound of water trickling down the rocks, a bench facing the fountain  is a great place for a little respite. This is where the highest concentration of orchids are displayed, the conservatory houses many rare orchids that were transported here from Great Britain during the WWII bombing.  The conservatory was named in honor of Anna Scripps Whitcomb who left her 600 plant orchid collection to the city.


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We crossed back over the Belle Isle bridge and made a left on Jefferson, it was lunch time.  Our destination was The Sunday Dinner Company, a southern comfort style restaurant, open nearly a year now. The handsome building was formerly a post office, now transformed into an elegant dining space. The colors are warm, bright paintings grace the walls, the large front window overlooks Jefferson

Once you are comfortable at your table you are greeted by your server delivering salad and warm, delicious cornbread.  Next you are escorted to the buffet where you choose from 6 or 7 dishes; Baked macaroni & cheese, fried corn, dirty rice and shrimp to name a few. Deep fried Louisiana Catfish, and Southern style buttermilk chicken are also included, and made to order. Fresh brewed sweet tea is complimentary and goes perfectly with your meal.

The owners go the extra mile for the community employing returning citizens and at risk youth, helping to change lives, and impact Detroit in a positive way.

The Sunday Dinner Company, 6470 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit 48207      PH 313-877-9255

UPDATE: Sunday Dinner Company is now closed

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