Walking into a brick building with a bold sign that reads “GOLD CASH GOLD,” you might suspect I was headed into a pawn shop. But the building, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wabash Street in the heart of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, is actually the site of one of the city’s hottest new dining establishments.
I recently joined the lunch crowd with a coworker on a weekday afternoon.
Conscientiously sourced, carefully crafted and uniquely Detroit, Gold Cash Gold popped up during the “gold rush” of upscale Detroit restaurants in late 2014. It was an instant hit. If you haven’t tried it yet, put this restaurant on your list!
In its past life, the building served as a pawn shop. The brick exterior, the beautiful ceiling, the stained glass windows, and even elements of the bathroom from the original structure remain.
“It’s a community effort,” server Victoria Martin explained. “We want to bring this old pawn shop alive as a community.”
Victoria is passionate about all of the food she serves. She took her time to explain the interesting dishes and ingredients.
“It’s like Detroit,” she said about the menu. “It’s fun, it’s quirky, and you just never know what you may find.”
Featured dishes change as frequently as the weather, depending on what’s fresh and in season.
Josh Stockton, Gold Cash Gold’s executive chef, has been in kitchens and around farm fresh food his whole life. His dad was a chef, and he grew up on a farm in Tennessee.
His slightly southern, slightly French and very Detroit cooking style comes through in each and every one of the homemade dishes on the menu.
From pickling and fermenting, to baking and even making his very own cheeses, Chef Josh redefines the phrase “made in-house.” Everything on the menu is made from scratch with only the finest seasonal ingredients handpicked by Josh himself.
Chef Josh was kind enough to take a break from the kitchen and chat with me and Miranda Crace, a fellow Opportunity Detroit blogger. Miranda had the pig’s head pierogies, which were served with braised kraut and crème fraiche. I ordered the daily batch of seasonal pickled vegetables and the shaved veg salad. Josh specializes in whole-animal cookery and pickling, so we definitely chose a few signature dishes where the chef’s skills got to shine.
The drink menu is equally innovative. With cocktails named after things you may find in an old pawn shop – like “dad’s trophy,” “pearls” or “fountain pen,” just to name a few – and a thoughtfully chosen wine and beer selection, you can’t go wrong.
“We’re constantly innovating,” said Eli Boyer, a managing partner of Gold Cash Gold who is in charge of providing service and hospitality and overseeing many of the daily operations.
“Why not? There are so many niches here that have yet to be filled. There was a need for a seasonal and locally sourced restaurant,” he explained. “Detroit is fun – there’s a lot of energy surrounding everything. The opportunity here is crazy!”
You might even say the opportunity is worth its weight in gold.
Gold Cash Gold is right on the money. With great new restaurant options like this, expect Detroit’s “dining rush” to continue and its eclectic food scene to thrive.
Gold Cash Gold is located at 2100 Michigan Avenue.
Lunch: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to midnight
For more information, call (313) 242-0770 or go to www.GoldCashGoldDetroit.com.