Ten Best: Experience Hazel, Ravines & Downtown

By: Karen Dybis | May 17, 2019

Emmele Harrold and Beth Hussey, owners of Hazel Ravines and Downtown. Photo Credit: Stephen B Photography.

Do you want to experience a free meal at one of the best restaurants that Metro Detroit has to offer?

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers / Detroit Free Press Top 10 Takeover offers you an opportunity to do just that. Enter for a chance to win TWO TICKETS to dinner at Hazel, Ravines and Downtown on June 4th, 2019. Be sure to enter no later than Noon on May 30th for an opportunity to bypass the long wait.

Need to hear a little more about the restaurant before you head out for a meal? Keep reading for a glance into this award-winning restaurant.

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Before they set up their restaurant in Birmingham, Hazel, Ravines and Downtown co-owners Beth Hussey and Emmele Herrold had traveled the world, both in their personal wanderings and expanding their palate with dishes from many countries and cultures.

That is why location is so important to these food entrepreneurs – Hussey and Herrold know that where you have been, where you are and where you want to go, all factor into the decisions you make when you order a meal or make something for yourself.

Those emotions – whether it is love for your hometown or your desire to roam to places unknown – are embodied in the restaurant’s name, its menu and its atmosphere. Hussey and Herrold wanted to embrace geography with Hazel, Ravines and Downtown, giving people a place that both feels like home and inspires patrons to see the world, even if it is through a culinary experience in their elegant dining room.

“From the start we set out to fill a niche in Birmingham, we wanted to provide a real community-focused, family-friendly neighborhood casual place,” Hussey said. “Hazel, Ravines and Downtown is named for the three neighborhoods that converge in this spot. It’s a place with a creative and diverse menu where you can go any time of day, and as often as you’d like and have a new experience.”

Hazel

Photo Credit: Steven B Photography

That is why the new hot spot has such a Birmingham feel – think sophistication, high-end finishes and an eclectic yet upscale décor – as well as an international menu. You can sit just feet away from legendary Woodward Avenue and eat a classic British breakfast, and somehow it feels just right.

“Thanks to our versatile private dining options, we have become a destination for families celebrating everything from Sweet Sixteen birthdays to holidays and other special occasions. It feels like we’re really becoming part of the family here in Birmingham,” Hussey added.

The neighborhood and the greater Metro Detroit area has embraced what the two women have created. Recently, Hazel, Ravines and Downtown hosted its first Easter and Mother’s Day brunch events, selling out seatings. The restaurant was chosen as host for the City of Birmingham’s Board Appreciation Breakfast for 125 people. The owners donated food for a recent Birmingham Youth Assistance fundraiser. And they will host a dinner in August in support of a local family raising money for A Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an effort to support Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

The owners say are proud to be in Birmingham and to be a part of the diverse and welcoming restaurant scene that has developed in Southeast Michigan, especially in Metro Detroit. Having a neighborhood restaurant that feed body and community was their goal, and Hussey and Herrold continue to work to make everyone feel at home.