Station 885, Plymouth, MI

I was last at Station 885 in Plymouth for my college graduation dinner over 10 years ago. Recently on the Detroit Groupon website, they had a deal to get a $35 gift certificate for $15 for this restaurant that I couldn’t pass up.

We went for lunch this past weekend. They were short a hostess so we had to flag down a waitress to get seated, but the rest of the visit went fine. The waitress we had was very enthusiastic about the menu and had several suggestions for what to order. When the server is that candid and sincere, you know you’ve come to the right place.

We started with an appetizer of crab stuffed mushrooms. They were amazing! I will have to come back for this alone on a regular basis. Trust me, the picture does not do the dish justice. The mushrooms are come with a slice of fresh lemon on the side to squeeze over top. The crab is fresh and the cheese is gooey and flavorful. I believe six mushrooms came in an order for $6.99, not bad.

I ordered the shrimp scampi pasta which included a choice of salad or soup and fresh bread. I went with the garden salad and a side of balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was a simple blend of mixed field greens and grape tomatoes. The balsamic dressing was well balanced. The fresh garlic cheese bread that accompanied the meal was addictive! I wasn’t expecting much, but kept going back for more and had to push the rest onto my husband for risk of overdoing it. Great garlic flavor with herbs and cheese. It came with a side of butter that was unnecessary because the bread was already rich with it.

After great food leading up to the entree I was really excited to see what the main dish had to offer. Unfortunately, my choice fell a bit short compared to the rest of the meal. The linguine itself was quite good, I even asked if they made it in house because it tasted so fresh; it’s not made in-house. However, it was sticking together and would have been more appealing if that wasn’t the case. The shrimp were a bit overcooked, but as garlicky as a good scampi should be. The scallions on top were a nice visual presentation and added a bit more flavor interest.

My husband was also a bit underwhelmed by his dish — prime rib over Texas toast with a side of horseradish and fries. Although, he was very appreciative of the server’s suggestion to add sauteed mushrooms when he opted out of the caramelized onions. The meat was lacking on flavor and the mushrooms could have been cooked a bit more. The fries were fine, but standard.

It certainly won’t take me ten years to go back after this mostly positive experience. Prices are very reasonable and the staff is full of zeal. Plus, I’ll have to put in for a double order of those crab stuffed mushrooms! If Station 885 can bring the quality and flavor of their main dishes up to those preceding meal they’ll be in excellent shape.