Reporter Food: Roast Indiana Duckling at Steve and Rocky’s in Novi

Reporter Food: Roast Indiana Duckling at Steve and Rocky’s in Novi

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 3, 2019)

Novi, MI- Steve and Rocky’s is a restaurant that puts a lot of care into their food, their space, and their customer service.  It was wonderful enjoying a fine-crafted meal while working on an exciting story earlier this year.

In a effort to try new things, I ordered the Roast Indiana Duckling, which was served with wild rice with bacon, almond and lentils, apple compote and beet salad. The meal was a beautifully complex mix of tastes, with the rich fatty meat balanced out by the sweet apples, the heartiness of the rice mix, and the amazing dill-like flavor of the well-marinated beets. I loved the fresh green beans as well.

Everything was presented beautifully, and the staff was very friendly. The manager even went around to the tables, chatting with his guests.  According to their website “Our mission is to provide simple food done well. Our company philosophy is to treat each “guest” with the same warm, personal service one would expect if you were having dinner in a good friend’s home. This attitude prevails throughout our entire staff, from the kitchen staff who will not present anything less than perfection.”  And they lived up to that when I was there.

Chef Chuck “Rocky” Rachwitz, and Chef Steve Allen created their dream in 1998,which includes an atmosphere of rich warm colors and whimsical art that celebrates the culture of good food. Steve and Rocky’s has earned their reputation as a destination restaurant known for their high quality, fresh ingredients.  Among their creations are crispy frog legs, walleye saute, pan seared porkchop, braised short rib of beef bordelaise and more.

I’m lucky that I get to write about so many great restaurants, and there are many meals that make me feel spoiled and loved.  This place and this meal made me feel like a queen, and I definitely hope to be back.

Steve and Rocky’s is located at 43150 Grand River Avenue in Novi.  Learn more at

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