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Front of Capers on the east side of Detroit

There is a steakhouse on the east side that has been on my radar for the past couple months. One where the diner can choose how large or small they want their steak by the ounce … but with zero ounces of pretension.

Last Saturday we went to Capers Steakhouse on Gratiot. We were not sure what we would be walking into, but we had a good feeling about the fact that they opened in 1982 and were still going strong despite the fact that the far east side neighborhood around them has seen better days.

The front is unassuming, but the inside is a beehive of activity.

We got there a little bit past 7 p.m. and the place was packed with a line to the door. We waited for roughly 15 minutes for a table, but during the wait the hostess checked on us numerous times.

Filet-at-capers

Capers Filet

They offer four cuts of steak for your choosing. Delmonico, New York Strip, T-Bone, and Filet. Each cut has a specific price per ounce that is based on the market price, so you could get a 20 oz Delmonico steak for $15. They will cut your steak once your order goes in, and you can choose to have it butterflied.

If you are not in the mood (or don’t like) steak they also offer other entrées like pork chops, chicken, lamb chops, and seafood.

Stuffed Potato

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Potato

You can pair your steak with the numerous options of sides fries, baked potatoes, stuffed potatoes, red skin potatoes, broccoli and cheese, rice pilaf, cole slaw, potato salad, and garlic bread.

We ordered a New York strip, Filet, and Delmonico in order to see the difference in cuts. We also ordered broccoli bacon and cheese stuffed potato, bacon and cheese fries, broccoli and cheese, and rice pilaf for all of us to share.

All three steaks were juicy, tender, and had a ton of flavor. All three of us were highly impressed by our meals.

Hot Fudge Brownie

Hot Fudge Brownie

We would be remiss if we didn’t take a look at the dessert menu. The table ordered the hot fudge brownie, apple pie, and cheesecake with strawberries. When they came out we were all in shock. The hot fudge brownie is huge! It has two scoops of ice cream over the walnut brownie with hot fudge and whipped cream. All of the desserts were really good. Though it did put us all in a mild food coma on the way home.

There are a few things to mention about Capers. One is that the place is on the smaller side and seats less than 100 people. They do not take reservations, and there is usually a line to get seated. This place is very popular. It is also not a good place for large groups, because they will not push tables together. Think parties of 2-4 when you come here.

Capers Bar

The bar at Capers in Detroit

The other thing is that because the steak is cut to order it does take longer to get your meal. So if you are in a super hurry this would not be the place to go. This is a place where you go to enjoy yourself and the people you are with.

This place has earned a regular spot in our restaurant rotation.

Capers Steakhouse is located at 14726 Gratiot, Detroit between 7 and 8 Mile. Secure parking in the back.
Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am-12:00 am, Sunday 3:00 pm-10:00 pm.