Food + Drink – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:35:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Biggby Coffee Is Opening A New Location In This Detroit Neighborhood Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:06:23 +0000 There’s going to be another java option opening up in Detroit.

We spied a new Biggby Coffee on Livernois between McNichols (a.k.a. Six Mile) and 7 Mile near the Avenue of Fashion. That’s at the border of the University District and Bagley neighborhoods.

Biggby is a franchised chain based out of Lansing, Michigan founded in 1995 and has 182 stores open in Michigan as of 2016. There was formerly a location on Woodward in Midtown, but their Detroit stores for now are within larger complexes like Henry Ford Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center.

Peeking through the window of the new Biggby on Livernois.

This new Livernois coffeshop is connected to the Ferndale location on Nine Mile as the phone number when we reached out for comment goes to that location.

One Of Detroit’s Next Areas

If you’ve been paying attention to the neighborhood, it’s poised to be one of the “what’s next” places in the city to see a wave of commercial development. After all, University District’s median household income of $88,640 is far higher than the city and state as a whole. Bagley’s $42,645 is also significantly higher than the rest of the city. Nearby Sherwood Forest has a median household income of a whopping $115,489.

Although the whole city saw tough times, both the University District and Bagley never completely collapsed and have strong, active neighborhood groups along with beautiful housing stock. The proximity to Ferndale and major roads also make it a good option for folks who work in the suburbs and heading downtown is easy down either the Lodge or Woodward.

There have already been new projects coming together. Social Sushi is working to get open basically next door. The Narrow Way Cafe recently opened down the street north of 7 Mile. Detroit Sip just opened around the way on Six Mile. There are universities and programs like Motor City Match that are funneling dollars into the area.

Here’s a list we did earlier this year focusing on the nearby Avenue of Fashion’s new as well as long-standing places. It also happens to be Motown legend Marvin Gaye’s old neighborhood.

We’ve reached out for comment as well as more details around when it will open. We’ll update when we hear more.

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The Popular Park Bar Has Been Sold, Space Will Temporarily Close Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:41:52 +0000 Detroit’s losing one of its more well-known watering holes. The Park Bar, opened in 2006, has been sold and will close at the end of the year according to a Facebook post passed on to us by a Daily Detroit tipster.

The post outlines an event called “Last Call at the Park Bar” on December 2 featuring Don Duprie & The Inside Outlaws, Alison Lewis & The String of Ponies, Pat V & The Detroit 3, Ty Stone, Matt Dmits and Tino Gross.

The Park Bar has been one of those “legendary” bars in my mind.

There aren’t too many circular bars in town — they’re much better for meeting and talking to people. And the help was always on point.

Back when Bucharest Grill was slinging shawarma out the back door it was a go-to spot in so many ways.

In more than a decade I’ve had parties there, said goodbye to old friends and said hello to new loves.

It’s a good sign that, according to Eater (more details here), it’s been bought by the owner of Cliff Bell’s. They do a great job there and also own part of Queen’s and The Bronx Bar.

A tip of the hat to you guys. Eleven years is a heck of a run. Thank you for the memories, Jerry Balenger and the space you created. It’ll be interesting to see what happens there next.

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Let Chef Thomas Lents And The Apparatus Room Cook Your Thanksgiving Dinner This Year Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:57:18 +0000 It seems hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just a week away.

If you are still trying to figure out what to do for your Thanksgiving meal I have a suggestion for you.

Chef Thomas Lents will be preparing a Thanksgiving dinner at The Apparatus Room in The Foundation Hotel.

The menu looks spectacular.

The family style meal will feature; turkey breast with pomee puree, roasted chestnuts and giblet gravy, confit turkey leg with fried kale and cranberry gremolata, roasted beet salad with Asian pear, walnut and dandelion pesto, carrots with harissa, figs grains and yogurt. There will also be a selection of sides.

There will also be a caramelized Michigan pumpkin with whole wheat sable and candied cranberry for dessert.

Dinner will be $78 per person and $25 for children under 12.

Seating will be available from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 23.

Reservations are required for Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room of the Apparatus Room. You can book them through Open Table or over the phone 313-915-4422.

Don’t have a reservation for dinner?  They will be accepting walk-ins to the bar and lounge area. There will be a limited lounge menu served in the bar and lounge.

The Foundation Hotel is located at 250 W. Larned Street Detroit, Michigan 48226

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VIDEO: Does The Best Burger In Metro Detroit Have Doritos On It? “Cooking In America” Visits Taystee’s Burgers Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:45:17 +0000 Taystee’s Burgers is tucked away on Ford Road in Dearborn, near the Ford-Wyoming Drive In Theater.

Their “Notch-Yo-Burger” made at their establishment in a BP gas station has been quickly gaining attention as one of the best in Detroit.

Eater, as part of their “Cooking in America” series, took a look at the place in the video above, and it’s an interesting story beyond the Doritos-laden culinary creation.

A few key things:

  • It’s family owned
  • It’s Halal meat (so even the bacon on the burger is beef bacon)
  • The topping list is onion, jalapeno, American, Swiss, Pepper Jack and Nacho cheeses, beef bacon, Doritos, mayonnaise and hot sauce on an onion bun.

If you wanna check it out for yourself, it’s over at 10419 Ford Road in Dearborn.

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A Burger With A Mac & Cheese Bun? Meet The “Fat Dan” – Bob’s Detroit Burgers #1 Sun, 05 Nov 2017 18:14:57 +0000 So what happens when there’s a burger with a Mac and Cheese bun, jalapeños, beer cheese, and bacon?

You get the “Fat Dan” from Ale Mary’s Beer Hall. We saw it on the internet and had to try it out.

On a whim (like a lot of the things we do), Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips who host the Worst Meatball Sandwich Ever podcast joined us to check it out in downtown Royal Oak.

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Team Behind Grey Ghost Opening New Spot In Brush Park Next Spring Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:46:10 +0000 The Brush Park neighborhood of Detroit will be gaining a new bar in the Spring of 2018.

The new bar called Second Best will be located at 42 Watson, across the street from Grey Ghost Detroit and within blocks from the new Little Caesars Arena.

Four Man Ladder Management is the team behind the new bar. If that name sounds familiar, it is because they are also the owners of Grey Ghost Detroit.

Courtesy photo credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

The bar will have simple drinks that are a throwback to classic drinks and shots. If beer is more your speed Second Best will offer local and no-so-local canned and draft beers. They will also offer a rotating beer and shot combo daily.

Courtesy photo credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

There will also be a curated menu from Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino that will feature snacks and sandwiches.

Second Best will have a rec room where bar patrons can play shuffle board and other bar games.

We will be sure to bring you more details about Second Best Bar when they become available.

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These Are The Two Biggest Independent Restaurants In Michigan (And They’re In The Same City) Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:02:25 +0000 There are two restaurants that are the top of the pecking order when it comes to independent places in Michigan for 2017, as measured by sales of food and alcohol.

And they’re both in the same city.

A new list of the top 100 independent restaurants nationally by Restaurant Business Online places Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth at number 66 and the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn in the 72nd spot.

Zehnder’s, according to the site, served 945,364 meals at their 80,000 square foot, 1,100 square foot location and raked in $15,083,189 in sales.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn pulled in $14,677,690 in sales across 847,585 meals served at the 90,00 square foot, 1,200 seat restaurant.

The average per-person check amounts at each place, especially when compared to the rest of the list, are reasonable $16 and $17 respectively.

The top-selling restaurant in the country? Well, that’s in Las Vegas. Tao Las Vegas did $42,470,345 in sales on an average check of $90.

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6 Bars Of The District Detroit & Little Caesars Arena, Ranked Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:00:39 +0000 One of the biggest issues plaguing both Joe Louis Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills was the lack of quality options for eating and boozing before and after games.

The Palace had well-documented struggles with this issue and the old Joe Louis Arena, while located in downtown Detroit, was nestled in a veritable concrete fortress of freeway ramps and parking structures.

Those issues are a thing of the past with the opening of The District Detroit and its crown jewel, Little Caesars Arena. The area now counts at least a half-dozen bars and restaurants in a few blocks.

With an interesting mix of old standbys and new offerings, this area is becoming a destination on game days and off nights alike.

After visiting each one, what else is there to do then but rank these establishments on a completely arbitrary scale based on my own preferences? Here we go — and feel free to tell me how you’d order them in the comments.

6. District Market Detroit

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District Market Detroit is fully capable food court offering a variety of food and beverage options including coffee, beer, and desserts. As with its District siblings it has TVs to watch the game and easy access right into the arena. The problem is it has little else in terms of charm or uniqueness. District Market is simply “there,” which sometimes is all you need.

5. Kid Rock’s Made In Detroit

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The atmosphere recalls a Hard Rock Café, if the only musician who ever existed was Kid Rock. I promise I didn’t set out to drop the self-proclaimed “pimp of the nation” to number five on this list, and if you enjoy the man and his music this may be your favorite spot of the bunch. However, evaluating this place objectively, it is decidedly the priciest, whether that be $11 beers or $16 sandwiches. You’ll basically be paying “stadium pricing” for any offering here. There’s a bonus for fans of the Kid — I hear he frequents the establishment and has even been known to play a few impromptu songs for the crowd lucky enough to be there.

4. Temple Bar

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The longest tenured bar in the area, Temple is THE best place to get cheap drinks and mingle with true locals to the area, most of whom will openly curse the Ilitches and lament the gentrification taking place in their old stomping grounds. Temple is a true dive bar that’s affectionate appeal comes in the interesting conversation and eclectic individuals you’ll meet there.

3. Harry’s Detroit

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Harry’s is absolutely a “District Bar” whether they want the moniker or not. Nestled right in the heart of the shining gleaming new offerings, Harry’s has undergone a subtler transformation recently, painting the entire structure black. Inside is the same casual, no frills atmosphere and offerings they have always had. Nothing special to speak of but it is not the $8 Bud Lights and $18 pizzas as some the other new neighbors, which for many old-school patrons is more than enough incentive to go here.

2. Sports & Social Detroit

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A quintessential “sports bar” this place has the requisite massive TV’s playing multiple games at a time, a decent menu selection of game day favorites, and a great outdoor bar that becomes a lively spot for drinks and conversation on the weekends and event days. The only downside here is a limited cocktail menu and poor wine selection, but hey if you’re coming here, it should be for the big game and a tall glass of beer.

1. Mike’s Pizza Bar

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The eponymously named flagship of The Districts offerings, Mike’s Pizza takes the number on spot on this list because of a more than respectable cocktail and beer menu, and hand tossed pizzas that easily outdo the Hot ‘n Readys that made the Ilitch family a household name.

Mike’s also has a fantastic indoor/outdoor bar area when the weather is reasonable and ample big screen televisions to catch the action going on both inside the stadium and around sports world. To top it off, there’s also live music offerings most weekends just make sure to check their active Facebook page for updates on who’s playing and when.

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What Metro Detroit Fire Or Police Department Has The Best Chili? Find Out At The Metro D 10 Alarm Chili Challenge Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:35:16 +0000 It finally feels like fall, which means it is the perfect time for a chili cook off.

Fire and police departments from across metro Detroit will be competing for Detroit’s Best First-Responder Chili Champion 2017. The competition takes place on Saturday, November 4 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

This is the 4th Annual Metro D 10 Alarm Chili Challenge. The competition was started by Charlie LeDuff and restaurant owners Grace Keros of American Coney Island and Dean Bach of Dino’s in Ferndale.

This year the competition will take place behind Dinos and Jay’s Penalty Box.

The public is encouraged to come sample and vote for the best chili.

There is a $10 donation at the door. The proceeds will go towards the Detroit Firemen’s Fundand Detroit Benefit and Protective Association.

Dino’s is located at 22740 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, Michigan 48220

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BlackFinn Ameripub In Downtown Royal Oak Abruptly Closes Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:38:33 +0000 Downtown Royal Oak has become a even more of a destination as of late with the addition of a Jolly Pumpkin, The Morrie, and quite a few other places to eat and drink.

But today, we bring you a closing.

A mainstay for the last decade or so in downtown Royal Oak, BlackFinn Ameripub, has quietly shut their doors and erased their Facebook page.

The restaurant was located at 530 South Main Street, between 5th and 6th streets.

This was confirmed by a physical visit and calling their phone number, where a recording said they are now closed for business.

We got the tip to check out what’s going on from the folks at IT in the D. They regularly held their events at the location and noticed the Facebook page had vanished.

“We had our first event there in 2008, and our first Pink Slip Party there in 2009. Blackfinn has been a fantastic place for our group to network, meet others in the IT industry, and have fun,” said Dave Phillips, co-founder of the job training and networking group. “The bartenders and staff have been more like friends than anything else, and they’ll be sorely missed, as will the venue.”

When we reached out BlackFinn, via phone said they’d be prepared to talk about it tomorrow. We will update this post with more information when we get it.

The BlackFinn at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township remains open.

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