Rooftop dining's pretty hard to come by in the Detroit area -- almost as hard as getting your Weber back from Evidence after enjoying a lovely evening atop a Birmingham parking structure. Letting you enjoy fresh air that doesn't come through a tiny window with bars: Social Kitchen & Bar.
Boasting Birmingham's first rooftop (... well, most of the buildings have roofs, but not ones you can go on), Social's delivering serious comfort food and drinks both up there and in a sun-drenched, farmhouse-meets-loft downstairs with multi-hued wood walls, a Warhol Campbell's print, and a chalkboard with a pig that's eaten a map of metro Detroit, which's a nice blight snack [rollicking laughter from good-naturedly self-aware audience].
Because you're trying to eat in metro Detroit, they're doing lunch with onion-poppy naan grilled cheese and a Reuben w/ housemade pastrami, Swiss, slaw, pickles & Russian on a pillowy gougère pastry (it's French!), while dinner brings sea bass served in a cast iron skillet w/ crispy noodles & spicy tomatoes, and a sous vide Wagyu strip w/ freshly cut frites (they're French... fries!).
Celebrate your ability to drink on a rooftop with serious cocktails, an extensive wine list, and superb suds like Founders Red's Rye PA, Flying Dog Gonzo, and New Holland's Full Circle, also what this story would be if there were a smooth way to re-reference a roof.
Published: June 28, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
225 E. Maple
Birmingham, MI 48009
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