If there’s one thing you’ve got to do this summer, it’s... well, these 12 things... but you should probably also do some grilling. Good thing Detroit’s got so many sweet meat-slingers, from mom ‘n’ pop stores that have held their own through often-troubled decades, to ethnic eateries serving up Old World delicacies, and specialty markets galore. Here are the 30 best butcher shops in The D...
Madison Heights Stingrays, live frogs, chickens complete with heads -- nope, not a nature center, but a newish Asian market. For those who aren’t squeamish and like to get a little weird. Also, don’t miss the short ribs.
Dearborn Alcamo's is the market that your Italian grandmother would recommend, complete with all its hustle and bustle and experienced patrons that know exactly what they want. With cured meats hanging from the walls, you may wonder what kind of “chooch” would shop anywhere else.
Pontiac REAL. MEXICAN. FOOD. Good news, amigo -- you’ve just been teleported across the border. ¡Chicharron, barbacoa y chorizo! Oh, and you can eat some fresh al pastor tacos as you wait in line and soak it in.
Dearborn Where all manner of beef, chicken, and lamb is cut on a band saw and served on sticks. Consistently touted as the best place in metro Detroit to purchase the divine trio of tawook, kafta, and kebab, you can have them grill it there or bring it home and taunt your neighbors by doing it yourself.
Highland Venison smoked ham, venison steak, venison sausage -- any sort of deer product you need can be obtained here. Worth the trip up into the lake country where every road seems to stop abruptly at a body of water.
Detroit We’d be remiss not to mention a Detroit favorite. Known for its earth-shattering guacamole and salsas, Honey Bee also offers a number of Mexican-style marinated meats. We recommend the marinated split chicken thighs.
Redford Your grandmother may refer to the joint as Richard’s -- as nearly everyone is on a first-name basis here with the owner. Pierogi, hunter sausage, and house-smoked kielbasa are among the specialties you’ll be tempted with in this old-school market.
Wyandotte Once upon a time, this shop was a Polish bakery. The cases that once displayed wedding cakes and angel wings now hold Hungarian kielbasa that you’ll want to marry and jerky and beef sticks that will make you want to cheat on said kielbasa.
Detroit Come here for the wings and leave with the short ribs... and probably lots of other stuff thanks to it's outrageously good prices on shrimp, strips, hot dogs, fish, and anything else you’d like to fire up in the backyard. Seriously, its URL is www.meatdeal.com, which really says it all.
Various locations Meatophiles should make this a stop if only to marvel at the chunks of imported Italian prosciutto and house-made fennel sausages lining some of the longest meat counters in metro Detroit.
Fraser Anybody who says the East side has no taste has never been to Schott’s. It’s one of the few places around where you can purchase a turducken to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s worth a mention alone.
Ferndale Expect to be greeted with a dozen smiles and complimentary coffee at this specialty market that Mr. Rogers would have loved to stroll through. The real charm here lies in the meat department where you can find fair prices on high-quality cuts, locally raised beef, Amish chicken, handmade sausages (such as hot & spicy pork and chicken, feta with spinach), and juicy kabobs.
Few things can warm you to the core like a good, hot bowl of soup in the dead of winter. With Michigan's in full effect, there isn’t a better time to enjoy the cold weather favorite by the cup or by the bowl, cream-based or clear broth. Whatever it is you're in the mood for, even the deepest chill can be fended off by soups, stews, bisques, ramen, and pho from around the D. The city is rife with places ladling out the good stuff. Stay warm with a bowl of piping hot soup at one of these 10 Detroit spots.
Meet The Eateries Reimagining the Northeast’s Most Iconic Dishes
It’s safe to say we know what a good meal looks like. So we’ve partnered with Coca-Cola to pair their timeless beverage with new twists on regional dishes -- a perfect chance to recognize the innovators who find the essence of beloved standards. The chefs below keep what everyone loves about localfare, while developing it into something new -- a true expression of how a society develops, and how it’s reflected in the meals we enjoy. And with a bottle of Coca-Cola, it’s a pairing of two American classics.
It takes guts to put a new spin on a classic, no matter where you are. But it takes serious guts to do it in the Northeast, home to some of the most passionate food debates in the country. Pat’s or Geno’s? The best slice in Manhattan? Should a lobster roll be made with mayo or butter? Simply put, this can be hostile territory. But these 10 eateries didn’t hold back. Instead, they reimagined regional specialities in ways so creative, a few sparked debates of their own. Check out their stories below and start mapping out your road trip; you’re going to want to taste these invigorated icons.
Though it's flagrantly thumbing our nose up at any dietary do-gooding, what we usually want isn’t kale or quinoa or seitan. No, what we Detroiters need right now (and always) is hot, crisp fried chicken. And for that, we turn our hopeful faces to Detroit’s many skilled purveyors of the deep-fried bird. This list may not be comprehensive. If nothing else, it doesn’t have “My Aunt’s House” or “That One Lady from Next Door” on it, and those will always, always be the best places to get fried chicken. Nevertheless, this list offers enough brined, salted, deep-fried cheer to try for at least the next few months.