Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Batch Brewing Company1400 Porter St, Detroit
2. Brew Detroit1400 Abbott, Detroit
3. Café 784454 Woodward Ave, Detroit
4. Craft Breww City27843 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills
5. Falafill4206 Woodward Ave, Detroit
6. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit
7. Major Tomato6547 Allen Rd, Allen Park
8. POP124 Cadillac Sq, Detroit
9. Republic Tavern1942 Grand River, Detroit
10. Zeke's R&R BBQ240 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale
Co-owners Stephen Roginson and Jason Williams bring nano-brewing to Corktown, with delicious small-batch, handcrafted Detroit beer. Also on order is a dope assortment of bar snacks on a weekly rotating menu. We can't say for sure what'll be there when you stop by, but expect creative and flavorful takes on classic bar fare: past dishes include braised pork belly sandwiches, shiitake and bok choy arancini, and chili chicharrones.
Brew Detroit is a massive production brewery in Corktown that has been in operation for some time now, contract brewing for Atwater and Kid Rock's American Badass Beer. Its using its taproom to highlight its own creativity, with 10 rotating taps brewed on a very small two-barrel system, which is pretty much the only small thing about the place.
From the folks behind The Sugar House and Wright & Co., Café 78, is a breakfast/lunch spot and bar located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. "Dinner" is more of the light snacking variety, offering the same soups, salads, and sandwiches served at lunch (unless they happen to be hosting a private dinner party... in which case, game on). Otherwise, you can get Zingerman's pastries and Anthology coffees for breakfast, as well as beer, wine, and Sugar House-sanctioned craft cocktails throughout the day.
Craft Breww City is a multi-tap beer bar serving gastropub bar food with all of the same pool tables/darts/sports TV amenities as popular local jam Roosevelt's, the sports bar and pool hall that previously occupied the space. We don't understand the two w's either, but we assume it was intentional.
At this Chicago-born Mediterranean spot, you can pick your fill, your base, and your sides, for one of the best falafels in town.
Kuzzo's doesn't take its 'Chicken & Waffles' title lightly: the Southern-style kitchen owned by ex-NFL-er Ron Bartell serves an entire menu inspired by the comfort dish. From the What Up Doe (3 pieces of crispy chicken atop two waffles with grits and two cheesy eggs) to the Big Red (a red velvet waffle with 3 wings, a bourbon-maple drizzle, and your choice of side), the golden bird is the crown jewel. Still, other soulful eats are served, like a T-bone steak & eggs or shrimp & grits, and can be washed down with pretension-free cocktails like a Kuzzo's Long Island made with Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid ice cubes.
Major Tomato in Allen Park serves pizzas made with un-bromated flour; burgers and hot dogs made from grass-fed, sustainably raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free animals; organic wheat buns (gluten-free and organic white buns are also available); natural sodas; and "fries" made with organic sweet potatoes, millet, quinoa, and spinach. Everything is GMO- and chemical-free, but the menu is still an inventive one that will appeal to even the most diehard carnivores.
Located on the second floor of the reimagined Checker Bar in Downtown Detroit, POP is a permanent pop-up venue, with everything from desserts to live music.
Located in the historic G.A.R. Building and overseen by Chef Kate Williams, Republic is a rustic-yet-refined tavern with a menu offering items like aged beef tartare, bone marrow fritters, beef tallow fries, rabbit pot pie, duck pastrami, and a whole roasted chicken for four.
Zeke's R&R (rock 'n' roll) BBQ in Ferndale is surprisingly the only barbecue eatery in a city that plays host to the annual smoked-meat bacchanal that is Pig & Whiskey. In the old AJ's Café space on 9 Mile, Zeke's serves barbecue with a side of rock 'n' roll in both its décor and live rock shows -- a natural fit, given that one of the owners also owns Small's Bar in Hamtramck. Try Zeke's poutine—it'll have you on a stairway to heaven.