Welcome to Eater Detroit's Something for the Weekend column. Every Friday, you probably think the same question: Where should I eat and drink this weekend? Covering brunch, dinner, and everything in between, here now, three places to try this weekend.
Dottie's a Southern Modern Bistro
Located inside Royal Oak's brunch favorite Cafe Muse, Dottie's is the restaurant's promising attempt at reviving its dinner service in its freshly revamped bar area. Dottie's menu focuses in on Southern comfort foods like chicken and waffles, served here in three ways buttermilk, Japanese karaage style, and "Southern spiced" (marinated in paprika and hot sauce). You can also find a Cafe Muse fan favorite here — the three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich.
Great Lakes Coffee
A cafe hotspot on Woodward Avenue in Midtown, Great Lakes Coffee features coffee all day, a small menu featuring sandwiches and pastries, and a full bar with craft beers and a wide selection of wines (look out for their Thursday night tastings). With a large patio off Alexandrine Street, it's a good spot to sip a matcha latte while nibbling on breakfast pastries and enjoying the last few warm days of fall.
Whether you're headed to Eastern Market on Saturday or simply looking for a quick, filling, cheesy bite of New York-style pizza, Supino hits the spot. This unpretentious pizzeria off Russell Street serves up slices and full pies ranging from simple cheese and basil to funkier offerings like the City Wing Thing with City Wing's smoked turkey, peppers, smoked gouda, and roasted garlic. Definitely order a cannoli.
September 30-October 2
Super Happy Sushi
Detroit's sushi drought seems to be subsiding with more and more Japanese concepts coming on line. The latest addition, Super Happy Sushi, is now serving up nigiri, sashimi, and rolls five days a week at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit in Midtown. Chef Rob Lee's menu features classic sushi and more creative rolls including All That and a Bag of Chips — pickled burdock root, capelin roe, avocado, mango, chili, sesame, and Better Made chips for a Detroit twist.
Avalon International Breads
A Cass Corridor essential, Avalon has some of the best baked goods in town and serves as an incubator for startup baking ventures. Get your gluten fix with fresh pastries, sandwiches, muffins, and cookies while loading up on fresh bread for the coming week. Don't forget to grab a cup of coffee.
Big portions and flavorful Middle Eastern meat dishes await at Yemen Cafe in Hamtramck. Consider trying the gallaba, a flavorful mixture of stewed tomatoes, onions, spices and a choice of beef, chicken, or veggies. Make sure to order Yemeni flatbread for the table to soak up all the flavors left on your plate. The restaurant also serves breakfast and turns a steady takeout business.
Downtown's new wine bar The Royce is a one stop shop for both flights and a bottle to take home. The bar debuted in late August with stock of 300+ bottles from around the world curated with a focus on quality and affordability. With meat and cheese boards to accompany the adult grape juice, it's a good spot for an after work wind down or an easy evening out.
Nashville hot chicken, kung pao cauliflower, loaded waffle fries await diners at Royal Oak newcomer The Morrie, which is getting its sea legs two weeks into dinner service. Expect outdoor seating and a casual atmosphere with moderate prices.
Yates Cider Mill
Fall is here and while it's not quite crisp and chilly flannel weather yet the Michigan cider presses are in full juice mode. Everyone has their own favorite cider mill, but if we're being really honest with ourselves it's hard to go astray with any of them. Yates' long-running riverside hideaway in Rochester is an idyllic spot to grab fresh and hot cider doughnuts while sipping that sweet autumnal apple nectar.
Recently earning the title of Best in Detroit at this summer's Burger Brawl, Taystee's Burgers in Dearborn is one to keep on your radar for a bite of beef. Burgers are creatively topped with options like Doritos or pineapple and teriyaki sauce and the fries are equally clever in their assembly.
Black Eagle at The Bosco
Former One-Eyed Betty's and Pop's chef Emmele Herrold recently took her exit from the popular Ferndale restaurants to create a pop-up at nearby lounge The Bosco. Enter Black Eagle, a collaboration between Herrold and partner Meghan Shaw that serves up trendy loaded fries covered in toppings like queso fresco, black bean schmear, and cilantro lime yogurt sauce, fresh salads, and sandwiches.
Feather bowling, a Flemish game that involves throwing heavy wooden rollers down a dirt alley towards a white feather, is a special experience that can really only be had in Detroit (outside of, perhaps, a visit to Belgium). However, that's not the only reason to visit this classic bar on Detroit's east side. Cadieux is a must for steamed mussel lovers and serves up an assortment of Belgian beers too. Make sure to call and reserve a lane ahead of time.
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