A new lunch alternative, Chubby Duck, has quietly launched in the Harmonie Park area of downtown Detroit. The sushi hand roll concept is the second location of a Flint-based restaurant that launched nearly three years ago founder Ian Diem tells Eater. "We wanted to give people an alternative to fast food," he says.
While the menu is influenced by Japanese sushi with fresh fish, vegetables, and rice wrapped in a thin skin of nori, Chubby Duck's hand rolls also incorporate non-traditional ingredients like jerk chicken. Customers can order fresh juices, salads, and soups out of the storefront as well. Stopping by the shop today, Diem and his team were still working out the kinks at the space. The restaurant features a small selection of grains for sale including panko bread crumbs, long grain rice, and rice flour. It also has a very small seating area and should be considered mainly a takeout option. The owner adds that they're working on developing delivery options.
For the time being Chubby Duck will operate on weekdays during lunch hours and occasionally during high-traffic downtown events. Check out the menu below:
Chubby Duck opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.