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Day Trip: 11 Great Spots to Dine and Drink in Plymouth

Eat and drink your way through this metro-area microcosm of deliciousness.

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Plymouth isn't really that far afield, but it's a small town packing a big punch in terms of restaurants and bars. Ideally situated for a day trip and easy to navigate, Plymouth offers just the right combination of fine dining: trendy eateries and local flair. So hop in the car and come check out what Plymouth's all about.

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Espresso Elevado

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Need caffeine? Skip the chains and head straight for Espresso Elevado for a coffee fix. Interesting lattes and locally made baked goods give a morning jolt. The seasonal bevs just hit the menu so hurry over to try the pumpkin inspired Calabaza latte (also recommended with chocolate milk) and the candied clove cap with cloves and molasses.

Barrio Cocina y Tequileria

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Mexican food for Sunday brunch? Why not! What’s better than breakfast steak tacos and chimichurri chicken chilaquiles (eggs, chicken, corn chips and cheese) after a night of partying? If breakfast isn’t in the cards, then check out all the lunch and dinner favorites like tacos to enchiladas. And don’t forget sopapillas (essentially fried bread with dipping sauces) for dessert! Lots of Mexican and Michigan beers too.

DROUGHT

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The highly-touted Drought cold-pressed juice company started right outside Plymouth. Visit the original juice shop in downtown Plymouth for healthy veg and fruit juice (obviously) or an afternoon coffee.

Ironwood Grill

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Outside of downtown, this sports bar (literally so many TVs) features BBQ classics from their smokehouse like brisket and pulled pork. Everything is “slow smoked” for 14 hours using cherry, hickory, and apple woods. Also: at least 10 kinds of salads for those trying to be healthy (buy why?). Outposts in Birmingham and Royal Oak purportedly coming soon.

The Sardine Room

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Seeking a classic dining experience? Head straight to The Sardine Room in downtown Plymouth. As the name implies, this heavily-seafood oriented restaurant is open for dinner only. New American cuisine and crave-worthy cocktails, such as the “Cinder” with mezcal, lime, and jalapeno-infused tequila, await. Happy hour in the bar from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. offers dollar oysters as well as beer and cocktail specials.

Sean O'Callaghan's Pub

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Just down the block from The Post and Penn Grill sits this cozy Irish pub. Think quintessential Irish food like fish and chips and beef stew — definite comfort food. Try it for the laid-back atmosphere and live music.

Penn Bar and Grill

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Traditional American cuisine here means big salads, classic deli sandwiches, steaks, burgers, and calzones. More intriguing? Pepperoni rolls on the app menu, and late-night by-the-slice pizza Thursday through Saturday. Also a good spot to catch a sports game on one of the many bar TVs.

The Post

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Open since 1978, The Post is a Plymouth staple serving up a huge variety of bar food like wings and burgers as well as crab cakes, fish tacos, and calamari. Pop on in for lunch while walking around the small shops and boutiques downtown.

Pizza e Vino

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The name really says it all, right? Pizza and wine. . . yes please! Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are cooked for 2 minutes at 900 degrees and are well sized for sharing (or hoarding all to one's self). And while pizza is clearly the main event, Italian salads and antipasti are ripe with prosciutto, goat cheese, pine nuts, and focaccia. Mostly Italian wines on offer, as well as local Michigan beers. It gets super crowded and they don’t take reservations, so arrive early and thirsty.

Liberty Street Brewing Company

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Ready for an afternoon sipper? Liberty Street Brewing produces beer on-site in Plymouth’s historic district. A bit tricky to locate, but once there find a friendly atmosphere in which to sample all the brews on tap. Some of their beers, like the seasonal Punkin’ Pie Ale is being released across the state, but some are harder to find, so this is the best place to see the whole selection. And after coming across a favorite, pick up a growler to go!

Cantoro Italian Market – Plymouth

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On the way out of town, stop by Cantoro: a modern Italian café and specialty grocery store. The restaurant has patio seating for warm weather and a contemporary dining room, complete with a large bar, perfect for happy hour. Try house-made pasta or a well-portioned appetizer, like jumbo shrimp with lemon and farro. Afterwards, head into the market for gelato to eat while browsing the fresh pasta bar and picking up goodies to savor at home.

Espresso Elevado

Need caffeine? Skip the chains and head straight for Espresso Elevado for a coffee fix. Interesting lattes and locally made baked goods give a morning jolt. The seasonal bevs just hit the menu so hurry over to try the pumpkin inspired Calabaza latte (also recommended with chocolate milk) and the candied clove cap with cloves and molasses.

Barrio Cocina y Tequileria

Mexican food for Sunday brunch? Why not! What’s better than breakfast steak tacos and chimichurri chicken chilaquiles (eggs, chicken, corn chips and cheese) after a night of partying? If breakfast isn’t in the cards, then check out all the lunch and dinner favorites like tacos to enchiladas. And don’t forget sopapillas (essentially fried bread with dipping sauces) for dessert! Lots of Mexican and Michigan beers too.

DROUGHT

The highly-touted Drought cold-pressed juice company started right outside Plymouth. Visit the original juice shop in downtown Plymouth for healthy veg and fruit juice (obviously) or an afternoon coffee.

Ironwood Grill

Outside of downtown, this sports bar (literally so many TVs) features BBQ classics from their smokehouse like brisket and pulled pork. Everything is “slow smoked” for 14 hours using cherry, hickory, and apple woods. Also: at least 10 kinds of salads for those trying to be healthy (buy why?). Outposts in Birmingham and Royal Oak purportedly coming soon.

The Sardine Room

Seeking a classic dining experience? Head straight to The Sardine Room in downtown Plymouth. As the name implies, this heavily-seafood oriented restaurant is open for dinner only. New American cuisine and crave-worthy cocktails, such as the “Cinder” with mezcal, lime, and jalapeno-infused tequila, await. Happy hour in the bar from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. offers dollar oysters as well as beer and cocktail specials.

Sean O'Callaghan's Pub

Just down the block from The Post and Penn Grill sits this cozy Irish pub. Think quintessential Irish food like fish and chips and beef stew — definite comfort food. Try it for the laid-back atmosphere and live music.

Penn Bar and Grill

Traditional American cuisine here means big salads, classic deli sandwiches, steaks, burgers, and calzones. More intriguing? Pepperoni rolls on the app menu, and late-night by-the-slice pizza Thursday through Saturday. Also a good spot to catch a sports game on one of the many bar TVs.

The Post

Open since 1978, The Post is a Plymouth staple serving up a huge variety of bar food like wings and burgers as well as crab cakes, fish tacos, and calamari. Pop on in for lunch while walking around the small shops and boutiques downtown.

Pizza e Vino

The name really says it all, right? Pizza and wine. . . yes please! Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are cooked for 2 minutes at 900 degrees and are well sized for sharing (or hoarding all to one's self). And while pizza is clearly the main event, Italian salads and antipasti are ripe with prosciutto, goat cheese, pine nuts, and focaccia. Mostly Italian wines on offer, as well as local Michigan beers. It gets super crowded and they don’t take reservations, so arrive early and thirsty.

Liberty Street Brewing Company

Ready for an afternoon sipper? Liberty Street Brewing produces beer on-site in Plymouth’s historic district. A bit tricky to locate, but once there find a friendly atmosphere in which to sample all the brews on tap. Some of their beers, like the seasonal Punkin’ Pie Ale is being released across the state, but some are harder to find, so this is the best place to see the whole selection. And after coming across a favorite, pick up a growler to go!

Cantoro Italian Market – Plymouth

On the way out of town, stop by Cantoro: a modern Italian café and specialty grocery store. The restaurant has patio seating for warm weather and a contemporary dining room, complete with a large bar, perfect for happy hour. Try house-made pasta or a well-portioned appetizer, like jumbo shrimp with lemon and farro. Afterwards, head into the market for gelato to eat while browsing the fresh pasta bar and picking up goodies to savor at home.

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