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Two rows of lobster rolls at Mudgie’s during Lobster Week.
Mudgie’s Deli’s lobster rolls are now available on weekends throughout August.
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Six Seafood Sandwiches to Eat This Summer

Where to eat lobster rolls and shrimp po’ boys right now

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Mudgie’s Deli’s lobster rolls are now available on weekends throughout August.
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With the exception of our copious waterways and lakeshores, metro Detroit is pretty much landlocked. But despite this undeniable fact, more and more restaurant are embracing the magic of fresh oysters and rolls stuffed with seafood. Below, Eater has compiled a guide to our favorite spots for both fresh and fried seafood rolls and po’ boys right now. From the extended season Maine lobster roll at Mudgie’s Deli to the spicy shrimp po’boys at Brush Street Bar & Grille, all of these spots offer carryout and delivery and a few are doing some limited form of seated service.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3215
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Detroit 75 Kitchen is an all around excellent choice for sandwiches. The seafood po’ boy is a particular treat, stuffed with lightly battered and fried shrimp with spicy remoulade sauce. Make sure to order a side of the thin-cut and golden brown garlic-cilantro fries. This food truck is permanently parked off Fort Street in Southwest and features loads of outdoor seating as well as delivery.

2. Mink Detroit

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1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 379-6465
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This outstanding oyster and wine bar in Corktown keeps a fresh selection of shellfish on rotation in addition to buttery seafood stuffed into springy rolls. The central ingredient changes with the season. Past rolls have featured poached shrimp or lobster and there’s even a vegetarian option available. Place an order at the counter for outdoor-only service or ask for the meal to-go.

3. Mudgie's Deli and Bar

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1413 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Detroit’s favorite modern neighborhood deli typically devotes a whole week to lobster each year, but due to the circumstances of the pandemic has extended that coveted item through the summer. Places orders online and drop in on the weekends to pick up a pair of perfectly light rolls overflowing with Maine lobster. The order comes with chips and a pickle spear. Alternatively, there’s options like lobster dip and lobster salad. Order for carryout or dine on the expanded outdoor patio.

4. Brush Street Bar & Grille

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2458 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 656-4640
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This New Orleans-style restaurant dips its seafood in light and crispy cornmeal batter before deep-frying and layering into po’boys. Choose from options like shrimp, oyster, and catfish po’ boys. Everything comes with a spicy remoulade sauce. Place orders online for delivery through Uber Eats, Seamless, or Grubhub or call in for carryout. Brush Street also offers dine-in and outdoor seating.

5. Voyager

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600 Vester St
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 658-4999
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This small seafood restaurant on the east side of Ferndale is now serving lobster rolls. Choose from two styles — mayo-tossed Maine lobster or buttery Connecticut lobster. The restaurant also offers to-go cocktails like mai tais and margaritas. Place orders online for curbside pickup or dine on the patio.

6. Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

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1 Peabody St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 671-1714
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In what it seems has become HRD’s main thing rather than a pop-up, the Birmingham restaurant is serving a Hazel’s Lobster Pound menu this summer complete with Maine-style (cold with mayo) and Connecticut-style (hot with butter) lobster rolls. There’s also a variety of alternative seafood sandwiches including a crab cake sandwich and even a vegan fried “fish” sandwich developed in collaboration with Detroit restaurant Street Beet.

1. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Detroit 75 Kitchen is an all around excellent choice for sandwiches. The seafood po’ boy is a particular treat, stuffed with lightly battered and fried shrimp with spicy remoulade sauce. Make sure to order a side of the thin-cut and golden brown garlic-cilantro fries. This food truck is permanently parked off Fort Street in Southwest and features loads of outdoor seating as well as delivery.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

2. Mink Detroit

1701 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48216

This outstanding oyster and wine bar in Corktown keeps a fresh selection of shellfish on rotation in addition to buttery seafood stuffed into springy rolls. The central ingredient changes with the season. Past rolls have featured poached shrimp or lobster and there’s even a vegetarian option available. Place an order at the counter for outdoor-only service or ask for the meal to-go.

1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216

3. Mudgie's Deli and Bar

1413 Brooklyn St, Detroit, MI 48226

Detroit’s favorite modern neighborhood deli typically devotes a whole week to lobster each year, but due to the circumstances of the pandemic has extended that coveted item through the summer. Places orders online and drop in on the weekends to pick up a pair of perfectly light rolls overflowing with Maine lobster. The order comes with chips and a pickle spear. Alternatively, there’s options like lobster dip and lobster salad. Order for carryout or dine on the expanded outdoor patio.

1413 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Brush Street Bar & Grille

2458 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48201

This New Orleans-style restaurant dips its seafood in light and crispy cornmeal batter before deep-frying and layering into po’boys. Choose from options like shrimp, oyster, and catfish po’ boys. Everything comes with a spicy remoulade sauce. Place orders online for delivery through Uber Eats, Seamless, or Grubhub or call in for carryout. Brush Street also offers dine-in and outdoor seating.

2458 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Voyager

600 Vester St, Ferndale, MI 48220

This small seafood restaurant on the east side of Ferndale is now serving lobster rolls. Choose from two styles — mayo-tossed Maine lobster or buttery Connecticut lobster. The restaurant also offers to-go cocktails like mai tais and margaritas. Place orders online for curbside pickup or dine on the patio.

600 Vester St
Ferndale, MI 48220

6. Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

1 Peabody St, Birmingham, MI 48009

In what it seems has become HRD’s main thing rather than a pop-up, the Birmingham restaurant is serving a Hazel’s Lobster Pound menu this summer complete with Maine-style (cold with mayo) and Connecticut-style (hot with butter) lobster rolls. There’s also a variety of alternative seafood sandwiches including a crab cake sandwich and even a vegan fried “fish” sandwich developed in collaboration with Detroit restaurant Street Beet.

1 Peabody St
Birmingham, MI 48009

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