The Detroit Metro area has a variety of places that give foodies a chance to drink and let loose while still enjoying tantalizing flavors that will send tastebuds into overdrive. Many establishments offer great food pairings, depending upon which drink is ordered, just ask the seasoned pros behind the bar for a recommendation. From Belgian-inspired appetizers to a gourmet coney, Detroit has the drinking and dining scene on lock.
Bar and Lounge
1128 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Settle into the bar and lounge area at Roast and get prepared to experience a foodie’s dream come true. Order from the extensive wine, beer or cocktail menus, which include a selection of specialty drinks and signature classics that seem endless. The drink menu alone is amazing, featuring unique flavor combinations that cannot be found elsewhere within the city limits. The bar menu includes the quintessential Detroit staple, the coney dog, dressed up in a tantalizing way that only Roast could pull off. The unexpected ingredients of the symon burger make this another must-try item from the menu exclusively for bar patrons.
2163 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
Located in the lively neighborhood of Corktown, this former old school diner turned bar offers hungry bar-hoppers a great selection of edibles to munch on. Grab a blue apple burger with a beer or try the rocket salad and poutine for a tasty combination. A breakfast menu featuring such delectable dishes as the bacon cheddar jalapeno waffle and the Corktown sweet potato hash are available to all early risers, and have no fear, drinks from the bar can be ordered during breakfast to accompany the most important meal of the day.
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Bastone Brewery creates hand-crafted beer on the premises, accompanied by a unique array of Belgian treats. The much-lauded beer selection includes pilsners, ales and lagers that pair well with the food offerings. Settle down with a Monumental Blonde, accompanied with an appetizer. Try the Alsatian onion tart or the mussels drenched in a bevy of different tantalizing sauces including bleu cheese or curry. Fans of greens will rave about the salad selection, which includes a nicoise and a substantial steak salad featuring potatoes and goat cheese.
Detroit, MI 48226
One of the first establishments to serve tapas in the nation, Small Plates is the premier spot to enjoy an artisan cocktail alongside a selection of tasty bites that will make any foodie’s mouth water. From reds and whites and drafts to mixed drinks, whatever beverage is desired can be found on the menu. This diverse array of drinks pairs well with the food selections, which range from pretzel sliders and fried green tomatoes to portabella and eggplant panini.
One Eyed Betty’s
175 W. Troy Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
This mecca for beer enthusiasts has something to delight those who rock the culinary circuit. One Eyed Betty’ s features almost 50 beers on tap and over 100 bottled selections. Go full throttle and try a shot from the vast collection of whiskeys available. Now on to the food. From escargot and homemade doughnuts that will have you dancing on the tables to the carpaccio and mushroom caps with dried cherries and goat cheese, this menu features food that pairs exceptionally well with offerings from the drink menu.
After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.