316 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Ale Mary’s was voted as one of the Top 10 New Restaurants by the Detroit Free Press this year, and there’s a good reason for that. Ale Mary’s has fantastic food as well as an extensive selection of beer and other libations. Its B.E.L.T. sandwich ($10) includes brioche, a sunny-side egg (hence the “E”), spring mix, applewood bacon, aged white cheddar cheese, and a roasted tomato, and is served with beer-battered fries. Make sure to take a look at Ale Mary’s beer menu, too, as they have many drinks on tap.
28911 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
The Blue Goose Inn has an interesting story behind its name, or at least some theories. One theory behind the name is that the original building was moved from Harsens Island, and was part of the Blue Goose Hotel on the island. The current restaurant has been in the same location since at least 1910, when it was a saloon and grocery. After Prohibition ended, it claimed the name Blue Goose Inn. Its B.L.T. sandwich ($5.99), served on toasted bread is popular. Add fries for $1.79 or onion rings for $2.99.
8093 Main St.
Dexter, MI 48130
The Red Brick Kitchen & Bar is located in Dexter, a short drive from Ann Arbor, and has an interesting take on a B.L.T. The $9 sandwich includes bacon with fresh avocado, mozzarella, tomato, and fresh basil, all on toasted ciabatta bread. The B.L.T. comes with Brick fries or chips, or you can substitute a side salad, onion rings, soup, or veggies for an additional charge. Red Brick prides itself on its “gastropub-style menu” as well as its homemade desserts, full bar, and exposed brick walls (hence the restaurant’s name).
4620 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Cass Cafe can be found near Wayne State’s campus and is a bar and restaurant as well as an art gallery. Local artists often display their work on Cass’s walls. If you’re looking to add some fish to your B.L.T., check out Cass Cafe’s Smoked Wild Salmon B.L.T. ($9.50), which includes a house-smoked salmon fillet on toasted sourdough, with applewood smoked bacon, greens and tomatoes, and roasted artichoke-caper aioli. The Cass Cafe was awarded various awards from Metro Times, including Best Bar for Conversation, Best Bar to Take Friends from New York, and Best Bar Art.
2465 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
Russell Street Deli is located in Detroit’s Eastern Market, and is known for its variety of deli sandwiches, including its B.L.T. For $7.50, its the sandwhich includes sugar-cured bacon, lettuce, locally grown tomatoes, and mayo, on whole-wheat toast. Add $1 for grilled bread. You could also build your own B.L.T. if you’d like. Russell Street Deli offers à la carte ingredients to build your own sandwich. The deli also offers a “T.L.T.,” its vegan version of a B.L.T. which includes Michigan Panda tofu, lettuce, tomato, house-made vegan mayo, on toasted whole-wheat bread.