Mussels have been viewed as a prize delicacy for thousands of years. Chefs have created some pretty tantalizing ways of preparing different dishes that allow the mollusk to shine. Many restaurants in Detroit serve this delicate dish, and below you’ll find some of our favorites!
Vivio’s Food & Spirits
2460 Market St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 393-1711
www.viviosbloodymary.com

Vivio’s is known around town for its tasty Bloody Marys, but have you ever tried its mussels? They’re made many different ways, including simmered in that famous bloody mary concoction, or steamed in white wine and tossed with tomatoes. There’s even a jerk version, steamed in coconut rum and pineapple, and a parmesan variety with a cream sauce. Love beer? Go for the pub-style mussels, which are steamed in beer and tossed with some Italian sausage and other tasty ingredients. No matter which version you order, you really can’t go wrong.

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Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560
www.cadieuxcafe.com

If you want a bowl of mussels bigger than your head, Cadieux Cafe is your go-to place. Definitely spring for the Monday special: an all-you-can-eat option, referred to as “mussels madness.” Many different kinds of delectable mollusks can be had at Cadieux: creamy Mussels Rockefeller, mussels steamed in white wine and the spicy kick of a cajun-style creole sauce are all at the top of the list. Each offering has a special flavor with mussels retaining their spot as the main attraction. After you’re stuffed with mussels, head over to the attached enclave for a wild game of feather bowling.

Bastone Brewery
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 544-6250
www.bastone.net

Bastone Brewery brews its beer on site in the brewery, then serves up the goods in the adjacent eatery. The menu includes “moles,” which are mussels harvested from Prince Edward Island, prepared in one of a number of sauces. They all sound awesome: tomato, olives and feta, ham and mushroom, white wine and bleu cheese or go for the gold and order beer and onion. Can’t decide? Try up to three by ordering a flight of mussels. Be sure to try the pomme frites while you’re there, and definitely eat them with a specialty mayo.

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Selden Standard
3921 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 438-5055
www.seldenstandard.com

Fresh and local is on the menu at Selden Standard. This new kid on the block has already won the heart of the city due to its unconventional approach to traditional dishes. If mussels are what you crave, order the chorizo-laden mussels doused with cilantro and lime. It’s accompanied by white beans and served with grilled bread that is baked on site. Order up a killer craft cocktail, a few shared plates and see what the fuss is about in this chic Midtown eatery.

El Asador
1312 Springwells St.
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 297-2360
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El Asador is a Mexican restaurant with a focus on steak and seafood. Offerings include fare typical of a Mexican eatery. Quesadillas, mole and flautas can be found on the menu, but there’s a decidedly contemporary feel apparent in many of the dishes features at El Asador. Try the sautéed mussels with chorizo to start. The seafood stew is a best bet on a blustery day. It includes a melange of mussels, calamari, lobster, scallops, salmon and shrimp in a savory broth. Added bonus: eat your mussels to the tune of a live mariachi band. Please call ahead for music schedule.

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.