Soul food dishes, both sophisticated and down-home, highlight the menu here. Try meatloaf and gravy, or Baby Sister's Backyard-Style Baby Backs with a side of collard greens or black-eyed peas. Alternatively, sample salmon croquettes drizzled with roasted red pepper sauce or a Harlem burrito – collard greens, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and rice rolled in a flour tortilla and served with Spanish Harlem salsa. Top it all off with a slice of sweet potato cheesecake.
Morton's is an upscale chain steakhouse that serves a lot more than just American Angus. The atmosphere is classy, so expect to be treated well by the friendly waitstaff, who present the night's menu by bringing out a cart and sharing tales about each dish. Entrée favorites include blackened swordfish, fresh Maine lobster, and a Gibraltar-sized 24-oz. porterhouse.
An adventuresome Cajun and Creole menu spices things up at this popular restaurant, whose ambience is all Big Easy. Take delight in jambalaya and muffuletta sandwiches, or try tender, juicy Whiskey Ribs, which elicit high praise and demand a big appetite. Fish entrees include pecan sole, bronzed flounder, and a homestyle fried catfish filet. Come early on weekends if you plan to beat the crowds; otherwise, make your way to the bar, order a drink, and take in the scenery while you wait.
A homey joint whose ambiance is all Old World, Under the Eagle serves dish after dish of traditional Polish fare for more than reasonable prices. From roast duckling to kielbasa and sauerkraut, all of your favorite Polish dishes are here. (The combination plate lets you sample lots of them in one fell swoop.) The amiable waitstaff, clad in traditional dress, treat all diners like long-lost friends, taking time to go over daily specials and offering suggestions here and there. A great place for a hearty meal.
This local favorite is famous for its onsite brewpub, bakery, and dairy. A changing menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, all bearing that unmistakable "made from scratch" tastiness – meatloaf and fish 'n chips are excellent choices. Dessert is not to be overlooked either, thanks to offerings like the Carlotta Chocolatta Ice Cream Cheesecake. Exceptional sundaes are a safe bet too.
Classier and more upscale than run-of-the-mill Mexican eateries, this appealing restaurant makes sure that even the details are well considered. That's true of decor as well as of cuisine, and diners certainly appreciate the attention. The salsa has a depth of flavor you don't typically get, and the guacamole is fresh and delicious. You'll also enjoy chiles rellenos, pozole, and tamales. Breakfast, served all day, is a good bet whenever you crave it.
A treat for pastry lovers! Once you step inside this Greektown gem, you'll likely lose all sense of self-control – display cases beckon with tempting desserts and assorted fresh-baked goodies. Producing pies, cakes, brownies, truffles, and more, friendly bakers satisfy the craving of any sweet tooth. Of course, the specialty is baklava and other traditional Greek pastries, so don't pass on an opportunity to sample them. Gourmet coffees make ideal accompaniments, and a few croissant sandwiches are available as well.
A great suburban alternative, this estimable establishment gets lots of positive buzz. The well-attended place offers both a restaurant and bar, and both of them are perennially busy. The menu takes inspiration from around the world, and its beautifully presented dishes are both delicious and affordable. Among them are cumin- and ancho chili-rubbed grouper, herb-tinged Tuscan steak, pistachio-dusted scallops, and jumbo lump crab and shrimp cakes. Terrific service is a definite plus.
Located in Birmingham's historic train station, this rustic restaurant looks and feels more like Wyoming than Michigan, thanks to dark wood flooring, Native American artwork, and more than a few stuffed animals. Big Rock's menu includes flavorful game dishes, from elk and moose to bear and venison. Also known for its terrific home-brewed beer, Big Rock is a favorite after-work spot with local business types, who adore the cozy, cigar-friendly cocktail lounge located on the second level. During warmer months, the terrace is a prime place to enjoy a meal.
Detroit wouldn't be the same without the famous junk food from this downtown staple, where hot dogs, chili, and fries have been elevated to art forms. Stop in late at night, and you'll find Coney Island packed with everybody from city cops to All-American Joes to local celebs, all just looking for some good-n-greasy food and a lively atmosphere. Saddle up at one of the counter stools and order away – one day, your doctor'll forbid you to eat food like this!