With Quicken Loans moving 2,000 more team members to Downtown Detroit a couple weeks ago, I diligently accepted the challenge of taste-testing some grub at Downtown restaurants to bring to you the seven best places to grab lunch.
It was a daunting task.
Who would want to go around and eat lunch at some great spots and write an article about their experiences? Life is so rough sometimes, but I sucked it up and decided to welcome this task with open arms.
Alas, after many meals – and many bouts of heartburn – the list is complete. Please note that the restaurants are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.
At a restaurant which has the slogan “Get Your Shwarma On,” I really only have one recommendation for you. Get the shwarma. It’s so good that 97.1 The Ticket didn’t stop talking about it for two weeks after they had their first bite of the heaven in a pita that is their shwarma. If you’re walking there from the Campus Martius area, I would strongly recommend calling ahead of time and placing your order, so it is waiting for you when you get there. It can get pretty crazy during lunchtime, so plan accordingly.
If Mediterranean food is your thing, don’t look any further than CK Mediterranean Grille. Situated on Monroe Street just east of Farmer, CK is a great place to pick up a quick bite to eat. You can grab your food and be out the door in 10 minutes flat, but beware of having garlic breath for the rest of the day. I know this place is a fan favorite amongst my team members, and it never disappoints. Try the Chicken Shwarma or the Falafel. You really can’t go wrong.
3. Coney Islands
To save any controversy and the start of perhaps a civil war, I’m going to lump American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island into one category. Both have a ferociously loyal fan base, both have unbelievably delicious coney dogs. Everyone likes their coneys a different way, so my suggestion to you would be what my friend and I did – go to each one, grab a coney and fries, and make the decision yourself. Personally, I’m a Lafayette guy. There’s just something about the snap of their hot dogs.
One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Detroit, hands down. Not only is it a great place to grab a drink after work at (you can choose from a variety of beers on tap that are brewed in house), it is also an awesome spot to grab a quick bite to eat. You can choose from pub favorites such as buffalo wings or boneless BBQ rib sliders or go with one of their stellar sandwiches. I have yet to have a bad meal there. Personally, I have become awfully fond of their “Hair of the Dog” burger, which is a half pound patty topped with a fried egg and smoked bacon. Think breakfast meets burger. It’s incredible.
If you’re looking for a little more of an upscale place to grab a bite to eat, look no further than Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the patio with the sounds of the fountain in the background or you can choose to sit inside in a small, but cozy environment. Friends of mine enjoyed the grilled salmon (glazed with maple syrup and soy sauce with hints of orange), but I loved the fried oyster po’ boy.
For atmosphere alone, Grand Trunk Pub is hard to beat. Grand Trunk Pub is home to over 170 craft beers throughout the year. I suppose a cool perk is its passport club where drinking 25 beers gets you a free appetizer, 50 gets you a free t-shirt, 75 lands you a $20 gift certificate and 100 gives you membership to their exclusive mug club. I wouldn’t advise trying to do it all in one night, let alone during lunchtime, but it could be a goal to strive for. I always get stuck between their classic Shepard’s Pie or the patty melt. Both are delicious.
Lunchtime Global is probably the best kept secret of Downtown Detroit. It’s sort of tucked away inside of the First National Building on Congress, east of Woodward. It has phenomenal homemade soups (try the chicken tortilla or New England clam chowder), but what it’s primarily known for are the sandwiches. All of the sandwiches are served on freshly baked focaccia bread and are big enough to eat a half for lunch and a half for dinner. My personal favorite is The Bistro: smoked turkey, red onions, romaine lettuce, brie cheese and garlic aioli. I’ve probably gone two to three times a week since my friend introduced it to me and have yet to be disappointed.
There you have it. Go out. Eat. Drink (after work, of course). Be merry. Enjoy yourself and spread the word about these great restaurants in Downtown Detroit.
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