15 restaurants in Detroit that will make you feel like you're in Canada
By Metro Times Staff
Because it's not going to be that easy to move to Canada, so these places are the next best thing.
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Mercury Burger Bar, 2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit. (313) 964-5000. www.mercuryburgerbar.com. Burgers, gravy, and beer the trifecta to satisfy your midnight bar-hopping cravings. Though Mercury Burger Bar is most well-known for its, well, burgers, it was one of the earlier eateries to serve up the Canadian dish to eager Detroiters. Bacon fries and garlic fries are also available, so knock yourself out.
Coach Insignia: Renaissance Center, GM 200 E Jefferson Ave:
No better way to pretend that you're in Canada than to look at it from the top of the Ren Cen.
Local Kitchen and Bar 344 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-291-5650, www.localkitchenandbar.com. Poutine, like many things, has become closely associated with Detroits beloved hipsters, and Ferndales Local Kitchen & Bar has plenty of that. With a slogan life is short, eat real food, the restaurant serves up comfort food with a kick. With dishes like country-fried quail and quinoa cakes, poutine fits snugly into their menu. The gravy fries are also available for brunch, begging you to start your late morning right. (Photo via Yelp)
Princess Detroit Riverboat: 201 Civic Center Dr, Detroit
If you're feeling real adventurous, you can jump ship and just freestyle it over to Canada.
Joe Muers GM Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit:
Delicious seafood and a view of Windsor, your maybe future home.
Andiamo's: GM Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center A-403, Detroit:
Great Italian food, and a great view of your future home....maybe.
One-Eyed Betty's 175 W. Troy Ave., Ferndale, 248-808-6633, www.oneeyedbetty.com. An establishment serious about serving beer, with 47 beers on tap and over 100 in bottles, One-Eyed Bettys is the kind of place you can luckily get poutine after-hours. Sweat out some gravy by hitting their pinball machines after appetizers. Also noteworthy, their Canadian fries are topped with pork and a poached egg. All the more enjoyable.
Green Dot Stables 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, 313-962-5588. Greendotstables.com. Food and drink at Green Dot Stable always lies at the steady price of at or around $3, which is comforting to those of us who still consider $5 a dinner budget. Drag your ass away from the Taco Bell drive-thru and get a slider, poutine and beer for under $10. Then drag your ass to the gym it might be necessary.
Brooklyn Street Local 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit. 313-262-6547, www.brooklynstreetlocal.com. The price of Brooklyn Street Locals poutine is unbeatable at their diner-price of $3, and it has to be one of the few places you can eat the dish without feeling immense and artery-constricting guilt afterword. The restaurant has a heavy focus on sourcing ingredients from local farms and organic food suppliers, and owners say most of the ingredients are made in-house. (Photo via Yelp)
Firebird Tavern 419 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-782-4189; firebirdtavern.com. Not just any poutine here Firebird Taverns poutine was the critics choice in our Best of Detroit issue. Enjoy the curd-topped fries in the 100-year-old building located in Greek Town with a Michigan salad or their muffaletta. Better yet, make poutine your main dish. (Photo via Yelp)