December 23, 2017

18 essential Corktown restaurants you should have tried by now

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Ima
2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-502-5959
Mike Ransom’s small Corktown spot is known for serving up savory udon and rice dishes. The chef-owner has taken great pains to make the restaurant as accessible to meat-eaters as it is to vegans. 
Photo by Tom Perkins.
Ima
2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-502-5959
Mike Ransom’s small Corktown spot is known for serving up savory udon and rice dishes. The chef-owner has taken great pains to make the restaurant as accessible to meat-eaters as it is to vegans.
Photo by Tom Perkins.
Detroit Institute of Bagels 
1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-444-9342
Head baker Ben Newman makes up to 600 bagels fresh daily — many of them are made into delicious breakfast sandwiches or smothered in sumptious schmear — there’s even a bagel dog option. 
Photo via Instagram, Detroit Institute of Bagels.
Detroit Institute of Bagels
1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-444-9342
Head baker Ben Newman makes up to 600 bagels fresh daily — many of them are made into delicious breakfast sandwiches or smothered in sumptious schmear — there’s even a bagel dog option.
Photo via Instagram, Detroit Institute of Bagels.
PJ’s Lager House 
1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-961-4668
This multipurpose establishment (it’s also a kickass bar and music venue) cooks up fresh soups daily, plus Detroit gumbo, fried catfish, and hand cut and breaded chicken strips. They’ve also got mac and cheese, a veggarito, and a tofu bahn mi sandwich. 
Photo via Instagram.
PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-961-4668
This multipurpose establishment (it’s also a kickass bar and music venue) cooks up fresh soups daily, plus Detroit gumbo, fried catfish, and hand cut and breaded chicken strips. They’ve also got mac and cheese, a veggarito, and a tofu bahn mi sandwich.
Photo via Instagram.
Green Dot Stables
2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588
Ah, beloved Green Dot. It’s located on the outskirts of Corktown, and flirts with being designated a Mexicantown joint, but regardless, the restaurant serves up some tasty and indecently cheap sliders and beer. Sliders run between $2 and $3 and come in creative options like catfish, peanut butter and kimchi, and coney dog. Additionally, cocktails are a mere $3 and bottled beer is just $2. 
Photo by Nicole Rupersburg.
Green Dot Stables
2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588
Ah, beloved Green Dot. It’s located on the outskirts of Corktown, and flirts with being designated a Mexicantown joint, but regardless, the restaurant serves up some tasty and indecently cheap sliders and beer. Sliders run between $2 and $3 and come in creative options like catfish, peanut butter and kimchi, and coney dog. Additionally, cocktails are a mere $3 and bottled beer is just $2.
Photo by Nicole Rupersburg.
Bobcat Bonnie's
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1383
Beloved for their brunch menu, Bobcat Bonnie’s is known for crafting inventive gastropub cuisine and serving it up in a fun, eclectic environment. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, mac and a vegetarian shepherd's pie. Plus, the service is always phenomenal.
Photo via Instagram, Bobcat Bonnie’s
Bobcat Bonnie's
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1383
Beloved for their brunch menu, Bobcat Bonnie’s is known for crafting inventive gastropub cuisine and serving it up in a fun, eclectic environment. Their menu includes burgers, sandwiches, mac and a vegetarian shepherd's pie. Plus, the service is always phenomenal.
Photo via Instagram, Bobcat Bonnie’s
Bucharest
1623 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-965-3111
This sandwich wrap company was born inside Park Bar in downtown Detroit, and quickly grew as locals became increasingly addicted to their savory sandwiches and curly fries. They’ve now got several locations around town, including this shop on Michigan Avenue. Their menu is inexpensive and features shawarmas along with more Americanized sandwiches. 
Photo via Instagram, julesannematte
Bucharest
1623 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-965-3111
This sandwich wrap company was born inside Park Bar in downtown Detroit, and quickly grew as locals became increasingly addicted to their savory sandwiches and curly fries. They’ve now got several locations around town, including this shop on Michigan Avenue. Their menu is inexpensive and features shawarmas along with more Americanized sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram, julesannematte
Red Dunn Kitchen
1331 Trumbull Ave. Suite 100, Detroit; 313-887-9477
Chef Jay Gundy, who's worked at Tribute and Cork Wine Pub, among others, sprinkles his menu with precise, if mystifying, nouns: chermoula, cod in swim sauce. Like other chefs who have made the Detroit scene stimulating, he vows to "stay true to all-natural, locally sourced staples." Gundy takes regular pieces of protein (cod, salmon, duck, strip steak, leg of lamb, even chicken) and combines them with inventive touches (pickled cherries, pesto mashed potatoes) to create some over-the-top good dinners. It's all fabulous.
Photo by Tom Perkins.
Red Dunn Kitchen
1331 Trumbull Ave. Suite 100, Detroit; 313-887-9477
Chef Jay Gundy, who's worked at Tribute and Cork Wine Pub, among others, sprinkles his menu with precise, if mystifying, nouns: chermoula, cod in swim sauce. Like other chefs who have made the Detroit scene stimulating, he vows to "stay true to all-natural, locally sourced staples." Gundy takes regular pieces of protein (cod, salmon, duck, strip steak, leg of lamb, even chicken) and combines them with inventive touches (pickled cherries, pesto mashed potatoes) to create some over-the-top good dinners. It's all fabulous.
Photo by Tom Perkins.
Lady of the House
1426 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0218
Just about everything from the kitchen of chef-owner Kate Williams, formerly of Rodin and Republic, is unusual and satisfying — and above all, titillating — in its combination of flavors.
Photo by Tom Perkins.
Lady of the House
1426 Bagley Ave., Detroit; 313-818-0218
Just about everything from the kitchen of chef-owner Kate Williams, formerly of Rodin and Republic, is unusual and satisfying — and above all, titillating — in its combination of flavors.
Photo by Tom Perkins.

1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3180
This place is nothing short of a requisite if you’re in town for a baseball game. Their burgers and fries are delicious in their simplicity. They also provide dirt cheap shuttles to all Detroit professional sports games, concerts, and the North American International Auto Show. 
Photo via Facebook, Nemo’s
Mudgie’s
1300 Porter St., Detroit; 313-961-2000
This beloved Corktown deli serves up huge, filling sandwiches, savory soups, and tons of craft beers. In 2017, Thrillist name it to a list of the best sandwich shops in America.
MT file photo.
Mudgie’s
1300 Porter St., Detroit; 313-961-2000
This beloved Corktown deli serves up huge, filling sandwiches, savory soups, and tons of craft beers. In 2017, Thrillist name it to a list of the best sandwich shops in America.
MT file photo.