25 strip mall restaurants worth trying in the Detroit area
When we turn into the strip mall to do our grocery shopping, mail a package, or hit the salon, we tend to hardly ever deviate from our plans and check out what else the strip has to offer. But these strip mall restaurants are all worth the double take while you’re out shopping.
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Casper Burger & Escalope
33160 Ryan Rd., Sterling Heights; 586-365-5555; casperburger.com
Casper Burger dishes out some heavy-duty loaded burgers, hot dogs, and escalope (thin, breaded fried pieces of meat). You can try the Casper Scream Burger, which is a chicken-stuffed beef burger loaded with toppings. Casper Burger also offers halal and vegetarian options.
Christine’s Cuisine / Facebook
729 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-584-3354
Featuring homemade continental cuisine, including pierogies, beef burgundy, stroganoff, smoked sausage, and kraut, Christine’s versatile range of dishes is sure to make anyone's mouth water. The restaurant also serves fresh sandwiches, entrees, salads, and soups.
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Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
26356 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-278-6000; antoniosrestaurants.com
If you’re looking for a good Italian meal, look no further than Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, which serves up traditional pasta dishes like gnocchi or bolognese and hand tossed pizza. For dessert, try the cannoli, which are made in house.
45 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-585-2314; noblefish.com
Whether you’re in the mood for nigiri or hand rolls, Noble Fish sells so many varieties of sushi, you’ll want to try something new every time you visit.
Peepo’s Subs & Shawarma / Facebook
Peepo’s Subs & Shawarma
10890 Beech Daly Rd., Taylor
The Lebanese Africano dishes at Peepo’s in Taylor are a walk on the wild side. Before you can get to the taste, the first thing you’ll notice when a dish is set on your table is that the portions can be cartoonishly large. Still, these Lebanese dishes, many with a very American spin, are not to be missed.
33043 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-516-7144; chivekitchen.com
This vegan deli puts a plant-based spin on traditional American favorites like the po’ boy sandwich and mac & cheese.
27641 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-547-6763
Fresh leafy greens and herbs characterize the Vietnamese food served at Thang Long. Try the fresh and flavorful summer rolls, or do it yourself with an order of Thit Bo, which lets you wrap your own chicken, beef, or pork. Also excellent are the rice noodle soups, which are meals in themselves.
Antojitos El Catracho
4627 W. Vernor Hwy,. Detroit; 313-784-9361
Breakfast is served anytime and besides eggs can include those wonderful fried plantains or gallo pinto (spotted rooster), a Nicaraguan or Costa Rican dish made simply by combining rice with beans.
Phulkari Punjabi Kitchen/ Facebook
27707 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights
Located on Dequindre Road just across the street from Davenport University, this newly renovated eatery honors traditional Indian cuisine while providing a comfortable, modern environment. Their extensive menu offers countless Indian dishes, including vegetarian options.
Jamaican Pot / Facebook
14615 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit
At this vegetarian-friendly restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients, you’ll find what could be some of the city’s healthiest Jamaican fare. Among the top dishes are the curry goat and the fricassee chicken with veggies in a brown gravy of garlic, onions, scallions, and thyme.