Michigan First Credit Union partnered with Jewell Dziendziel from The Bite Tonight to offer helpful tips to enjoy Detroit’s latest dining hotspots without over spending. Here’s a look at Jewell’s favorite places and take on how to make your dollar stretch while your there!
Selden Standard, Midtown Detroit
Like most places in Detroit, the menu at Selden Standard rotates based on what ingredients are in season. This ensures items are picked at their peak freshness, and those enhanced flavors trickle down to our palates. One of the things that I love about Selden Standard is that they work with a ton of local farms and producers. Not only do we get to experience delicious, natural products, but we also are supporting our working community.
One of my favorites is the Herbed Flatbread with Stracciatella, roasted garlic, and Castelvetrano olives. The fresh, soft, shredded cheese is delicious with the mild, buttery flavor from the olives. And who doesn’t like a freshly baked bread?!
Best time to go: Dinner, during the week. Expect to wait 30-45 min for a table during the dinner rush. On the weekends, the wait is a bit longer, but definitely worth it. Catch brunch Saturday and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, dinner is served 5 to 10 p.m., Daily.
Tip: Save money by grabbing a drink across the street at Honest John’s while you wait for a table (one of my favorite dive bars with solid eats). You can also make your dollar stretch at Selden Standard by ordering a few small plates and sharing.
Great Lakes Roasting Plant, Midtown Detroit
This spot takes brewing seriously, offering, coffee, craft beer, and fine wine. Take home your favorite coffee beans or grab a growler to go of one of their featured draft beers. Great Lakes Coffee usually offers around 10 to choose from.
Sexy Mexican: Mocha with cinnamon and cayenne. This is a menu staple at Great Lakes Coffee and my favorite! For only $4.75, you can enjoy a delicious blend of sweet and spice. Chocolate and cinnamon have been used together for years, the flavors pair so well with one another! Add in cayenne and this mocha has a nice spice that is sure to wake you up. Get it anytime, hot or iced.
Best time to go: Anytime! You will experience morning rush as you join other thirsty patrons getting their caffeine fix. Great Lakes Coffee is usually good about getting you in an out in a timely fashion.
Tip: Take advantage of Happy Hour with $1 off beer and wine, all-day Monday, and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Great Lakes Coffee
Pie Sci, Woodbridge Detroit
Where science meets slices. Serving up inventive pizzas with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Pie Sci offers a weekly special relating to what’s going on. Past pies included the Anthony Bourdaikon (R.I.P) a white pizza with mozzarella, Japanese buffalo chicken, marinated bok choy, red onion and daikon slaw. Their brunch specials also vary from week-to-week. Past specials included Netflix and Chilaquiles, a white pizza with green chili salsa, corn tortilla strips, queso fresco, jalapeno, and sour cream drizzle.
The Fleetwood Mac: I’ve tried a handful of pies, but my favorite by far is the Fleetwood Mac. This is a pizza version of the Big Mac and so much tastier: white pizza with mozzarella, ground beef, topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, white onion, pickles, 1000 island and mustard drizzle, on a sesame seed crust. Honestly, I am not usually a fan of ingredients that are best served cold, on a hot pie (i.e lettuce), but this just works. The lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles are served cold and add a bit of crispy freshness that brightens up the pie. The tang from the mustard and 1000 island paired with the sesame seed crust completes this pizza.
Best time to go: Sundays for brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Normal business hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Tip: Create your own pie! For only $8 for a small (4 slices) you can choose up to four toppings and customize your pizza.
This post was written by Jewell of The Bite Tonight, a food blog featuring honest reviews of the hottest spots in metro Detroit.