Hopcat – Detroit
“Make no mistake — Chicago isn’t Detroit. In Chicago, a businessman couldn’t buy up and renovate dozens of vacant historic high rises in the city’s center and fill them with more than 13,000 employees, all while transforming the surrounding public areas.
But when it comes to applying creative thinking to seemingly intractable urban ills, Detroit may provide Chicago a dose of inspiration.”
“Everything – burgers, pizza, brunch, barbecue – seems to taste so much better when eaten outside. Paired with a really cold beer or a glass of wine and it’s over. Luckily, many Detroit eateries provide patios, rooftop bars, and secluded backyards for the ideal dose of Vitamin D and there are even more on the way (Gold Cash Gold Detroit, Selden Standard, Punch Bowl Social – Detroit, La Noria Bistro, and Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles just to name a few). Here, in alphabetical order, are 22 sun-soaked patios spanning the city.”
1 1917 American Bistro – 19416 Livernois Ave.
2 3rd Street Detroit – 4626 3rd St.
3 Bert’s Market Place Complex Of Detroit / Local And National Entertainment – 2727 Russell St.
4 Detroit Beer CO – 1529 Broadway St.
5 El Barzon – 3710 Junction St.
6 Fountain Bistro at Campus Martius Park – 800 Woodward Ave.
7 Great Lakes Coffee Detroit – 3965 Woodward Ave.
8 Hopcat – Detroit – 4265 Woodward Ave.
9 Joe Muer Seafood – 400 Renaissance Ctr.
10 Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit – 441 W Canfield St.
11 La Dolce Vita – 17546 Woodward Ave.
12 Mercury Burger Bar – 2163 Michigan Ave.
13 Motor City Brewing Works – 470 W Canfield St.
14 Northern Lights Lounge – 660 W. Baltimore St.
15 The Old Miami – 3930 Cass Ave.
16 Ottava Via 480 Michigan Ave.
17 Seva Detroit – 66 E. Forest Ave.
18 SLOWS BAR BQ– 2138 Michigan Ave.
19 St. Cece’s Pub – 1426 Bagley St.
20 The Alley Deck – 4120 Woodward Ave.
21 The Rattlesnake – 300 River Place Dr.
22 Z’s Villa– 42 Piquette St.
As cracks in Detroit’s seemingly impenetrable silver lining (aka, the sky) start to appear, it seems that we’re ready to rush out and enjoy the few fleeting and sweet months of Bob Seger’s favorite season. While holing up in a dark, dank dive may have its appeal in the light-deprived winter months, by the time spring hits, it’s imperative to recharge batteries with some sunlight, a patio, and numerous pints. With this in mind, these are Detroit’s finest bars that let you imbibe in the fresh (or fresh-ish) air.
It’s Burger Week at Eater Detroit, but what would a burger be without french fries? Thin, thick, wedged, or waffled, they’re irresistible. There are infinite ways to change up the humble french fry, whether they come with or without a burger. Many of Detroit’s favorite chefs have put their own spin on the dish, and despite their differences, each version has three things in common: the potatoes are fried, salted, and utterly delicious.
1 Lafayette Coney Island: Classic
2 Republic: Beef Tallow Fries
3 Gold Cash Gold Detroit: Frites with Pickle Juice Mayo
4 Green Dot Stables: Truffle and Herb Fries
5 The Brooklyn Street Local: Poutine
6 Hopcat – Detroit: Crack Fries
7 Mercury Burger Bar: Garlic Fries
8 La Feria Detroit Spanish Tapas: Patatas Bravas
9 Wright & Company: Loaded Potato Chips
10 Cornerstone Barrel House: Fingerling Frites
Detroit’s recent craft beer boom is great for both beer lovers and the local economy. But trying to keep all the new taprooms straight can be a bit tricky.
JOLLY PUMPKIN VS. HOPCAT
The beer started flowing this month at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit, which is nestled down the street from Shinola, Traffic Jam & Snug and Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown.
Hopcat – Detroit, which opened last December in a historic building at the corner of Woodward and Canfield, lays claim to offering Michigan’s largest tap selection – 130 to be exact.
BEER BY BUS, BIKE OR FOOT
Get a personal escort to many of these locations through Motor City Brew Tours.