Mercury Burger Bar
“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.
“Carnivores may say that there’s nothing quite like the juicy, meaty goodness of a beef patty. However, for those who’ve tried a fresh-made (not that frozen junk) veggie burger, they know there’s nothing better in this world. The beauty of a veggie patty is its flexibility. From tofu to tempeh to black beans, lentils, or falafel — a really top notch house burger adds new complexities to a meal. Pile on fresh vegetables, cheese, sauce, maybe even an egg, and few things compare. In honor of Burger Week, here are 11 delicious ones made right here in Detroit.”
1 Campau Tower Hamburgers/The Americana Eatery – 10337 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck
2 Northern Lights Lounge – 660 W. Baltimore St.
3 Woodbridge Pub– 5169 Trumbull St.
4 Seva Detroit– 66 E Forest Ave.
5 Cass Cafe – 4620 Cass Ave.
6 Honest ? Johns Bar & No Grill – 488 Selden St.
7 The Brooklyn Street Local – 1266 Michigan Ave.
8 Mercury Burger Bar – 2163 Michigan Ave.
9 Green Dot Stables – 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd.
10 PJ’s Lager House – 1254 Michigan Ave.
11 Detroit Vegan Soul (D.V.S) – 8029 Agnes St.
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
Originally posted by urban planner/preservationist Bernice Radle:
You have stolen my heart, Detroit.
Here is what happens when you put four people who love planning, cities, buildings and the rust belt together in a car. We drive 5 hours to Detroit, rent out a kick ass industrial loft space, wander around town checking out bars, shops and historic sites, tour a once forgotten Kresge Mansion now being renovated by a 30 year old and meet with Mark Nickita (architect, owner of Pure Detroit and Mayor of Birmingham MI), inside the Guardian building – an art deco masterpiece! It was a trip for the memory books. You can see photos from our trip here.
Here are my top three take aways from our 36 hours in Detroit.
Buffalo is Detroit’s sister city. Hands down. Our radial street grid, friendly mid western attitude and blue collar approach to life is nearly identical. We both can see Canada from our windows, we share Lake Erie and we share similar boom / bust / rebirth stories. Detroit is definitely Buffalo’s older, bigger Brother – the industrial strength attitude is very masculine, IMO. Sure, Detroit is bigger in size and in population but we can learn a lot from one another and we are only a 5 hour drive away!
TRUE GRIT. With slogans like “Detroit Hustles Harder” and “Detroit Vs. Everybody”, it is clear that Detroit has embraced their true grit and entrepreneurial spirit and that nothing, including their steep decline, will stop them. A rising tide raises all the boats, was the mentality from many of the local folks we spoke with. Sure, there is a long way to go and a lot to accomplish but we left feeling a great deal of confidence in the future of the Motor City. Detroit is tough and resilient!
Detroit is ALIVE. All the articles you’ve read about the vacancy and decline is true however, many fail to notice or mention the incredible amount of life that Detroit has. We saw signs of it everywhere – from a 30 year old buying a Kresge Mansion to the emerging Michigan Avenue retail corridor… the entrepreneur spirit is alive and well in the Motor City. The downtown is beautiful – the storefronts are lit up with lights, the ice skating rink was packed at midnight and even their top millionaires are working together to privately pay for a light rail system along Woodward Avenue. Heck, even billionaires own community gardens in Detroit.
In case you want to travel to Detroit and don’t know what to do, here is a list of all the places we went to in 36 hours. It was a true sprint!
* Corktown Tavern
* Gaelic League & Irish-American Club of Detroit
* SLOWS BAR BQ
* Michigan Central Station
* Mercury Burger Bar
* MotorCity Wine
* UFO FACTORY
* Downtown Detroit – Campus Martius Park Ice Rink / Fox Theatre / Woodward Ave.
* Detroit Institute of Bagels
* Brush Park
* Kresge Mansion Tour – Arden Park
* Eastern Market
* Guardian Building
* Mid Town – City Bird / Nest / Shinola
* Traffic Jam & Snug
* Greektown – Detroit vs. Everybody