When was the last time you had an omelet with house-made pork sausage, bell pepper, onion and gruyere? Or a cheesesteak benedict with mushrooms, onion and hollandaise sauce? That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to traditional dishes with a twist in one of Detroit’s newest restaurants, Dime Store.
Located inside the Chrysler House (719 Griswold), Dime Store prides itself on breakfast and lunch options and recently added bar bites (like macaroni and cheese) to accompany your favorite bottle of beer or glass of wine.
Long-time friends Ann-Marie Murphy, Larry Kahn, Jeffrey Alexander and executive chef Josh Taylor, opened Dime Store because they wanted to be a part of the movement to kick Detroit’s resurgence into gear.
When I visited Dime Store with two of my friends, we were part of a line out the door waiting to be seated, which is a good sign for this new kid on the block. We ended up sitting in the smaller room adjacent to the main dining area with some folks we didn’t know but who were just as eager to try the place as we were. A poster of President Dwight D. Eisenhower overlooked our table, our seats had an old-school, comfortable appearance and the lighting seemed reminiscent of a busy New York café – it seemed like the perfect ambiance in the heart of Detroit’s financial district.
While I debated about what I should order (the sweet poached pear salad caught my eye), I opted for the cheesesteak on a ciabatta roll, while my friends chose the Korean BBQ and duck Reuben sandwiches.
We were pleased with the delightful and unexpected combinations found in our tasty sandwiches and listed under the menu’s other selections. The staff was attentive and accommodating (I was on a tight lunch break due to meetings), and the atmosphere, with its mix of modern and vintage décor, was a breath of fresh air in the hustle and bustle of lunchtime in the D.
I’m already planning to go back for breakfast so I can try an omelet, benedict or potato hash creation that I just know will pair nicely with a cup of Zingerman’s coffee. Who wants to go?
Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and lunch is served 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and all day on Saturday. For more information and to check out their menu, visit EatAtDimeStore.com.