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Since our last post on Hidden Hot Spots in Downtown Detroit, we’ve had great responses on which gems to feature next.
We all have that secret restaurant or bar that we like to frequent. It’s even more special when it’s hidden away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city main street.
We have five more great suggestions for your next dinner and drinking destination with the locations, hours of operation, and dining experience.
This first restaurant might have been hiding right under your nose: Chubby Duck is located in the heart of downtown Detroit on 208 E. Grand River.
This restaurant specializes in Japanese street food using local ingredients, but perhaps the.most unique aspect is the Chubby Duck styled cones, engineered by Chef Ian Diem. Combining the flavors of Japanese cuisine with the convenience and mobility of a wrap, the cones provide a creative dining experience that will keep you coming back for more. Don’t take our word for it: check out the menu!
Stop by Chubby Duck, open every Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Flowers of Vietnam
A restaurant inside another restaurant? That’s right: every weekend night at 6:00 p.m., Flowers of Vietnam (FOV) takes over Vernor Coney Island for a night of unique Vietnamese cuisine.
Located at 4430 Vernor Hwy, Chef George Azar offers an innovative and diverse menu.
Taste the fan fave Caramel Chicken Wings, swimming in caramel and paired with a tangy mayo dipping sauce. End your meal with a kick of caffeine with Ca Phe Trung, a Vietnamese coffee served with Viet egg cream, sea salt, and a wafer cookie.
To learn more about how Flowers of Vietnam Brings New Cuisine to Mexicantown, check out our story of Chef Azar’s journey to the D.
Flowers of Vietnam is located in Mexicantown and opens every Saturday – Sunday from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
1917 American Bistro
We’re traveling back in time for a hot new restaurant located on the Avenue of Fashion: 1917 American Bistro.
Known for their Cajun-Creole dishes, 1917 serves everything from grilled shrimp and salmon to chicken and deep fried catfish. Check out their menu, with soul food inspired desserts like Sweet Potato Pie and Rum Cake.
This restaurant also services a juice bar with trendy drinks like Tropical Sunrise, Peachy Delight, and Cool Island Breeze.
1917 American Bistro is located at 19416 Livernois and open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Down we go to Whiskey Disco, located underneath Cornerstone Barrel House at 1456 Woodward Ave.
This unique bar, hailed as the “Underground Cocktail Lounge,” serves a variety of special bourbon and whiskey drinks. Check out their diverse and exciting menu of drink options.
They also feature international and local electronic music artists every Wednesday – Saturday: what better way to pay homage to Detroit’s own electronic music? For updates on the shows, including who’s playing and when, check out the Whiskey Disco Facebook Page.
They’re open Monday – Sunday from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Top of the Pontch
Whoa: dinner and a view! At the Top of the Pontch, fine dining meets the city scene with their New American style menu of food and spirits.
Using locally and imported ingredients, the Pontch is dedicated to creating a “from scratch” cuisine that will feel fresh and familiar.
Sample from the starters menu and try their delicious shrimp and grits. Moving on to the main meal, a couple of readers said the Day Boat Scallop is to die for. Pair your meal with their wide array of wines.
The only thing better than the food at Pontch is the view, overlooking the scenic Detroit riverfront in the Crowne Plaza.
Located at 2 Washington Blvd, Top of the Pontch is open for breakfast every Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Pontch is open for dinner every Tuesday – Saturday from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Take a Seat
When it comes to dining at these hidden Detroit gems, we have no reservations! Check them out and let us know about your new favorite hot spot in the city.