The Zenith has arguably the most interesting decor of any restaurant in Detroit. Opened by Robert and Melissa Jasper, the restaurateurs moved their love of food from the east coast to Detroit, following news of Detroit’s resurgence.
Located in New Center on the first floor of the Fisher Building (3011 W. Grand Blvd.), its eclectic style will amuse you and its Southern-Mexican fusion plates will delight you.
According to our friendly server, Norris Schell, the Jaspers owned two restaurants called Friendly Toast in Cambridge, MA, and Portsmouth, NH. They decided to take that atmosphere, bring it to the D and kick it up several notches with 40s and 50s decor they’ve accumulated over the years.
Blue mosaic-tiled tabletops and faux snakeskin booths create a bit of continuity among the displays that make The Zenith a destination to explore. Seriously, bring your camera. Here are some items you’ll encounter: a carousel rabbit; a giant peanut; a sculpture with mannequin heads; a lit cityscape; a vintage ice pick machine; a life-size Lone Ranger poster; a statue of the famous dog, Nipper; and an entire room decorated with paint-by-number art scenes, just to name a few.
Make it a point to check out all the nooks and crannies before or after your meal. Take a selfie with the old-school TV anchor as you pass by the kitchen, which features a vintage sign that reads “Calypso.” Make your way toward the back of the restaurant, where you’ll find a sitting area with a clown theme, and a tiki lounge with Hawaiian and Asian influences. Everywhere you look, there’s something to discover!
The Food & Drinks
If you’re feeling adventurous, The Zenith prides itself on make-your-own meals. They provide each guest with a checklist and a marker to design their own burrito, quesadilla or cornbread or open-faced biscuit. Choose between proteins, starches, vegetables, cheeses, toppings and sides to create your own fusion masterpiece. The regular menu offers entrees like the four-cheese macaroni and the “Meatmen Melt,” but you can also get a burger, chicken sandwich or a traditional Mexican torta. Enjoy small plates like fried green tomatoes, buttermilk onion rings and homemade chorizo dip as an appetizer or lighter fare if you don’t want a full meal.
Stop in for brunch on the weekend to enjoy chicken and waffles, Appalachian crepes and a dish called “The Eggsjasperator,” which is a grilled biscuit topped with homemade sausage, two fried eggs, red salsa and melted pimento cheese.
Don’t shy away from bringing your little ones! Half portions of regular menu items are available at half price for kids age 12 and under. On the weekends, kids can enjoy specials like M&M pancakes, red velvet waffles and French toast!
Complement your meal with a specialty drink, or meet some friends for an after-work beer! More than 20 cocktails are named after popular films made by Alfred Hitchcock. These “hitchcocktails” will make you feel as legendary as Cary Grant, with selections like “North by Northwest,” which features Bacardi rum, whipped-cream vodka, passion fruit, orange and apricot. Or try “Suspicion,” which mixes Fireball cinnamon whiskey, orange juice, sour mix and orange Fanta. Relax with your drink in The Zenith’s tiki lounge amid tropical decor and ukuleles.
Whether you’re seeing a show at the iconic Fisher Theatre or simply want to hang out with friends in the D, The Zenith is more than food and drinks – it’s an experience.
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 8 p.m.)
- Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 11p.m. (Kitchen closes at 9 p.m.)
- Thursday & Friday – 11 a.m. to midnight (Kitchen closes at 10p.m.)
- Saturday– 9 a.m. to midnight (Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)
- Sunday (Brunch) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 8:00 p.m.)
For more information, visit TheZenithAtTheFisher.com.