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Football season officially kicked off this week, and that makes us feel hut…hut…hungry.
Whether or not you’ll be watching any of the games this weekend, we think you should at least be enjoying the best part of any sporting event: the food. We’ve rounded up our favorite places to stuff our face with wings, nachos, sausages and sliders. Read on for Detroit’s best game day grub.
Sweetwater has been serving legendary wings for decades. They’re delivered fresh from Eastern Market every morning, then marinated, dredged in spices and fried to perfection. The building’s roots date back to the mid-1800s when it first opened as a hotel, which is fitting because every time we come here we just want to cozy up to a big heap of wings and stay all night.
This Midtown bar & kitchen really understands how to make a proper chicken wing: they’re crispy on the outside, tender and juicy once you tear into the meat. Choose whether you want yours fried, grilled or boneless, then pile on the flavor. They’ve got a sweet and sticky Rock ‘N’ Rye sauce, fiery mango habanero, BBQ, buffalo, garlic parmesan or sweet chili. Maybe we should get one of each, just to be sure.
You won’t find the game on at this New Center dive bar, but you can sun yourself on their brick-lined patio dotted with pretty trees and scarf down a big craveworthy mess of tortilla chips loaded up with black beans, olives, tomatoes, green and red peppers, onions, jalapenos, cheese and your choice of chicken or beef (oh, and salsa and sour cream on the side). After hogging more than our share of the plate, the only sport we’ll be playing for the rest of the day is shuffleboard.
Choosing just one Southwest Detroit place to scarf down a plate of botanas – a uniquely Detroit-Mexican hybrid – is tough. But if we had to pick, we’d head right to Mi Pueblo
Thick-cut tortilla chips heaped with a mixture of chorizo and refried beans, fresh tomato, avocado, onions, green peppers and jalapenos then topped with a blanket of bubbly, melty, gooey cheese. It’s big enough to share, but you won’t want to.
BRATS, HOT DOGS or SAUSAGES
Corridor Sausage makes some of the most unique and wonderfully tasty flavor combinations we’ve ever seen in a sausage. Their apple, sage and pork sausage is one of our favorites, but there are plenty of other options for you to sink your teeth into. Maybe you’d rather have a buffalo chicken dog, with chipotle, blue cheese and celery seed right inside the sausage itself. The Moroccan lamb and fig sausage contains lovely ras al hanout spices and balsamic vinegar. The spicy Italian pork sausage is seasoned with garlic, coriander, fennel and marjoram.
Whenever you’re headed to a Lions’ game, you can score one of Corridor’s yummy sausages inside Ford Field on the Club Level. They’re also served at restaurants like Brooklyn Street Local, Detroit Institute of Bagels, The Majestic Cafe and St. Cece’s.
This classic biergarten serves up a German sausage dinner that would put a smile on King Ludwig’s royal face. The meal comes with your choice of two knockwurst, bratwurst or weisswurst sausages, flanked by a pair of potato pancakes and a heap of sauerkraut. Pair it with a cold German beer for maximum enjoyment.
Stache International is a circus-inspired eatery that’s built to amaze. Instead of tightropes and trapezes, Stache offers a spectacle of sandwiches – truly the greatest show on Earth.
All of their meats are smoked in house, and they make sausage on site as well. The Happy Drunk s a housemade sausage marinated in beer and butter. It’s topped off with housemade ‘kraut and spicy brown mustard, served on an artisan bun. Add grilled peppers and onions for an extra 50-cents (totes worth it).
We’ve got a whole post on awesome places to get your slider on in Detroit, but we have to give props to Green Dot Stables who were arguably responsible for making the two-bite burgs cool again. Offering more than 20 different slider varieties, there’s something for everyone on their menu, from decadent pork belly schnitzel to a healthy quinoa burger with kale and chimichurri. You could go for a classic cheeseburger, or mix things up with their rotating selection of Mystery Meat sliders which changes every week. Or get them all. Don’t limit yourself to just one or two!
The best part? You can pair your stack of sliders with a beer for two bucks.
We dare you to just eat one Telway slider. It can’t be done. They’re too good.
The little white structure barely looks large enough to crank out the thousands of burger patties the kitchen serves up each day. Though the space is small, they do magical things in this kitchen. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they’re ready to satisfy your slider craving whenever it hits.
Tell us about your favorite football-watching foods! What are they? Where do you get ‘em?