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Fall Food and Drinks That Are Better Than a PSL

This is what really makes Autumn our fave season of the year

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

There’s something about a crisp fall afternoon that just makes us want to curl up with a warm bowl of chili and a cold glass of beer (oh, please, you thought we were going to say a hot mug of tea?).

But why sit at home and cook for ourselves when we can throw on our best comfy sweater and savor a comforting meal that someone else prepared – food always tastes better when we didn’t have to make it. Several of Detroit’s best restaurant have been whipping up autumn-inspired specials that we can’t wait to gobble up. Forget pumpkin spice lattes, this is really why we love fall.

German sausage with 'kraut and mustard on a pretzel roll at Mudgie's. Photo: Core Detroit.

German sausage with ‘kraut and mustard on a pretzel roll at Mudgie’s. Photo: Core Detroit.

Mudgie’s Deli

The sandwich king of Corktown has been cooking up some deliciously hearty fall flavors this month, and we’ll happily scarf down every last bite. One day you might be treated to bratwurst in a pretzel bun with ‘kraut and mustard, the next it might be brisket chili with bacon, pumpkin and roasted corn (there’s even pumpkin beer in the broth). Or you might find yourself scarfing down a bowl of mac and cheese with bacon, apples and cranberries.

Mudgie’s has one of the most extensive, well-curated booze lists in town. They’ve got a whole list of Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews going on right now, including an Ichabod Ale (a pumpkin beer) from New Holland Brewing, a Weihenstephaner Festbier from Germany, and a Brooklyn Oktoberfest lager from Brooklyn Brewery. If beer isn’t your thing, they have plenty of lovely wines and spirits to choose from (seriously, their bev menu has more than 100 options to choose from).

End your meal on a sweet note by ordering Mudgie’s Great Pumpkin dessert, which starts with a pumpkin waffle then layers on apples, cranberries, cider and caramel sauce, and a scoop of Calder’s pumpkin ice cream.

The Rattlesnake

This riverfront hideaway just released a new Happy Hour menu that has us practically foaming at the mouth with delicious anticipation. We’re particularly excited about their grown up grilled cheese dippers. Warm, gooey, cheesy hunks of griddled sandwich are sliced into the perfect size for picking up with your fingers and dipping into the accompanying seasonal soup shooter. It’s the perfect way to look elegant while secretly indulging in a comforting, childhood favorite – the food equivalent of wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket.

The ‘Snake’s new menu also includes some tasty bites like spicy shrimp tacos, butternut squash and white bean hummus, and flatbread pizza with brie and roasted pears.

Esto’s Garage

Esto’s Garage is a Southwest Detroit popup concept famous for their guacamole and other Mexican eats. But this Sunday, Esteban Castro will be whipping up Tasty Fall Classics at Motor City Wine starting at 5 p.m. Warm yourself up with a bowl of piping hot soup or a rice dish while you sip delightfully affordable wine on the patio, or cozy up to a table inside.

If you’re thinking that the chef might be a little out of his element cooking something other than quesadillas and tacos, you should know that Esto first sharpened his kitchen chops winning chili cookoffs and making big batches of the good stuff for friends and family. Expect flavor fireworks and a full belly.

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