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Woodbridge Pub Find Out Why Monday Is The New Friday

Woodbridge Pub

5169 Trumbull, 48208
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Cards Accepted

Tags: brunch, dinner, drinks, lunch, casual, happy hour, weekend hours, outdoor patio, free wi-fi, Sunday brunch, late nights, Woodbrdige

With its abundance of historic Victorian homes and a recent influx of college students and young professionals, Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood has a reputation as a trendy, up-and-coming place to live. But this wasn’t always the case. Over the past few years an unlikely hero has played a key role is revitalising this once-blighted district.

In 2006 Woodbridge resident Jim Geary purchased an abandoned former deli on the corner of Trumbull and Merick, and spent two years transforming the space into what is now the Woodbridge Pub.

The interior is light and airy with big front windows overlooking Trumbull. Much of the space was constructed from salvaged and repurposed items from other locations around Michigan. The bar itself is made from salvaged 1890s oak from the stairs and vestibule of a Saginaw church, and the men’s room was converted from a 1906 oak “butcher boy” refrigerator from Hamtrammck.

Woodbridge Pub’s menu has upscale flavors but modest prices, with entrees topping out at $17 for a brined pork tenderloin served with local duck egg salad, spring vegetable saute and apple mustard gastrique. Offerings changes seasonally, with a strong focus on healthy, sustainable and delicious food. Most of the ingredients are sourced from urban farmers and local purveyors located within five miles of the pub.

Woodbridge makes a very tasty version of shrimp and grits that includes white cheddar polenta and bacon. Other crowd pleasers include the jerk rub chicken and almond encrusted blackened whitefish. Burgers here are first-rate. We’re fans of the delightfully wry Hipster Burger, a juicy Angus patty topped with a grilled portobello mushroom, goat cheese and herb mayo on a brioche bun.

The menu is stacked with vegetarian options as well. The Pho-Philly sandwich and black bean burger are standouts, as is the curry seitan with coconut quinoa.  Even staunch carnivores must try Woodbridge’s crave-worthy grilled cheese, made with white cheddar, Michigan fontina, goat cheese and tomato on Avalon rustic Italian bread.

It wouldn’t be a neighborhood pub without drink specials, and Woodbridge doesn’t disappoint. There are particularly noteworthy deals on Thursdays when the bar slashes $2 off Irish whiskey, as well as on Fridays and Saturdays when a bottle of house wine will run you just $10.

But our favorite night to visit Woodbridge is on Monday, when the DJ spins soul and funk music until 2 a.m. Drink specials include a $5 beer-and-a-shot, with an appropriately hipster choice of Stroh’s, PBR or Miller High Life and a well shot. The atmosphere has a lively but relaxed pace that makes easing into the week much more enjoyable.

A stop at Woodbridge Pub for a toasty grilled cheese and a cold PBR might just make Monday your new favorite day of the week.


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