These 10 Detroit Restaurants and Bars are Perfect for Fall Football Viewing

I always get asked by friends where is a good place to watch the game that has plenty of TV’s and really good food.  So with the season only being a few weeks away, I decided to put together a list of 10 restaurants and bars around Detroit I like to watch football at.

1.  Ironwood Grill in Plymouth is one of my favorites.  Combine plenty of TV’s and a huge projection monitor with some of the best food in Plymouth and great game day specials and you can’t go wrong!   WiFi is available so you can keep up to date with your Fantasy Team.


2.  Lakepointe Yacht Club in Livonia has good specials and pretty good food, but you can’t have a bad experience watching the game when you are being served by women in bikinis.  Can you?


3.  Dooley’s Tavern has 4 locations to select from:  Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, Roseville and Clawson.  All of them have good food and some of the best specials you will find around Detroit.  The service is pretty good too, with plenty of TV’s for your gameday viewing experience.


4.  Gator Jake’s in Sterling Heights is a fun place to watch the games.  The staff has a lot of fun and the specials are worth it.  TV’s are spread out all over the restaurants so you won’t miss a thing.

5.  Red Ox Tavern in Utica has a lot of TV’s, but the main reason I like to go here is for the Burger.

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6.  Doc’s Sports Retreat in Livonia is a fun place to watch the games.  With WiFi and good specials, you won’t miss a single play!

7.  Rochester Mills Beer Co. in Rochester has a lot of TV’s, but they also brew their own beer.  Nothing like watching a game at the Beer Company.  Good food and great beer.

8.  Woody’s Diner in Royal Oak has TV’s all over the restaurant and the specials are pretty good.

9.  Limelight in Warren has a huge screen to watch the games not to mention TV’s throughout.  Fantastic game day specials so you may want to plan on staying for the late game as well.


10.  Jameson’s Irish Pub in Brighton has some great food and better game day specials.  TV’s all over the restaurant and bar so you won’t miss a thing.

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Downtown Detroit’s Finest of Restaurants

Coach Insignia is the crown jewel restaurant of Downtown Detroit.  Enjoy fine dining and the spectacular views from the top of the General Motors Renaissance Center, with a magnificent 360-degree view of Detroit and an equally spectacular elevator ride to the 72nd floor.

If the panoramic views Detroit and Windsor aren’t enough for you, the food will. This Contemporary steak house also boasts a world-class wine list of over 800 wines (one of Michigan’s largest). Coach Insignia‘s contemporary and sophisticated décor, allow the views to serve as the supporting cast for the first-class fare.

The Appetizer Menu offers you selections from the Fried Lobster Corn Dog, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and other items including a Pork Belly Egg Roll.  The meats and sides are ala carte and include items like their 14oz Veal Porterhouse, Herb Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb and a 7 oz Center Cut Filet Mignon.  The sides consist of  Asparagus and Béarnaise, Lobster Mac and Cheese Gratin and you can always add a 5 oz. Maine Lobster Tail or Jumbo Lump Crab and Béarnaise to your order for a couple dollars more.

You have to leave room for dessert off of the Dessert Menu which has options like the Coach Hazelnut Torte (Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Sauce Honey Tuile) and the Pinot Saffron Poached Pear (Vanilla Panna Cotta, Haroseth Honey Caramel, Pinot Jelly).  There is even a Dessert Wine Menu to assist you in selecting the perfect glass of wine to accompany your dessert selection.  If you are feeling adventurous you can order the Inniskillin “Pearl” Ice Wine, from Niagra 2007.






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All You Can Eat for Lunch in Metro Detroit

I am all about getting as much for my money as possible, that is why I like to find the best lunch specials around Detroit and go there to dine.  Here is a list that offers not only quantity but quality as well.  This is a list of a few restaurants around Metro Detroit that offer an all you can eat lunch that is not only a great value but good quality as well.

G-G’s Pizza in Farmington Hills – If you are down with pizza for lunch, G-G’s may be the spot for you.  They offer an all you can eat Pizza Buffet for only $5.95 and it includes your beverage.  They have many different pizzas to choose from each visit to the line from Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken made with Sweet Baby Ray’s to a fantastic Mac & Cheese Pizza which is a big hit with this pizza lover.  If you don’t see what you want on the buffet they will make you whatever you wish.


Shehrzad Mediterranean Grill in Rochester is next on the list.  This Mediterranean Restaurant has a lunch buffet that will have you back once a week if not more for $8.99 and all you can eat.   I love to visit here as often as I can when I am in Rochester, they have fantastic rice, chicken, beef, the bread and hummus are good as well, and for $8.99 for AYCE I am in.


Since we are on the East Side of Metro Detroit, we have to go with Fuji Buffet.  This is one of the first Seafood Buffets in Michigan and it is massive.  I know $12.99 sounds a little pricey to some but for what you get at Fuji Buffet it is a deal.  They offer all the Chinese and Japanese staples plus it includes all the sushi you can eat, not to mention the Hibachi items as well.


This next stop is not a lunch special but for dinner.  Taco Loco in Shelby Township has All you can eat Tacos on Tuesday nights from 5:00 PM – Close for $8.95.  And trust me they are good tacos too.


The last of the All You Can Eat fest takes us to Novi where you will find the newest restaurant in Novi, Bluefin.  A very good buffet with many Chinese and Japanese options to select from as well as all you can eat sushi.  One of the things I really like about Bluefin is they give you an order form to order items off the Hibachi that the server brings to you, and yet it is all you can eat as well.  While you are there don’t forget to stop in at the Chocolate Fountain and dip a few items in there.


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A Saint Clair Shores Favorite

Sabbys 1Sabby’s Lounge is a friendly, and cozy neighborhood bar to meet with friends, catch a game.   A favorite among St. Clair Shores residents and people all over Macomb County.

The menu has a number of classics you would expect to find from burgers, fries, jalapeno poppers, wings, potato skins to our healthier options with our salads.  Their  burgers may be the most popular, but the ribs and fish are nothing to turn your nose at either.

Sabby’s Lounge has great daily specials including a lunch special where you can get a 1/3 lb burger, fries & shell of domestic beer or soda – $4.95.  Happy Hour is definitely worth checking out to get $1.00 off drinks from 4pm-6pm.

A true neighborhood bar and grill, good food, good Drinks, great neighbors!

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Campus Favorite

renos 3Reno’s East is just minutes from Michigan State University and hosts the weekly radio shows for MSU’s men’s and women’s basketball, football and hockey. They have a huge food selection, a huge drink selection, and are always having different specials.  You can also play games, shoot some pool , and there is plenty of seating for all the games on TV.  When the outdoor dining season is in full swing, Reno’s offers one of the best patios and outdoor bars in the state.

There is a big emphasis on sports, MSU sports, and sports of all types.  There are TV screens in every direction, and plenty of bar space. For the beer lover, this is your spot, Reno’s East has plenty of beers on tap or in bottle, they have a fantastic selection that offers many of Michigan’s finest craft beers.  Even the pickiest beer palates will be impressed.

Reno’s East has different food and drink specials every day, you can also enjoy the DJ on the weekends.

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Big Meals at Little Joe’s

Located in downtown Grand Blanc, Little Joe’s Restaurant is exactly what you would expect.  Friendly service, really good food plenty of TVs to watch the games.  Having been in business for over 70 years Little Joe’s has the recipe to bring customers back for more.

Joe Abbott is owner and general manager, having taken over for his father, Ed, who is more involved with the family’s meat company. Joe Abbott says he enjoys cooking, having learned a lot from his mother and father, and he calls himself a self-taught chef.

Salads and sandwiches are also large and plentiful, including the Reuben with thinly sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, imported Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on warm, toasted rye bread. The potato chips are house-made and their beer selection has many local Michigan Craft beers at very reasonable prices.

It’s easy to see why Little Joe’s has lasted more than 70 years. Everything is freshly made. It’s a family restaurant, independent and locally owned. You’ll feel right at home when you eat there.




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Farmington Hills’ Best Kept Secret

Café Cortina has been a member of the Farmington community since 1976. The  building looks modern from the outside, the inside reminds diners of Old World European restaurants with many private niches for dining. The patio, which is at the front of the restaurant, is concealed by trailing vines over trellises and dotted with sparkling white lights. Whether diners choose the inside near the fireplace or the patio, the atmosphere is equally charming.

Formerly an apple orchard, today the former apple orchard produces the herbs and vegetables used in Café Cortina’s dishes.  The garden has been producing the freshest, arugula, radicchio, basil, rosemary, sage, peppers, and many other fresh ingredients.

The menu has pasta dishes that come with a compreso insalata and fish, beef, veal, lamb and chicken entrées accompanied by insalata and pasta contorni.  The veneto sauce, named for an area of Italy in the northeastern region of the country along the Adriatic Sea, is rich with tomatoes.

Café Cortina‘s commitment to preserving ‘true’ Italian gastronomy has earned them a reputation as one of the “best kept secrets” in America.

Café Cortina

30715 W. Ten Mile Road

Farmington Hills, 48336

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Jimmy’s Pub: Something for Everyone

Jimmy’s Pub, located on Chandler Rd. in East Lansing, is a great spot to meet with friends, have a drink after work with co-workers or dinner with the family.  The atmosphere is nice and inviting with exposed-brick walls that are filled with the old photos and memorabilia from Jimmy’s original location.  The decor evokes a true old world feel.
On the Menu, you’ll find burgers and sandwiches, but you’ll also find many dishes to fit any appetite from the Mexican and Italian dishes to the pizza they serve.  There are also fantastic daily specials from which you may wish to choose.
Jimmy’s has nine HDTVs  for those who are in the mood to watch a game. If music is your thing, you can listen to your favorite songs on the Internet jukebox. They also have a pool table for those of you looking to relax and free Wi-Fi for those of you looking to get a little work done.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company: Microbrewery, Winery and Meadery in Warren

The Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is a small microbrewery, winery and meadery in Warren, Michigan. Still relatively young, Kuhnhenn’s has gained a lot of popularity with beer lovers from all over the world. With several beers rated in the top 100 in the world there seems to be no end in sight for this small brewery in Warren. The business was established in 1998, by brothers Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn but did not open its doors until 2001.

The brewery is located on the corner of Mound and Chicago Rd in the old Lutz hardware store which is owned by the Kuhnhenn family. The brothers started homebrewing when Eric went to college and was introduced to it.

Brews such as Raspberry Eisbock, Winter Wonder Lager, Fourth Dementia, and Simcoe Silly have placed the Kuhnhenn name on the lips of beer lovers around the world. The brothers brew about 80 different beers, most of these beers are small batches made for annual events. Kuhnhenn’s is also known for brewing a wide variety of seasonal and experimental strong beers. They make one of the best German-style Hefeweizens in the Detroit Metro Area as well as many other Award Winning lagers and ales.

The brothers bottle their beers in 12 oz bottles as well as offering kegs.  If you prefer you can always enjoy the beers in the tap room where you can bring in your favorite foods and enjoy some of the best beers in Michigan and the world.

Macomb County Eats That Hit the Spot

After spending a lot of time the past few weeks on the East Side, I have had the opportunity to try quite a few restaurants in Macomb County.  I am sure that many of the folks that live on the west side of Metro Detroit eat at restaurants west of Woodward Ave.  So I have compiled a short list of places you may want to try the next time you venture east of Woodward Ave.  They’re each worth the trip!

  1. Brewery Restaurant – Clinton Township – The Brewery Restaurant is not what is seems when you drive by.  When you walk in you will find a fine dining restaurant that won’t drain your wallet.  The food is outstanding and the current special they offer either twin lobster tails or a 14 oz NY Strip for &18.95 is a steal.
  2. Metropolitan Cafe – Shelby Township – The Metropolitan Cafe in Shelby Township is a quick favorite of mine.  You can’t beat the food and the atmosphere here.
  3. Red Ox Tavern – Utica – This restaurant and bar is a new find of mine.  Located in Utica just off M59 has plenty of TV’s and the perfect spot for lunch especially with the $5.00 lunch menu they have now.
  4. Rub BBQ Pub – Warren – I love this place.  I love the one in Detroit, but this is ideal if you can’t make it downtown.  The specials are great, plenty of TV’s and a lunch buffet as well.  But really, barbecue, sports and over 40 beers on tap, I am in.
  5. Dooleys Tavern – Roseville  – One of my usual places to grab lunch when I am in Roseville.  Good specials, lots of TV’s.  They have 2 other locations in Sterling Heights and Mount Clemens.
  6. The Mitt – Mount Clemens – I am for anything that is all Michigan products and the food is great.
  7. Taco Loco – Shelby Township – Taco Loco located in Shelby Township offers a 2 for $20 menu as well as all you can eat tacos on Tuesdays after 5PM for $8.95.  I challenge anyone to eat as many as you can and let me know how you did.  I was stuffed after 7.
  8. Bostaan – Warren – Nice an convenient, located on Van Dyke.  Bostaan has very good specials and the food is out of this world. I recommend a smoothie to go to take back to work with you.
  9. Nick’s 22nd Street Steakhouse – Shelby Township – If you like steak then you will love Nick’s 22nd St Steakhouse.  The food and service are terrific, the outside dining is a nice option as well.
  10. Cafe Jole – Warren– For those of you who like Mediterranean food and like to keep it healthy Cafe Jole in Warren will be your new spot.  The lunch specials are good and you can order off the Doctor’s Menu as well.  Who would know better than the Doctor?

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