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Dining Guide: Corktown

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Dining Guide: Corktown

Corktown is the oldest neighborhood in Detroit and the birthplace of New Detroit.

In 2005, Slows BBQ opened at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Rosa Parks across from the iconic Train Station and changed the food scene in the city. For the first time in a long time, people were coming to Corktown for something more than a Tigers game. A decade later there are plenty of places to eat, shop and play in the neighborhood. Here’s your Corktown dining guide:

 

Corktown Bucket List

Can’t miss: Slows BBQ + Nemo’s
Start your day: Detroit Institute of Bagels + FOLK
Lunch: Mudgies + Mercury Bar
Date night: Lady of the House + Takoi
Drinks: Astro (coffee)The Sugar House (cocktails) +  Batch Brewing Co. (beer)
Weekend brunch: Gold Cash Gold + Bobcat Bonnie’s

 

Directory

Astro Coffee // 2124 Michigan Ave 
Cafe
Astro is located in the hub of Corktown with window seats to all the action. The menu features a variety of roasters from around the world and pastry snacks.
Parking: Free street parking and pay lot across the street ($5)
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Friday:  7:30am to 6pm
Saturday:  8:30am to 6pm
Sunday:  9am to 5pm


Batch Brewing Company // 1400 Porter Street 
Casual dining brewery/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
The neighborhood nano-brewery offers a rotating selection of beers and full menu.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday:  11am to midnight


Bobcat Bonnie’s // 1800 Michigan Ave
Casual dining/brunch/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
The neighborhood nano-brewery offers a rotating selection of beers and full menu.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday:  11am to midnight


Brew Detroit // 1401 Abbott St.
Tap room
The 68,000 square foot facility is a canning and bottling facility for well-known breweries and offers various (including in-house nano-batches) on tap.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot
Monday: closed
Tuesday- Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Friday – Saturday:  4pm to midnight
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm


Brooklyn Street Local // 1266 Michigan Ave
Casual dining/ breakfast/lunch/brunch
With organic, vegan and vegetarian options, you’ll feel good dining at Brooklyn Street Local.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot and street parking
Monday: closed
Tuesday- Friday: 8am to 3pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am to 3pm


Detroit Institute of Bagels // 1236 Michigan Ave
A la carte dining/ breakfast/lunch/family-friendly
Creative bagel flavors served plain or in unique sandwich combinations. Eat outside on the patio in warmer months and check out the views downtown.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot behind the building and street parking
Monday – Friday: 7am to 3pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am to 3pm


The Farmer’s Hand // 1701 Trumbull Ave.
Market/cafe/breakfast/lunch
The Farmer’s Hand is a cozy market that sells local food + products. It is home to a small cafe with a fresh food menu.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot and street parking
Monday – Saturday (closed Tuesdays): 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm


Fist of Curry // 2547 Bagley Ave.
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/Happy Hour
Curry cravings don’t have to be confined to regional food, Fist of Curry offers curry dishes from across continents.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot behind building
Monday – Thursday: 3pm to 10pm
Friday- Saturday: 11am to 10pm
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm


FOLK //1701 Trumbull, Detroit, Michigan 48216
Casual dining/breakfast/lunch/sweets
The community diner offers fresh food that will have you eating well and feeling good.
Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 7am to 3pm
Tuesday: closed
Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 3pm


Gold Cash Gold // 2100 Michigan Ave
Finer dining/dinner/brunch
The former pawn shop has been transformed into a stunning restaurant with a farm to table menu. During the week, exchange Happy Hour for High Tea Tuesday thru Friday from 4pm-6pm.
Parking: Free street parking and pay lot across the street ($5)
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm to midnight
Sunday: 5pm to 10pm (dinner)
Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 3:30pm (brunch)


Green Dot Stables // 2200 West Lafayette Detroit
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
It’s safe to place your bets on Green Dot. The derby joint offers delicious sliders, sides and drinks for a whopping $2-$3.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot 
Monday – Wednesday: 11am to midnight
Thursday- Saturday: 11am to 1am
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm


Ima // 2015 Michigan Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
Ima features an ever-evolving menu of signature noodle soups, rice bowls, curries and small plates.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm


Johnny Noodle King // 2601 W. Fort Street
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
Off the beaten path Johnny Noodle King offers a rotating menu of Asian inspired noddle dishes that keeping you guessing and coming back for more.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Monday – Wednesday: 11am to 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am to midnight
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm


Lady of the House // 1426 Bagley
Fine dining/brunch/dinner
Nominated for Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation, Lady of the House is an experience. Chef and owner Kate Williams invites guest to experience an unforgettable dinner party with unique and unexpected offerings.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Monday – Tuesdy: closed
Wednesday – Sunday (kitchen): 5pm to 11pm
Wednesday – Sunday (bar): 4:30pm to 2am
Saturday – Sunday (brunch): 11am to 2pm


McShane’s Irish Pub // 1460 Michigan Ave
casual dining/lunch/dinner
McShane’s is a no frills pub with billiards, darts, and bar games. There’s a patio during warmer months with Tiger tailgates and shuttle service to Comerica Park.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Monday – Saturday: 11am to 2am
Sunday: 11am to midnight


Mercury Burger Bar // 2163 Michigan Ave
casual dining/lunch/dinner/brunch
All-American burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and (spiked) milkshakes right next to the historic Train Station and Roosevelt Park.
Parking: Free street parking and $5 secure pay lot 
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to midnight
Friday-Saturday: 11am to 1am


Motor City Wine // 1949 Michigan Ave
Bar
Enjoy wine from around the world and artisan cheese plates and live jazz nights.
Parking: Free on-site parking
Monday – Tuesdy: 4pm to midnight
Wednesday – Thursday: 2pm to 1am
Friday – Saturday: 2pm to 2am
Sunday: 4pm to midnight


Mudgie’s // 1413 Brooklyn St
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/brunch
Regularly voted the best deli sandwich in the city (we recommend The Barrett), the popular spot has a full bar and ‘After 5’ dinner menu. Enjoy the outdoor patio seating in warmers months.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Wednesday: 11am to 9pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday (brunch): 10am to 3pm


Nemo’s // 1384 Michigan Ave
Bar/lunch/dinner
This Detroit classic is the place to be on game days since 1965. Pre-game with all-American fare and take a $3 (bring cash) shuttle to Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena or Ford Field for the big game or big shows. It’s a local experience you don’t want to miss.
Parking: Free parking
Daily: 11am to 2am


Ottava Via // 1400 Michigan Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Italian favorites including rustic neopolitan pizza, pastas and paninis. Eat on the patio and play bocce ball outside during warm months.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday: 10am to 9pm


PJ’s Lager House // 1254 Michigan Ave
Bar
Classic dive with bar food, live music and trivia nights.
Parking: Street parking and pay lot across the street ($5)
Monday – Tuesday: 1pm to 2am
Wednesday – Friday: 11am to 2am
Saturday – Sunday: 10:30am to 2am


Red Dunn Kitchen // 1331 Trumbull St
Casual dining/breakfast/lunch/dinner/brunch/Happy Hour
Located inside the chic Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Red Dunn Kitchen offer new American cuisine. The airy restaurant also features a hidden lawn with outdoor stage for live performances and patio bar.
Parking: Free on-site parking lot
Sunday – Thursday: 7am to midnight
Friday – Saturday: 7am to 2am


Slows BBQ // 2138 Michigan Ave
Casual dining//lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Smoked BBQ with the best sauces, Slows is place to go in Corktown. The anchor of the Michigan Avenue thoroughfare and across the street from the historic train station, Slows is always a good idea.
Parking: Free street parking and pay lot across the street ($5)
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am to 10pm
Thursday – Friday: 11am to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to midnight


The Sugar House // 1331 Trumbull St
Bar
The Sugar House is Detroit’s original craft cocktail bar. In addition to 101 classics (the menu is the size of War & Peace), the Sugar House features a rotating seasonal menu of original house cocktails.
Parking: Free street parking and pay lot across the street ($5)
Monday – Tuesday: 5pm to midnight
Wednesday – Friday: 5pm to 2am
Saturday – Sunday: 3pm to 2am


Takoi // 2520 Michigan Ave
Finer dining/dinner
The former Thai food truck is now a eclectic restaurant offering food that is out of this world.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 5pm to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm to 2am
Sunday: Closed


Two James Distillery // 2445 Michigan Ave
Bar
Two James is the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition. The tasting room offers a range of handcrafted spirits and tours.
Parking: Secured parking lot off of 16th Street, near the east side of the building and street parking in front of the distillery
Monday – Wednesday: 12pm to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm to 1am
Sunday: 12pm to 8pm