Here at the Jobbie Crew, we love Detroit! We also love food in all its wonderful varieties and wanted to highlight a few Detroit eateries which have excellent food but whom we feel don’t get enough credit for their outstanding offerings. So here they are!
1Motor City Soul Food
(12700 W. 7 Mile road @ Meyers, Detroit)
Owners George and Martha Clay are making hands-down the best soul food we have ever eaten! Fair warning: this is a ‘hurry up and wait’ spot with bulletproof glass and their napkins suck so bring wet naps or paper towel. But your excursion will be most worthwhile, we assure you.
Must try: 2-piece baked chicken meal ($12.95) with two sides = get the candied yams and mac and cheese. And for dessert = large Banana Pudding ($4.50)
(12900 Joseph Campau, Ave Hamtramck)
Opened 1982 by Stanley and Alicia Zacny, this lovely spot is a thoroughly enjoyable time-warp consisting of two rooms: dining area and room with a bar, live music stage and pool table. Oh, and along with Polish Village Café on Yemans, its some of the best goddamn authentic Polish food you’ll ever have.
Must try: Krakus Polish Plate ($9.75) 2 dumplings, 1 stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes
Dancing Saturday’s 9:30pm-2am
Bonus Polish Joke:
Q: What do you do if a Pollack throws a grenade at you?
A: Pull the pin out and throw it back!
(2051 Gratiot Ave, Detroit)
Opened 1970 on the edge of Eastern Market, LCG has been churning out fantastic Cajun and creole dishes ever since.
Must try: cup of spicy gumbo supreme ($7.50) and classic jambalaya ($6.75)
(19196 Conant @ 7mile, Detroit)
Excellent BBQ! Walt is on the backyard smoker and inside their whipping up $5.00 bottles of their own homemade BBQ sauce along with rib tips, shrimp, catfish, corn muffins, etc.
$24.35 rib slab dinner (two huge slabs of ribs and two sides = yams and mac n’ cheese)
Peach Cobbler ($3.70), banana pudding ($2.75)
(7208 W. Fort st) CASH ONLY
Motz has been a Southwest Detroit destination spot since 1929! Their 100% beef sliders blow White Castle out of the water and man are they tasty.
$2.95 double cheeseburger slider
(295 Oakwood St, Detroit)
Popular deli since 1940, here at Gonella’s, all subs are served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Gonella’s homemade dressing. Choice of cheese = swiss, provolone, American, hot pepper. Meat = turkey, smoked turkey, chicken, mortadella, roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, salami, ham. And you can’t beat these prices!
$8.50 18 layers of meat, 3 layers provolone
7.50 14 layers,3 layers
6.50 12 layers, 2 layers
6.00 8 layers, 2 layers
5.00 6 layers, 1 layer
(5458 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit) CASH ONLY
Southwest Detroit mainstay for almost 100 years. Since 1921, this tiny simple no-frills diner offers some of the best chili dogs you’ll ever scarf down, homeslice. And it’s open 24 hours every single day!
$1.85 chili dogs
Open 24hrs daily
(7278 Dix St, Detroit)
Out of all the great Mexican restaurants in SW Detroit, this might be our favorite. Excellent guacamole. Huge, extensive menu. You can also get a beef tongue burrito here, a glass of Zanahoria (fresh carrot juice) and delicious Mexican soda, Tamarind Jarritos.
$5.75 spicy chicken tacos dinner with cheese (3 tacos served w/ rice and beans)
(4730 W. Vernor, Detroit) CASH ONLY
Chico Fuentes (from Jalisco, Mexico) is cooking up possibly the best grilled chicken in Metro Detroit. You can’t go wrong with grilled chicken and tacos in Mexicantown!
$7.00 Half-Chicken dinner or $11.00 for a whole chicken!
(3454 Bagley, Detroit)
Tamales done right and they’re only 80 cents each! Don’t go anywhere else for tamales. Since Evelyn “Evie” Grimaldo” opened this spot in 1982, they sell about 300 dozen of these tasty little suckers daily! “Best de-gringoized Mexican food” you’ll have!
Tamales ($0.80 cents each)