There is no love more sincere than the love of food
– George Bernard Shaw
There are places you go out to eat and hardly notice the interior décor as it may be regular or unimpressive. Then there are others that serve fresh, delicious, healthy and warm comfort food along a side of history and architecture. Such is the case of Maccabees, an all-American bistro bar right in the heart of Midtown Detroit, Michigan.
Located on the ground floor of the historic (and stunning) Maccabees Building
and within walking distance to Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of arts, this art-deco style eatery feels as if you stepped in the 1920’s during the heyday of Detroit. The food is definitely the main attraction and that’s precisely why we stopped there after our 2 hour guided tour of Motor city with Kim Rusinow
from Show Me Detroit Tours.
In all honesty, I had worked out an appetite and definitely needed to refuel or recharge batteries in order to continue our tour in the afternoon prior to flying out of the city.
We met up with Deanna from Visit Detroit and we proceeded to take a look at the menu.
For starters, we had crunchy and breaded homemade chicken fingers
followed by caprese salad
and café style calamari
Maccabees is famous for its brunches, deli sandwiches, and is one of the few restaurants in the world to serve potato pancake sandwiches, yes, you read that right. Instead of regular bread, you can have two potato patties along with the protein of your choice!
For the main meal, I opted for a veggie wrap (red peppers, onions, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes) along with a Caesar salad.
The service was friendly, quick and efficient. What truly stunned me was that our server did not write our orders on a notebook. On the contrary, he memorized all the orders by heart!
How often do you get to see or experience that at a restaurant these days? Hats off to him!
I may have a photographic memory and remember even years later but trust me, he wins hands down!
While we waited for your food. I took a few moments to look around and capture the beauty and décor of course. The designers and architects truly took the extra time to look into the smallest details.
After walking a few moments, it was finally time to satisfy our hunger.
First off Caesar salad: light, fresh crispy and crunchy
Followed by the veggie wrap: fully loaded and hot off the grill. It was juicy and very tasty.
My neighbors at table ordered a Traverse City Blues salad (dried cherries, mixed greens, crumbled blue cheese, diced chicken, shaved almonds and house balsamic)
and a BLAT (Bacon Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) sandwich among others.
Lunch sure was well worth the wait and I was filled in a short time. One definitely needs to go on an empty stomach before arriving because the portions are quite generous that you may have to ask for a takeout bag and bring it home!
Where they are located
5057 Woodward Avenue
After this foodie fest, we were ready for our final visit which was across the street. We had been waiting all day to see what we had come to see (besides the North American International Auto Show or NAIAS): Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals” found at the Rivera Court inside the DIA, the Detroit Institute of Arts.
That will be in the next installments, so stay tuned for those!
Now I’m turning it over to you.
When was last time you went to a restaurant
that combines delicious food and striking interior décor?
Where was it?
We’d love to read all about it in the comments, so do share!
Until next time.
Tashi Delek, all the best.