Orion Sports Bar & Grill works from a menu of burgers, salads, and hot subs, along with juicy steaks, barbecue ribs, and fish and chips. It's all served up in a sports bar atmosphere. Along with playing Michigan sports games on their flat-screen TVs, the bar challenges guests to trivia, hosts open-mic nights, and presents live music aside from seeing who can most loudly scream at the too-calm Bryant Gumbel. Orion also offers specials on holidays such as St. Patrick's Day.
Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli spent 19 years in the NHL. Four of those years—including 1992–1993, one of the best seasons of his career—were as part of the Detroit Red Wings. Though he's no longer schooling goalies, Dino still thrills sports fans across the city with his trio of family-friendly restaurants. Inside each, HD projection screens and more than 40 big-screen TVs team up to deliver the action from all the big games. While cheering on their teams, visitors dive into Angus prime beef burgers, slabs of ribs, and the signature sauce-slathered chicken tenders known as stingers. Like Dino when he's on the ice or putting a quarter in a toy-vending machine, these lightly floured morsels are ready for anything—you can order them on their own, or have them stuffed them into tacos or a wrap for easy transportation.
JD’s forges a lively blend of eats and live piano music for a vivacious twist on the predictable night out. As patrons wine, dine, and opine, dueling pianists take the stage, plunking out nimble ditties and popular hits in a back-and-forth battle for key-based supremacy. Guests are encouraged to sing along and dance while fueling their groove engines with draft beers, cocktails, and other liquid luxuries from JD’s fully stocked bar. Quash hunger uprisings with a snack-centric menu of morsels such as the appropriately air-drummable cheese sticks ($6.75), or ensure that one hand remains free for emergency fist pumps with a plate of paw-size mini tacos ($6.75). For Italian-based tastes, JD’s pizza menu features made-to-order disks dressed in a choice of meats, veggies, or a blank canvas of cheese ($11), with toppings arranged in the shape of Billy Joel’s head upon request. The roomy interior at JD’s allows for soulful participation from active listeners, with plenty of seating for guests more inclined to sit back and analyze the arpeggio progressions of Sweet Caroline .
A spiked, oxidized green crown juts into the air above The Liberty Bar, wherein diverse revelers can share laughs over beers and snack on burgers and paninis. A list of over fifty brews complements refined pub dishes, such as the bruschetta burger, goat chevre and walnut baguette sandwiches, or plates of cheese, olives, or charcuterie. Regulars flock to the Liberty for karaoke, euchre night, or special live entertainment events, where dancers dress as sexy cowboys, sexy firemen, or sexy tax collectors.
The clattering symphony of fallen pins plays on Sylvan Lanes Bowling Center’s 12 gleaming lanes, where competitors hurl resin-based orbs. Here, strike forces assemble for 10-frame mayhem, one-upping one another with stunning spare pickups and graceful pirouettes enabled by their supple-soled rental shoes. On their quest to roll the elusive 300, bowlers can sustain themselves with selections from the menu, such as burgers topped with blue cheese or pizzas adorned with barbecue sauce and chicken. Throughout the alley, plush leather sofas beckon bowlers, and a full-service bar lined with flat-screen TVs keeps guests abreast of contemporaneous sporting events.
Sylvan Lanes also has a private event room that holds over 100 people and can be used for just about any event including birthday parties, family reunions, and showers.
While Mill Street Grille's wings ($7.99 for eight wings) have earned the restaurant ticker-tape parades from CityVoters and Nobel Prizes in physics, the rest of the menu proves to be no slouch in culinary capability. Split an appetizer of deep-fried pickle chips ($4.49) or conquer the mountainous nachos for two ($9.49) like an edibles-minded Edmund Hillary. Entrees include grilled salmon ($12.99), the Mill Street rack of ribs ($16.99), and a rib-eye steak dinner ($14.99), all of which come with a choice of fries, coleslaw, or house salad. Mill Street Grille's selection of sandwiches and wraps covers all-American favorites such as the catfish po' boy ($6.99), the Philly steak ($7.99), and the club wrap ($6.99), while its brigade of burgers ranges in size from four sliders ($5.99) to Mill Street's Big Daddy ($9.99), a pound of meat topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, Mill Street Grille's special sauce, and the well-wishes of concerned onlookers.