Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.
The sandwich savants at Cyclone Pitas wrap fresh produce, high-quality meats, and an assortment of cheese in Mediterranean-style pita bread. Cyclone Pitas' breadsmiths bake their signature pitas on-site daily to maximize freshness and instill ovens with a diligent work ethic, and their doughy efforts encase a variety of fillings from the Brazen Bull's roast beef, horseradish, and pepper jack cheese ($6.95) to the thai chicken's spicy peanut sauce and avocado ($6.95). Vegetarian wraps include the Garden Grove, a mélange of cucumbers, sprouts, and sandwich-cementing vegetable spread ($5.95), and the Say Cheese, a cultured trio of provolone, swiss, and pepper jack drizzled in house dressing ($5.25). The restaurant also showcases 10-inch pita pizzas ($4.95–$6.95), thin crusts mounded with pizza's greatest hits such as barbecue chicken, pepperoni, and cassette singles of "Free Bird."
Coffee-shop owner, barista, and coffee consultant Tony DiCorpo and his fellow bean specialists brew tantalizing coffee at Troubadour Coffee Roasters using fresh coffee beans imported directly from farms and cooperatives. They roast the beans on-site and make each mocha, espresso, and cappuccino to order. The team also acquaints curious coffee sippers with the art of crafting brews during hands-on tastings in the coffee roastery's full espresso bar. Geared toward everyone from home enthusiasts to professional baristas and coffee-shop owners, participants taste gourmet coffee samples as hosts explain their characteristics, such as their origin and flavor.
The focus of El Arepazo Y Pupuseria is right in its name: arepas and pupusas, two dishes native to Colombia and El Salvador, respectively. The recipes are similar, but seasoned with subtle regional differences. Chefs mix corn flour or masa with water and salt, forming the dough into patties that they lightly fry and fill with cheese, beef, or pork. They also fashion savory empanadas and steam tamales inside hatboxes. Entrees include options such as a plate with colombian sausage, pork, egg, avocado, and plantains, and come in large portions that encourage family-style dining.
Its docks jutting into the Puce Harbour River Marina, Sandbar Waterfront Grill beckons both foot travellers and the boaters of Lake St. Clair with pub fare, seafood, and wood-fired pizzas. Helmed by owners Robert and Ken Troup, this year-round establishment spotlights the local by using ingredients from regional producers. Cozy confines entice patrons to relax in a bar area sporting televisions and a dining room adorned in dark wooden trim, a fireplace, and nautical touches such as Elizabethan-era scurvy pamphlets.
Rize Pizzeria's newly rehabbed dining room evokes a comic book cover with bright blue banquettes and yellow accents popping out from a tomato red wall. Below modern lights like hanging martini glasses, diners can summon 10 varieties of specialty pizza or build-your-own pies with more than 25 available toppings. The pizzeria's kitchen also slathers wings in a dozen sauce types ranging from sweet and mild to hot chipotle barbeque.