The ingredients are locally sourced, the dishes are inventive, and the ambience blends sportiness and elegance. As guests watch sports on TV in the dining area, chefs at Courtside Restaurant and Bar elevate classic sports pub fare with creative glazes, premium ingredients, and interesting flavor pairings. For instance, they coat panko-crusted chicken strips in special sauces, such as the bourbon glaze and spicy zip sauce. For their handheld wraps, they favor underutilized options such as grilled salmon in a raspberry vinaigrette. Even classic desserts like their chocolate chunk cookie get a slight twist—chefs bake them in cast iron skillets.
As patrons sample these ambitious cuisines, they'll notice a modern, backlit bar with sleek metallic chairs. Elsewhere, they'll see cushy booths and ceilings high enough to accommodate a pro basketball players riding his giraffe to his booth.
The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar. Here, amid, exposed brick and flat-screen TVs, craft brews and cooked-to-order Angus beef compete for the spotlight as guests crunch through baskets of fried pickles and jalape?o poppers. Protein-packed ingredients such as bison, turkey, and black beans form burger bases, which diners can customize with bacon, grilled pineapple, blue cheese, and more than 30 other add-ons. Instead of cleansing palates with miniature squeegees, the bar draws pint-size baths of Short's seasonal suds and Dogfish Head Brewery ale, and a soon-to-open second location aims to sate hunger and thirst.
In Western Africa, the caffeinated kola nut is a symbol of vitality, long life, and friendship. And these are the things Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge aims to embody. The restaurant and lounge is filled with the aromas of authentic African and Caribbean cuisine, from goat pepper soup and rice covered in beef stew to savory Moi Moi, a steamed black eyed pea pudding with onions and fresh-ground peppers. Frequent live music enlivens the space with the sounds of jazz and reggae, and sometimes comedians and poets take the stage.
In a 1,200-square-foot venue, the staff at Epic Tavern & Grill celebrates sports in several ways, from showing live games unfold on its 25 TVs to naming each of seven quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs after major-league sports teams. One option comes slathered in blue-cheese sauce with bacon bits and red onions, and another is entirely wrapped in bacon and drizzled in chipotle mayo. This creativity extends to five signature burgers, which range from a classic cheeseburger to the Sticky burger, adorned with creamy peanut butter and Kentucky-bourbon mayo. On Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday nights, diners put down their eats and get up from their tables to groove to the beats of live DJs.
Welcome to Socialight Bistro, a West Bloomfield nightspot beloved by locals for all of the reasons listed above. But Socialight isn't just a cigar lounge?it's also a top-notch bistro that serves succulent cuts of filet mignon alongside chicken pasta and vegetarian lasagna. If you're just looking for something to nibble on while you watch the Wings, Pistons, or Lions game, order up an appetizer of jumbo crab cakes or mushroom strudel in chive sauce. And don't forget dessert, which comes in the form of a berry martini or a slice of cheesecake, which the staff can wrap in fresh tobacco leaves to go.
With its wood paneling and shelves full of books, Library Sports Pub and Grill looks like a place for serious studying?and it is, for people who pay close attention to sports and draft beers. Fans can watch the exciting action of the NFL, NBA, and other leagues on more than 40 plasma televisions mounted on the wall and above the bar, where bartenders pour glasses of seasonal and year-round brews on draft. When it's time for a snack, patrons choose from a menu packed with housemade hummus, bacon skins, and BLT pizzas.