The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar, a friendly pub nestled beneath the historic Cook & Co. building. 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 jalapeño 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.
When 21-year-old Richard Paganes founded the first Tubby’s in 1968, it’s possible he had no idea he’d just established a dining dynasty. But after a decade in business, Richard’s sub shop in the Detroit suburbs was too popular to remain a solo act. And so began a franchising effort that lets today’s customers choose from more than 65 Tubby’s when a sandwich craving kicks in or they need a u to win an alphabet game on a road trip. The menu boasts more than your typical deli fare—though the Tubby’s Famous sub of salami and ham is the eatery’s most popular. For a twist, staffers also pack sandwiches with grilled steak and chicken, burger fixings, or veggies.
After more than 30 years in business, the Pronto Pizza family still goes the extra mile, crafting thin-crust and deep-dish pizza dough in house, flame-kissing barbecue ribs by the whole and half-slab, and deep-frying popcorn shrimp in Orville Redenbacher’s private undersea deep-fryer. See the entire menu.
There's nothing gimmicky about Farmington Deli. The staff just lets their fresh, quality meats, cheeses, and vegetables speak for themselves. These ingredients populate a menu that highlights some traditional lunchbox stuffers—turkey and muenster-cheese sandwiches, tuna salad, and embarrassing notes from Mom—as well as a few unconventional eats, including a vegetarian sandwich stacked with cucumber and sprouts. The staff tosses ham, turkey, and swiss with crisp veggies into the chef’s salad, or serves cottage cheese atop a bed of lettuce with fresh fruit. A separate catering menu lets you treat the entire team to a tray of roll-ups, subs, fruits, or veggies.
At the family-owned-and-operated Good Eats and More, pizzas and traditional Italian specialties rise within ovens. Chefs blanket garlic parmesan or butter-sesame-flavored crusts with toppings of spicy capicola, sausage, or pineapple, while layering subs and paninis with hearty meats and melted cheeses. A selection of takeaway lasagnas and mostaccioli dinners can serve up to 10 people. The restaurant's on-site gift shop peddles colorful gifts, fine home accessories, and jewelry—the least tasty but most valuable pizza topping.