R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
Owned by former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Cheli's Chili Bar creates a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere to take in the game, nosh on some bar food and guzzle down brews. Walls are bedecked with more than 30 HD screens to watch the games and are covered with sports memorabilia to watch you watch the games with their beady, collectible eyes. While each Cheli's location carries its own distinct dishes and beers, both the Dearborn and Detroit menus come topped by the signature chili. Order it by the cup ($4.25), in a luscious mix of cheddar, onions, and sour cream ($6.25), or smeared with mustard and onion on a Coney dog ($5.95). Patrons appreciate the delicious waffle fries, which sneak onto the plate of each dinner entree and sandwich, and appetizer explorers love to traverse mountainous portions of nachos ($9.50), layered with cheese, onion, sour cream, black olives, and jalapeños. The fully stocked bars at each Cheli's allow you to wash down your gullet with a wide array of beers on tap, in bottle, and in wrought-iron Stanley Cup chalices.
Fifth Avenue delights rabid sports fans and neutral noshers alike with a late-night menu of classic pub fare, brews, and entertainment. Thirty-five flat-screen televisions stimulate optic and otic synapses with a lively stream of sport spectatorship, while hardworking cooks toss, toast, and top house specialty V.I.Pizzas ($10–$13) and assemble 3-D edibles into the wee hour of 2 a.m. Pique appetites under the tutelage of cheese-gilded nacho platters ($7), or pit dueling bread stix and cheese stix ($6 each) against each other in oral arenas. Competitive canines sink luxuriously into cheeseburgers ($7) or caesar salads ($5), while New York–style cheesecake ($5) and globes of vanilla-flecked ice cream ($2.50) tuck sweet teeth into sugar-kissed slumbers.
O’Tooles offers a massive menu of Irish-inspired American fare, sure to please that dashing ex-Emerald Islander in your jazz aerobics class. The juicy beef tenderloin bites ($9.99) are char-grilled to order and served with the house houseradish sauce to properly lubricate the palate for delicious beers and bite to come. Appetized seafarers can dive into the battered and fried calamari ($7.99), with two dipping sauces and lemon wedges. Savory sandwiches and burgers, such as the corned-beef and kraut-or-slaw-stuffed Celtic reuben ($8.49) or the customizable burger ($6.99) with more than 20 available toppings ($0.29¬–$1.29), satisfy diners' desires to hold hands with their meals in public for once. Hearty entrees offer an eclectic selection of plated proteins. Meat enthusiasts should opt for the award-winning ribs ($13.99–$22.99), smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, while pescevores needn't go fishing with a bounty of flavor in each forkful of the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($12.99) or Guinness-battered fish and chips ($9.99–$13.99). Wings, salads, soups, and pizza round out the menu, ensuring each member of your book club or fight club will emerge from the dinner satisfied and fully fed.
7 Bar & Grill might be so named for good luck, or for the number of 60-inch flat-screen televisions on the walls, but either way it sounds like some place you want to be. As the TVs broadcast sports games and other programs, visitors tip back 16-ounce drafts. On the surface, the place seems nothing more than a congenial spot to cheer on your favorite team, and perhaps indulge in a cocktail. The menu, however, reveals its devotion not just to traditional pub snacks, but also to restaurant-style meals.
The signature burger here isn't a simple lettuce-tomato-onion affair—it's built instead with provolone cheese, red pepper relish, and portobello mushrooms. If you crave a challenge, you might opt for the Big Boss, which puts two quarter-pound Angus patties on a three-layered bun. Other pub staples include cheese fries and chicken wings. The menu then steers into hearty territory with full dinners of lamb chops or rib eye steak. Though fish 'n' chips is indeed available, you can go a tad fancier by ordering a plate of seared Scottish salmon, or by eating the shrimp scampi out of a top hat. A list of nine specialty pizzas even features a shrimp pizza, dappled with red peppers, red onions, and herbs.
B. Boomers Sports Bar is a basically a museum for sports lovers. With a full bar. The walls and ceiling are covered with autographed pictures of hockey and baseball stars, and framed magazines that showcase some of sports greatest moments. Support beams are decorated with streaming banners of famous athletes? names, and license plates from all of America?s 60 states. The bar brandishes 30 HD TVs that showcase the latest sporting events. Pizzas, burgers, and beer refuel patrons in between pool games and cracks at the in-house arcade games.