Biggby Coffee's beverages are more like entire desserts contained within a cup. Baristas craft lattes in delicious, sweet flavors such as butter bear––a combination of caramel and butterscotch––or white lightning, a white chocolate-infused coffee. They also make creme freeze smoothies in icy flavors ranging from dairy-free mango to chocolate chip cookie or frozen hot chocolate, and can craft tea lattes for non-coffee drinkers in flavors like cinnamon spice. While beverages are busy being steamed and steeped, glistening cases of treats tempt visitors with slices of lemon pound cake, cinnamon rolls, and assorted bagels and donuts.
When you step up to the gleaming metal counter at Nice Modern Creamery, you're not going to find any tubs of ice cream on display. That's because each dish is made-to-order at -321 degrees using liquid nitrogen, which breaks down ice crystals to yield a texture that's more creamy than icy. Crafted with local, organic ingredients, Nice Modern Creamery's menu of flavors includes truffle chocolate and ground coffee, plus a tart yogurt. Patrons can customize their scoops with toppings that include almonds, honey, and strawberry purée.
Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
There are as many gyro combinations as there are customers at Kalamata Greek Grill. That's because the staff customize each of their gyros exactly to customer specifications to create dishes that range from traditional to avant garde. To start, staff toss a choice of four meats or grilled vegetables into the shop's homemade pita bread, lettuce wraps, or rice bowls. These can then be flavored with custom toppings and sauces, or one of the preset topping combos. One such combination is the Detroit style, which comes with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and creamy Greek dressing, all wrapped in a warm gyro. The Greek Power Bowl mates a choice of protein with a soft mound of quinoa. Sides such as pita chips with hummus and rice pilaf can be added at the register to ensure that every taste bud is satiated without having to survey all 10,000.
At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Trixie Deluxxe, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization—gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."