Courthouse Cafe & Grill sits right across the street from the place that inspired its name, and a half-a-world away from the place that inspired its cuisine. Just a few steps from the Macomb County Circuit Court, the family-owned restaurant brings traditional Lebanese dishes to the Mount Clemens community and to judges tired of chewing on the same old gavel. An expert chef with decades of experience creates the eatery's colorful spread, which sizzles with fresh-from-the-grill shish kabobs and lamb chops. Signature entrees showcase Mediterranean heritage, including hand-rolled grape leaves stuffed with lamb, rice, and herbs.
Madison's Pub owners envisioned a pub that had it all under one roof. So when they discovered a 100-year-old, three-story brick building nestled in downtown Mount Clemens, it seemed like the obvious choice to fulfill their dreams. Just beyond glass garage doors, they set up a large hardwood floor with enough room for their patrons to dance or herd elephants, and they peppered the bar with over a dozen high-definition plasma TVs and an eight-foot big-screen TV with surround sound for sports fans to follow the Tigers and Redwings. Owners also set up a smaller bar at the front of the building to give guests a quieter place to chat. As everyone's bound to work up a hunger from all the activity, the pub's chefs devised a menu of hearty burgers and sandwiches, as well as specialties such as mac ‘n’ cheese and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips.
At Your Mothers, feel-good pub fare keeps bellies balanced as patrons slurp down selections from a wide range of beer and spirits that lurk behind a bright wooden bar. While keeping an eye on the sports game, comrades cluster around baskets of twice-fried buffalo wings, licking one of 17 sauces—including six barbecue sauces and five fiery hot sauces—off their own fingers and friends’ faces. In addition to chicken sandwiches and burgers topped with bacon or olives and feta, the kitchen turns out grilled slabs of ribs tossed in house barbecue sauce. Thick pizzas, made with small-batch doughs and topped with family-recipe sauce, include a roasted-garlic-and-portobello variety and a caribbean chicken pizza, lightly garnished with jerk seasoning after being reeled in from Jamaican waters.
The culinary savants at Bath City Bistro whip up a menu of swanky, scratch-made bistro fare served amid the historic environs of Mount Clemens's old mineral-bathhouse district. Evening stomach stuffing begins with appetizers such as a tub of mussels served either scampi style or wallowing in a taste-bud-tingling red sauce ($7.99). Then munch on entrees such as the ground-sirloin dinner smothered in brandy-peppercorn-mushroom sauce ($9.99), or wrap a fork around pasta dishes such as the seafood pasta, in which sautéed shrimp, calamari, and fresh mussels swim through creamy alfredo, spicy marinara, or palomino sauce ($14.99), allowing diners the privilege of sampling the flavors of the sea without the hassle of snatching Poseidon's lunchbox.
It would be hard to imagine Mount Clemens without The Rec'. Most residents wouldn't be able to, since The Rec' (also known as The Recreation Bowl) has been around since the early 1920s. Almost a century after its opening, the alley still thunders with the sound of spares, strikes, and turkeys. Some things have changed, of course. Modern scoring machines now track each game’s progress, and TV's hang over the eight lanes to provide further entertainment between tosses and strike celebrations inspired by Swan Lake. The Rec' holds its own as a restaurant and performance venue as well. Waitresses carry burgers and beer out to two patios , and live musicians play classic rock on the weekends.