Lauded as "a destination worth discovering" by Tour Lake St. Clair, Tryst Food and Spirits entices diners to its waterfront eatery with heaping portions of seafood and steak-house-style cuisine. Chefs pair calamari with homemade amogio sauce, adorn charbroiled, 20-ounce rib eyes with sautéed mushrooms, and top homemade ricotta gnocchi with homemade meat sauce. Guests can enjoy their meals in a glass-walled dining room with stunning lake views, upon a spacious three-tiered patio deck, or at an outdoor tiki bar right on the waterfront. An outdoor stage hosts frequent live entertainment, while a fire pit keeps guests toasty until 1 a.m. every Wednesday through Saturday. Along with Tryst's roomy parking lot, the docking area's 26 deep-water wells accommodate boats or saddled marlin anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in size.
The chefs at Emils Buffalo Tavern cook a variety of hearty pub dishes, but they are best known for one thing—their buffalo burger. These grilled sandwiches pair well with draft brews, cocktails, and soda pops alike, and you can order them alongside popular staples such as chicken wings, nachos, and tacos. Every so often, local musicians take the stage and turn the tavern into a dancehall, and when the weather is nice, the restaurant opens its patio and gives discounts to meteorologists.
At Thee New Green Street Tavern, new friends and old regulars get together over beer and classic Irish pub fare. As you might expect, the menu includes emerald-isle staples, such as fish 'n' chips or and shepherd's pie along with 18 beers on tap. On weekends, live DJs and karaoke adds an extra dose of festivity. The tavern exudes a delightfully divey, neighborhood-pub charm, with flourishes such as shamrocks, neon beer signs, and a stuffed and mounted deer head over the bar.
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. Named the Best Bar Patio by Real Detroit Weekly from 2009–2012, the large outdoor patio accommodates hundreds of pub-goers, with plenty of seating and shady umbrellas. The breezy space also boasts a grill, where pit masters barbecue affordable, tasty ribs and burgers to complement cold brews and fresh air. During warmer seasons, DJs spin tunes and unnecessary wool under the patio's hanging café lights.
The self-proclaimed home of the $1 draft, Dooleys Tavern keeps 20 beers cascading from their taps. Those suds complement the chefs' pub food, which includes American tavern classics such as half-pound burgers and up to 50 chicken wings doused in a choice of four sauces. The draft beer house also concocts American dishes with an Irish twist such as corned-beef sliders and a pizza filled with mashed potatoes and topped with bacon and red onions.
Seven nights a week, Dooleys’ three locations keep guests entertained until 2 a.m. on an outdoor patio, in a room full of classic bar games, and with plenty of HDTVs showing the game. The trio of taverns also accommodates up to 100 guests for private parties. Additionally, the Mount Clemens location pairs feasts with sidesplitting routines from standup comics in Carmen's Showroom.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.