Mixx Lounge tops off cocktails and broadcasts dance beats to entertain and invigorate Detroit-area patrons. A dark wood bar props up drink glasses and customers’ elbows as they peruse the menu for new potable possibilities, whether interests guide them toward a martini, a savory small plate ($6–$10), or a career in botany. La Terre ($6.50) mixes Californian merlot and cabernet into a ruby-colored refreshment, and the warm spinach-artichoke dip’s ($8) creamy texture complements a crunchy pita-chip vehicle. Pluck tender shrimp from a cocktail glass filled with dipping sauce ($9) while wielding the 007, a classic vodka martini, shaken vigorously and garnished with a deployable grappling hook.
In a 1,200-square-foot venue, the staff at Epic Tavern & Grill celebrates sports in several ways, from showing live games unfold on its 25 TVs to naming each of seven quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs after major-league sports teams. One option comes slathered in blue-cheese sauce with bacon bits and red onions, and another is entirely wrapped in bacon and drizzled in chipotle mayo. This creativity extends to five signature burgers, which range from a classic cheeseburger to the Sticky burger, adorned with creamy peanut butter and Kentucky-bourbon mayo. On Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday nights, diners put down their eats and get up from their tables to groove to the beats of live DJs.
Welcome to Socialight Bistro, a West Bloomfield nightspot beloved by locals for all of the reasons listed above. But Socialight isn't just a cigar lounge—it's also a top-notch bistro that serves succulent cuts of filet mignon alongside chicken pasta and vegetarian lasagna. If you're just looking for something to nibble on while you watch the Wings, Pistons, or Lions game, order up an appetizer of jumbo crab cakes or mushroom strudel in chive sauce. And don't forget dessert, which comes in the form of a berry martini or a slice of cheesecake, which the staff can wrap in fresh tobacco leaves to go.
The Lakes Bar & Grille calms appetites with a menu comprising a wide variety of grilled meats, perfectly cooked seafood, and plentiful entrees. Blackberry chicken takes center stage by singing a song of house-made blackberry pan sauce, surrounded by a supporting cast of vegetables and a potato cameo ($15.95). Dine on the grill's most beloved staple, steak, with such succulent meat slabs as filet mignon seared in zip sauce and coated in herb butter ($23.95–$28.95) and16-ounce hand-cut delmonico steaks with all the fixings ($26.95). Pan-fried perch leap from griddles to plates in a magnificent display of annual migration, eager to reach their home in lakes of lemon butter and tartar sauce ($18.95). Combining the very best of water-based sports and artificial football fields, surf 'n' turf mac 'n' cheese piles plates with steak bits, lobster, and elbow macaroni ($15.95).
A boomerang is designed to come right back, but it only works if you throw it perfectly. In that way, the Australian toy makes a fitting logo for The Comeback Inn, since it reflects a commitment to quality food that keeps drawing diners back. That philosophy shines through in every item on the menu, whether it's a plateful of jumbo buffalo wings or a signature Highland Station sandwich, made with fresh pastrami, corned beef, and homemade coleslaw. Although the bulk of the menu is sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes also make an appearance, as do a fleet of pizzas—including a weekly changing specialty pie, just in case diners have memorized all five proteins on the Meat Meets Meat pizza.
However, there are more reasons to return to Comeback Inn than just food. The restaurant has drink specials and live entertainment several nights a week, including Monday's "My Trivia Live" with Devin, the resident Trivia Jockey. During summer months, Comeback Inn's parking lot transforms into a car show each Tuesday, complete with classic automobiles and live music.
Guests at The Blue Grill customize their own Mediterranean dishes. First, they decide on whether meals will be served in a pita wrap, rice bowl, salad, or edible pita bowl. Then come the meats and vegetables—fire-roasted beef shawarma seasoned with spices, chicken kebabs, crispy falafels, stuffed grape leaves, and spicy couscous. Housemade hummus and bake pita chips arrive on the side, if desired. The Grill staff also whips up raw juices, including a carrot-celery-apple mix that works to boost immune systems, unlike ice fishing from below the ice. The mix-and-match concept earned the eatery an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town..