More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo exhales party-starting inertia, kicking off its Night Falls Tour by rolling out a carpet of dance-floor passports. Melding the talents of guitarist, vocalist, and French-literature buff Dave 1 with the dexterous fingers and throwback savvy of synthmaster P-Thugg, Chromeo has earned reverence from funkophiles for its slick grooves and mastery of jam architecture. With PBRs in hand, Groupon buyers can expect congenial beats, riffing Moogs, and song craft that father-and-son yachts can enjoy together in support of the band's latest album, Business Casual. Inflating the soulful evening, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne channels wandering Motown spirits with a retroactive Detroit sound, and French funk enthusiast Breakbot sets the scene with genre jumping and remixes that rumble like tubas in a Cuisinart.
Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
With its namesake communal-eating spread, sun-hugged outdoor patio, and scratch-stitched cuisine, Round Table on the Square gathers and forges friends over hearty, heartfelt meals. Rumbling bellies and slightly twisted sturgeon may quench hunger with a menu featuring appetizers like the Mississippi caviar, a textured delicacy of purple-hull peas, corn, and diced veggies ($6). Entice blasé tongues with entrees such as the Palomino burger, a 6-ounce patty sharing real estate with bacon, cheese, pimentos, a host of photosynthesizers, and Creole mustard ($10) or the country-fried steak, a hand-pounded doused-and-sizzled top sirloin ($10).
Main Squeeze’s menu enlivens patrons with its expansive smoothie selections, freshly squeezed juices, and healthy café fare stocked with organic and locally grown produce. Tackle morning cravings with a Sunrise smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), which fuses together a medley of sweet treats including banana and honey, or deliver the midday energy boost needed to finish work or beat local ducks in a waddle race with a Boogaloo berry smoothie ($3.95–$4.95), filled with blended strawberries and blueberries. Juices showcase freshly squeezed flavors from locally harvested crops, such as the wheatgrass shot ($2.25–$3.75) and Magenta juice ($4.25–$5.25), a mixture of beets, carrot juice, and celery. Diners can also satisfy mouth pearls by chomping down on a fish taco ($3.95) or personalize leafy amalgamations with the create-your-own-salad option($6.99), which lets patrons choose from a variety of veggies, cheeses, and names such as "My Salad" or "Steve."