The glass pastry case inside Buckner's: A Dessert Cafe holds an assortment of sweets crafted by bakers across Metro Detroit. Patrons can savor forkfuls of cheesecake and pie, nibble cupcakes and brownies, or lick scoops of Ashby's ice cream instead of their neighbors’ earlobes. Pours of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea pair well with the café's treats.
Let's set the scene: a stone fireplace radiates heat, laughter and conversation blend into a blanket of white noise, and the aroma of freshly ground coffee permeates everything. This could easily be a person's version of heaven, but it's actually a place that exists in this earthly realm. Welcome to Bean and Tea Company.
One of Detroit's newest spots for enjoying a steamy cup of tea or coffee, Bean and Tea Company has already established itself as a local meeting place dedicated to relaxation and social activity. It's the kind of coffee shop where friends gather around cozy tables, strangers get to know one another, and bookworms snack on their favorite textbooks in peace.
The Dessert Oasis' expert baristas conjure more than 300 kinds of coffee drinks out of caffeinated air and matchmake them to the sundry eponymous sweets baked fresh every day. A café mocha ($2.85–$3.95) or a latte ($2.45–$3.45) might arrive adorned with an artistic dollop of milk foam in the shape of a flower, heart, or eerily accurate portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The full-bodied house blend ($1.45–$2.10) or a complexly flavored cup of 100 percent Kona beans ($3.50–$5) fuel inject a more straight-up jolt into drowsy commuters. The eatery's signature cheese or chocolate fondue ($9.95–$19.95) add a delicious coating to any dippable delight, be it a hunk of bread or neighbor's car keys.
Juicy mangos, strawberries, pineapples, and limes aren't safe in the hands of Crushed Premium founder Roz Cordova. With her special knack for deliciously combining fruit, vegetables, and the occasional splash of milk—no sugar, preservatives, or synthetic cocktail umbrellas allowed—the result is smoothies like her classic strawberry banana, mango lemonade, pina colada, and kale-laced mango greenade varieties. She also brings her special recipes to corporate events and parties, where she blends them up on the spot for guests.
After more than a quarter-century of layering sandwiches, whipping up fresh salads, and ladling out bowls of piping-hot soups, Vineyards Deli Basket has the delicatessen business down to a science. The extensive menu lists more than 100 entries, broken down into sections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as specialized options for healthy choices and Jewish catering. There are traditional deli standbys, such as a BLT or turkey reuben, as well as less traditional selections, such as barbecue wings or the jumbo Vienna hot dog, which is the size of a city bus.
While children have playgrounds and arcades as places to find fun, adults have places like Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe. Home to a dizzying array of wines and craft beers, Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe also satisfies appetites, dishing out more than a dozen different made-to-order sandwiches and specialty pizzas that are perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or snack during the intermission of a drag race. The Hawaiian Volcano pizza anchors the shop's selection of pies, scorching taste buds with a spicy combination of ham, bacon, pineapple, and jalapeno. During their visit, patrons can also check out the shop's cigar room, and on Friday nights, they can try out new wines during free tastings.