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.
While Mill Street Grille's wings ($7.99 for eight wings) have earned the restaurant ticker-tape parades from CityVoters and Nobel Prizes in physics, the rest of the menu proves to be no slouch in culinary capability. Split an appetizer of deep-fried pickle chips ($4.49) or conquer the mountainous nachos for two ($9.49) like an edibles-minded Edmund Hillary. Entrees include grilled salmon ($12.99), the Mill Street rack of ribs ($16.99), and a rib-eye steak dinner ($14.99), all of which come with a choice of fries, coleslaw, or house salad. Mill Street Grille's selection of sandwiches and wraps covers all-American favorites such as the catfish po' boy ($6.99), the Philly steak ($7.99), and the club wrap ($6.99), while its brigade of burgers ranges in size from four sliders ($5.99) to Mill Street's Big Daddy ($9.99), a pound of meat topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, Mill Street Grille's special sauce, and the well-wishes of concerned onlookers.
Awarded the runner-up spot for Best Sandwich Shop 2010 by CityVoter, The Bronx Deli proffers a cornucopia of choice cuts from Sy Ginsberg's acclaimed meats, assembling hefty sandwiches, grilled paninis, and loaded salads bursting with authentic New York flavor. A traditional deli takes its sandwich-building cues from Babel, cementing quivering towers of corned beef to the sturdy cornerstones of thick rye bread with the mortar of piquant russian dressing; the Big Mouth corned beef ($9.39 for a regular), owners Marc and Len's signature sandwich, mimics this careful construction, requiring safety goggles and a hard hat to prevent slaw-saturation as towers tumble into gaping mouths gurgling the word “delicious” in 57 different languages.
Tracing its lineage back to 1939, Lelli’s remains in the hands of its original founders, the Lelli family, and continues its culinary tradition of rich, Northern Italian steak-house fare. Skilled chefs and servers prepare and present à la carte dishes such as juicy filet mignon, fresh seafood, and house-made egg pastas draped with rich tomato and cream-based sauces, or bookend European-style six-course meals with antipasto and palate-cleansing spumoni. The dimly lit dining room plays host to private events, corporate dinners, and family meals, and frames feasts with light that glints from candles and crystal chandeliers, reflecting off of cherry-wood furnishings and roosting in the folds of alabaster tablecloths.