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.
JD’s forges a lively blend of eats and live piano music for a vivacious twist on the predictable night out. As patrons wine, dine, and opine, dueling pianists take the stage, plunking out nimble ditties and popular hits in a back-and-forth battle for key-based supremacy. Guests are encouraged to sing along and dance while fueling their groove engines with draft beers, cocktails, and other liquid luxuries from JD’s fully stocked bar. Quash hunger uprisings with a snack-centric menu of morsels such as the appropriately air-drummable cheese sticks ($6.75), or ensure that one hand remains free for emergency fist pumps with a plate of paw-size mini tacos ($6.75). For Italian-based tastes, JD’s pizza menu features made-to-order disks dressed in a choice of meats, veggies, or a blank canvas of cheese ($11), with toppings arranged in the shape of Billy Joel’s head upon request. The roomy interior at JD’s allows for soulful participation from active listeners, with plenty of seating for guests more inclined to sit back and analyze the arpeggio progressions of Sweet Caroline .
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.