Cravings Cafe percolates flavorful, full-bodied coffee with 100% Arabica beans secured from a local roaster to sip with gourmet sandwiches and fresh soups. Under the gaze of original artwork, baristas skillfully concoct foamy cappuccinos or decadent mexican hot chocolates and tastefully garnish each cup with a monster-truck Micro Machine ($2–$4). Small bowls of soup du jour ($2.99) tempt palates with bursts of earthy, jour flavor, and turkey sandwiches pop with basil- and parmesan-infused pesto ($5.99). On Thursday evenings, diners can munch falafel wraps ($5.99) as they scrutinize the prowess of amateur entertainers who rendezvous at the café's open-mic night, where host Ramon Rivas invites patrons to read poetry, sing songs, and lip-synch to a laugh track.
If you have trouble deciding among flavors, it would be wise to visit Main Street Cupcakes sooner rather than later: their cupcake list is more than 350 strong, and getting longer all the time. Luckily, only a dozen or two of those inventive varieties grace the bakery case each day, condensing the choices to include their four classics?red velvet, wedding day white, classic vanilla, and classic chocolate?plus a smattering of unique flavors that might include champagne and raspberries, gingerbread latte, or salted watermelon. For those who can?t get enough of these sweet creations, cupcake towers let you bring home a mountain of sugary bliss, and in-store parties let you decorate cupcakes with your favorite toppings or the name of your least favorite dentist.
Cooks at Gusti Italian Grill prepare customized Italian entrees such as pasta bowls and Gusti wraps. Each entree comes adorned with the customer’s choice of a grilled item, fresh vegetables, and toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers.
Its docks jutting into the Puce Harbour River Marina, Sandbar Waterfront Grill beckons both foot travellers and the boaters of Lake St. Clair with pub fare, seafood, and wood-fired pizzas. Helmed by owners Robert and Ken Troup, this year-round establishment spotlights the local by using ingredients from regional producers. Cozy confines entice patrons to relax in a bar area sporting televisions and a dining room adorned in dark wooden trim, a fireplace, and nautical touches such as Elizabethan-era scurvy pamphlets.
Rize Pizzeria's newly rehabbed dining room evokes a comic book cover with bright blue banquettes and yellow accents popping out from a tomato red wall. Below modern lights like hanging martini glasses, diners can summon 10 varieties of specialty pizza or build-your-own pies with more than 25 available toppings. The pizzeria's kitchen also slathers wings in a dozen sauce types ranging from sweet and mild to hot chipotle barbeque.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.