The first issue of Sporting News hit newspaper stands way back in 1886, catalyzing the start of an iconic publication—often referred to as the “Bible of Baseball”—that still survives today. Sports fans in Detroit have more than just a magazine to associate the name “Sporting News” with; Sporting News Grill, a little spot in Romulus that serves up classic American food. A sports-bar meets family-friendly restaurant, the spot honors its namesake with constant television coverage of all sports games and competitive knitting tournaments. Myriad HD flatscreens encircle the bar, where patrons can nosh on buffalo wings, beer-battered jalapeños, and onion rings with any one of the rotating 32 draft beers on tap. Groups can also enjoy a more laid back spot in the main dining room outfitted with cushy booths, perfect for enjoying classic reuben sandwiches, burgers, NY strip streaks, and even a daily served breakfast of blueberry pancakes and veggie skillets.
Wild Coney & Grill serves up American diner staples with a Mediterranean twist, sliding diners a menu full of hot dogs, gyros, and burgers. Coney Island dogs ($1.95) arrive doused in traditional chili, mustard, and onion toppings, and buns and firmly gripped fingers struggle to contain the seasoned ground beef and the laissez-faire political leanings of the loose burger ($2.25). The gyros supreme meal ($7.75) pairs pita-enveloped lean lamb and cucumber sauce with a fresh, vegetable-rich mini Greek salad and fries. The restaurant serves hearty breakfasts all day, bearing heavy platters of the Wild breakfast special ($5.75), weighted with three large eggs, two slices of bacon, sausage, one slice of ham, and an astronaut-collected cube of jellied sun.
Carlson Catering Company’s seasoned chefs enliven bland bashes with crowd-pleasing platters of bite-size edibles. Chilled, jumbo shrimp huddle in orderly circles, awaiting dollops of piquant cocktail sauce, and meatballs ready themselves for holiday festivities with a barbecue-sauce bath and toothpick stilettos. Guests can paint palm lines with juicy, breaded chicken wings or stack social nibbles from a cheese and cracker tray that feeds up to 50 partygoers and includes New York cheddar, domestic swiss, muenster, colby jack, and pepper jack cheeses, and is garnished with grapes, strawberries, and six sleeves of assorted crackers. Carlson's talented gourmands boast a culinary rapport with famous film and television stars, including Demi Moore, Richard Gere, and the Emergency Broadcast System.
The family-owned Toarmina's has served up its signature sweet sauce and gullet-stuffing, 24-inch pies since 1987. The menu boasts traditional pizzas ranging from the small one-topping ($8.99) to the two-footer with three toppings ($24.39)—a favorite at giant-division ultimate frisbee leagues. The casual eatery's aromatic ovens also cook up deep dish ($11.99–$13.99) and specialty picks such as the steak and cheese ($12.49–$28.99), which blankets melted mozzarella and american cheese over steak, mushrooms, onions, and golden italian dressing, and the veggie ($11.49–$25.99), a garden party of mushrooms, black olives, diced green peppers, and onions.
There is perhaps no greater sign of Louisiana's culinary heritage than the mélange of aromas that wafts from a pot of simmering gumbo—a cornerstone of creole cooking from as far back as the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly every recipe calls for some kind of roux, a traditional French sauce that consists of butter, oil, or some other fat mixed with flour. Beyond that, the specific spices and ingredients vary wildly, but most versions of gumbo fall into one of three general categories. Seafood gumbos feature oysters, crawfish, and other catches simmered with okra and vegetables, whereas filé gumbo uses a spicy herb made from ground sassafras leaves to highlight the savory flavor of andouille, poultry, ham, or smoked links. The third variant is known as gumbo z'herbes, a vegetarian recipe traditionally served during Lent.
Despite its indisputable creole ties, gumbo can't actually be traced to a single cultural tradition; the version using filé powder, for instance, originally derives from Native American cultures. Either way, the name itself comes from the West African term “gombo,” which means “okra”—a plant native to Africa that the French colonists of Louisiana likely introduced to North America in the early 1700s.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arena rockets socked striplings high above a pair of inflatable party arenas chock-full of kid-friendly bounce pads. During three fun-filled visits, young whippersnappers can leap around gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Parents and guardians jump for free, so childless adults who want to practice their bounce skills will need to win one from a cereal-box contest.