As far as impulse buys go, it's hard to beat the Louisiana Purchase. That massive 19th-century land acquisition essentially doubled the size of the United States, but more importantly it paved the way for restaurants such as Belleville's Bayou Grill. Nearly everything at this Cajun haven smacks of New Orleans, from the party beads at the hostess stand to the gargantuan alligator parked on the roof. But the food is what really stands out here. The Cajun- and creole-inspired menu features everything from baked seafood platters to spicy jambalaya. French, Italian, and Spanish influences are easy to pick out, unlike the string of beads you might accidentally drop into a bowl of piping hot gumbo.
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.