Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.
There are as many gyro combinations as there are customers at Kalamata Greek Grill. That's because the staff customize each of their gyros exactly to customer specifications to create dishes that range from traditional to avant garde. To start, staff toss a choice of four meats or grilled vegetables into the shop's homemade pita bread, lettuce wraps, or rice bowls. These can then be flavored with custom toppings and sauces, or one of the preset topping combos. One such combination is the Detroit style, which comes with lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, and creamy Greek dressing, all wrapped in a warm gyro. The Greek Power Bowl mates a choice of protein with a soft mound of quinoa. Sides such as pita chips with hummus and rice pilaf can be added at the register to ensure that every taste bud is satiated without having to survey all 10,000.
At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Trixie Deluxxe, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization—gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."
With its deep-burgundy walls, heavy curtains, and crystal-draped chandeliers, What Crepe’s dining room hearkens back to Belle Époque–era Paris. The scent of simmering crepe batter and melting cheese further imbues the bistro with an aura of authenticity. Chefs flip more than 50 sweet, savory, gluten-free, and vegan crepe varieties that have earned praise from the Metro Times and the Detroit Free Press for their freshness and ability to be delivered through mail slots. Savory standout The Obvious garnishes chicken and caramelized apples with feta, while the Nutty Monkey blends banana and Nutella, then tops them with vanilla ice cream. In addition to crepes, dining companions can share sips of organic tea and the restaurant’s own blend of french-press coffee.
For three generations, the Ullah family has been satisfying Midwestern palates with traditional Indian cuisine at Moti Mahal. Relying on 39 years of culinary experience, Chef Abdul masters a menu of authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine slathered in curries and sauces that range from mild to extra spicy. Black leather chairs, rich burgundy hues with gold accents, and a lack of singing wall decorations lend the chic dining room an air of relaxed elegance. Moti Mahal now has their own cell app available for both i-phones and androids which provides customers access to a number of features such as making reservations, up-to-date reviews, and check-in based rewards.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.