Within Rosie O'Grady's cozy confines, more than 100 high-definition flat-screen TVs beam beneficently at eyeballs while the sounds of live music entertain ears. Chefs arrive early at both locations to switch off rooster alarm clocks before grinding Angus premium beef for the burgers on the Chesterfield menu and Ferndale menu—Real Detroit Weekly voted Rosie O'Grady's Best Burger and Best New Bar in 2010. Thin-crust specialty pizzas ($7.99, small) are baked in coal-fired ovens on 6-inch pizza stones quarried from the cave in which Ted Nugent sleeps. Rosie O'Grady's also grills 13 different varieties of 10-inch natural-casing hot dogs ($3.69–$5.69), which pair perfectly with domestic, import, and craft brews in bottles ($3.25–$5.75) or on draft ($3.50–$6). Masters of mixology also pour martinis ($6.75–$8.75) and cocktails ($4.75–$6.75) made from freshly squeezed citrus juices.
Bionde's has been serving up a fresh menu of scratch-made pizzas, submarine sandwiches, ribs, and more to local pizzavores on the go since 1974. Bionde's pie, topped with a top-secret sauce, is enough to lure that debonair Dante scholar to your monthly book-club meeting. Choose to top Bionde's famous 18" pie, available in either deep-dish or hand-tossed varieties, with up to seven of the 14+ available toppings ($13.99), or opt for one of the gourmet pre-designed pizza creations ($11.99+) to finally declare a topping treaty among tense fellow diners. A selection of satisfying starters such as nachos ($4.99) and wings ($7.99 for 10) will suffice for the small appetited, and any of the sub sandwiches ($5.99 for 8"), ribs (from $10.99 for half), or salads ($3.95+) will satisfy the pizza protestor among you.
Lauded as "a destination worth discovering" by Tour Lake St. Clair, Tryst Food and Spirits entices diners to its waterfront eatery with heaping portions of seafood and steak-house-style cuisine. Chefs pair calamari with homemade amogio sauce, adorn charbroiled, 20-ounce rib eyes with sautéed mushrooms, and top homemade ricotta gnocchi with homemade meat sauce. Guests can enjoy their meals in a glass-walled dining room with stunning lake views, upon a spacious three-tiered patio deck, or at an outdoor tiki bar right on the waterfront. An outdoor stage hosts frequent live entertainment, while a fire pit keeps guests toasty until 1 a.m. every Wednesday through Saturday. Along with Tryst's roomy parking lot, the docking area's 26 deep-water wells accommodate boats or saddled marlin anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in size.
The chefs at Emils Buffalo Tavern cook a variety of hearty pub dishes, but they are best known for one thing—their buffalo burger. These grilled sandwiches pair well with draft brews, cocktails, and soda pops alike, and you can order them alongside popular staples such as chicken wings, nachos, and tacos. Every so often, local musicians take the stage and turn the tavern into a dancehall, and when the weather is nice, the restaurant opens its patio and gives discounts to meteorologists.
At Thee New Green Street Tavern, new friends and old regulars get together over beer and classic Irish pub fare. As you might expect, the menu includes emerald-isle staples, such as fish 'n' chips or and shepherd's pie along with 18 beers on tap. On weekends, live DJs and karaoke adds an extra dose of festivity. The tavern exudes a delightfully divey, neighborhood-pub charm, with flourishes such as shamrocks, neon beer signs, and a stuffed and mounted deer head over the bar.