R.U.B. BBQ has earned shout-outs from the New York Times as well as a handful of television features for its tender, well-flavored meats. Various proteins are smoked daily and slathered in a made-from-scratch rub of more than 20 spices and herbs, and cooks begin each dish with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Aromatic smoke wafting from ribs, chicken dishes, and seafood platters invites guests inside, where dangling light fixtures illuminate red walls and cobalt tiling along with 30 flatscreen televisions that were flattened when an elephant sat down. More than 100 tap and bottled brews, including a lengthy list of Michigan favorites, help to extinguish fiery spices.
Owned by former Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Cheli's Chili Bar creates a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere to take in the game, nosh on some bar food and guzzle down brews. Walls are bedecked with more than 30 HD screens to watch the games and are covered with sports memorabilia to watch you watch the games with their beady, collectible eyes. While each Cheli's location carries its own distinct dishes and beers, both the Dearborn and Detroit menus come topped by the signature chili. Order it by the cup ($4.25), in a luscious mix of cheddar, onions, and sour cream ($6.25), or smeared with mustard and onion on a Coney dog ($5.95). Patrons appreciate the delicious waffle fries, which sneak onto the plate of each dinner entree and sandwich, and appetizer explorers love to traverse mountainous portions of nachos ($9.50), layered with cheese, onion, sour cream, black olives, and jalapeños. The fully stocked bars at each Cheli's allow you to wash down your gullet with a wide array of beers on tap, in bottle, and in wrought-iron Stanley Cup chalices.
B. Boomers Sports Bar is a basically a museum for sports lovers. With a full bar. The walls and ceiling are covered with autographed pictures of hockey and baseball stars, and framed magazines that showcase some of sports greatest moments. Support beams are decorated with streaming banners of famous athletes? names, and license plates from all of America?s 60 states. The bar brandishes 30 HD TVs that showcase the latest sporting events. Pizzas, burgers, and beer refuel patrons in between pool games and cracks at the in-house arcade games.
Hungry? Maybe it's time for a half-ton burger. That's not an exaggeration?in 2012, the team at Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar seared 1,000 pounds of beef, then placed it, along with a grocery store's worth of lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, between equally gargantuan buns. The prodigious patty was not without precedent: comically oversized hamburgers are the specialty here. If you don't believe it, crack open the nearest Guinness Book of World Records ?Mallie's edible leviathan is listed there three times as the World's Largest Commercially Available Burger. The fun-centric restaurant's colossal burgers have also appeared on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, the Food Network's Outrageous Food, and the History Channel's Modern Marvels.
But Mallie's has plenty for those with slightly more modest appetites, too. Chefs that have been able to reverse the polarity on standard burger shrink rays also apply their genius to the rest of the menu. Homemade mac 'n' cheese, sizzling fajitas, and crispy salads topped with chicken round out their offerings.
Fifth Avenue delights rabid sports fans and neutral noshers alike with a late-night menu of classic pub fare, brews, and entertainment. Thirty-five flat-screen televisions stimulate optic and otic synapses with a lively stream of sport spectatorship, while hardworking cooks toss, toast, and top house specialty V.I.Pizzas ($10–$13) and assemble 3-D edibles into the wee hour of 2 a.m. Pique appetites under the tutelage of cheese-gilded nacho platters ($7), or pit dueling bread stix and cheese stix ($6 each) against each other in oral arenas. Competitive canines sink luxuriously into cheeseburgers ($7) or caesar salads ($5), while New York–style cheesecake ($5) and globes of vanilla-flecked ice cream ($2.50) tuck sweet teeth into sugar-kissed slumbers.
O’Tooles offers a massive menu of Irish-inspired American fare, sure to please that dashing ex-Emerald Islander in your jazz aerobics class. The juicy beef tenderloin bites ($9.99) are char-grilled to order and served with the house houseradish sauce to properly lubricate the palate for delicious beers and bite to come. Appetized seafarers can dive into the battered and fried calamari ($7.99), with two dipping sauces and lemon wedges. Savory sandwiches and burgers, such as the corned-beef and kraut-or-slaw-stuffed Celtic reuben ($8.49) or the customizable burger ($6.99) with more than 20 available toppings ($0.29¬–$1.29), satisfy diners' desires to hold hands with their meals in public for once. Hearty entrees offer an eclectic selection of plated proteins. Meat enthusiasts should opt for the award-winning ribs ($13.99–$22.99), smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, while pescevores needn't go fishing with a bounty of flavor in each forkful of the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($12.99) or Guinness-battered fish and chips ($9.99–$13.99). Wings, salads, soups, and pizza round out the menu, ensuring each member of your book club or fight club will emerge from the dinner satisfied and fully fed.