No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet’s Pizza, a carry-out and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jett—their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust’s charms don’t end there; diners can “flavorize” it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet’s pizzas special; John Jett says “If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet’s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.
The family that owns and operates Roberto's Pizza prepares savory pies and Italian dishes following their own time-tested recipes. Pizza options range from the BLT pizza with mayonnaise to the more traditional Sicilian pizza with ham, artichokes, olive oil, oregano, and mozzarella. Hot subs, fresh salads, and Mexican dishes are a few other specialties. For dessert, try an italian ice or cannoli made with fresh ricotta cheese.
Although 36th Street Lounge features a number of high-topped tables and booths, sitting is far from the only option. Live bands perform throughout the week and energize the crowds with high-octane sets. Other nights, DJs keep heads bobbing with eclectic mixes and karaoke allows guests to show off their ability to read. In addition to dartboards and a handful of arcade games—such as Golden Tee and Ms. Pac-Man—the bar features two pool tables.
The 36th Street Lounge kitchen crew whips together a menu of somewhat elevated bar fare. Fettuccine noodles arrive slathered in savory alfredo and sizzling fajitas receive dollops of teriyaki sauce. Regardless of the menu's inspirations, each dish pairs well with a drink from the bar. Bartenders pour frosty drafts of iconic brews and mix a number of cocktails using flavor-infused liquor.
El Kiosko, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, specializes in Mexican dishes made with authentic ingredients and a gourmet flair. Cooks pile dishes with al pastor pork, asada steak, and other savory meats, topping them with sprinklings of chopped onions and zesty moles. Other specialties include menudo, pozole, goat meat stew, marinated lamb with rice and beans, shrimp tacos, and cheese enchiladas in mole sauce. A small portion of the menu is dedicated to Caribbean-inspired dishes such as the jibarito, which sandwiches chicken or shrimp between slices of fried plantain. In addition, homemade corn tortillas are complimentary with every meal.
Though many Michiganders risk their lives by swimming across the lake for a slice of Chicago-style pizza, Chicago 7 Pizzeria brings the Windy City's beloved deep dish closer to home. After making dough and sauce from scratch, cooks bake each 2-inch-thick pizza for up to 45 minutes—an authentic process that lets layers of crust and cheese cook over the bed of toppings hidden underneath. The pizzeria also specializes in hand-tossed pizzas topped with everything from barbecue chicken to artichoke hearts, burgers and subs, and hot dogs that, in another homage to the city across the lake, can also be served Chicago-style.
Culling savory recipes from more than 30 years of service, the new management of Chinatown’s Ninja Panda reinvigorates appetites with a varied blend of bold pan-Asian eats. The extensive menu is peppered with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese offerings as well as lunch and dinner buffets ideal for sharing with dining compatriots or with the ravenous band of marauding highwaymen who followed you from the bus stop. Indulge in a variety of Eastern-hemisphere dishes, including pad thai noodles ($8.99–$11.99), specialty sushi rolls, sizzling stir-fry Habachi cooked tableside, and signature dishes such as the bird’s nest double happiness, a stir fry dish of large shrimp, chicken, and vegetables served in a crispy noodle basket ($11.95).