Coal-fired ovens first became popular when railroad steam-engine operators discovered that shovels, work gloves, and shovels full of work gloves were cooked to perfection by the embers. Taste refined coal-fired creations with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of burgers, coal-fired pizzas, drinks, and more at the Rosie O'Grady's locations in Chesterfield or Ferndale.
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.
Some prices vary between locations.
- And while there’s plenty to love about the new interpretation of one of Ferndale’s old haunts, we’ll limit our fawning to the massive burgers on the new menu. […] Fresh meat is ground daily in the kitchen, and these burgers are not only cooked to order but consistently grilled to your liking (so say our loyal RDW readers). Loads of cheese, fresh soft buns and hand-cut french fries dusted with garlic. – Real Detroit Weekly