The gruff exterior of the career fishermen is born of a life spent on the angry sea, fighting against the winds and spending months at a time away from his copy of The Little Mermaid. Make his sacrifice worthwhile with today’s Groupon to Sindbads. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of burgers, seafood, and steak house dinner fare.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch or brunch fare.<p>
Overlooking the Detroit River, Sindbads augments its surf ‘n’ turf menu with a marina-themed décor of nautical bric-a-brac and seaworthy mahogany-inlaid flooring. Toting a cargo of french fries or coleslaw, hefty burgers and sandwiches pull into port, including the Bully Buster, a half-pound Angus beef burger ($6.95) and the Flying Jib, a lightly fried fillet of orange roughy, fresh pickerel, or perch ($9.95). The menu explores farmside fare, such as the Sohar, a USDA Choice 8-ounce filet mignon charbroiled in Sindbads Zip sauce ($28.95), or the Catamaran’s two pork chops served with applesauce ($14.95). The Gulf Stream improves on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, adding a layer of bacon or ham ($6.50) like George Lucas’s director’s cut of breakfast. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the restaurant serves a brunch buffet, including a variety of scrambled eggs, vegetables, and fruit. Sinbads also offers free shuttle service to Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers games in Detroit.
Sindbad's Restaurant and Marina
Whether through good fortune or just a good eye, brothers-in-law “Buster” Blancke and “Van” VanHollebecke found the perfect location when they were opening Sindbad's Restaurant and Marina in 1949. Previously the site of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the restaurant's scenic marina-side spot has since become a Detroit staple. While renovations over the decades have kept the nautical-themed decor intact, they've added mahogany-inlaid flooring and more rooms that overlook the river. There, diners often see boats float up to the docks for a chance at Sindbad's steaks and seafood.
Signature dishes, including the open-faced new york strip sandwich and vegetarian ciabatta sandwich, arrive in the dining room thanks to Chef John Fleming's expertise and super-human ability to not eat every lobster tail he sees. Obsessing over his ingredients, Chef Fleming sources fresh perch directly from Lake Erie and unsoaked, East Coast scallops from Foley Fish in Boston. Bartenders round out the menu with ice cream cocktails, dozens of house wines, and bottled beer—including craft brews—while live music in the second-floor Sohar Room heats up the summer months. To seal the deal for sports fans, Sindbad's even runs a free shuttle service that ferries customers to Red Wings, Lions, and Tigers games.