Explore Detroit’s Emerging Food and Drink Culture Through Dine Drink Detroit

Dr. Angela Seabright
Carly Getz

| 3 min read

Calling all food, wine and craft beer lovers! Dine Drink Detroit is back with 10 days of awesome food and drink specials from 15 local restaurants and bars.
“The food and drink culture in Detroit is getting better and better,” said Dine Drink Detroit co-founder Scott Rutterbush. “We get a lot of questions from people who want to know where to eat in Detroit. They hear rumors that the food scene is popping, but people still don’t know which places to visit.”
Last year, Rutterbush and co-founder Kate Williams reached out to some of the more interesting restaurants of Detroit with an idea to fill this need.
“We chose these restaurants that are doing cool things in the city and made an event where they could showcase their best items,” said Rutterbush.
And just like that, Dine Drink Detroit was born.
One year later, the second annual Dine Drink Detroit kicked off on the Detroit River with an estimated 3,000 attendees. Prior to kickoff, attendees were invited to participate in a two hour bike tour of the city lead by Slow Roll.
“Food and drink is the focus, but we’re also trying to get people to see all that Detroit has to offer,” said Rutterbush. “You can’t come to Detroit to dine these days without enjoying the city as well.”
This year’s Dine Drink Detroit specials run from Oct 2 – 11. Each participating restaurant will offer at least one designated food item and drink for 15 bucks – no reservation or ticket required. The cost does not include tax or tip.
Here’s a run-down of participating restaurants and their Dine Drink Detroit special:
Who? Where? What? New American food lovers Craft Work
(313) 469-0976
8047 Agnes
Your choice of three tacos and margarita Liquor lovers Detroit City Distillery
(313) 338-3760
2462 Riopelle Street
Pickled veggie board and an old fashion or gimlet Beer lovers Grand Trunk Pub
(313) 961-3043
612 Woodward Ave
Pint of poet stout or fill circle, one of three entrées and one of seven sides Coffee and wine lovers Great Lakes Coffee
(313) 831-9627
3965 Woodward Ave
Bagel and lox, a cheese plate and one of three drinks, including their “50/50” which combines beer and coffee Beer at meat lovers Green Dot Stables
(313) 962-5588
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
Mystery meat slider, cheese burger slider, kale salad, chicken paprikas soup, truffle fries, and your choice of draft beer Ramen lovers Johnny Noodle King
(313) 309-7946
2601 W. Fort Street
Bowl of Shoyu with and any Hitachino Nest Beer Spanish food lovers La Feria
(313) 285-9081
4130 Cass Ave
Glass of wine, half salad and your choice from four different tapas Beer and meat lovers Mercury Burger & Bar
(313) 964-5000
2163 Michigan Ave
A burger, a side and a beer Wine lovers Motor City Wine
(313) 483-7283
1949 Michigan Ave
Any glass of wine or beer and a choice of a small cheese or small charcouterie plate Sandwich lovers Mudgie’s Deli
(313) 961-2000
1300 Porter St
Hummus or charcuterie board and wine OR one entrée with a bowl of soup and wine Italian food lovers Ottava Vie
(313) 962-5500
1400 Michigan Ave
One of four food items and one of four drink items BBQ lovers Slows
(313) 962-9828
2138 Michigan Ave
The Reason, mac and cheese and a Detroit draft Whiskey lovers St. Cece’s Pub
(313) 962-2121
1426 Bagley Ave
One of five appetizers, an orange pomegranate salad, one of three entrees and a pumpkin spice cheesecake Beer lovers Traffic Jam & Snug
(313) 831-9470
511W Canfield St
Choose any three items from a list of three beers, one specialty cocktail, two appetizers, two small plates and three desserts. Liquor lovers Two James Spirits
(313) 964-4800
2445 Michigan Ave
Khao Soi or Thai Fried Chicken with one of two specialty drinks.
For more information, visit DineDrinkDetroit.com or follow @DineDrinkDet.
Photo Credit: Nate Luzod

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