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A classic diner with modern, Detroit flair. Enjoy a '50s-style lunch at the counter or a modern cocktail after work. A full-service soda fountain pays tribute to the orginal five & dime shop that was once open in the Kresge building. All business lunches receive 10 percent off, Compuware and Quicken employees receive 15 percent off. Open late on Mondays and Tuesdays for an extended happy hour with complimentary appetizers and drink specials. Daily lunch specials, free WiFi.
Serving 44 flavors of premium hand dipped ice cream. Shakes, malts, floats, sodas. Bananna splits, Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff, sundaes and homemade waffle cones. Alinosi Chocolates, spumoni and Italian ices. Alpine Chocolat Haus of Gaylord items. Family friendly with a '50s look.
If you like your sandwiches made for you, show up at lunchtime as the focaccia comes out of the oven. It might be topped with organic roasted zucchini, tomatoes, basil and Parmesan. Avalon has branched out from the baguettes and crusty peasant loaves that have brought bread-starved customers flocking for years. Now brioche, scones and cinnamon rolls expand the meaning of “bread.”
A good place for lunch. Menu features sandwiches and salads. On-site bakery.
They specialize in custard and yogurt at this Downriver roadside stand, and patrons aren’t fussy. Four custard flavors, two yogurt flavors, and most people seems to like their “twist cones,” the familiar combination soft-serve treat. You can get a medium twist for $1.91. Sorry, no sprinkles.
Fresh, hearth-baked loaves from decadent chocolate cherry to healthy oat, as well as special breads daily. Check out the shelf loaded with bread condiments.
The corner cone booth adorned with a cartoon igloo and a friendly penguin attracts people of all ages with popular short-order menu items ranging from a coney and fries to their best-selling Avalanche ice cream dessert. The Avalanche (similar to Dairy Queen’s Blizzard) starts with a small ($2.65) and ranges all the way up to a monster-sized Avalanche ($6.50), complete with 48 oz. of soft-serve ice cream chock-full of whatever kind of candy you and the kid inside of you crave. Burk’s has had locals lined up for their ice cream since the 1960s, and is open from the last week in March to the first week of October, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Having logged 61 years of operation, the Calder Brothers’ spot may be the last remaining Downriver dairy. They still make their ice cream fresh and serve it up in cones, malts and shakes in their own ice cream parlor. Whether you’re just getting a scoop to go or loading up by the gallon, their 38 flavors, ranging from reliable vanilla to cinnamony horshata, aim to please. The ice cream is reportedly fresh enough to draw the occasional out-of-state visitor.
"Nice french-style pastisserie. Everything is made on the premises. There are several café-type chairs available indoors. Serving Stucci's ice cream and frozen yogurt."
"Old-fashioned soda fountain serving classic sundaes, malts, real sodas and some of the best homemade chocolates around. Opened in 1921 in the city of Detroit Detroit's oldest confectioner.
Alinosi Ice Cream is proud to be featured in the book Food Finds: America's Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them (Harper Collins), and will also be featured on the Food Finds television show on the Food Network.
Alinosi is still a family-owned business in its third generation. Sorry, the old soda fountain on East McNichols, while still intact, is not open to the public. But maybe someday...."
With around 60 different flavors, Clark’s is a well-stocked roadside stand with a small lobby inside and benches and picnic tables outside. The stand has been in business for about 20 years, as Clark’s for the last 10. They sell Blizzard-like Clark’s Chillers, with soft serve, Oreos, M&Ms and Butterfingers. The most popular flavors of ice cream include moosetracks (a vanilla-chocolate mix with peanut butter cups) and amaretto cherry. Cones come in regular, sugar and waffle. A two-scoop cone runs between $3 (child’s size) and $3.75 (adult size).
"Cold Stone Creamery is the fastest growing ice cream franchise in the nation with over 260 store locations in 28 states. The premium ice cream, frozen yogurt and Italian sorbet are made fresh daily in each store. Cold Stone Creamery uses a signature granite stone to combine its creamy ice cream with a variety of mix-ins such as nuts and fresh fruit, soft fresh baked brownies and cookies, pie fillings, and chocolate and gummy candies. Giant decorated homemade waffle cones and bowls are available to enhance Cold Stone Creamery experience as well."
Cold Stone Creamery takes ice cream very, very seriously. The servers sport T-shirts that read, “Friends don’t let friends eat grocery store ice cream.” The glossy franchise with more than 1,300 stores nationwide, this place serves some damn good ice cream; whatever Cold Stone lacks in mom-and-pop authenticiy, it has quality product. Servers add countless “mix-ins” to the premium ice cream on a frosty granite slab, folding in everything from fresh cake pieces to fruit to gummi bears. The store’s Royal Oak location is larger than many of the chain’s stores (which helps keep lines short) and has a cool, comfortable ambience unlike some of the smaller locations.
"We serve authentic European-style espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte and other specialty drinks and offer a wide variety of green, black and herbal teas by the cup. We roast our coffee fresh each week in small batches and use only whole-leaf teas of the finest grade. We also offer a wide range of delectable goodies, including scones with Devonshire cream, muffins, bagels, cinnamon rolls, biscotti and other edibles. Come try the coffee and tea our customers rave about."
On Monday, it’s Double Detroit Lions. Come Tuesday, it’s Butter Brickle. Wednesday is Candy Commotion. No, these aren’t secret plays in the Lions’ playbook; they’re different sundaes, flavors-of-the-day at Culver’s Frozen Custard.
The Double Detroit Lions sundae is made with thick chocolate custard filled with Oreo cookie pieces and marshmallow crème. Or try the sundae with hot fudge, peanut butter sauce and Reese’s Pieces. The menu includes the burger that made them famous, the ButterBurger.
Tuesday is bagel day, 12 for $3. Plain, salt, egg, onion, garlic and Bialys. Freshly baked bagels available in all varieties.
This roadside custard stand stocks a few flavors a week, but what flavors! How about mai tai or white chocolate almond? Located between Mound and Van Dyke roads just north of M-59, open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. One of our fellow employees recommends the “Custard Puff” highly.
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Come out and celebrate Detroit’s 313th birthday at The Detroit Historical Society’s Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Groups will work together as historical detectives in a game involving puzzles, questions and learning about the buildings and features within the exhibit modeled after 19th century Detroit. They will also be giving out special birthday treats throughout the day. The birthday festivities will go from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tomorrow night, the sweet indie pop melodies of this Scottish five-piece will be floating through the Loving Touch. . With ease, front woman Tracyanne Campbell’s smooth, candied vocals and wry Scottish story telling illustrate the challenges of life. Themes often circle around heartbreak, a common thread running through their recent album Desire Lines, released June 4. The album title nods to life’s uncommon paths that are marked by wear, not by signs; the paths our feet choose naturally. Forging its own desire lines, Camera Obscura’s unconventional style is well off the beaten path.
Get naked! Well, almost naked. Strip on down to your skivvies and head over to the Tangent Gallery this Thursday night for a summer night bike ride, complete with g-strings, brews, neon body paint, glitter and a bunch of rowdy companions. “It’s more than a party. It’s a movement.” Celebrate urban cycling and that hot bod of yours by scooting around Detroit with a bunch of nearly naked strangers. After the ride, there will be cold drinks and hot tunes to shake your ass to. Ride starts at 8:30 p.m.
Every other year, the Puppeteers of America hosts festivals that bring the best and brightest puppeteers to the region. This year's Great Lakes Regional Puppetry Festival comes to Detroit, bringing three days of award-winning shows to the DIA. It all kicks off with the award-winning The Snowflake Man by puppeteer Sarah Frechette (aka Penny Pup from the children's TV show SeeMore's Playhouse), which takes a look at the life of photographer W.A. Bentley with hand-carved traditional Czech marionettes and watercolor paintings. The Snowflake Man plays at 3:30 p.m. at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org. Check the dia.org for the full schedule. The puppet shows are free with museum admission (and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties).
Come out and enjoy a night of kings and queens, princesses and duels at the Redford Theaters showing of the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride. This PG rated film is full of hilarity and romance from beginning to end and will spice up any average summer night. Don’t forget to hit the concession stand, which prices are distinctly low and the popcorn is always delicious.
Keith Fields is a trickster. This Brit is known for fooling people as he makes them laugh. And now, living in the U.S., his tricks are reaching a whole new audience. His interactive show ‘Keith Fields – Live and Tricking’ integrates magic, stunts and rip-roaring comedy. Fields has tricked all over the U.S. – from Broadway to Vegas. Hell, he once had Robin Williams as his opening act. You can’t get more official than that.
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