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If you are looking for an authentic German dining and drinking experience in Detroit, look no further than Jacoby's German Biergarten. Established in 1904 in downtown Detroit, it happens to be one of the oldest bars in the city, and serves up great German food like sausage soup and Jager Schnitzel. There is also an amazing selection of nearly one hundred different varieties of beer from around the world, with new selections being added often. The wood-dominated interiors, exposed-brick walls and subtle lighting choices create a cozy atmosphere in the bar. The space is available for private events as well.
One of the most recognizable restaurants in Greektown, Pegasus is great place to devour Greek cuisine. Offering Greek staples like eggplant, spinach with feta cheese and flaming cheeses. And of course no Greek joint would be complete without the ubiquitous Greek Salad. Pegasus also provides a range of dishes to cater to the vegetarian palate.
Bucharest Grill serves up some of Downtown Detroit's favorite eclectic mix of foods quickly and light on the wallet. From Romanian dishes like sausages and schnitzels to Middle Eastern specialties like shawarma, hummus and eggplant dip to American favorites like various types of hot dogs and burgers, there's something for everyone. Everything is made to order in front of you so you can be sure your food is as fresh as can be.
La Feria serves traditional Spanish tapas right in the heart of Midtown Detroit. This is the perfect restaurant to bring a group of friends so you can order a lot of their small plate dishes and then try a bit of everything! La Feria has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and they support local farmers by often using locally sourced ingredients. Make sure you order Sangria to have a refreshing drink as you enjoy your meal.
For more than 40 years, Polonia has been serving up traditional, old-world style Polish food to Hamtramck and the entire Detroit area. The cozy interiors try to evoke the feeling of being in a Warsaw cafe with the Polish art lining the walls and many other Polish items on display. Visitors can dig in to plates of hearty Eastern European treats like the ubiquitous Polish sausage and sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, pierogi and daily specials, just to name a few. Polonia is such an institution that Anthony Bourdain even visited on his show No Reservations in 2009.
Head down the stairs and into this cozy and popular basement restaurant serving up traditional, hearty Polish cuisine. Old-world favorites like stuffed cabbage, pierogi, schnitzel and kielbasa round out the mouthwatering menu. The atmosphere is comfortable and family friendly and warm, making it perfect for cold Detroit days. Polish Village Cafe is on the small side so be prepared to stand in queue for a seat, but the wait is well worth it.
Steeped in tradition, the Dakota Inn has been serving hearty German food and beer since 1933. Sauerbraten with homemade spatzle, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, and a combination plate of bratwurst and knackwurst served with potato salad and homemade sauerkraut are among the specialties, with chicken and fish for those who crave a lighter fare. Weekends feature sing-alongs and live bands.
The headquarters of Belgian culture in Detroit, the Cadieux Café has one of the first feather bowling alleys in the United States. The bowling alleys are concave and players roll huge wooden wheels and try to land closest to a feather. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood on the East Side, the Cadieux Café is also famous for its fabulous mussels, which are served in more than six different ways. The rest of the menu is typical pub grub and Belgian dishes, and the Old World decor and cheery atmosphere provide a good taste of Belgian bonhomie. It is recommended to book bowling lanes in advance, but it's almost as much fun to watch the old-timers bowl as to play yourself.
The food at Hungarian Rhapsody is authentic, zesty and very filling. For starters, visitors to this suburban Detroit restaurant can try home made chicken noodle soup and sausage-based Hungarian hors d'oeuvres, then proceed to a variety of Eastern European entrees including chicken paprikas, stuffed cabbage, Tournado Rossini and Budapest styled steaks. Accompanying noodle dishes are enlivened with cabbage, bacon or cheese, and desserts are Old World specialties like strudel and crepes.