It was a banner year for Michigan Chews & Brews. In 2015, we introduced a new logo, launched our interactive guide, took a plethora of photos, and published dozens of articles.
Our travels led us to Kalamazoo, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and beyond. We were greeted with new dining and drinking experiences, and we met many great people along the way.
It’s always fun taking a trip down memory lane, so here are fifteen of our favorite photos (plus two bonus ones) from our adventures.
1. Folgarelli’s Market (Traverse City)
The sandwiches are so good at Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop in Traverse City, we had to make this our cover photo on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Reserve Wine & Food (Grand Rapids)
A glass of wine, a seat on the rooftop patio, and an order of Pork Fat Fries make for a great summer’s day at Reserve in downtown Grand Rapids.
3. Monty’s Grill (Royal Oak)
If you love a good hole-in-the-wall diner, you’re bound to love Monty’s Grill on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. Sometimes even a simple club sandwich can shine.
4. Mr. Kabob Xpress (Troy)
Mr. Kabob has always been one of our favorites since their humble beginnings in Berkley. Just when we thought we couldn’t love them more, they opened Mr. Kabob Xpress in Troy. Now we can create Mediterranean masterpieces.
5. Bobcat Bonnie’s (Detroit)
Bobcat Bonnie’s debuted in 2015, making a nice addition to Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Brunch, anyone?
6. Starlite Diner & Coney Island (Burton)
Coney dogs are a way of life in Michigan, so loyalties run deep. This photo makes a convincing argument for the Flint-style Coney dog.
7. Woodpile BBQ Shack (Clawson)
Woodpile BBQ Shack is a welcome addition to downtown Clawson. From Brisket to Burnt Ends, Ribs to Mac & Cheese, we’re fans of Pitmaster Bubba and his BBQ empire.
8. Basement Burger Bar / Farmington Brewing Co. (Farmington)
The guys at Basement Burger Bar and Farmington Brewing Company are putting downtown Farmington on the map. Burgers and beer – what better combination is there?
9. Brome Burger & Shakes (Dearborn)
The One-Eyed Brome Burger is egg-cellent. Every time we look at this photo from Brome Burgers & Shakes in Dearborn, we salivate.
10. Bell’s Eccentric Café (Kalamazoo)
Bacon Lollipops and Oberon? Yes, please.
11. Atwater in the Park (Grosse Pointe Park)
2015 marked our breakout year for brunch. Atwater in the Park launched their brunch in September and we had to check it out. This Corned Beef Hash had a perfect meat-to-potato ratio, making for a perfect Fall Sunday morning.
12. Theatre Bar (Grand Haven)
Theatre Bar is wedged between The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar and Dee-Lite Bar & Grill in quaint downtown Grand Haven. The bar stands on its own, featuring a formidable list of Martinis, but offers food from both of the aforementioned restaurants. These scallops from The Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar were phenomenal.
13. St. Cece’s Pub (Detroit)
Instagram led us to this delectable Brunch Burger from St. Cece’s Pub in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. We weren’t disappointed.
14. Chateau Chantal (Traverse City)
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15. Mudgie’s Deli (Detroit)
Lobster Roll week at Mudgie’s Deli in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood garners quite the buzz in Detroit and beyond. This is one seasonal delight worth indulging in.
16. Black Lotus Brewing Company (Clawson) [BONUS]
A spin on a classic Reuben Sandwich, the Dr. Detroit from Black Lotus Brewing Company in Clawson is delightful.
17. Green Lantern Pizzeria (Multiple Locations) [BONUS]
Even Mario loves Lantern Bread from Green Lantern Pizzeria in Metro Detroit.