Food & Drink

A dozen things not to miss in metro Detroit dining



Trailer treasure — You may remember last year's story on Meiko Krishok of Detroit Guerrilla Food. Every week, she makes healthful and appealing food in a trailer on a vacant lot on Vermont Street between Temple and Spruce streets. If you haven't tasted her original creations before, you should line up after work starting at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Detroit Guerrilla Food runs 6-10 p.m. Thursday nights, on the 2700 block of Vermont Street in Detroit. See the Facebook page at or for more information on Krishok's weekly meals and catering service; cash only.

Revolutionary pop-up — During the week, the food at Revolution Lounge in Southwest Detroit is strictly short-order bar fare, but things are much different on Sundays in June, thanks to the bar's pop-up food series. It springs from a partnership between the bar and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, and it features local chefs doing their thing, with a few twists. Chefs include Esteban Castro of Esto's Garage and, this week, Luis Garza, head chef and owner at El Asador. One of the organizers tells us, "They've surprised us every Sunday. It's really reasonable prices, good food, good company, people are enjoying it and coming in from all over the city." Drop in between 5 and 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, at 1601 Springwells St., Detroit; call 313-757-7755 for more information on the series, or see

Filipino fill-up — It's really happening next week, but given the way these pop-ups can sell out, we should probably let you know right now: The Filipino-with a-twist pop-up founded by Dorothy Hernandez and chef Jake Williams, Sarap, is returning to the space above Checker Bar in downtown Detroit. The theme for the evening is finger food, or pulutan in Tagalog, the sort of fare you'd get from a food cart or in a bar to share with friends over drinks. Expect such exotic fare as sisig (spicy, sautéed pork), pork adobo quesadillas, lechon kawali "BLT" sliders, and a Filipino sausage turned into a corn dog. Two specialty cocktails will also be available. The event is at 7 p.m. June 11, at 124 Cadillac Square, Detroit; reservations are required, and available at

Hotter and readier — There's a new restaurant concept in town. It's the fast-casual pizzeria called Pie Five Pizza. The idea is that you come in, tell somebody what crust you want, what toppings you'd like, and they assemble a ready-to-bake pizza before your eyes, kind of like Subway. They then pop it into an extra-hot oven and your pizza is ready within five minutes. The chain opened its 48th location in Southfield last week, at 24532 12 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-356-7435;

Macomb's gain — Clinton Township's open-air shopping mall has been waiting with bated breath for the opening of Blackfinn Ameripub, which finally happens this week. The Mall at Partridge Creek will now have the chain's modern take on the American pub, with a special after-work menu including featured food and drinks available 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. The world just got a little richer for young professionals in Macomb County. Come out to 17380 Hall Rd., Clinton Twp.

Let's get small — There's a new little garden market in Hamtramck. It's called Tiny Acres, and it sells fresh, organic, Hamtramck-grown produce, whipped iced coffee, ice cream, homemade pierogi, soap, cupcakes, homemade jams, fresh salads, and more. It will be open noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday, starting June 6 and running until Sept. 19, at 2360 Yemans St., Hamtramck; cash, credit, and Bridge cards accepted; for more information, see Tiny Acres' page on Facebook.

Toasting Livernois — Too many people don't know it, but there's a growing energy on Detroit's northwest side, particularly along Livernois, long dubbed "The Avenue of Fashion." Lately, it's a place for entrepreneurs to open neighborhood-oriented businesses. In a bid to draw more shoppers and meet more neighbors, a monthly wine party called "Uptown Toast" happens on the first Saturday of every month. Rufus Bartell, who works with RBI entertainment and is a member of Motor City Momentum, said, "it's a way for the community to be introduced or reintroduced to the Avenue of Fashion. ... There are vendors, live DJs, and some munchies for the folks who come out, along with a wine tasting." Curious? Want to what's popping in "the neighborhoods"? Meet new folks and enjoy wine and entertainment from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at 19410 Livernois Ave., Detroit; $5.

Road trip — Thursday will see a hearty beer dinner taking over Port Huron's Fuel Woodfire Grill. Diners can expect six beers by Sam Adams and five paired courses. Each ticket, at $45, covers six paired beers, five courses of food, tax, gratuity, and ticketing fees. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at 213 Huron Ave., Port Huron; 810-479-4933; for tickets see

Superfood to the rescue! — Improving health through food is an age-old practice, but people often wonder how to take that first bite. A cooking demonstration on superfoods that heal offers a head start, acquainting aspiring superfooders with herbs, smoothie recipes, and such ingredients as goji berries, with the goal of heightening energy and improving overall performance. It's a service of Olive Seed, founded in 2008 by owner and director Latricia Wright, who says, "We provide the education in simple, comprehensive ways that people can adopt for everyday life." The workshop includes a cooking demonstration, followed by a question-and-answer session. It starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the Michigan Food and Beverage Association, 27700 Hoover Rd., Warren; $10; to register in advance, see

Superheroes to the rescue! — Have you heard of the new food truck called "Hero or Villain"? The idea is that each sandwich is named after a comic book hero or villain, a proposition sure to warm the hearts of hungry comic nerds everywhere. Look for them June 6-7 at Motor City Pride Fest.

Help hungry kids — Thousands of children in Washtenaw County are food insecure. During the school year, they're eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches, but they're on their own during the summer. That's why Food Gatherers sponsors a Summer Food Service Program, with 23 sites where food is distributed to qualifying students, enrolled in anything from grade school to college. To learn more, see

Congrats — Kudos to the good folks at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, who were awarded a $25,000 grant by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. The gift is sure to help the organization provide stipends to people learning hands-on skills while working at Earthworks Urban Farm during a yearlong program.

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