Bad Brad's BBQ
This barbecue restaurant serves mouthwatering bbq sandwiches, ribs, chicken, and burger platters that include guacamole, green salsa, horseradish sauce, cilantro, and mild smokey jalapeño sauce. Soups, salads, appetizers along with tasty and unique sides are available. Their lunch menus are the same, but the dinner menus vary at each location.
Multiple locations; 586-254-7010; badbradsbbq.com
Detroit BBQ Company
Those who order from the truck can choose from chicken wings rib tips, burnt ends, and a pulled chicken sandwich to complement sides such as carolina slaw and jalapeño mac. Catering options include St. Louis style ribs, cheesy and roasted potatoes, and roasted corn.
1227 E. Ten Mile Rd., Madison Heights; 586-855-9012; detbbq.com
With pasta, chicken, seafood, beef, and salads available, you can't go wrong eating from this company. A kick to the restaurant is that the majority of their products are sold at an affordable price.
Catered events only; 313-445-3895; detroitcateringcompany.com
Giordano's Wood Fired Pizza
This pizzeria on wheels is known for having unique options including its barbecue, mushroom-pepperoni-sausage, potato leek, and aloha Hawaiian pizzas. The truck specializes in gourmet, thin crust pizza, and while you won't find much else on their menu, you know their pies are going to be top quality.
Changes locations in the Metro Detroit area; 586-944-5027;
Green Space Cafe
Fans of this Ferndale vegetarian eatery will be happy to have healthy options like vegan burgers, yummy salads, and meatless chili. Owned by Dr. Joel Kahn, the restaurant has been recognized by PETA as one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the country. Their food, all sustainably sourced, is inventive and filling.
215 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale;
Hog Wild BBQ
Eaters can choose from beef brisket, ribs, wings, and barbecue chicken, and options go beyond traditional barbeque — burgers, boxed lunches, chili cheese dogs are available too.
154 W. Lakewood Blvd., Holland;
Jackson's Five Star
This full-service Ferndale-based catering company offers nearly endless options to suit any occasion. They event make boxed lunches if you're looking for something easy yet elegant. Their beautifully plated dishes include classic items like steak and potatoes, vegetable medleys, posh salads, and more. For barbecue, you'll find they're more than able to whip up a rack of ribs, burgers, hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob, baked beans, and coleslaw.
1111 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-584-3510; jacksonfivestarcatering.com
The Mac Shack
Mac and cheese is one of America's favorite comfort foods and the Mac Shack delivers a slew of inventive versions that will satisfy your dairy desires. A classic five-cheese macaroni blend is one of their staples, but consider the more unique mac and cheese balls if you're looking for something fun. Other fun options include the I-80 combo comes topped with beef gravy, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and a fried egg, or poutine topped with garlic parm, cheese, bacon, beef gravy, and a fried egg.
Red Wood Grill
Expect this Oakland County barbecue joint to have an enormous grill stacked with slow cooked ribs, bacon stuffed chicken breast, New York strip steak, grilled shrimp skewers, and salmon. Their classic barbecue sides include red skin potatoes, pasta salad, or salad.
Check their website for locations; 248-467-1103; redwoodgrill.net
This hard-to-miss food truck is known for whipping up gourmet spuds and drool-worthy sandwiches, which include steak and bacon, barbecue pulled pork, veggie, chorizo, and a chicken shredder. Between those signature brioche sub buns you'll find caramelized onions, dill pickles, pico de gallo, and carrots. Don't want a sammie? They also offer loaded nachos.
Slows Bar BQ
Slows is probably one of the most known barbeques in metro Detroit, and any barbecue festival would be remiss to not include them in their offerings. They'll have their signature ribs, sandwiches, Carolina pulled pork, wings, and creative side dishes available for their adoring fans.
2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit;
Smoke Ring Barbeque
The appetizers, including fried pickles, pig sty nachos, smoked and fried gator tail, serve as warm ups to the main dishes, which aren't limited to smoked sausage, pork belly, lamb belly, and ribs. You can cool of your smokin' food with some cool wine and flavored beverages.
Smokin' Butts BBQ
(Motor City Street Eats)
Everybody loves a nice butt, most especially the fine folks at Motor City Street Eats. They've created this shiny food truck to bring you apple and cherry wood smoked pull pork piled between a doughy Kings Hawaiian buns. Their Smokin' Bones pork ribs are dry rubbed, and the slow smoked sausages have that perfect crunch. Not an ass man? Check out their jerk smoked wings. Complement your entree sides like Better Made potato chips or cornbread muffins.
One of the most inventive creameries in metro Detroit, this ice cream shop is known for crafting unique flavors like Kooky Monster, Sunday Breakfast, Moon Rocks, and Fruity Pebbles, plus they also offer vegan options and sorbets. We If you fall in love their unique flavors, the company will also cater special occasions like family reunions and graduation parties.
Multiple locations; 248-544-3440; treatdreams.com
Woodpile BBQ shack
Smoked jalapeño cheddar sausage, central Texas beef brisket, and a brisket reuben are all options at their barbecue shack. You can spice up these meat entrees with side dishes like pepper jack mac & cheese and home style slaw.
303 S. Main St., Clawson;
This street food company may be focused on churning out menu items that are easy to eat on the go, but their real mission is to create inclusive food systems in Detroit. That means their staff is compensated properly, and their food is sourced sustainably. Oh, and trust us, it's delicious too.
Zeke R&R B.B.Q.
A newer restaurant to the barbecue scene, Zeke's opened in Ferndale a couple years ago to much fanfare. They offer high-quality ribs and brisket, as well as barbecue poutine and stuffed egg rolls. Top your food off with the distinctive carolina, honey mustard, pineapple habanero, and ZBQ sauces.
240 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale;