1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; pjslagerhouse.com
Kudos to Paul "PJ" Ryder for his work reimagining the Lager House. Only a few years after Ryder acquired the rock 'n' roll haunt, Michigan rolled out its smoking ban — which could have been a deathblow to the dive. Ryder realized he'd need to try something different to stay current, and fortunately for the rest of us he decided to invest in a new kitchen. The new Lager House boasts an inventive menu that includes some excellent vegan and vegetarian dishes, such as vegan biscuits and gravy.
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