midtown restaurants

Detroit: the Peterboro


Once upon a time, around the 1970’s, Detroit’s Chinatown (Midtown, Cass Ave and Peterboro area) existed and flourished. Years later, businesses closed and people moved out as a result of crime and the neighborhood slowly died. Fast forward to March 2016, the Peterboro is at the forefront of Detroit’s Chinatown revival in the Cass Corridor and they are reminding us why the community was once so successful.

Chef de Cusine, Brion Wong creates contemporary American Chinese recipes incorporating childhood memories, ten years of experience and inspiration from some top talents including Alex Guarnaschelli and Susar Lee. He and his crew is serving up some delicious dishes like the rich and hearty Hot & Sour soup (and I don’t even like Hot & Sour soup). With a menu including the classics with it’s own style like Almond Boneless Chicken (with Griffin Claw IPA batter) and some newbies with a spicy spin such as Cumin Lamb Ribs, the Peterboro is taking your neighborhood Chinese joint to the next level. See how they ranked.


Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)


Thai Old Fashioned: Milk washed tea rum, demerara (large-grained raw sugar), angostura (bitters). Interesting layers of flavors with a subtle spice and sweetness. Refreshing!


Cheeseburger Spring Rolls: Tangy sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. Think deconstructed cheeseburger wrapped in a crispy, crunchy, shell. Very different take on an American classic. Kudos for creativity and thinking outside the box. When I bit into the spring roll, molten hot cheesy beef poured out. I like the idea of the toppings on the outside, but I think I would rather like the onion, tomato, and pickle diced up inside the spring roll. The tangy sauce was spot on to your typical burger condiment, but some heat would really take this over the top. Still tasty!


Mongolian Hanger Steak: Hoisin & chili glazed with charred scallions, onion, and red peppers. The steak was tender and melted in my mouth. Flavors of sweet, salty, and spicy awakened my taste buds. The crunchy noodles and charred veggies added a nice texture. I recommend this dish!


Chocolate Sugar Egg Puff: Osmanthus sugar, creme anglaise. I’ll be honest, its not often that I save room for dessert, but I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this. A crispy, fried outer pastry (think a light, airy donut) filled with a delicious rich cream reminded me why dessert should be ordered first. Sweet, but not over the top sugary. Such a steal for only under $6.


The Peterboro uses quality, upscale, ingredients and transforms them into modern classics at an affordable price. I really liked the laidback vibe. The dining room was a nice balance of casual and elegant with industrial high ceilings and exposed bricks and pops of red with mood lighting. The food was delicious and I can’t wait to eat my way through the rest of the menu. Now, when I’m craving Chinese, I’m heading to the Peterboro.


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Maccabees at Midtown

Today on the Bite Tonight: Maccabees at Midtown

Located on Woodward Ave, in Midtown Detroit right by Wayne State, Maccabees at Midtown has an old fashioned, elegant feel which reminded me of a modern day speak easy. With ornate decor, and some of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in, Maccabees is good if you’re feeling like comfort food or something sophisticated. The menu consists of Angus beef burgers, starters, pasta, chicken and steak and some unique dishes such as pistachio crusted grouper and lobster BLT.

So for my friend Allison’s birthday, I wanted to take her to try the potato pancake sandwiches. They caught my eye the minute I spotted them on the menu and I’ve been dying to try them. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites


Drink that eats like a meal.

Blood Mary: Great flavor with a touch of spice.


Allison’s pick:

Lone Ranger: Brisket, grilled onions, provolone, Chipotle mayo. Probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a while. The grilled onions and tender, thinly slice brisket were full of flavor and decadence. With each bite, sweet, salty, and savory all hit your taste buds at once.The cool and spicy Chipotle mayo lightened up the beefiness of this sandwich. Now, here’s where things got real. With me being Polish, I knew I would like the potato pancake, but it was beyond anything I could imagine. It was crispy, yet soft and the perfect replacement for bread. I didn’t even have to worry about the potato pancake getting soggy! I would suggest getting one when dining in, then another to go. Eats best with a knife and fork.

lone ranger

My pick:

Midtown: Pastrami with 1000 Island dressing. I made a good call and got a side of the Chipotle mayo. The pastrami was tender, lean and thinly sliced with a hint of salt. Honestly, it was good, but didn’t compare to the Long Ranger.


Allison’s birthday cookie!

cookie cake

Service was good and our server sent us home with cards good for 10% off our next visit. If you haven’t been to Maccabees at Midtown, you have to go and try the potato pancake sandwiches. It makes so much sense to use potato pancakes instead of bread that I don’t know why other restaurants aren’t following suit. It’s an amazing and delicious culinary creation and I can’t wait until my next visit. My mouth is already watering!

Happy Birthday, Allison! Hope you had as much fun as I did. 🙂

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Motor City Brewing Works

Located on Canfield in Midtown, Motor City Brewing Works features locally brewed beers and unique brick oven pizzas. What I liked best about this brewery is the circular bar right when you first walk in. Read on to see how my recent visit went.

Atmosphere: 4

Price: 4

Service: 4

Quality/Taste: 3

Wow Factor: 3

Hard Cider: Lightly fruity with a kick. A refreshing change from beer. Sometimes, you just want hard cider.


Roasted Pear & Fig PizzaOlive oil, gorgonzola, oven roasted pears and figs, red onions, topped with spices. Surprisingly, this pizza was slightly sweet with a bite of gorgonzola. The crust was soft, chewy and made this pizza even more like a dessert. Very different.


This tap room is smaller than most, but that’s what makes it so cozy and welcoming. The only thing that sucks is the parking. The staff does a great job at communicating this and there are signs all over that the parking lot belongs to Traffic Jam & Snug and you run the risk of getting towed. So find a spot in the few designated spots or in the street and grab a cold one.


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