Commonwealth | 300 Hamilton Row | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-792-9766
A coffeehouse with some of the best healthy food ever served is Commonwealth. This egg sandwich they make with guacamole, salsa, cheddar, and hot sauce on multigrain bread... this is such a tasty delight! A small side salad comes with it, so fresh and good like they grew it in a garden in the back of the place. Artsy décor just adds to the awesomeness of this place. The latte is one of the best we’ve ever had – this is the stuff coffee lovers have dreams and fantasies about! We had to try the cinnamon apple french toast with a caramel-cider sauce that accompanies it... what a great finish to a fabulous dining experience!
Brooklyn Pizza | 111 Henrietta | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-258-6690
No need to truck it to NYC and cross the Brooklyn Bridge to get authentic thin crust pizza... Just head to Brooklyn Pizza in Birmingham for the same experience. Brick oven wood-fired goodness is how this bad boy is baked! The namesake pizza of this place is so amazing, with homemade pesto, black olives, roasted garlic, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes and creamy goat cheese... this is truly to die for! Gelato, ice cream and Italian ice is all made fresh daily here as well. Everything is completely yummy and available for dine in, take-out and delivery. Mama Mia... This place rules!
Dick O’Dow’s | 160 W. Maple Rd | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-642-1135
A true Irish experience is to be had here at Dick O’Dow’s and there's room to bring all your fellow pub crawlers on the party bus to this place. They have live music that adds to the authenticity especially when they have bands that play Irish folk music. It’s a way to go to Ireland without the passport and customs... We felt like doing a jig! Celtic reuben made our palates sing with delight as we happily sung along with the band... Great fun! And of course we had ourselves some tasty Guinness beer to wash this down with... A must at a place like this! Décor is authentic along with a back patio when weather permits. Love it!
Hunter House Hamburgers | 35075 Woodward | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-646-7121
Bring on the sliders at Hunter House Hamburgers... Who knew grilled onions, ketchup, mustard and dill pickles could taste this good! Classic looking diner burger joint that has décor that looks straight out of the 50s, and it is! It was founded in 1952 and they've been peddling the same great food ever since! We like the small menu... keeps things well made that way. We added chili cheese fries to the mix and complete heaven was created in this eating establishment. A favorite of hometown rocker Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers! He frequents this place every time he visits! With that endorsement, you know it’s all good...
Peabody’s Restaurant and Bar | 35965 Woodward | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-644-5222
This place has been a staple in Birmingham forever with regular clientele to prove it. Peabody’s Restaurant and Bar is nothing short of a classic. Open space with cool loft style décor that has plenty of room for your group on the party bus or for a more imitate evening with a small group in the party limo. They have live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights but even on those evenings, this is a place to be able to have a conversation without yelling... cozy and intimate. The flatiron steak that we ordered nested on top of mashed potatoes was the bomb! If you are a meat and potato person, this is your must-have dish! Yum!
Toast | 203 Pierce | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248 398-0444
Toast is a super hip casual place with trendy food that we hope never goes out of style! A destination that can fit all your cool kid friends in the party bus because they have the room and a full bar to boot! We must eat this wonderful thing they call a carnita. A waffle served with green and yellow peppers, pulled pork and sour cream. So unique and filled with unexpected tastes of goodness, we could eat way more than one! Drink menu is out of this world too... get a blueberry margarita, blueberries, thyme and champagne all rolled into one! Fabulosity in a glass... we will be back!
Mitchell’s Fish Market | 117 Willits St | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-646-3663
In downtown Birmingham look no further than Mitchell’s Fish Market for the freshest seafood dinners ever. It's as if they had an ocean right out their backdoor that they caught the fish in themselves and took directly back to the kitchen to cook. Their signature items have that cute little fish hook next to them so you have to try one of those for sure! We do all the courses this way, starting with the crab cake, then on to their famous market salad including delicious pine nuts, then onto the main course, the Shanghai seafood sampler which includes salmon, scallops and shrimp with sticky rice... Everything here was cooked perfectly, we could not have enjoyed our dining experience more!
Barrio | 203 Hamilton Row | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-593-6060
Bring your loud party friends from the party bus here to Barrio, to get your mexican food fix on in Birmingham. You won't have to worry about how boisterous you get after getting some classic margaritas under your belt! The salsa verde and guacamole at this joint are some of the best we’ve ever encountered. This is more of a trendy mexican restaurant which doesn’t mean the food isn’t tasty, it’s just not going to be huge portions for next to nothing like the old school places in southwest Detroit. They've even got some reinvented classics like mushroom enchiladas which we found very pleasing to our taste buds!
South Bar | 210 S. Old Woodward | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-593-8133
This is the premier weekend party place for all your peeps on the party bus to hit. We think South Bar’s theme song should be "I’m sexy and I know it...” because the trendy, hipster, upscale crowd is always dressed to impress even if they are just in a t-shirt and jeans. The kind of denim worn here would set most budgets back for an entire year. The drinks are well made here too, especially their sangria! It goes down so smooth, especially with that sugared rim! Such a nice touch. This place is definitely a hardcore party joint... reminds us of the wild bars on the Jersey Shore!
Le Petit Prince | 124 W. 14 Mile Rd | Birmingham MI 48009 | 248-644-7114
Le Petit Prince is an authentic French bakery located conveniently near the turn from Southfield Rd onto 14 mile. It's in a strip mall no less, but this place is nothing like anything else you’ve ever discovered in one. This place is so delightfully French that it closes every summer like a bakery would in the country of France. Bread baked fresh daily along with every other pastry you could imagine. One of our favorites was the almond croissant. You could definitely end up in a sugar coma in this place, or overdosing for that matter, but what a way to go... oui oui oui!!!