Cheers: Jim Brady’s Detroit is a fun nod to the past
Royal Oak’s newest restaurant Jim Brady’s Detroit is an alluring mix of vintage and modern in regards to both the menu and the atmosphere.
The bar and restaurant is a love letter to the original Jim Brady’s that opened in 1954 on Seven Mile and Greenfield, and an homage to the ’50s in general, with mid-century modern furniture and even a vintage-style pink pay phone in the ladies room (it works – no coins needed). On the wall there’s a black and white mural of Jim Brady made from an old Detroit News photo.
Located where the Oxford Inn stood for 27 years, Jim Brady’s Detroit is owned by Tom Brady, grandson of restaurateur “Diamond Jim” Brady. (Tom Brady’s stepmother Mary Brady runs sister restaurant Diamond Jim Brady’s in Novi.) Tom Brady and his team completely renovated the restaurant inside and out. It’s unrecognizable as the Oxford Inn.
The menu has many nods to the original Detroit restaurant, including the burger recipe and the Charlie Brown, an item named after a Brady’s regular with Swiss and bacon. The chili, jumbo shrimp cocktail and the Caesars salad are also said to be the same recipes from the 1950s.
To stay modern, though, the menu has a lot of cute twists. The appetizer list has three versions of tater tots, roasted cauliflower and crazy sauces like McClure’s Bloody Mary ranch, maple Siracha, rock ‘n’ rye barbeque and choco-tella, made with Nutella and chili spices.
Nutella can also be found in the house-made chocolate ice cream which can be ordered as just a scoop or as part of the “bodacious banana split,” which also has vanilla custard, strawberry ice cream, a banana, candied bacon, Better Made pretzels, sprinkles, Sander’s caramel and hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.
There’s a deal nearly every day, too. Burgers are half off on Monday, and Tuesday has $3 draft beer. Wednesday’s Big Juniors — a hulking sandwich that is stuffed with French fries, cheese, cole slaw and choice of meat — are only $5. Get craft cocktails for $5 on Thursday, and Bloody Marys and mimosas are $3 on Sunday. There are also weekday happy hour specials and a late-night happy hour nightly.
Longstanding rock and soul band — the Reefermen — performs every Friday night at 10 p.m.
Jim Brady’s Detroit, 1214 S. Main, is open at 4 p.m. daily. Lunch service is set to start in January.
Food & beverage events
Melo Farms pop-up at Parks and Rec: Larissa Popa, the butcher at Republic in Detroit, has studied whole hog butchery at charcuterie in France. She’ll show off her skills with a pork pop-up dinner at next door Parks and Recs. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward helping Melo Farms of Yale, Michigan, pay for a new tractor. The five-course meals features tenderloin, bacon ham hocks and other products from the farm. 6 p.m. Thurs. $55. 1942 Grand River, Detroit. (586) 552-9518.
Champagne and all that Bubbles at Plum Market West Bloomfield: Sample and learn about French Champagne, Spanish cava and American sparkling wine. 6:30-8 p.m. Thurs. $25. 6565 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield. (248) 626-7000.
Chef Brent Foster at Revolver: Foster serves a five-course Asian-inspired all-vegetarian meal. It starts with sweet potato banh mi bruschetta, followed by miso-glazed tofu, edamame sliders, spicy udon and green tea cheesecake. 5 and 8 p.m. Sun. Sold out . 9737 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 757-3093 or revolverhamtramck.com.
Buon Natale Cena at Cafe Cortina: This Christmas Eve dinner celebrates the holiday and the restaurant’s 40th anniversary. Seatings are being scheduled between 4-6:45 p.m. Dec. 24. $85 per person, wine pairings starting at $22. 30715 W. 10 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 474-3033.
Brewery Bus Tour with Motor City Brew Tour: The first bus tour of the year, this trip visits Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Territorial Brewing Co. in Battle Creek and Grand River Brewery in Jackson. Tickets include transportation, brewery tours, beer samples, lunch and snacks. 8:15a.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. $75. Pick up at Sixth and Lafayette in Royal Oak or at the M-14/Miller Road Exit Park & Ride in Ann Arbor. motorcitybrewtours.com.
Vodka Vodka 2016 at Royal Oak Music Theatre: Sample more than 60 vodkas at this popular winter events that also has entertainment, DJs, a fashion show and food. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. $45-$65. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.
Italian Wine Dinner at Mabel Gray: Mabel Gray’s chef James Rigato invites restauranteur Luciano Del Signore (Bacco, Bigalora) to join him in creating a six-course Italian feast, paired with wines by sommelier Rachel Van Til. 6 p.m. Jan. 31. $115 plus tax and tip. 23825 John R, Hazel Park. (248) 398-4300.
Winter Beer Festival at Fifth Third Ball Park: More than 100 Michigan breweries will be represented at this annual celebration of our state’s craft beer industry. The festival is expected to sell out in advance. 3-7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 1-6 p.m. Feb. 27. $45-$50. A transportation package is available through motorcitybrewtours.com. 4500 West River Dr. NE, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids. mibeer.com.