Dime Store opens downtown; Beach Bar makes fall transition
The hot new restaurant of the week is the Dime Store. Serving breakfast and lunch, this hip spot recently opened in the Chrysler House, formerly known as the Dime building (hence the name), in downtown Detroit.
The menu is speckled with buzz items like duck, beets, pork belly and Brussels sprouts. Choose from sandwiches or salads for lunch, and omelets, variations of Eggs Benedict, hash dishes and fried egg sandwiches for breakfast. Side options include fries, hash browns, Brussels sprouts or a strangely salty side salad topped with radishes and pickles.
A liquor license has only recently been obtained, so look for cocktails to accompany your meal as early as this week.
The Dime Store's setting is comfortable, with a dozen seats at the bar, and four dozen more in the dining area. The decor is modern with dark and light gray walls and a dashes of orange and yellow here and there (and pink, if you include one server's hair). A black-and-white portrait of President Dwight Eisenhower inexplicably watches over the dining area.
With fresh ingredients, decent pricing (nothing over $13) and quick enough service, the Dime Store is destined to be a favorite for downtown workers and residents.
Check it out at 719 Griswold, where the combination Rio Wraps and PizzaPapalis used to be. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Once the liquor license is in place, weekday hours will extend until 8 p.m.
Beach Bar turns Beach Biergarten
Just around the corner from Dime Store, Campus Martius has been buzzing all summer, especially at lunch time at the Beach Bar & Grille, which serves drinks and food in a sand-filled setting.
For fall, the bar has transformed into a the Beach Haus Beirgarten. The stand stays, but with it comes heaters and at times a bonfire. The menu includes beer-friendly items like brats.
Hours are 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 4-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat. and noon-8 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 10.
Food and beverage events
Motor City Brew Tours' Brewery Bus Tour starting in Royal Oak:
Ticket includes transportation to three Warren breweries (Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn and Falling Down Beer Co.), plus beer samples, tours, lunch and snacks. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. $55. Pick-up at 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 850-2563.
Sarap at Revolver:
This Filipino meal at Hamtramck's permanent pop-up restaurant starts off with bone marrow and beef shank soup, followed by chicken wing adobo, pork sisig and halo halo shaved ice with halo halo pie. No vegetarian option. 5 and 8 p.m. Sat. $50. 9737 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. Reservations made at www.revolverhamtramck.com.
Monthly Wine Tasting at Motor City Wine:
Sample from more than 18 wines at your own pace, along with cheese, charcuterie and antipasti. 6-8:30 p.m. Sat. $25. 1949 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 483-7283.
Detroit Lions Breakfast Buffet at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit:
Before each Lions home game, get down on a buffet that has all the breakfast fixings, including an omelet station, French toast, bacon and more. 7-11 a.m. Sun., Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 19 and Dec. 7 and 14. $18, $10 children. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.
Zoo Brew at Detroit Zoo:
Craft beer sampling event with live music by the Hard Lessons, Mod Orange and Laith Al-Saadi. 6-10:30 p.m. Sept. 26. $40 in advance, $25 designated driver. Woodward at I-696, Royal Oak.
Run for the Roses Benefit Dinner at Lochmoor Club:
Tickets include dinner (pasta, meat entree, salad), open bar and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Tigerlily Cat Rescue and Loveabull Paws Rescue. 6:30-11 p.m. Sept. 26. $75. 1018 Sunningdale, Grosse Pointe Woods. (586) 778-3897.
Fall Equinox Bottle Release at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.:
A limited release of seasonal brews such as Tripa, Simcoe Sillier and more. Limit one purchase per person. 11 a.m. Sept. 27. 5919 Chicago, Warren. (586) 979-8361.
Beer dinner at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit:
A five course dinner — including appetizers, fried chicken, smoked pork, short ribs and more — will be paired with Michigan beers. 6 p.m. Sept. 30. $40. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1234.
Chef's Dinner Series at Rattlesnake Club:
Dinner from executive chef Chris Franz paired with wines from Napa Vally's Ehlers Estate. 6 p.m. Sept. 30. $120 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.
Savor Detroit at Great Lakes Culinary Center:
Each night, two acclaimed chefs will team up for a four-course meal with wine pairings. The dinners are preceded by a cocktail hour with appetizers and drinks made by bartenders from the Sugar House. Chefs include James Rigato from the Root Restaurant & Bar, Benjamin Meyer from Iridescence, Garrett Lipar of Torino, Reva Constantine of Great Lakes Culinary Center and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6-10. $125, $1,150 for table for 10. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield.
Taste of Southfield at Southfield Town Center Atrium:
Sample food from local restaurants and vote on your favorite, plus cooking and beverage demonstrations. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 7. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 2000 Town Center Atrium, Southfield. (248) 557-6661.
Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.
Sicilian Wine Dinner at Paesano:
A five course dinner paired with PassopisciaroCQ wines from Mount Edna, Europe's largest active volcano. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. $100. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.
Baconfest Michigan at Royal Oak Farmers Market:
More than 1,500 bacon-lovers attended last year, and this year is expected to be just as popular. Participating restaurants, food trucks and guest chefs are to be announced. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17. $75. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.