Woodward Dream Cruise: Where to eat?

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Gawking at all those hot rods, classic beauties and custom creations at the Woodward Dream Cruise may make you work up an appetite. With more than a million people in the vicinity of Woodward between Ferndale and Pontiac, however, you better have a game plan when it comes to dining.

If there’s a restaurant you would like to visit while attending the Dream Cruise, it’s smart to call ahead and make sure that they’re open to the public. Many fill up with private parties or are booked in advance. Others are closed completely to avoid the masses.

Here’s the lowdown on a few spots on Woodward throughout the cruise route:

Jacob Knittel holds Treat Dreams’ bacon, gorgonzola and apricot flavored ice cream.

Treat Dreams: With ice cream, brownies, cookies, vegan ice cream, cones and cups, Treat Dreams has something sweet for everyone. This week’s flavors include lavender blueberry, salted caramel, dark chocolate orange, a vegan avocado chocolate chip and many more. 22965 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3440.

Though patrons may be unsure of what the initials O.W.L. stand for, the restaurant is drawing a crowd.

Owl: For a late-night nosh, Owl is open nearly 24-7 (they close at 10 p.m. Sunday until Monday morning). Focusing on counter service and carry-out, this new-ish spot specializes in breakfast foods, lunch and Mexican items such as chilaquiles, tacos, nachos and a chorizo sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. 27302 Woodward, Royal Oak. (248) 808-6244.

Vinsetta Garage in Berkley offers Faygo ice cream dusted with Pop Rocks for an extra pop in your mouth.

Vinsetta Garage: Part of the Union Joint family of restaurants, this bar and burger spot is popular with the car-culture crowd. Vinsetta’s operations will be business as usual, with first-come, first-served seating on either inside or on the Woodward-facing patio. 27799 Woodward, Berkley. (248) 548-7711.

A custom hot rod is parked in front of Duggan's Irish Pub, a popular watering hole for dream cruisers on Woodward Avenue.

Duggan’s Irish Pub: This two-story bar and restaurant will be partying all week for Dream Cruise. Take advantage of the valet parking service, and dine in the tent in their north parking lot, or inside the restaurant. There will live bands, and 104.3 WOMC-FM will broadcast all weekend. 31501 Woodward, Royal Oak. (248) 549-3659.

Hunter House Hamburgers in Birmingham.

Hunter House Hamburgers: This classic slider joint — open since 1952 — is bumping Dream Cruise weekend with live music, classic cars in the parking lot and, of course, burgers and fries. This is Hunter House’s busiest weekend of the year and they sell more than 1,000 pounds of ground beef, says owner Susan Cobb. 35075 Woodward, Birmingham. (248) 646-7121.

Joe Muer Seafood in Bloomfield Hills opens Monday.

Joe Muer Seafood: With two dining areas, a U-shaped bar and outdoor patio, this new seafood and steak spot will have plenty of room (nearly 280 seats) for car-lovers this weekend. The Bloomfield Hills version of the Detroit classic opened in June with a menu similar to the downtown location, including a raw bar with oysters, sushi, ceviche, mussels and other shellfish. 39475 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 792-9609.

The grilled swordfish at Bill's

Bill’s: A contemporary clubroom, Bill’s is on the upscale side of Woodward’s dining options. They’ll be taking reservations during the day, but it’s first-come, first-serve for dinner in the dining area and on the patio. 39556 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 646-9000.


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