Cheers: Dive downriver during Wyandotte Restaurant Week

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Wyandotte Restaurant Week kicks off Saturday, highlighting the quaint riverfront community’s food and retail businesses. The city is off the beaten path, and the walkable downtown area with a historic feel makes for a fun day trip or night out.

Saturday through April 9, more than a dozen of the downriver town’s restaurants and cafes will offer specials including fixed-price three-course meals for $20; meals for $5 and $10, or free desserts with the purchase of two entrees.

Nanna’s Kitchen, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, serves American, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. For restaurant week Nanna’s, 2962 Biddle, will have a menu of two-for-$20 entrees that includes soup, coleslaw, garden salad or fattoush salad. Choose from Mediterranean lasagna (penne noodles, meat sauce topped with bechamel sauce), sauteed shrimp, salmon filet, chicken kabob, chicken shawarma, a Michigan cherry salad with chicken and more.

Also on Biddle, R.P. McMurphy’s will give a free appetizer to any table that orders two entrees during Wyandotte Restaurant Week. Starters vary from fried pickles to escargot.

Trimmed with cherry-red booths for two and stained glass touches, R.P. McMurphy’s has an old-school vibe. The semi-open kitchen is tiny, but it manages to pump out many steakhouse classics such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar’s salad, French Onion soup, salmon picatta and New York strip steak.

Take your receipt from any participating restaurant week over to Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop at 3042 Biddle and get 20 percent off your ice cream or cookie order. Look for signs at other retail businesses in Wyandotte that indicate they’re restaurant week partners; many are offering specials or discounts for those who bring in a restaurant receipt.

No matter where you dine, there’s a chance the Wyandotte DDA and Wyandotte Business Association maypick up your tab. At least once a day during the promotion diners will be chosen at random locations and times to receive a free meal.

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Also coming up in Wyandotte, the WBA hosts a themed event the third Friday of each month. April 15 it’s “Girls Night Out” with wine tastings, an ’80s costume contest, shopping and entertainment throughout downtown Wyandotte.

Think you have the best barbecue? The following month the Third Friday event is a “rib throwdown” barbecue competition on May 20, which is a forerunner to Pork in the Park on May 21. Check out to download an application.

What about Detroit Restaurant Week?

Local restaurant buffs and foodies may have noticed that the bi-annual Detroit Restaurant Week’s spring edition didn’t pop up this season. Organizers announced in early March that the longstanding dining promotion would return to being a once-a-year event that takes place in the fall.

Detroit Restaurant Week began in the fall of 2009 before the downtown restaurant dining boom. The first time the 17 participating restaurants were all mostly dining classics like the Whitney, Roast and Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille.

Last fall, however, nearly 30 businesses were part of the 10-day event. These included the same white table-clothed restaurants as mentioned, and also more casual options including Traffic Jam & Snug and Jolly Pumpkin in Cass Corridor, plus newer hot spots like Gold Cash Gold and Ottava Via in Corktown.

Look for Detroit Restaurant Week to return with fixed-price special menus this fall.

Clawson store celebrates 10 years with cake

Accessories boutique Leon & Lulu will celebrate its 10th anniversary noon-4 p.m. Sunday with a baking contest featuring amateur bakers, professional chefs and students. Come in and try a few entries and shop. The contest will be judged by members of the local food media, including yours truly and former Detroit News food columnist Kate Lawson.

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