Mudgie’s Lobster Rolls are Back

by  via Eater Detroit

Just one week to stuff your face with crustaceans

Here is your vital summer public service announcement: Mudgie’s Deli’s Lobstah Week is back in full swing starting today with lines out the door for the coveted Maine lobster-filled rolls. The annual one-week event kicks off today and runs through July 31 culminating in a lobster-themed brunch.

Detroit’s lobster roll mecca receives a fresh 60 to 80-pound shipment of crustaceans daily from Brunswick, Maine, restaurant manager Melissa Battani tells Eater, adding up to between 650 and 700-pounds of lobster served throughout the week. Battani says the restaurant does occasionally sell out of the rolls, but supplies generally manage to stretch into dinner service.

The sandwiches are assembled using rolls from The Golden Wheat in Hamtramck, lettuce, dill, celery, chives, and knuckle and claw meat tossed in mayo. Each lobster roll is served with a side of Better Made crinkle cut chips for $19. Additionally, the restaurant is serving up specials like a $50 “high roller” deal with the option of two rolls and a bottle of rose or one roll, a cocktail, a bottle of rose, and limoncello. Diners can hangout inside, on the patio, or stuff their faces with takeout.

Here’s a few glimpses of the seasonal sandwiches to whet your appetite:

Vintage flavor at the London Chop House

Molly Abraham via The Detroit News

In its heyday during the 1960s and ’70s, the London Chop House was the only game in town in terms of its ambitions. Visiting celebrities always made a point of dining there, along with Detroit’s movers and shakers who especially loved the big cushy booth at the entrance. It was Booth No. 1, and if you were seated there, you knew you had made your mark.

It’s a different Detroit today, with many ambitious restaurants vying for attention. Lester Gruber would be happy to see that the place he established in 1938 can still take its place among the best in town. And Booth No. 1 is still the best seat in the house.

The current regime has been in place since February 2012, when Nico Gatzaros took over and shook off the cobwebs. He put Robert (RJ) Scherer, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, in the rebuilt kitchen, removed the dust-catchers in the dining room, simplified the décor while essentially preserving its vintage flavor, and inched the venerable spot into the 21st century.

The young chef is still there, and he turns out a menu that includes such classics as oysters Rockefeller, French onion soup, Dover sole, sauteed perch — no longer called “mess o’ perch” as it was in the old days — now ornamented with trimmings of plump shrimp and crabmeat.

Steak has always been emphasized, as befits an establishment with chop house in its name, and the current offerings range from the relatively dainty filet mignon to a hefty 24-ounce Black Angus bone-in ribeye and 32-ounce prime porterhouse. Nightly specials often include beautifully marbled cuts of Wagyu beef, with, it must be noted, eye-popping prices to match.

Three steak sauces are offered, the classic Bearnaise, peppercorn and chimichurri, the Argentinian blend of chopped parsley, oregano, onion and garlic, but those who order Wagyu steaks will not need them.

Among lighter and simpler choices in the chef’s repertoire are roasted chicken breast served with creamed corn and baby carrots, grilled fish of the day and a number of fresh salads, including one that could qualify as an entrée with its chopped baby greens, ham, hard-cooked egg, topped with shaved Gruyere and Dijon and rosemary dressing.

You may still get a sense of the Chop House style at lunch, when the menu includes some of the dinner options, as well as sandwiches and the house burger. You may also expect crisp and courteous service. As befits a restaurant with a hefty price structure, guests are well taken care of by the staff.

It’s interesting that this venerable spot and another with a similar history, Joe Muer Seafood, have become part of what is a remarkable downtown dining scene.


London Chop House

155 W. Congress, Detroit

Call: (313) 962-0277



Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Bar later. Closed Sun.

Prices: Lunch appetizers $7-$16, salads $10-$22, sandwiches and entrees $11-$30, dinner appetizers $12-$24, steaks $32-$88, entrees $28-$50 (market priced items higher), desserts $7-$8

Credit cards: All major

Liquor: Full bar

Noise level: Moderate

Parking: Valet, street or nearby lots

Wheelchair access: Yes; a chairlift is used to navigate the staircase.

Marky Mark’s Wahlburgers to open near Greektown Casino in 4 weeks

Detroit Free Press staff writer JC Reindl contributed to this report. June 27, 2016

Wahlburgers has set a date to open its doors in Greektown, sort of.

The restaurant, part of the chain started by Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, is “on track to open in July” on Monroe Street near Greektown Casino, JACK Entertainment, which oversees the casino, said Saturday in a news release.

An excited Wahlberg, who is in town filming the next “Transformers” movie and also filmed scenes Saturday for his A&E reality show about the burger chain, took to Twitter to say: “Love this city! Excited to open @Wahlburgers next month in Detroit.”

In a video released by JACK, Wahlberg also said, “I don’t know why everybody at home, or wherever you are watching us … can’t come … down here and hang out.”

The actor continued: “We’re shooting the movie in town so we’re here every night . … Come down. God bless you guys. Thank you.”

Wahlburgers is a fast-growing burger chain that was started in Massachusetts in 2011 by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg. It’s also the subject of the A&E reality show following the progress of the restaurant.

Earlier this year, Wahlberg said he was working with Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert to open the restaurant.

“I’ve been nice enough to get Dan Gilbert to give me a nice location,” Wahlberg said in the Fox 2 interview.

 Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services confirmed the news at the time.

“As Mark Wahlberg stated, we are working very closely with Mark and Wahlburgers to create a great location for them in the Greektown area,” Dan Mullen, Bedrock’s executive vice president, said in a statement.

Representatives for the Wahlburgers company were not immediately available for comment.

The CEO of Wahlburgers at the time  told the media site Business Insider that his chain could add 100 to 150 new locations in the next five years. Its current locations outside of Massachusetts are New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Toronto.


Opening Alert: Central Kitchen & Bar – Downtown

by  via Eater Detroit

Central Kitchen & Bar

Central Kitchen

Downtown’s latest development, Central Kitchen + Bar, swings open for lunch at 11 a.m. with a gastro bistro menu and plenty of open-air seating. Co-owner Dennis Archer Jr. says he’s excited to offer an alternative spot downtown for business lunches and casual after work cocktails. “The environment that we’re creating here is [one where] you can be here in jeans and a t-shirt or you can come after leaving the opera if you have a tux and your date has a dress on,” he says.

Archer says he and partners Christopher Brochert and Ken Karam will focus on making Central successful first, though they do see more opportunities for development in Detroit. “I think that you’ll see all of our time over the next six months will be perfecting what is here, getting feedback from our consumers, finding out what people like and don’t like about the menu,” he adds. “Then once we’ve perfected that leading into the holidays we’ll look into what we want to launch in 2016.”

Central Kitchen + Bar opens 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Expect brunch in the near future. Central Kitchen + Bar • 660 Woodward Ave. Suite 4A, Detroit, MI 482261 (313) 963-9000