From Courtside To Tableside: Dining in District Detroit

October 28, 2023
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Detroit’s culinary scene is unlike any other, and the downtown area is lively with all the events that take place, from concerts to sports, and more. There can be something happening every night of the week, and the Stadium District luckily gives a plethora of choices for diners. If typical stadium food isn’t your vibe, Detroit’s Stadium District, often referred to as, The District, can take your pre/post-event dining experience to the next level. Many of these hot spots have hours that depend on events, so make sure to check before you head out. If you’re looking to add flavor to your game-day ritual, The District has you covered.

HONEST JOHN’S

488 Selden Street, Detroit

With early bird, brunch, and night owl menus, Honest John’s is ready to serve you from the early morning hours to those late night times when you need to grab a bite after an event. Managing partner John shares that, “Honest John’s is a nearly 40-year-old neighborhood bar and grill. Serving students, nurses, doctors, trades, and everyone in between, Honest John’s is truly the intersection of Detroit.”

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UNION ASSEMBLY

2131 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Offering signature American fare, Union Assembly is certainly a hotspot on event days. With 2.5 floors of seating options, this fun location can set the mood for your upcoming plans. You’ll find delicious pizza, super cheesy mac and cheese, triple pepper buffalo wings, and an extensive drink menu. A bonus with this spot is Mom’s Spaghetti, where you can order in the alley and feast inside around the bodega or the upstairs trailer. 

UWM DISTRICT MARKET

2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Located alongside Woodward, UWM District Market is located in the heart of The District. Marketing Manager Kara Horstmann shares, “UWM District Market is Detroit’s midday hot spot. It’s a quick, one-stop shop for a bite to eat, coffee, or a cocktail, and features various cuisines to satisfy all tastes.” Menu options include salads, pressed paninis, handhelds, tacos, and more. 

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HOCKEYTOWN CAFE

2301 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Open for more than just hockey season, Hockeytown Cafe has been representing Detroit teams since 1999.  Horstmann tells us, “Hockeytown Cafe is Detroit’s favorite sports bar open year-round in The District Detroit on Woodward Avenue. New menu items include Zip Tips, Chili Boule, and The Original Turkey Dinner.” You can find quick apps, hearty entrees, and a whole bunch of handhelds here. With 3 floors, 30+ flat-screen TVs, and more, Hockeytown Cafe is the place to be on game days. 

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MIKE’S PIZZA BAR

2515 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Located inside Little Caesars Arena, Mike’s Pizza Bar offers dine-in or ordering to-go. “Mike’s Pizza Bar features hand-crafted pizzas, brew on tap, and wines. This season, Mike’s Pizza Bar is expanding its menu, adding a Chix-Parm Sandwich, Jumbo Mozz Sticks, and a Meatball Skillet,” Horstmann says. Other menu items include tomato parmesan bruschetta slabs and Eastern Market pizza, which has mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, onion, California olives, artichoke, and vegan cheese. 

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THE MIXING BOARD

2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The Mixing Board is a sit-down restaurant that features made-from-scratch items from shareables to salads, flatbreads, and a full bar. New menu items include Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Firehouse Shrimp,” shares Kara Horstmann. With a Michigan-first menu made with local ingredients, this is a popular spot on event days.

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BASAN

2703 Park Avenue, Detroit

With a name derived from a mythological fire-breathing rooster, Basan is a place that wows. The menu alludes to fare cooked over a robata grill, and you can certainly find the heat at Basan. On skewers, you’ll find octopus with gochujang and fried garlic, braised shiitake with ponzu aioli, fermented garlic, and sake, and meatballs with sesame and soy glaze. Small bites include ahi tuna, scallop motoyaki, miso cabbage, and more. If you’re interested in a fresh dining experience, Basan may be for you

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on November 3, 2021, and was authored by Aaron Segel.

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