Food, Art & Fun in Downtown Mount Clemens

By: Amber Ogden | June 8, 2015

Sometimes it can be a struggle getting back into your routine on a Monday morning, but hopefully this will soften the blow: it’s time for the next location in our “Downtown Series.” This week, we’re heading to downtown Mount Clemens, where you’ll find everything from food to shopping to entertainment.

Mount Clemens has a marina, and you can cruise from Lake St. Clair up the Clinton River to get there. While traveling by boat is half the fun, don’t worry if you don’t have access to one. Cars and bikes work just as well on dry land.

Here are a few things you should be sure to check out while in downtown Mount Clemens!

Food

Bath City Bistro, 75 Macomb Pl., got its name from the mineral bath houses that Mount Clemens used to be known for. The menu is full of lunch specials, appetizers, entrees, pastas, pizzas and more.

Try the Bath House Pie (topped with cheese, pepperoni, bacon, onion and mushrooms), Cabernet Bleu Burger (beef patty with cabernet caramelized onions, bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato) or Salmon Florentine Cannoli (stuffed with salmon, ricotta cheese and spinach, served with a sherry sauce).

Bath City Bistro offers feather bowling, and you can print out a coupon for a free session here!

Gumbo’s, 53 N. Walnut St., is a family owned and operated restaurant that serves authentic Cajun and Creole dishes. Menu items include Cajun Pasta (sautéed chicken and Andouille sausage in a creamy Cajun sauce, with or without shrimp), Seafood Platter (catfish, shrimp, fries, hush puppies and coleslaw) and Catfish Po-Boy (seasoned and fried, served on French bread and topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and Creole mayo).

There are a plethora of side items to choose from, including sweet potato fries, fried okra, mashed candied yams and more. Be sure to try an order of the homemade bread pudding, which is made fresh daily and served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Downtown Mount Clemens

(Photo of downtown Mount Clemens provided by Michelle Weiss)

Orleans Sports Café, 100 Macomb Pl., formerly known as Orleans Billiards Café, offers pool tables, shuffleboard, dart boards, plasma TVs, patio seating and great food. What more could you want?

On the menu, you’ll find a Philly Cheese Steak Panini (thinly sliced steak with mushrooms, onions, Provolone cheese and Italian dressing), Chipotle Burger (topped with jalapenos and Cheddar cheese) and Orleans Special pizza (topped with ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and green peppers), amongst other dishes.

There are tons of appetizers to choose from, so if you’re hanging out and playing a few games with friends, order some Orleans Famous Nachos, Chicken Tenders or Primo Cheese Stix to share.

Three Blind Mice Irish Pub, 101 N. Main St., calls itself a “five star dive bar,” so if you enjoy a casual atmosphere with top notch food and drinks, check it out while you’re downtown.

Try the Corned Beef Burger Melt (a beef patty topped with Wigley’s Famous Corned Beef, apple slaw, Swiss cheese and American cheese), BBLT (applewood and Irish bacon, lettuce, beefsteak tomato and spicy mayo on sourdough) or Irish Breakfast (two eggs served any way, Irish bacon, banger, tomato, baked beans and garlic cheddar biscuit).

If you plan your trip for the coming weekend, it may coincide with The Great Food Challenge, which is taking place this Saturday. During the challenge, contestants will attempt to take down a five-pound plate of Irish totchos (tater tot nachos, naturally).

Shopping and entertainment

Paperback Writer Books, 61 Macomb Pl., borrows its moniker from a song by The Beatles, and you’ll find thousands of used books in stock. If you’re a book lover, be sure to stop by during your excursion in downtown Mount Clemens!

Check out the store’s Facebook page for some of the latest inventory.

Downtown Mount Clemens

(Photo of downtown Mount Clemens provided by Michelle Weiss)

Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Pl., aims to enrich everyone through the arts, and you’ll definitely take in some culture as soon as you step through the doors. Youth and adult art classes are offered at the Art Center, and you can take a look at the brochure here to find one that will work for you or your child.

After perusing the gallery, be sure to stop by the gift shop, where you’ll find a variety of handmade gifts by local artists and artisans. Scarves, bags, jewelry, prints and more can all be purchased in the gift shop.

More Than Coffee, 42 Pine, is new to the area, and will keep you caffeinated and energized throughout your excursion. Whether you get your fix in the form of espresso, pour over or tea, you’ll find something to whet your whistle at More Than Coffee. You can even pick up a bag of Great Lakes Coffee beans to make your Monday mornings at home a little more bearable.

Events

You’ll find plenty to do in downtown Mount Clemens this summer, including the Nashville in the Neighborhood Concert Series, which kicks off this Wednesday, June 10. Sponsored by local radio station 99.5 WYCD, the first concert stars Jason Michael Carroll, who will perform live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional shows will take place throughout the summer on July 1, August 5 and August 26. The series of free concerts are held at the stage at Macomb Place near Anton Art Center.

Later this month, enjoy the Riversight & Sound Concert on Friday, June 26. The show takes place on the riverfront, and features a performance by Magic Bus, along with a fireworks show at dusk.

Now that you have a few items to add to your itinerary, have a great time exploring in downtown Mount Clemens!