Food, Drinks & Friends: Sunday Funday in the D

By: Amber Ogden | April 10, 2015

After a busy weekend with a full social calendar, don’t you just love a nice relaxing Sunday? While some people choose to spend Sunday afternoons curled up with a good book or watching a ballgame, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Sunday is the last day of the weekend, and as such, we must pack as much joy into it as possible before the next workweek commences!

If your idea of Sunday Funday involves food and drink, you’re in luck. There are plenty of Metro Detroit restaurants that offer food and drink discounts on Sundays, so you can meet up with your buddies mid-day or head out with your sweetheart around dinnertime. Here are just a few options for Sunday food and drink fun in the D:

The Sardine Room, 340 S. Main St., Plymouth, serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, complete with live music and mimosa specials. Brunch items include Baked French Toast (with Michigan maple syrup, cream cheese and fresh berries), Lobster Scramble (with fontina cheese sauce, roasted tomatoes, dill, potato crepes and mixed greens) and Zucchini Cake and Roasted Beet Sandwich (with chopped herbs, scallions, capers, sherry-garlic aioli, feta, tomatoes and mixed greens).

On Sunday nights, Big Shrimpin’ runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features a quarter pound fried shrimp dinner with fries, coleslaw, cocktail sauce and lemon for just $9. A hip-hop classic playlist spins and $2 cans of Tecate area available for purchase.

Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit, holds industry night on Sundays from 10 p.m. to close. During that time, those who work in the service industry can enjoy select drafts for $2.50, $1 shots with your first beer purchase (excluding top shelf liquors) and $3 shots of Tullamore Dew.

While you’re there, order The Foran burger (topped with corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese and The Poet Stout Kraut) or Chevy Club sandwich (grilled chicken breast with bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo). Both go great with any drink special!

Northville Sports Den, 133 W. Main St., Northville, offers happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. During this time, patrons can enjoy $6 appetizers, $3 well drinks, $1 off drafts and $4 bombs and house wines.

If you’re looking for a hearty meal along with it, try the famous Juicy Lucy, a burger stuffed with two cheese slices of your choice, topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. If that doesn’t fit your fancy, perhaps a Ranch and Chicken pizza (topped with grilled chicken, bacon, mozzarella cheese and homemade ranch dressing) or Mini Chicken Slider (deep fried and covered in buffalo sauce) will do the trick.

Grand Tavern, 35450 Grand River Ave., Farmington, embraces Sunday Funday with beer specials all day long, including $2 domestic draft beer and $3 premium draft beer. With 16 draft beers on tap, several of which are from Michigan, there are plenty to choose from.

Should you be hungry as well, consider ordering a few snacks for the table: Battered Pickles (served with chipotle ranch), Buffalo Chicken Dip (served with pita chips) or Tavern Lettuce Wraps (chicken breast and veggies tossed in a soy-ginger sauce, served on lettuce) are a few great choices.

Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit, serves brunch between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays. While the menu differs each week, you could find items like Broccolini, Ham and Cheddar Scramble (served with home fries), Green Eggs and Ham (fried eggs with pesto, Parmesan grits and maple glazed ham) and Cinnamon Swirl French Toast on the menu.

The one thing that remains constant at brunch is the most important part: bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are served for $10. What a steal!

CJ’s Brewing Company, 14900 Beck Rd., Plymouth, has happy hour available all day on Sundays! From noon to 9 p.m., enjoy domestic bottles five for $10 or microbrew and seasonal bottles five for $15. As for food, the pizza and a pitcher special includes a large round one-topping pizza and a pitcher of Labatt Blue Light for just $12.99.

If you’re craving meat, Sundays include two-for-one burger specials, where you’ll get a free burger with the purchase of one Old Fashioned (a half-pound patty).

Big Beaver Tavern, 645 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, claims to be “not your average tavern,” and with $3 Bloody Marys on Sundays, I’m sure many people are willing to investigate.

What goes better with a cheap Bloody Mary than a breakfast-inspired burger? Order the 2 a.m. (a burger topped with a fried egg, bacon and smoked Cheddar cheese). Other sandwiches on the menu include Stacked Ham and Cheese (topped with lettuce and tomato on an onion roll) and Crispy Cuban (with pork tenderloin, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickle chips).

Doc’s Sports Retreat, 19265 Victor Pkwy., Livonia, is a great place to be no matter what day of the week it is—there are over 30 beers on tap and more than 70 flat screen TVs! On Sundays, you can enjoy $3 you-call-it drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Drinks and snacks are the perfect pairing, so order a few items from the Starting Line Up while you’re there. You and your crew can share All Star Wings (tossed in your choice of sauce and served with bleu cheese, celery and carrots), Sliders (six mini burgers topped with grilled onions and pickles) or Garlic Cheez Bread (topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese, with or without pepperoni).

All of the above are great options for a relaxing and fun afternoon. Enjoy your Sunday Funday in the D, everyone!