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Foodies Unite for a Weekend Grub Crawl!

By: Toni Cunningham | January 9, 2013
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I’m sure the majority of you have participated in a bar crawl, or at least know what one is. But have you ever heard of a grub crawl? It’s essentially the same idea, but instead of guzzling beer at several different locations, you chow down on food.

Think of it like a neighborhood food tour, allowing you to sample the best that your local restaurants have to offer. While most grub crawls are officially organized events, why not grab a group of friends and map out your own food exploration this weekend?

If you really want to authenticate this experience, make an official grub crawl t-shirt for you and your party. Whether you screen print them or doodle with Magic Marker, you and your troop will look unified as you trek from venue to venue.

While driving is an option, I suggest holding your grub crawl in a downtown setting where you can walk. Not only does it save you gas money, you can squeeze in some exercise too.

Please note: the idea is not to order an entree at each of the following locations. That would a) be extremely costly and b) you’d likely end up in the hospital due to food overdose. Order an appetizer or two to share amongst everyone, then move on!

If I were participating in a food tour in Downtown Plymouth, the first restaurants on my list would be Ironwood Grill, 840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Compari’s, 350 South Main St., Fiamma Grille, 380 S. Main St., and E.G. Nicks, 500 Forest Ave. They’re all in close proximity, and have some of the best food in the area.

Variety is the spice of life, and Royal Oak certainly has an assortment of cuisines to sample. Red Coat Tavern, 31542 Woodward Ave., Ronin Sushi Bar, 326 W 4th St., Zumba Mexican Grille, 304 N. Main St., and Café Habana, 109 E. 5th St., will allow you to sample burgers, sushi, tex-mex, and Cuban food, respectively.

If you’re in the D, your grub crawl essentials include stops at Detroit Beer Co., 1529 Broadway, Small Plates, 1521 Broadway, Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., and Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St. Sure, maybe you’ve been to a Hard Rock Cafe before, but the one in Detroit features memorabilia from local celebs (i.e. Kid Rock).

While this isn’t a bar crawl, that doesn’t mean your food consumption can’t take place at one! Ann Arbor has several local breweries, including Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington St., and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, 311 South Main St. If you choose this route, you could even turn it into a pub/grub crawl hybrid.

What are you waiting for? Prepare your palate, get creative and hit the streets for some grub!

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