Underwater Delicacies: Seafood Restaurants in Metro Detroit

By: Toni Cunningham | July 12, 2013

One might think that Metro Detroit’s best food is limited to Coney dogs. One would be wrong. Just because Metro Detroit isn’t exactly Oceanside doesn’t mean there aren’t delicious seafood options readily available in our backyard. Er, body of water.

So, step away from that Long John Silver’s menu and head to one of the following restaurants for a fresh seafood meal that will leave you as happy as a clam:

Northern Lakes Seafood Restaurant, 39495 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, is housed in the Radisson Hotel & Suites. The fish served here is fresh from the Great Lakes and flown in daily from Boston, Hawaii and Florida. The menu features Classic Fish House dishes including Great Lakes Whitefish, Tahitian Tuna and Scottish Atlantic Salmon. Whichever of the nine you select, you can get your fish grilled, broiled, blackened, baked, steamed, sautéed, or fried in buttermilk. I think that about covers it.

Streetside Seafood, 273 Pierce St., Birmingham, is a quaint restaurant that cooks up fresh seafood from both coasts and the Midwest. Entrees include Pan Seared Sea Scallops (with couscous, Kalamata olives, feta, and cucumber), Ancho Chili Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos (with pickled sweet corn and jalapeno, avocado slaw and salsa roja) and Roasted South African Lobster Tail (with sweet corn, fingerling potatoes and drawn butter). If you have enough room for something from the land, try the Walnut Bourbon Pie for dessert.

Detroit Seafood Market, 1435 Randolph St., Detroit, promises the very best seafood and fish choices Metro Detroit has to offer. Popular entrée choices include Detroit’s Original Fried Twin Lobster Tails (with whipped potatoes and vegetables), Florida Snapper (topped with lump crabmeat, served with jasmine rice and spinach) and Maryland Lump Crab Cakes (with Dijon cream sauce and jasmine rice).

Big Fish, 700 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, is known for its eclectic menu choices. The restaurant has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday, but unfortunately no appearances by Ewan McGregor (look it up). House specialties include Seafood Jambalaya (shrimp, andouille sausage, ham, mussels, scallops and fish in a spicy sauce), BBQ Shrimp Enbrochette (bacon-wrapped shrimp served with rice and vegetables) and Seared Diver Scallops (with gnocchi, asparagus and wild mushrooms).

Lily’s Seafood Grill and Brewery, 410 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, has something for everyone amongst its unique menu choices—the flavor combos are unexpected but delicious. For example, Szechwan Grilled Prawns over Dan Dan Noodles (in a pepper sauce with peanuts and scallions), Grilled Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Rubbed with Togarashi (with orange ginger sauce) and North Atlantic Salmon with Basil Cream and Cucumber Relish.

Joe Muer Seafood, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, is coined as “the Midwest’s premier seafood restaurant,” so rest assured; the chefs know what they’re doing. For dinner, you can start off with raw bar items or sushi. If you’d prefer to skip right ahead to the main course, consider the restaurant’s Chalkboard Features, including Florida Red Grouper (with sweet chili glaze), Spice Crust Ahi Tuna (with tomato caper relish and basil crème) and Maryland Soft Shell Crabs (beer battered and served with shrimp and andouille risotto).

If you’re still hungry for more, take a look at these additional seafood restaurants in the area:

As a final note: if you’re simply in the mood for fish and chips, I urge you to drive five miles over the speed limit to Nassau Grill & Bar, 15095 N. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth. You can thank me later.