Discover Downriver: Your Ultimate Food Guide

September 13, 2023

Whether you’re a local resident or a culinary adventurer, Downriver is not just a destination; it’s a dining journey that promises to satisfy your taste buds. Are you ready to dig in? Here’s some Downriver dining inspiration for the next time you venture south of the city…


25253 Telegraph Road, Brownstown Charter Township

If you’re looking for an up north cabin experience, without actually traveling the distance, this place has you covered. Big Bear Lodge is an eatery that resembles the cabins found up north. The wood-fired ovens and grills, exceptional hospitality, and cozy ambiance ensure every guest the ultimate non-camping, camping trip. The menu mainly consists of American cuisine, such as pizza, steak, and burgers, and an array of desserts like creme brulee, carrot cake, and bread pudding. The drink menu houses an assortment of wine, beer, margaritas, and more. 


18700 Eureka Road, Southgate

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With friendly staff and unique Sushi roll options to choose from, Black Pine Tree has worked its way up to being the go-to Sushi spot in the Downriver area. The restaurant boasts an intimate space where patrons can enjoy fresh sushi, authentic Japanese and Asian food, delightful drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere filled with great music. 


1 St. John Street, Wyandotte

Smuggler’s Run on the River & Tiki Bar is more than just a restaurant with a bar. It’s a lively venue where you can not only find delicious food, and a fully stocked bar but also dance the night away on the patio where there’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays. For those who’d rather sit back and relax, there’s an enchanting riverfront view, which can be seen from the dining room, that’ll make it easy to do so. They also host events and offer catering services, both onsite and off.


13754 Fort Street, Southgate

1297 Fort Street, Wyandotte

8756 Macomb Street, Grosse Ile Township

This Mexican eatery was inspired by the owner and chef, Chef Galindo’s favorite dishes from his childhood, spent in Mexico City. One of the most popular dishes was the Torta, a type of sandwich that Chef Galindo now serves, along with over a dozen variations of it. The menu also includes items like quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and more. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Galindo’s also offers churros, flan, and tres leche cake. In addition to the Downriver locations, they’re also inside of Little Caesars Arena. 


20085 Goddard Road, Taylor

The Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery team strives to provide outstanding service and food in an environment that is relaxing and friendly. The menu features American food and drinks with a hint of German flair. Whether it’s dinner, lunch, brunch, or drinks you’re looking for, Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery has it all. 

Downriver is a great area to explore when trying to discover new food favorites. With the variety of cuisine and scenery available, there are many options to choose from.

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was authored by Briana Dixon.