A Neighborhood Spotlight: Shelby Township

By: Carolyn Hall | May 8, 2024
aerial view of wood-fired pizzas from 900 degrees in Shelby Township

Photo courtesy of 900 Degrees Pizzeria Bistro

Shelby Township is a community brimming with charming locales and beautiful nature that cater to every taste and interest. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, an animal lover, or someone who enjoys exploring new neighborhoods, Shelby Township has something special for you. Let’s explore some of the standout businesses that make this neighborhood a delightful destination within Metro Detroit.

SHERWOOD BREWING COMPANY

45689 Hayes Road, Shelby Township

Sherwood Brewing Company is not just a brewery; it’s a gathering place for craft beer aficionados and families alike. This modern brewpub offers a variety of housemade beer along with live music and more. Open since August 2006, Sherwood has created a community to celebrate its innovative brews and hearty pub fare. Stand-out brews include Jamocha Stout, Cracker Jacked for a caramel PB amber ale, or Mulligan for the fans of cream ales. The pizzas here also stand out, with sauces like bold and spicy beer sauce for a build-your-own and specialty pies like dill pickle, Nashville chicken, and Cuban pizzas. Specials range from 1/2 off pizza Wednesdays and $6 pub burgers Thursdays to Hoppy Hour Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 p.m. 

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JOE’S ITALIAN TAKE-OUT

12399 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township

Cooking homemade food all day long, Joe’s Italian Take-Out is the perfect place for those looking for fresh yet comforting Italian fare. From handhelds like the meatball subs with extra-large meatballs and classic muffuletta slices to delicious portabella mushroom ravioli or ricotta cheese gnocchi, everything is made with care. New York-style pizzas are freshly made, including the muffuletta pizza, made with the classic crispy sesame seed bread. And for dessert, don’t forget about the cannoli, almond cream cake, or caramel pecan cheesecake. Co-owner Ashley Ciamillo shares, “Joe’s Italian Takeout is a family-owned and operated restaurant in Shelby Township. We are 3 generations of Italians who work at the restaurant and have a shared passion for food and family!” 

italian sub from joe's italian take-out in shelby township
Photo courtesy of Joe’s Italian Take-Out

SHELBY TOWNSHIP FARMERS MARKET

49965 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township

Shelby Farmers Market is a vibrant hub of local produce, artisan goods, and lively community interactions. It’s the perfect place to find fresh ingredients, unique crafts, and connect with local farmers and artisans. Open Saturdays from mid-May through mid-October, visitors can find farm-fresh eggs, honey, maple syrup, and fresh baked goods and bread. Open rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this pet-friendly market is a weekend must-visit.

DETROIT FISH HOUSE

51195 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township

Detroit Fish House elevates seafood dining with its sophisticated yet approachable menu. Their commitment to freshness and quality makes every dish—from the oysters to the signature fish entrées—a delightful experience. Starters include seafood beignets, Jamaican jerk fish bites, Stoney Creek mushroom cakes, and baked brie with red pepper jam. Chef’s creations range from Papa Bear’s Steamer Bowl with Maine lobster, king crab, mussels, shrimp, potatoes, corn, and haricot vert to Scottish salmon with a ginger glaze, grilled asparagus, and coconut jasmine rice. The truffle lobster mac and cheese stands out, as do the baby back ribs and fresh steak cuts. 

900 DEGREES PIZZERIA BISTRO

50925 Hayes Road, Shelby Township

900 Degrees Pizzeria Bistro stands out with its wood-fired pizzas, authentic Italian, and cozy bistro ambiance. Each pizza is a masterpiece, crafted with artisanal ingredients and a lot of passion. Owner Sal Parisi tells us, “At 900 Degrees Pizzeria Bistro Ristorante, we pride ourselves on offering innovative and delicious Italian cuisine. Our dishes are crafted with care by our experienced chefs, who are dedicated to using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Our executive Chef Lukez with 15 years of experience in Florence is committed to providing customers with an authentic Italian dining experience that they will never forget…Come and enjoy our modern take on classic Italian cuisine!” While there, the millefoglie di melanzane (eggplant, tomato sauce, parmesan, and basil), Insalata di mare (mussels, little neck clams, octopus, shrimp, and calamari), and carpaccio di filleto (thin slices of raw filet mignon, lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan) all are must-try appetizers. For pasta selections, the lobster linguine, truffle risotto, busiate pistacchio e gamberi (pistachio pesto with shrimp) are all excellent options. The wood-fired pizza options are extensive, with toppings like of fig jam, caramelized onions, or arugula. For dessert, the tortino al cioccolato (chocolate lava cake with gelato) or the panna cotta are a must-have. 

lobster linguine from 900 degrees pizzeria bistro in shelby township
Photo courtesy of 900 Degrees Pizzeria Bistro

KEE’S AQUARIUM & PETS

8190 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township

Kee’s Aquarium & Pets is a paradise for pet owners. Offering a wide range of pet supplies and live animals since 1988, Kee’s provides knowledgeable service and all you need to keep your pets happy and healthy. Specializing in aquarium hobbies (fresh and saltwater), Kee’s also has a selection of other small animals, ranging from bunnies and ferrets to hamsters and gerbils, along with birds and reptiles. Dogs and cats are not available, but there is a full line kept in stock of foods, treats, and other pet supplies. Looking to get the perfect custom aquarium? The staff at Kee’s will assist in finding what will fit your needs best. 

MIGUEL’S CANTINA

13635 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township

Miguel’s Cantina prides itself on offering authentic, homemade Mexican food, perfect margaritas, and fresh table-side salsa. Start your meal with a Mexican pizza, carne asada fries, or crispy fried taquitos. The birria tacos are a featured entree, as is the California burrito with carne asada steak, French fries, queso, pico, guacamole, and crema. There are also Cantina Classics, ranging from chimichangas and nachos grande to flavorful enchiladas. One customizable option on the menu is the build-your-own bowl, where you pick base items of beans, lettuce, or rice, a protein, and finish off with toppings like salsas, jalapeños, cilantro, tortilla strips, and more. This is the perfect option for those looking for a unique meal.

STEAKHOUSE 22

48900 Van Dyke Avenue, Shelby Township

Steakhouse 22 provides an excellent dining experience with its classic American steakhouse menu and unfussy setting. It’s the perfect spot for a special occasion or a family dinner. Start dinner with bacon jam scallops, saganaki, stuffed mushroom caps, or fried Brussels sprouts. For a steak experience, choose from options like the filet mignon, prime rib au jus, or the chateaubriand for 2, which offers 2 9-ounce fillets, garden vegetables, broiled tomatoes, mushroom caps, duchess potatoes, Parisienne potatoes, and bearnaise sauce. Seafood options include frog legs, perch, whiskey salmon, and more, all of which are served with a starter and a side. 

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