IN THE D: Red Wings Postgame Grub in the D

By: Scott Davis | December 16, 2014

Hey, Hockeytown! We love the atmosphere and camaraderie of a Detroit sporting event. The team, the intensity, the fans, the will to win, the cheering, etc., all usually lead to an exciting and fun time. Especially games at the Joe, where the Wings are off to a hot start in the 2014-2015 campaign, currently sitting in second place in the Atlantic division.

In a lot of cases, cheering loudly, drinking a few beers and standing up for the duration of the game can take a lot out of you. This inevitability leads to hunger, or in extreme cases, people becoming “hangry” (when you’re so hungry, you become angry—everything and everyone around you may be at risk)! If this happens to you after a game, there are steps that need to be taken immediately.

Step one is to bust your way through the crowd and out of the arena, step two is to get to a nearby restaurant or bar. Step three is to order food and stuff your face until you no longer feel the urge to eat a hippopotamus. This is serious business, people.

OK, just kidding, but we all know the importance of eating and not doing activities (cough, drinking, cough) on an empty stomach. If you are headed to a game any time soon, here are a few Detroit places to get some grub at afterward.

Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, may be the choice that Captain Obvious would tell you about, but one simply cannot go wrong by coming here. Plus, there are complimentary shuttles to and from the Joe. Meaning it is a no-brainer, especially if you had a pregame visit there as well, or parked over there. Hockeytown stays open for an hour or two after Wings’ games, and the menu is full of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers and more. The Hockeytown Burger is the house specialty—a half-pound burger with lettuce, tomato, red onions and your choice of several cheeses. The baked mac and cheese doesn’t sound too shabby either. There are also 18 beers on tap, and more than 50 brews to choose from overall.

Bucharest Grill, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit, is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and stays open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. So, if you want to keep the party going after the game, and can safely make it over to Bucharest, it comes highly recommended. It is a traditional style kitchen, with Mediterranean, Romanian, Middle Eastern and other types of cuisine. The original recipes and handmade food will definitely hit the spot and cure your temporary case of “hangriness.” The shawarma, falafel or quesadillas are all fantastic options. Here is the full menu. There is another location at 1623 Michigan Ave.

The Anchor Bar, 450 W. Fort St., Detroit, is less than a mile away from the Joe, and stays open late. Boneless wings, beer battered onion rings, pizza logs (stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni and served with marinara sauce), specialty pizzas, sandwiches and salads are just a few options to mention for your late night craving. There are specials going on pretty much daily as well. It is a close spot, with great food and drinks always flowing. What’s not to love?

Cobo Joe’s, 422 W. Congress St., is right across from the Cobo Center and Joe Louis Arena (hence the name). This bar is another convenient spot with great food and beverages to hop along to after a Red Wings tilt. The menu is broken up by “First Period,” ‘Second Period,” and “Third Period” (quite clever). “First Period” basically offers appetizers—chicken tenders, nachos, and the new Feisty Feta (a mixture of feta cheese, peppers and onions) served with pita chips are some grand options. In the “Second Period,” you’ve got your sandwiches, wraps, burgers and more. Try the Cobo Joe Sizzler. The “Third Period” offers a few salad options. The menu also offers pizza, sides and drinks, of course.

Other late dining options in the Motor City include the newly opened HopCat DetroitAmerican Coney Island or Lafayette Coney Island. The rivalry continues. Choose wisely!

Remember, do not let being “hangry” get the best of you, and protect your friends from it also! Be conscious of what time kitchens close as well. This is just a short list of the endless possibilities of bars and restaurants in Detroit. Eat, drink and be merry. Stay safe!