Food of love
A short list of restaurants that serve music as well
Published: July 20, 2011
El Comal 3456 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-841-7753; elcomaldetroit.com; $: Elda Castellanos' Central American fare includes pupusas (tortillas filled with beans, cheese or pork or a mixture of all three) and chuchitos (miniature pork tamales), and is augmented with Mexican fare. With unpretentious setting and service, El Comal has great food at an affordable price. Their buffet offers a good selection, including, of course, pupusas, as well as menudo and Mexican, Colombian and Guatemalan tamales wrapped in corn husk. Though they'll often have DJs on weekend nights, their live musical interludes are brief but interesting: Mariachi bands play 2-4 p.m. Sundays.
Oak City Grille 212 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak; 248-556-0947; oakcitygrille.com; $$: Oak City will have been open for five years in December, in the space formerly occupied by Woodruff's, providing traditional American cuisine at decent prices. Held over from old Woodruff's was the unique stage perched above the huge curving bar in the lounge area. There are usually performances five days a week. This week is no exception. On Wednesday, July 20, see crooning keysman Leonard Moon. On Thursday, July 21, it's the acoustic rock of Chad Hoffman. On Friday, July 22, expect modern rock from Joey Spina. On Saturday, July 23, vocalist Matt Kysia takes the stage. And come Tuesday, July 26, acoustic guitarist Billy Brandt strums for the crowd.
Steak Hut 1551 W. Lafayette Ave., Detroit; $: There's nothing special about any particular diner. They all seem to have the same basic elements: counter, cheap food and, inevitably, one gravelly voiced waitress who's been there since the Carter administration. And Steak Hut, the little greasy spoon near the corner of Lafayette and Trumbull, doesn't seem to be any exception. That is, until Sunday mornings. That's when Steak Hut, a weekday quick-stop breakfast joint for nearby workers, is transformed into the place for students, unemployed punks and aging hippies to nurse their hangovers to live folk, bluegrass and jug band music. Open 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sundays, with music 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
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