Detroit Lions home opener: Restaurants to try near Ford Field

Detroit Free Press

Hungry Lions fans headed to Sunday’s season’s opener have plenty of food and dining options. Nearby Ford Field there is classic bar food, pizzas to burgers and fine dining.

Game time is 1 p.m. and the Lions play the San Francisco 49ers. Some restaurants are open earlier than regular hours on game day and some may take reservations.

At Ford Field, expect concessions to include returning favorites, such as Slows To-Go BBQ and Goal Pot Grill & Pizzeria. New concepts joining Ford Field are Lefty’s Cheesesteaks and the Downtown Counter.

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“Concession will focus on fan-favorite items, as we prioritize speed, convenience of service, and safety of our fans and team members,” according to Levy, Ford Field’s food and beverage partner.

Ford Field’s Silver Savings program continues. It’s available at select concessions in certain sections. There’s “Power Hour” for 60 minutes after doors open. The special hour pricing includes $2 hot dogs and sodas, $3 beers and cocktails. All pricing of beer is $5, a hot dog and soda combo is $10 and there’s a $12 beer combo.

Here’s a sampling of nearby eateries:

Brakeman and Penny Reds: From the Noho Hospitality these two are next to each other. Penny Red’s is a take-out of chicken sandwiches, buckets of fried chicken, biscuits, and more that can be enjoyed at the Brakeman, a beer hall. Open noon-11 p.m. 22 John R, Detroit; and

Buddy’s pizza: Here is where you will find Detroit-style pizza along with traditional Buddy’s offerings of salads and just steps from the park. Open noon- 9 p.m. Sun. 1565 Broadway, Detroit;

Detroit Beer Co.: Opens at 11 a.m. an hour early and will do so on every game day. Starters include brewhouse nachos, soft Bavarian pretzel and smoked Michigan whitefish dip. There’s a variety of soups and salads, sandwiches including the Cubano, and the Italian Smash burger. Main dishes offered include Jambalaya and fish and chips. Also offers several gluten-free and vegetarian options. 1529 Broadway, Detroit;

Lions VIP Tailgate: Bullseye Event Group has taken over the lease a Punch Bowl Social Detroit. The tailgate includes music from DJ Don Mecca, a food buffet and an open bar with cocktails, beer, wine and other refreshments, lounge seating, plenty of TVs, a Microsoft gaming area with XBox gaming stations and more. Individual tickets are $85 or you can buy a tailgate and upper-level seating game ticket package for $99. 1331 Broadway;

Mister Dips: This burger and soft-serve ice cream spot is in Parker’s Alley, a walkway behind the Shinola Hotel that stretches from Grand River to John R in downtown Detroit. Its menu consists of roadhouse-style griddle burgers, waffle fries, and specialty soft-serve ice cream dipped in a variety of cool flavors and featured in their Dipsy Doozy shake-like options. Opens at noon on Sun. 19 East Grand River;

Mootz Pizzeria: Authentic New York pizza with a crisp nd crunchy crust along with a selection of starters, salads, classic features, beer, wine and a full cocktail menu. 1230 Library Street;

Olin Bar & Kitchen: Open for brunch 10:30-2 p.m. There’s a selection of brunch cocktails, avocado toast, farms eggs with Moroccan-spiced stew and goat cheese, challah French toast, its signature short rib burger along with sides of grilled chorizo and crispy potato bravas. 25 East Grand River;

Tin Roof Detroit: Opens at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a limited menu. There will be salsa and chips, Nashville hot chicken dip, Phillip cheesesteak, wings, coney dogs, Buffalo chicken wrap, and cheeseburgers. 47 E. Adams, Detroit;

Twist: A walk-up pretzel, burger and hot dog spot in Parker’s Alley. There’s a variety of soft pretzels with optional sauces, the Twist burger with caramelized onions and Boursin cheese served with Parmesan Fries and the all-beef Twist dog with chili, cheese and Bacon. 25 East Grand River;

Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Sue Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: 313-222-6872 or Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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