‘Swirl, Sniff, Sip, & Munch’: Strolling Dinners and Summer Patio Dining in Detroit!

July 22, 2017 | Detroit

Tucked away on Randolph Street, Detroit Seafood Market has the perfect parkside patio for summertime dining in the city. It also offers a bar and booths that are boast-worthy.

The semi-circular bar is ideal for catching up with colleagues or friends and the deep booths–some of which are curtained–are perfect for private parties.

And no matter where you sit–patio, bar, or booth–the ambiance of the place, with its historic turn of the century architecture and live music will constantly remind you that you’re in Paradise Valley.

When my brother, a wine connoisseur, came in from Puerto Rico, I knew there was no better place to take him on his first night than Detroit Seafood Market. He was delighted by the wine list, ultimately ordering three bottles for us because the selection and price were “too good to pass up.” He was also impressed by the seafood–its freshness and preparation. No small feat when you’re from an island! We ended up sitting at the bar for hours sampling dish after dish while sipping wine and listening to live jazz.

But while there isn’t a bad seat in the house, don’t miss your chance to stroll through a tasting of Detroit Seafood Market’s ‘Swirl, Sniff, Sip, & Munch’ will offer 8+ wines and some of their “Chef’s festive munchies” for only $30 pp (Thursday, July 27, from 6-8, with advance reservations required).

While I don’t expect their Sunday Brunch Roast Beef Carving Station to be part of the selection (Brunch also offers Omelets made to order; Collard Greens, Fried Chicken, and Housemate Waffles!), I’m hoping some of my favourites are offered:

Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack,

Jumbo Lump Crabmeat tossed in Remoulade and layered with Avocado and Mango

Blue Point Oysters on the Half Shell,

Fresh-Shucked with Housemade Cocktail Sauce

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake,

made fresh daily with the finest Lump Blue Crab Meat with Sweet Corn Cream

Crab Stuffed Shrimp,

broiled and topped with Monterey Jack Cheese

Thai Chicken,

over Asian Slaw with Thai Chili Sauce

Salmon Salad,

Grilled Atlantic Salmon over Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Traverse City Dried Cherries, Candied Pecans, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, and Tomatoes, tossed with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Blackened Chicken Salad,

seared in a cast iron skillet with Cajun Spices then served over Baby Greens with Bleu Cheese, Crisp Bacon, House-dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Almonds in a light Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hot and Crunchy Grouper,

breaded in Cornflakes and Red Pepper Flakes over a Spicy Chili Sauce (served with Rice and Seasonal Vegetables when ordered as a dinner entre)

Stuffed Atlantic Salmon,

Blue Crab and Bay Shrimp Stuffing topped with Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce

(served with Seasonal Vegetables when ordered as a dinner entre)

Mediterranean Lamb Chops,

marinated in Garlic, Olive Oil, Rosemary, and Oregano

(served with Sauteed Spinach and Garlic Whipped Potatoes when ordered as a dinner entre)

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops,

wrapped in Applewood Bacon and pan seared, served with Lemon Beurre Blanc

(served with Rice and Seasonal Vegetables when ordered as a dinner entre)

Chilean Seabass,

pan seared in Champagne Truffle Sauce

(served over Rice with Wild Mushroom Confit when ordered as a dinner entre)

Any one of their Paellas,

Seafood, Chicken & Sausage, or Vegetarian!

Though, really, everything at Detroit Seafood Market is delish!

So be sure to make your reservation and make it to Detroit Seafood Market’s ‘Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Munch’ on Thursday, July 27!

p.s. You can also order online on their website–which is super convenient when you live in a luxury loft at the Lofts of Merchants Row in Downtown Detroit!


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