Black Lotus. The name itself sucks you in, doesn’t it? Well, the ambiance, food, and beer surely will, too. Located in Clawson, this joint has a cool atmosphere, with a nice bar in the center, plenty of seating, and a stage for live music performances. If you’re a golf lover, you can grab a beer and play some simulated golf at “The Drive In,” which is attached to Black Lotus.
I didn’t make reservations, but they do take ’em! If you forget to call ahead like me, bring some friends and grab some drinks while you wait. And don’t let the word “brewery” fool you into thinking this is strictly a beer joint. Black Lotus has tasty cocktails and a nice selection of Michigan wines.
I would definitely recommend starting with a cold beverage. My pick of the night was a pint of the Detroit Hip Hops, an American Pale Ale. I thought it was flavorful and bitter, yet highly refreshing. It paired well with my turkey burger, called “The Shiner,” which was piled high with caramelized mushrooms, grilled onions, bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato.
A layer of ancho aoli spread on the bun gave the burger a little kick, but was a bit heavy (DISCLAIMER: I am picky about the amount of sauciness on my food – others may find the portion just right). The turkey burger itself was cooked perfectly – juicy and well-seasoned! And good news, vegetarians and vegans: You don’t need to feel left out when your dinner-mates order meaty meals. Black Lotus offers a housemade black bean patty, tempeh, and portobello mushroom caps that you can substitute for any burger or sandwich.
My dining partner ordered the “Ain’t My First Rodeo” burger (with beef). As the name suggests, this burger is not for the meek eaters out there. This monster of a burger has no shortage of flavor and toppings. It was grilled to perfection, topped with pulled pork, smoked gouda, beer battered onion rings, BBQ sauce, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. The crunchiness of the onion rings was a perfect addition to the juicy beef patty.
Since I am always on the lookout for good sweet potato fries, I had to try Black Lotus’. Call me crazy, but I sometimes find them even more tasty than regular fries, and the heaping plate next to me made the cut. An added bonus during the meal was the electric cello player jamming out on stage.
This place makes a great date night spot or is perfect for hanging with some friends. If you can’t find a sitter, Black Lotus has plenty of options for the kids, and the noise level was bearable. Aside from the service being a bit sluggish, my experience was excellent. I’ll be back, B.L.!
Cost: Just under $20 a person, beer included
Location: 1 East 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI 48017
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