Out of This World Burgers at Mercury Burger Bar!


So you’re probably wondering, where the heck is C&K’s annual pumpkin post? It’s officially pumpkin season, so bring it on!!!

I hate to break it to you, but this pumpkin craze has gone off the charts. I’ve always been the type that likes to “rebel” now and then, and this is my way of doing so — by posting about some mouthwatering, over-the-top burgers instead!

While many of us are very picky about our burgers, Mercury Burger Bar in Corktown has a burger for everyone. Don’t like burgers? They have a whole slew of sandwiches, and not to mention alcoholic milkshakes to satisfy the boozers in your life. Just kidding ūüôā

Since the word “burger” is in the title of the restaurant, I felt like I had to go with one of their many unique patty combinations. While I am more of a turkey or veggie burger kind of girl (I know, sooo typical), I decided to order the real deal.

My beef burger of choice was “The Juicy,” which had gooey, melty cheese on top AND inside of the patty. And it comes with the traditional add-ons — lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, but you can obviously opt out or add on other toppings. This place also has an amazing cart of hot sauces and condiments.

My one pet peeve about burger places is when fries are a la carte. Mercury Burger Bar does this, but they do make up for it with other tempting sides, including loaded tots various ways (I tried the chili cheese tots), and bigger-than-your-head onion rings. And coleslaw, for those who at least want to attempt having a balanced meal here. They also offer a bunch of great toppings for no additional charge, like jalapenos, green olives , and Zanahorias (pickled spiced carrots)!

Mercury is definitely the kind of place to go before or after catching some live entertainment downtown, to cure a hangover or reduce a drunken stupor, or to take someone who is new to Detroit and thinks all we do well are coney dogs.

Mercury Burger Bar proves their worth, and definitely left a permanent grease stain on my heart.


Price range: $11-30

Location: 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 48216

Hours:  Mon. РThurs. 11 am -11 pm, (bar open until midnight), Fri. and Sat. 11 am Р1 am (kitchen and bar), Sun. 11 am Р11 pm (bar open until midnight)

Phone: (313) 964-5000  *No reservations


Get a head start on figuring out your order by checking out their killer menu here!



I Found A Pot of Gold Cash Gold!

Let’s be real — who goes to pawn shops anymore? I know the last time I did, it was to see if some¬†thief had traded my precious 5th grade band clarinet for a hefty load of cash. My mission was very unsuccessful.


Burrata and pesto

However,¬†I learned recently that pawn shops can serve a real purpose. And that is to be renovated into restaurants¬†that serve up amazing eats. If you haven’t tried¬†Gold Cash Gold in Corktown yet, then you’re¬†missing out on a true Detroit jackpot.

After a long week, this is the the ideal spot to grab some friends and sit around one of the many wooden tables. My three girlfriends started off the night with some fun, refreshing cocktails. GCG also has a great selection of wine and beer, so I opted for a glass of crisp Pinot Noir for myself.

Next, we swooned over their funky menu, adamant about finding an app to please everyone’s palettes. While I was turned down for my vote on the¬†chicken liver mousse (our waiter highly recommended it), we settled on a seasonal dish of Burrata and ramp pesto, served with warm, sliced bread. This was a melt-in-your-mouth, heavenly delight.


Pickle brine fried chickie

Before we knew it, our entrees arrived. Again, I was the odd one out, but I got to sample some of my friends’ pickle brine fried chicken (all three of them ordered it)! This ¬†was some mighty fine, crispy, crunchy chicken with so much flavor my mouth could barely handle it.¬†This was a huge portion, and came with some stellar gravy and cornbread. My Cioppino (a tomato-based stew with seafood and chicken sausage), was a perfect size for a gal like me. I pretty much devoured it all, and reluctantly shared a shrimp or two.

As an added indulgence, we ordered some piping hot, thick-cut french fries. It was obviously necessary. I do wish I could say we had room for dessert, but that will have to wait. Next time, I’m¬†heading to¬†Gold Cash Gold for brunch! Chicken and waffles, anyone?

Final words of wisdom on GCG: Be bold, be prepared to wait, and just enjoy!

Price range: $10-20

Location: 2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 48216

Hours: Closed Mon., Tues. – Th. 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 3:00p.m., 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Phone: (313) 242-0770

Click here to view their fabulous website for more info!



Dimestore: A Brunch-time Destination

Duck Bop Hash

Duck Bop Hash

“We serve breakfast all day.” These are the magic words that get me every time I walk into a restaurant, so I knew I was in the right place¬†when I read those words on the Dimestore menu. Tucked¬†inside the Chrysler House office building in Detroit, Dimestore is a cozy little spot, with funky wall decor, an open kitchen and bar, and great street views through the large windows.

While you’re likely to wait at Dimestore, or in my case, wait more than anticipated, know that the waitstaff are no strangers to customer service. Since the kitchen was backed up during my visit, my waitress brought out a complimentary croissant that I¬†devoured before the food arrived. The warm, flaky,¬†almond and chocolate croissant¬†tasted like it came straight off of the streets of Paris.

Our food did arrive after some time, and it was well worth the wait. I had no shame

Chocolate almond croissant

Chocolate almond croissant

about ordering breakfast food at 2:00 in the afternoon, because I knew my taste buds were going to get pampered.

I eagerly selected the¬†“Duck Bop Hash,” which is a unique twist on a potato hash, complete with tender duck confit, spinach, onion, topped with two¬†over-easy eggs, and drizzled with a¬†Korean bbq glaze. Although one of my eggs was slightly overdone, the other yolk was soft and runny, just the way I like it. The dish was a beautiful medley of crunchy, soft, savory, and spicy. I dug right in and pretty much devoured it all!

If you’re not one of those breakfast-all-day-everyday type people, don’t worry —

Veggie burger

Veggie burger

Dimestore has plenty of options for you. My dining partner chose the veggie burger, which was housemade, hearty patty, topped with creamy goat cheese and honey mustard, served with a side of thick-cut french fries. This was no “Boca Burger,” mind you.

And if¬†you’re looking for a meaty option, try the duck reuben¬†or the maple and mustard glazed salmon salad. This menu is anything but ordinary, and there is something for everyone — drinks included. Whether you’re in the mood for alcohol or just a hot cup of coffee, Dimestore has it all. Their Bloody Mary is top-of-the-line, and they serve good ol’ Zingerman’s coffee.

If you’re looking for a brunch spot that is somewhere in between diner joint and swanky country club-style, Dimestore is that happy medium. They create¬†food with style, and serve it up with class.

Check out Dimestore this weekend, or make it your new Happy Hour destination on Tuesday through Friday from 3 Р6 p.m.


Price range: $10-20 for food, with alcoholic beverages in the $8 range

Location: 719 Griswold St, Detroit, inside the Chrysler House office building

Hours: Mon. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tues. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Phone: (313) 962-9106 *No reservations, but yes on take-out!

Take a peek at their website here to see their menu and meet the Dimestore team.