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Grand Trunk Pub
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Taps: 19 / Bottles: 57
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
612 Woodward Ave
phone: (313) 961-3043
(Place added by: SaucyA on 06-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The atmosphere is tied with the beer selection for the best part of this place. The bar is in a converted 19th century ticket office of the old the Grand Trunk Railway. It's long and narrow, has lots of original architetcural details, and the view out the front window is of beautiful downtown Detroit. (For people who have never been to Detroit, I'm not being sarcastic. It actually is beautiful.)
They have about 15 taps and all of them are dedicated to Michigan microbrews. The choices rotate with selections from Bell's, Founder's, Short's, MBC, Atwater, New Holland, and other Michigan breweries.
The food is quality bar food. Don't expect to be blown away by the food, but you won't be disappointed either. The fish and chips are solid, as is the shepherd's pie. And the prices are extremely reasonable, with specials on some nights.
I've had incredible service, and terrible service; but more often than not the service is good.
Overall, I recommend this place if you are anywhere near downtown Detroit.
06-20-2011 22:22:26 |
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
Popped in with my girlfriend on a recent trip to Detroit.
The bad: couldn’t see the chalkboard from our table so I had to order from the bar to get an idea of the taps. Asked the female bartender for a Huma-Lupa-Licious, waited several minutes, eventually the male server snagged me a pint. She then scolded the two of us, claiming she had already poured the beer and it was on its way. They have a massive bottle list but we were not offered a bottle menu during our meal. Ordered the veggie omelette and hash browns while my girl had the French toast and bacon. Both dishes were lukewarm and lacking in flavour, but we bit the bullet since we were starving and in a rush.
The good: high ceilings, long narrow bar, and unpretentious crowd provide a great atmosphere. Good music and a comfortable, relaxed vibe. Our waitress saved the visit from disaster by serving our food quickly and making a solid reco for my second beer. $2.50 pints of Huma Lupa and Reserve Special were tasting lovely and the lady enjoyed her mimosa. All Michigan crafters on tap with a wide range of styles.
Overall: even though we weren’t blown away by our experience, I’d be willing to return as the selection is quite impressive. I’ll just be sure to *ASK* for a bottle list and avoid the mediocre food next time. Worth a shot if you’re looking for stellar beer in a cozy environment.
12-30-2011 23:07:11 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I am torn on Grand Trunk personally. I have been coming to Foran's Grand Trunk for years, and it has changed its vibes a couple times. It used to be hardcore electronic music and a pretty good beer list. Nowadays, it is focused on better beer availabilty and cuisine. I love the atmosphere as it is an old train ticket station. They have cleaned it up and made it easier on weekends and busy times to get around. They also purchased the building next door and blew out the wall between the two buildings for more seating and kitchen area. However, there is still some old stuff around that needs some work, and the men's restroom is a prime example of this (it was voted the worst bathroom in Detroit 2005).
The selection really goes up and down at Foran's, but for the most part they have solid Michigan Craft beer choices. They also usually have a pretty good bottle list, albeit some of them get slightly old.
The food is quite good, and a definite great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is always a good time and you get great beer specials.
The service is ually pretty good, but sometimes they can be understaffed.
All around, a great place to hit while in the D. You should be able to at least find a good beer or two on tap you'll like.
08-04-2011 21:00:26 |
More by steebo777
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
There's alot to like about the Grand Trunk Pub, but I didn't really enjoy my visit. The building is beautiful with high vaulted ceilings, nice woodwork and neat classic signs. The service was decent enough: friendly, but not overly knowledgable. There was a really good selection, loaded with Michigan made beer.
My issue with Grand Trunk had nothing to do with the pub itself. The patrons were the problem. Let's just call it a high d-bag quotient. Being surrounded by obnoxious people wasn't fun.
The pieces are there, and I would give it another chance. Just not late on a weekend night.
10-23-2011 04:28:00 |
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Grand Trunk Pub in Detroit, MI
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