Sweetgreen, Cheesesteaks & More Metro Detroit Dining News

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Sweetgreen plants roots in Michigan

This health-focused chain of fast-casual eateries has opened its first Michigan restaurant in Birmingham. Sweetgreen offers salads, warm bowls, and sides that are fresh, seasonal, and “plant forward,” highlighting local ingredients like goat cheese from Zingerman’s Creamery and sweet potatoes from Visser Farms.

Expect dishes like the Shroomami (shredded kale, wild rice, basil, cucumber, raw beet, sunflower seeds, portobello mushrooms, and roasted tofu in a miso sesame ginger dressing) and Guacamole Greens (romaine, spring mix, shredded cabbage, tomato, tortilla chips, avocado, roasted chicken, and lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette). Customers can build their own salad and bowl, too.

Sweetgreen is located at 167 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-290-9040. sweetgreen.com.

Blake’s opens doors to South Lyon location

The Blake’s Family of Companies has gotten bigger. Starting out as a 100-acre farm in Armada in 1946, the business has grown to include apple orchards, cider mills, events, and more in several locations, including Almont, Armada, and now South Lyon at the former Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill.

The owners — the Erwin and Emery families — announced in July they had harvested their last crop and were retiring.

Blake’s South Lyon will offer its signature doughnuts and cider as well as u-pick apples, a petting zoo, and tractor rides. In a Facebook post, Blake’s said the first tree was planted at Erwin Orchards in 1920 by James N. Erwin and that “the Blake Family is excited to continue the apple-growing tradition started here and to provide the community with delicious cider, donuts, and much more.”

Blake’s South Lyon is located at 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon; 248-437-0150. blakefarms.com.

Barry Sanders kicks off opening of downtown restaurant

Are you ready for some cheesesteaks? Hall of Famer and legendary Detroit
Lions running back Barry Sanders is a co-owner of a new Lefty’s Cheesesteak restaurant located near the Lions’ home base of Ford Field.

The restaurant pays tribute to the former football star, displaying a mural of his playing years, rare photos, and an autographed jersey. Lefty’s Cheesesteak has several locations and offers game day-appropriate grub like fried chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, and the namesake Lefty’s Cheesesteak — rib-eye steak, grilled onions, and a Swiss/white American cheese blend on a hoagie bun.

Lefty’s Cheesesteaks is located at 1335 M-102, Detroit; 313-707-0978. eatleftys.com.

This story is from the October 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.