The Mercury Bar

The day I decided to start blogging with a purpose we met Kristin and Paul for dinner at the Mercury Bar. I didn’t really have a plan and the post reads like a Yelp review (albeit I don’t hate the food picture). Since I didn’t have great photography and my blogging format changed, I opted to keep it off the Eats page. This has always bothered me because Mercury Bar is one of my favorite places to eat and I often recommend it to people looking for somewhere to go in the city. It’s perfectly situated in the heart of Corktown across the street from the Michigan Central Station, the diner has a modern retro look, the food is delicious and the servers are always friendly. It’s also across the street from Slows a.k.a. the restaurant that put Detroit on the map. It is generally packed with their overflow customers but, personally, I’ll take a burger over BBQ.

Interviewing waitstaff has become a staple activity for me and something my dinner companions have learned to endure. Obviously, I couldn’t resist asking our waiter Zak the typical Detroit questions. He was really sweet and reminded me of my cousin, Anthony.

Do you live in Detroit?
I do, I live in Woodbridge.

What do you like about the city?
It’s like no other city in the world. I feel like there are so many things that you can do, there are so many different tastes and cultures.

What would you change about the city?
We need more unity. I feel that the only reason there is so much crime is because people need help. Since no one wants to help them, they take it upon themselves. I feel that if everyone came together it would solve a lot of the miscommunication and confusion and all that other stuff too.

What are you looking forward to happening in Detroit?
I’m looking forward to seeing all the businesses that have started up thriving and seeing more businesses thrive. Activity for young kids out here, to see them get off the street and better themselves in life. I would really like to see that.

What is your favorite item on the menu?
It has to be Southwest Detroit

My favorite menu item hasn’t changed. The Hummer is the best “cocktail” in town. The spiked milkshake comes in a fun vintage glass, with homemade whipped cream, a cherry and a side container of extra – all for $8! The Topor Burger is my all-time favorite burger. I also recommend skipping the fries and ordering tater tots. You can get fries anywhere but tots are a special treat.


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