Candice Simons, founder of lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, explores Birmingham for the best places to eat, drink and shop.
By Candice Simons
Photography by Daniela Lisi
111 Henrietta St., Birmingham
I love good pizza, and when it comes to Brooklyn Pizza, “it’s amoré!” True to New York-style pizza, the pies are cooked in a traditional brick oven after being hand-tossed by the pizza chef. Whether you are looking for a slice or a whole pie, Brooklyn Pizza is a mouthful of cheesy goodness. Before you leave make sure to get some ice cream, gelato or Italian ices that are all made in-house.
325 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
This Japanese-inspired restaurant is located inside the historic Peabody Mansion on Old Woodward Avenue. The restaurant features a sushi bar and an evolving menu of unexpected creations such as truffled mushroom rolls. The bar has an inviting vibe and offers an extensive list of sake and Asian beers.
300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham
I’ve got to give it to Commonwealth for a simple menu done right. This recently expanded Hamilton Row café and food shop is always serving up freshly roasted coffee and delicious eats from locally sourced food. This place is always jamming, but to speed things up, the lines are divided into two based on carryout or dine-in patrons.
474 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
This corner restaurant has a great atmosphere for special nights out with friends. The square-shaped bar and enclosed patio offer the perfect setting for year-round gatherings. Market North End has a wide-ranging menu, with plenty of options that everyone can enjoy. One of my personal favorites is the quattro pizza topped with a cracked egg.
34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham
The recently opened restaurant describes itself as fine dining in a casual setting. The menu features options such as grab-and-go lunches, a raw oyster bar, seafood tower and French tacos (which are getting all the rave.)
203 Pierce St., Birmingham
Whether you’re toasting with mimosas or spreading jam on bread, Toast is the go-to brunch place. This slice of heaven has been serving up fun spins on classic breakfast and brunch dishes since 2001. The inviting atmosphere and cleverly named menu items will reel you in, but the friendly service and full bar will keep you coming back.
263 Pierce St., Birmingham
Elie’s is the spot to enjoy fine Mediterranean fare without flying overseas. During the warmer months visit Elie’s for its great patio but return all year-long for the lamb chops and falafel. I also highly recommend getting a fresh-made fruit or veggie juice at lunch with a shawarma.
108 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
Tea time becomes a full-on experience at Eli Tea Bar, where the loose-leaf tea options will take you around the world. This tea shop is committed to providing guests with the finest teas from local and international tea gardens. All their teas are free of artificial ingredients and flavors.
225 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
Just like the name says, this restaurant and bar is perfect for getting social. Expect a younger crowd gathered around the bar. Also, might I recommend one of my personal favorites — the Hannah Banana, a banana-infused blend of Tellamore Dew and Jameson Irish Whiskey.
210 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
Hello Happy Hour! If you’re in the neighborhood you certainly won’t want to miss the ½ off wine by the glass from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday and great specials on food. This is the perfect place to chill out with co-workers after clocking out, or spend a date night with your other half.
185 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
Dive down the rabbit hole to sip cocktails in this Alice in Wonderland-inspired restaurant. The bartenders play mad scientists while preparing craft cocktails in this one-of-a kind atmosphere. This dual-level restaurant also offers Mad Hatter tea parties that are perfect for special events.
180 Pierce St., Birmingham
Not only should you “eat at Townhouse,” but you should drink there as well. The red bison leather beverage menu at Townhouse is an extensive list of cocktails and spirits curated by those with a serious passion for the craft. Pair your lunch, brunch or dinner with great cocktails. They have only two rules — drink more bourbon and no wine spritzers. Ever.
213 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
When I say this tiny vegan, restaurant has “the juice,” I’m not lying. Raw food may sound a bit intimidating to some, but the juice and smoothie bar is sure to please even the raw-food naysayers. If you do dabble in the menu’s food options, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their spin on classics like nachos and tacos.
525 E. Brown St., Birmingham
Wake Up. Drink Coffee. Be Awesome. Repeat. – That’s the motto at Birmingham Roast coffee shop which makes it easy to do so. Their partnership with Kuppa Joy Coffee Roasters brings a West Coast vibe to this Michigan café. The décor will also make you want to stay awhile. The copper and black aesthetic compliments the café style seating, open meeting lounge and seasonal outdoor patio.
575 S. Eton St., Birmingham
If you love craft beer like so many beer drinkers in Michigan, then Griffin Claw is the spot to go in Birmingham. The brewery features seat-yourself communal tables, which is perfect for whatever party size you may be bringing in. Come here with friends or co-workers to chill out over a cold brew, and get a nice view of the brewing facilities.
166. W. Maple Road, Birmingham
There is nothing better than your favorite go-to pair of jeans, and Caruso Caruso is the place to buy them. From Levi’s to Rag & Bone, this unisex boutique is stacked with classic and trendy denim. The store also carries stylish clothing, sportswear and accessories.
142 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham
Rococo is a small hand-curated store with affordable prices. This boutique is color coordinated for ease of shopping, which is a major win in my book. It’s the perfect place to buy a comfy sweater, date night look, or outfit for a shower or brunch. Rococo only carries six pieces of each style which means it’s highly unlikely you’ll see your look replicated while out on the town.
168. S Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
This Woodward Avenue shop is a one-stop-shop for all things lifestyle and fashion. Found Objects carries cozy sweaters, dresses for special occasions, homey items for the house and perfect gift pieces. The store bridges traditional and modern styles, bringing you the coolest items around with a modern flare.
115 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
From the invitations to the wrapping paper, this stationary boutique will help you celebrate your special moments with style. Whether you’re shopping for a gift, stationary or journal, Paper Source will help you find the perfect way to share and create special moments on paper.
157 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
Revive is a mostly menswear high-end fashion boutique with a mission of reviving fashion in Michigan through elevated style. This trendy boutique features designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and of course – Yeezy. If this ticket is a little too high for you, walk directly across the street to the other Revive store that features the coolest street style fashion, hats and sneakers.
311 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
Thanks to Jaus, American women now have easy access to all of Australia’s hottest trends. No more waiting weeks-on-end for an online order to arrive from our fashionable friends overseas. Juas’ Aussie owner is providing women a physical location to buy unique fashions without all the gamble and without breaking the bank.
560 N. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham
Women in Metro Detroit (myself included) absolutely rave about Lori Karbal. She truly has a knack for what’s in style and showcases that throughout her boutique. Whether you are in the market for a new wardrobe piece, stylish homeware or the perfect gift for your BFF, this store is top-notch.
244 E. Maple Road, Birmingham
This children’s boutique clothing store has the cutest clothes for the little ones in your life. When Lazar decided to create the brand, she wanted to embody the love between a parent and her child. The looks are modern and chic with a touch of sweetness. EGG clothing is designed with eco-friendly materials, while meeting the needs of stylish mothers and at affordable prices.
Untied On Woodward is a men’s clothing store that pays homage to the owner’s grandfather for his impeccable style. While shopping here, look for local brands such as Detroit Respect and Detroit Grooming Co. The store sells clothing that is American-made or follows free-trade labor laws. If that’s not enough to make you swoon, shoppers who bring their dog in get 10 percent off their purchase!