Candice Simons, founder of lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, explores Plymouth for the best places to eat, shop and drink.
By Candice Simons
Photography by Daniela Lisi
555 Forest Ave., Plymouth
It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to get down on street style tacos at Barrio Cocina Y Tequileria. The restaurant features a variety of Mexican dishes such as fan favorites: mahi mahi tacos, chicken flautas and enchiladas verdes. The craft cocktails are made with fresh fruit juices, and they carry a full selection of Mexican and Michigan craft beer. Pro tip: Order the Pepino!
744 Wing St., Plymouth
Nico & Vali is built on the Italian tradition of welcoming each customer as if they were a member of the family. Expect to enjoy dishes that have been influenced by recipes that have been passed down through generations. This cozy restaurant offers food and service that will make you feel at home (with your Italian relatives that is).
350 S. Main St., Plymouth
Nestled between its sister restaurants The Sardine Room and Fiamma Grille, Compari’s on the Park serves traditional Italian pastas and entrees. With the slogan “Food. Fun. Friends,” Compari’s is a Main Street necessity for a family or friendly meal. There are plenty of food and wine specials throughout the week. Make sure to try the pizza and risotto balls!
340 S Main St., Plymouth
Big city sophistication meets speakeasy style vibes at The Sardine Room. The menu is designed so guests can shape their dining experience through a curation of snacks, small plates, large plates or raw bar items. I highly recommend visiting the bar during happy hour Monday through Sunday 4-6 p.m. for $1 oysters, $4 cocktails, $5 cheese plates and more!
380 S. Main St., Plymouth
For a fancy dinner, whether it be date, family or for business, Fiamma is the go-to spot. Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Plymouth, Fiamma Grille is an upscale eatery serving up small plates and American fare. Stop in for a glass of wine, delicious steak or one of Fiamma’s happy hour specials.
336 S. Main St., Plymouth
A community staple, this gastro pub offers a variety of traditional food items with a creative spin. Their mouthwatering mini burgers and shareable plates have quickly become favorites among the community. The atmosphere is energetic, and the cocktails are made with a passion for the craft. With a patio located directly across from Kellogg Park, it’s the perfect place to enjoy summer days and nights.
849 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
You won’t find authentic Neapolitan pizzas anywhere like the ones at Pizza e Vino. With the wood burning oven located directly in the middle of the restaurant, guests will feel like they are part of the Naples atmosphere. They also have a phenomenal wine selection to boot with wine slushies available in the summertime!
580 Forest Ave., Plymouth
This cozy cafe has been serving up the fluffiest omelettes and waffles since 2010. The menu features a variety of dishes, from fresh fruit crepes to homemade chili, sandwiches and salads. This is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon with friends and family over delicious food.
550 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Burgers, shakes and fries, “Oh my!” Since its establishment in 2004 The Burger Spot has been the place for top-notch burgers, hot dogs and tater tots. It even offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options so tofu and meat lovers alike can indulge in the goodness. I highly recommend the falafel burger!
448 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Just like the website says, “Shopping at Bella Mia is like shopping in your best friend’s closet.” This boutique clothing store has all the latest trends and great staple pieces that will leave you feeling confident and stylish.
853 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
If you need a dress for any special event in your life, look no further than Bella Mia Dressed Up. Whether it be for a baby shower, prom or gala, this store has you covered. With limited quantities of each dress, you won’t have to worry about running into your outfit twin while strutting your stuff.
627 S. Main St., Plymouth
28 Furniture Co. was conceived from the owners desire to fill their own home with quality pieces rich with history and character. The store carries an eclectic mix of ever-changing farmhouse, industrial, modern and handmade items.
580 Forest Ave., Suite 3A, Plymouth
If you have ever spent hours at the Apple store waiting on a diagnostic or repair, then you will understand what a lifesaver The MacBench is. Apple users can get great service, repairs, and upgrades on all their devices here at honest prices.
551 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Whether you are in the market for a dining room table or a festive knick-knack, Urban Loft has you covered for every occasion. Every time you visit the store, it’s like coming in for the first time with their ever changing stock of fun items.
330 S. Main St, Plymouth
There is something to be said about a mom-and-pop pharmacy. When it comes to the people who handle your health care needs I feel much better about getting my medicine by a pharmacy that cares about the members of its community.
427 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Shop small business and shop the cutest small items and gifts at Bohemian Home. The store carries vintage, artisan pieces, home decor and more. It’s also the home of BoHo Candle company which features unique scents that pay homage to the city such as, Forest Avenue and Main Street.
505 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Just a couple doors down from Barrio is one of the cutest gift shops in town, Sideways. Whether you’re shopping the cute kitchen sets (pots, pans and plates), smelling the fresh candles and soaps, or grinding your own gourmet coffee to take home, this shop is sure to put you in a cheerful mood.
895 Wing St., Plymouth
Earth Lore is a peaceful space, as well as a one-stop-shop for all things metaphysical. This corner shop features an array of books, crystals and stones, jewelry, incense and more. Whether you’re looking to heal your soul or explore your witchy side, Earth Lore has it.
863 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
This home design and interior store offers antiques, lighting, candles, accessories and frames to make your home picturesque. Haven and Company offers all the fixings to make your house look like something out of a decor magazine. Not only does this store carry the items to make your living space beautiful, but the fun and funky jewelry to make you look stellar as well.
192 W. Liberty St., Plymouth
What was discarded by one becomes new again at this vintage resale shop. The owner opened this store with the vision that people would be able to find memories in items and bring them back to life. From clothing and sunglasses to board games and records, shoppers can peruse the previously loved items.
470 Forest Ave., Plymouth
Not only is Drought juice the leading USDA-certified organic juice brand in the Midwest, but it is also owned and operated by four sisters from Metro Detroit. The juice is sourced from locally grown produce, and supported by local vendors and suppliers. Whether you are looking for a daily fix or a cold-pressed juice cleanse, Drought is a hydration paradise.
884 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
Make yourself at home, and nuzzle up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee at the Plymouth Coffee Bean. There is no coffee shop around cozier than this 100-year-old house turned cafe. Make sure to visit the made-to-order crepe station and check out the live entertainment, poetry readings and open mic nights.
606 S. Main St., Plymouth
Espresso Elevado has the most Instagram worthy lattes made from organic grown beans and Guernsey Farms Dairy milk. The artisan coffee roaster offers award-winning drinks and seasonal features that show off the baristas’ talent and passion for the craft.
149 W. Liberty St, Plymouth
For locally brewed craft beer look no further than Plymouth’s historic Old Village. Liberty Street Brewing Company has a fun atmosphere and great selection of small batch lagers and ales. It offers a limited list of food items, but has partnered with several local restaurants that will deliver right to you!
820 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
This dimly lit dive bar is a downtown Plymouth staple. The Penn is a great place to sit outside, have a cold beer, order some appetizers and hang out with friends during the warm weather months. Don’t forget to stop by for Karaoke Night on Tuesday!
195 W. Liberty St., Plymouth
This is one of the best places in Plymouth to gather with friends. The game room is the perfect place to unwind over a game of pool or darts while playing your favorite tunes on the jukebox. Hermann’s has a wide selection of beers and a great food menu too!
844 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
For a good time in Plymouth this is certainly the place to be! The Post Local Bistro knows how to have a good time. Guest can have fun spinning the shot wheel, join the impromptu dance parties and enjoy live music on the patio all summer long.
840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
This upscale sports bar is the perfect place to watch any game. The restaurant is equipped with TV’s across every wall and 22 beers on tap. Ironwood Grill has the greatest barbecue in town and smokes all of their meat in-house for 12 hours. With windows that open to the bustling downtown, this is one of the greatest places in town to dine for all occasions.
821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
Sean O’Callaghan’s is downtown Plymouth’s quintessential Irish pub and for many Plymouth residents, a home away from home. The bar fills up most weekend nights for its live music and variety of Irish and classic pub grub.
860 Fralick St., Plymouth
Such a popular and treasured part of Plymouth that it recently opened a second location, Stella’s is a great place for both a beer and a family meal. Stella’s Black Dog Tavern features local food, including yummy burgers. Stella the Bernese Mountain Dog is also the cutest mascot you ever did see!
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