Nothing makes a major metropolitan area feel like a hicktown more than a two hour wait for a hamburger at the brand new fast food joint. For years and years Sonic Drive-ins have been taunting us with images of breakfast burritos, cheesecake bites and multi colored soda concoctions during late night family guy episodes on adult swim. Up until the opening of it’s newest location in Southgate this week, the nearest Sonic was a mere five hour drive just over the Indiana border. As a Metro Detroiter whose fat enough to start a website about food I felt obligated to make the trip downriver for this historic event. A couple of buddies and I loaded into my 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and made the hour drive through rush hour down to the sonic only to find out there was a 2.5 hour wait.
3 guys in 1 car who weigh over 900lbs combined aren’t going to wait over 2 hours to eat so we decided to find out what else downriver had to offer.
Clementes Restaurant and Bowling Alley
Has been open since 1933 with a menu consisting of Italian dishes, American fare and specialty pizzas. The three of us decided on the large Chicken Alfredo Pizza and a small Sauerkraut Pizza.
As far as I could tell the Sauerkraut pizza was topped with bacon, onions and sauerkraut.My review of the sauerkraut pizza may be a bit unfair considering i’ve never liked sauerkraut. Why would I order a sauerkraut pizza if I don’t like sauerkraut? Novelty maybe? Curiousity? good question, I have no clue. Perhaps if I were in the state of mind where you’re so hungry everything tastes better I may have enjoyed the sauerkraut pizza, but next to the chicken alfredo I lost interest after one slice.
I’ve lived in Metro Detroit for over 20 years and have never traveled anywhere downriver away from Telegraph. I loved how Fort Street was lined with independently operated stores, restaurants, bars etc. Instead of major chains giving off a real feeling of local identity. The wood paneling along with the sweet, sassy old lady waiting on us made me feel like I was invited over to a family gathering at someone’s Italian Grandmother’s house. Also they had placemats like this.
Price-Pies range from $7.50-$15.00
Oh yeah as for Sonic, I have been to the one in Fort Wayne Indiana, if you want a sonic burger you may as well find the nearest hot n now, they taste exactly the same and the wait will be alot shorter. If you want a breakfast burrito, cheesecake bites or a blue drink wait a month.
P.S. thanks to Erik Anderson for suggesting Clemente’s and Brian Young for volunteering his debit card.
2230 Fort Street in Lincoln Park