Last weekend I finally had the chance to check out Dime Store in Downtown Detroit. As luck would have it, I had a packed agenda Sunday so I was forced to go to Brunch earlier then I typically prefer. Which, because there tends to be a wait at this bustling newer spot in Detroit, was a good thing. Dime Store is situated at the lower level storefront inside of the Chrysler House, a Historic 23-floor Skyscraper built in the early 1900’s. I knew that I was going to love Dime Store for two reasons; it was Downtown amongst beautiful historic buildings and their tagline is “American Brunch Bar – Breakfast • Lunch • Booze”. It is literally everything minus friends that I love about Brunch wrapped up into one slogan.
My parties’ wait was about 25 minutes even though we did arrive early. Be advised, Dime Store is ripping and raring right when doors open at 10:00am. Be prepared to wait, they do not take phone numbers and do not provide any sort of notification that your table is waiting other then a yell out into the lobby which has only a couple sitting areas.
In addition to Dime Store’s prefect slogan, they also pull on my heart strings by using local products from local vendors keeping this place as American as they can. Which in my opinion, says a lot about an establishment and is worth whatever price tag associated.
The ambiance is casual yet trendy; above the bar they have unique light fixtures connected by strewn about wires, neon lights interestingly designed and placed, a collection of eclectic art all giving Brunch goers plenty to look at.
I haven’t had a chance to tout my appreciation for brunch music yet because honestly most spots I have noticed do not typically make music a priority. I firmly believe that music can make any situation more fun and appealing. Dime Store gave my ear lobes a pleasant surprise by at one point playing Electric Relaxation by A Tribe Called Quest.
For my booze choice, I order the Mimosa this week and even though I think all establishments should offer a bottomless or “three for” deal, this mimosa did taste delicious and the orange juice they used tasted a bit fancier then not from concentrate. As far as Brunch goes, I was hungry and per ushe wanted something savory to appease both my belly and palate. I ordered the Cheesesteak Benny, which consisted of shaved steak, mushroom, onion, and American cheese topped with two poached eggs, hollandaise on an English muffin. It came with a side salad which I appreciate the healthier standard option but due to my hungriness I asked for hash browns which were decent, nothing to call home about but they did the trick. This dish was the first I had ever had like it. A really delicious combination of all things I love, minus the onions. It tasted oddly like a cheeseburger but not, definitely worth the try. My brunch guest ordered the Smoked salmon, cream cheese, onion, capers and arugula sandwich which I did not try but it looks amazing and it did not seem to disappoint.
Based on this Brunch experience, I give Dime Store in Detroit four and a half tasty mimosas out of five. Cheers!!
Address: 719 Griswold Street Detroit, MI 48226
Parking: Financial District Garage – validated for first two hours