June 11th 2019 |5:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Midtown Detroit

Enjoy the sights, bites and flavors of Detroit as Detroit Foodie Tours takes you to the city’s most diverse and historic neighborhoods with options of different themes.

The Barrels n’ Bites edition is a walking foodie experience in Midtown’s eclectic and diverse neighborhood with visits to popular and not-so-known restaurants, markets and eateries!

How It Works:
• Check in at one of the designated check-in locations
• Pick-up your lanyard and walking map
• The tour and registration begins at 5:30pm and concludes at 9:30pm offering a leisurely dining experience. Relax and take in all that each participating location has to offer.
• Present your lanyard at any participating location for your small plate sample and enjoy!
• Alcoholic beverages are at your discretion. Samples and mini servings of beer, wine & specialty cocktails available for $1 -$5 at each location so you can indulge at your own pace.

Getting Around
Detroit Foodie tours are walkable and offer you the opportunity to get in some light exercise and burn off some of the delicious food you will be sampling! Most of the neighborhood locations are no more than a few blocks from one another. There will be one shuttle making its rounds for those that may be unable to complete the tour on foot. Note that this will NOT serve as door-to-door service. See your map for stop locations. There are typically plentiful Lyft and Uber drivers in the area that can easily and affordably provide a more customized form of transportation.

Are Samples Limited?
Yes and No… We know that everything will be so delicious you will want more but remember to pace yourself so you leave room to enjoy a sample from every stop. The chefs are preparing food based on one small plate sample per person. DFT politely requests that you limit your samples to one per location to help ensure that all tour participants can sample the featured small plate(s). Since this is an opportunity to give a good number of locations a try, we encourage you to visit the locations again in the near future!

Group Rates
We offer a special – If you purchase 6 tickets one of them will be FREE! See the ticketing page for bundles and details. If you have a group larger than 6 contact us and we will offer you a group discount. You can email us at

All tickets are issued in the name of the purchaser and can be presented printed or electronically. It’s the responsibility of the purchaser to distribute tickets and credentials. Tickets can not be left for “will-call”. Can’t find your tickets? Don’t panic! We can look you up on our registration device.

To ensure a premium customer experience, DFT limits the number of tickets sold based on the capacities of participating locations. Locations vary on size, seating options, capacity and layout as well as some locations may be more popular than others and therefore we can’t guarantee seating.

All foodie tours are RAIN or SHINE!

Dog & Pet Policy
We are certainly pet lovers, however due to the nature of the tours they are not pet friendly. Only service dogs/animals that meet the requirements of certified service dogs/animals are allowed. Individual establishments may have additional policies that must be followed by attendees.

Unable to attend?
Purchasers are welcome to give their tickets to a friend. We do not endorse 3rd party ticket sales.

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Participating Restaurants

The Traffic Jam & Snug
Serving: House made cheese with traditional accompaniments

The Traffic Jam and Snug, established 1965, is truly one of Detroit’s hidden treasures. Known throughout Midtown for their in-house bakery, microbrewery, and dairy, their curiously intimate multi-level dining rooms, and an eclectic menu of made-from-scratch dishes, there is simply nothing quite like The Traffic Jam. On December 18, 1992, after a decade-long legal battle, the Traffic Jam became the first brew-pub in the state of Michigan. Since then, they have been brewing an uncommon, ever-changing selection of hand-crafted beers. Take, for example, the Grand Theft Pilsner, or the Java Porter. Available in 14 or 22 oz. pours, or try them all with our 8 oz. sampler glasses.

Founders Brewing Co. Detroit
Serving: Bourbon Barrel-Smoked Chicken Wings

20 years after Founders first opened its doors in Grand Rapids, they celebrated their anniversary by opening their second taproom located in the heart of the Cass Corridor in Detroit. Inspired by their love of Motown and their belief that Detroit is one of the best cities in the USA, the taproom has that Founders feel, but with an authentically Detroit attitude. Along with their award-winning craft beer, Founders also offers an exquisite food menu and hosts various in-house events.

Jolly Pumpkin
Serving: BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Located in the historic Cass Corridor neighborhood, home to the Dally in the Alley festival for nearly four decades, Jolly Pumpkin has catered to thousands of Detroit locals, visitors and celebrities with its casual, warm atmosphere since opening a year and a half ago. Over 30 taps flow with their popular sour beers, brewed in Dexter, Mich., and the kitchen delivers mouth-watering pizzas, wings, fried chicken sandwiches and more.

Motor City Brewing Works
Serving: Grab a slice of one of our hand-tossed, brick oven pizzas. The chef will be preparing a selection of vegetarian and non vegetarian options throughout the event.

Motor City Brewing Works serves a great selection of seasonal brews that are crafted on site at the brewery. The taproom offers a truly laid-back place to talk with your friends or date, the bartender
or other customers. The airy floor plan is as inviting as the staff and almost guarantees you will not want to leave. Many items on the menu are created using fresh ingredients that are grown on site. Nothing is better than the rooftop deck area, perfect for enjoying warm days and balmy evenings.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant
Serving: Pasta, fried ravioli or salad

Mario’s has to be one of the last existing supper clubs of its era. Since 1948, Mario’s has provided a truly unique dining experience with tableside cooking, astounding service, valet parking and ballroom dancing on the weekends. One step inside and you’ll see that this is place that time doesn’t touch. There aren’t many restaurants with this kind of character.

Tony V’s Tavern
Serving: Pizza: The Tony Special and The Margherita

Located in Midtown Detroit, Tony V’s Tavern is a casual place to hang out with friends, catch your favorite sports team in action, or grab a bite to eat and a beer to go with it. Specializing in New York Style pizza, their menu also features delicious dinners, burgers, wings, sandwiches, salads and more. Tony V’s outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a selection of 9 beers on tap, an assortment of bottled beer and wine, and top shelf liquors for your favorite mixed drinks.

The Majestic Theatre Complex: Garden Bowl & Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizzeria & Deli
Serving: Pizza samples

Located inside the Garden Bowl, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizzeria & Deli serves specialty pizzas, sandwiches, fresh salads and late night bites. The Garden Bowl has served as the destination for recreation in Midtown Detroit for over 100 years and offers a full service bar & lounge.

Cass Cafe
Serving: To Be Announced Soon

Cass Cafe is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has been located in the heart of Cass Corridor since 1993. With a vision to create a laid back environment through which you can embrace all things Detroit, Cass Cafe has no TV’s, just Art. They feature work of local artists in a rotating gallery. Come in and enjoy delicious food, local art and a full bar menu.

Gus’s World Famous Chicken
Serving: Spicy Wings

What begin over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, originally known as Maggie’s Short Orders, the legacy carries on as Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. As Gus’s still continues to grow, they honor these traditions and serve up some of the world’s best fried chicken. They only serve fresh, never frozen, natural, hormone-free chicken and fry everything in peanut oil. And before you ask, no, you cannot have the recipe.

8 Degrees Plato Detroit
Serving: Beer flights from our 16 taps of rotating craft and import beer.

Located in the heart of Detroit, 8 Degrees Plato Detroit has an amazing selection of bottled and canned beer, cider and meads are available, as well as a beer in the back to provide draft beer for growlers to go. There are ‘taps’ in the store so you can have a beer while you shop for your beer! Discover the exceptional service and hospitality 8 Degrees Plato has to offer.

La Pita Fresh
Serving: Chicken Shawarma, Almond Rice, Hommous, Fattouch

With their current location in Detroit, La Pita Fresh has won the hearts of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food lovers on the go. La Pita’s menu is designed to satisfy pockets and tastes of just about anyone. They put their heart and soul into the process of cooking fresh and made to order quality meals for you.

Treat Dreams
Serving: Kooky Monster, Salted Caramel & Double Chocolate Chip”

Spreading peace, love & ice cream since 2010, Treat Dreams strives to use local ingredients and vendors to produce the best and most innovative ice creams and custom desserts in SE Michigan. With over 1,000 flavors and counting, ice cream is not the only specialty of Treat Dreams, they also make custom brownies, cookies, cakes and macaroons! This sweet spot is sure to put a smile on your face from the moment you walk in and smell the sweet scent of delicious baked goods. Treat Dreams will leave your mouth watering just thinking about it.

2941 Street Food
Serving: Chicken with Turmeric Rice, Garlic Sauce and Pickled Vegetables
Falafel for vegetarians

You may be wondering what 2941 stands for? It is actually the latitude and longitude coordinates of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Jacques Van Staden’s culinary passion and pursuit for wholesome cuisine resulted in a modern and evolutionary fast casual concept. Samoon bread baked daily on premise and their dishes passionately hand crafted using only natural and wholesome fresh ingredients. Van Staden and his talented team of experts are excited to offer you the highly anticipated 2941 Street Food. Embark on a culinary journey through these bountiful regions, breaking bread and enjoying honest food!