Metro Detroit's Woodward Avenue is known globally for its annual classic car event, the Dream Cruise. It's no wonder that America's first highway has one of the oldest garages east of the Mississippi. However, this garage has taken on a whole new life.
From the outside, it remains very much the brick facade garage it has always been, complete with garage doors and gas pumps (now converted to electric charging stations). Inside, Vinsetta, now a restaurant, still maintains the feel of a shop. Much of the floor remains cement, while some of the tables are crafted from floor jacks. The atmosphere is a perfect mix of Motor City grit and modern charm. The bathroom floors are a work of modern art themselves, tiled with thousands of pennies. The furniture and decor are focused on repurposed industrial items converted to simple modern elegance.
Burgers With Muscle
What food goes better with the automobile than the burger? That's right, nothing. Vinsetta's specialty are its burgers, which start out all-American and move toward the upscale, including a duck burger, vegan burger, and lamburger. You can't miss with the Vinsetta Burger, which features two burger patties, cheese, L.T.O. (lettuce, tomato, onion), local Toper's pickles, Woodshop Michigan maple bacon, and Vinsetta Burger Sauce. The best part? It comes on a pretzel bun.
Yes, you can get fries, hand-battered onion rings, or hand-cut potato chips with your burger. You can also be a little more adventurous and try one of the unique sides like broccolini, Yukon potato salad, or the best mac 'n cheese in metro Detroit, Union Mac. The legendary mac 'n cheese features Vermont sharp cheddar, Pinconning, penne rigate, bechamel, parmesan, and a crunchy crust. Thanks to Vinsetta Garage, one no longer needs to make the trek to Clarkston to get it.
Think back to the diner you used to visit as a kid. What was your favorite kind of milkshake? Now, imagine it better. Vinsetta takes the comfort classic and mixes in your favorite liquor. The Dude features vanilla ice cream, Kahlua, and Smirnoff and is topped with whipped cream and a Whopper. If you are more of a caramel fan, the bourbon stout shake starts with salted caramel ice cream, then adds stout beer and Jim Beam, all topped with whipped cream. Oh, and the cherry bourbon milkshake is topped with pop rocks.
The food at Vinsetta starts with locally sourced comfort classics but adds a modern twist. Menu favorites include brown sugar-glazed salmon, chili-rubbed flank steak, and farro-stuffed Poblano. That's right, vegetarians, you have more than just salads to choose from. Of course, Vinsetta has those, too, including a chopped salad that features dried Michigan cherries and a baby kale salad.
Vinsetta also features a full line of pizzas and pasta bowls that start with the basics and then get creative. The Ann Bowl features vegan meatballs, goat cheese, and shiitake bacon. And one couldn't call themselves a Detroiter without trying Sir Shakes' Coney Pie, chock-full of Winter's 901-L hot dog, coney chili, onions, cheddar, and French's mustard.
Vinsetta Garage is located in Berkley, Michigan, at 27799 Woodward Ave.
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