By: Sara E. Teller
Leery of enjoying a dine-in experience amid the pandemic? Wish there were a way to enjoy your favorite restaurant meals while staying safely in seclusion? Well, good news! Metro Detroit’s hottest eateries are getting into the ‘igloo’ game. That’s right. Now you can grab a handful of friends and enjoy an out-on-the-town experience in a clear, igloo-shaped dome. Here’s where to find igloo dining in Metro Detroit:
Igloo Dining in Metro Detroit
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, 48005. Sip some hard cider and or enjoy freshly made wine in a heated and festively decorated façade. Two-hour reservations can be made daily for six to eight guests.
3249 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072. Proudly declaring itself the ‘hippiest’ place around, this Berkley hotspot has a heated back patio that brings the warmth of the inside out to its diners. Now, regulars can enjoy its famous pizza any time of the year.
3087 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, 48072. Situated on the prominent 12 Mile corridor of a community known for its unique cafés and boutiques, patrons can enjoy Berkley Common’s rather uncommon pod setting in the winter months.
27799 Woodward Ave., Berkley, 48072. This one-time, for real garage that’s been transformed into a popular diner offers an ambiance of car culture and American classics available in an encapsulated eating space.
325 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 48009. Adachi now has a heated tent covering its patio space. Engage in the enchanted, light-covered ambiance while you enjoy hot cocktails and your favorite Japanese-inspired cuisine.
43034 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 48302. Comfort food meets comfortable dining in the Moose Preserve’s two cozy, fully decorated igloos – the Husky Hideaway or the Northern Lights. Reservations for up to eight can be made online.
140 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton, 48116. Beer lovers look no further than Champ’s, which offers 100+ options that can be paired with unique burgers and other pub grub, all savored inside its new igloo.
54 S. Main St., Village of Clarkston, 48346. Perhaps you caught the Union’s spot on The Food Network not long ago or instantly think ‘awesome mac ‘n’ cheese!’ when the name is mentioned. Either way, restaurant-goers can now taste all of its treats, while dining igloo-style.
3 E Church St., Village of Clarkston, 48346. Meal-hopping in Clarkston? Perhaps after you’ve checked out what the Union has to offer, you might head to Honcho for some authentic Mexican favorites in its own festive dome equipped with a communal fire pit.
Mint 29 Dearborn
22000 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 48124. Originally built as a federal bank, Mint 29 got its name from coins found on its walls. Now, the upscale fusion cuisine restaurant has arguably the best international foods in town. Enjoy its unique dishes in Mint’s igloo, which comes equipped with personal heaters.
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 48216. This gastro pub chain offers igloos at its various locations, including Detroit, Clinton Township, and Wyandotte, in addition to a covered and heated patio at its Ferndale address.
474 Peterboro St., Detroit, 48201. An urban-chic hub constructed of shipping containers and complete with a court, bars, an art gallery and a stage, DSC is a great spot for eater-outers to gather – especially now that a socially-distanced winter chalet awaits alongside a heated outdoor tent.
1018 Navahoe St., Detroit, 48215. Experience one-of-a-kind eats and easy social distancing in East Eats’ outdoor domes tucked inside a fenced-in courtyard.
488 Selden St., Detroit. HJ’s dining tents, situated within a larger enclosure, make its semi-outdoor seating option almost like camping – only heated. You can’t beat this eatery’s honestly good food in a truly unique setting.
1903 Grand River Ave., Detroit, 48226. Upscale American cuisine meets outdoor dining in Lumen’s heated enclosures, making for a special night out any time of the year.
160 W Fort St., Detroit, 48226. Enjoy downtown’s savory sushi spot while staring up at the city skyline. Parties of two to six people can reserve two-hour slots in a heated outdoor oasis.
33 John R. St. Penthouse, Detroit 48226. Expect full-menu dining inside this full-scale Neo-Gothic building, which houses a high-end club. And, as if that’s not enough, your night out just got even more interesting with newly constructed igloos available every Thursday through Sunday with advanced reservation.
201 S. Leroy St., Fenton, 48430. A favorite food site inside a one-time fire station, Union Joints’ FFH is known for its BBQ dishes, mac ‘n’ cheese and other must-have comfort foods that can all be enjoyed inside its see-through dome.
1820 E 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, 48220. Not just outside picnic tables and food trucks anymore, the Ferndale fleet now has an option for wintertime dining in six heat-controlled enclosures.
161 Vester Ave., Ferndale, 48220. The Friluftsliv lounge, enclosed in a tent, is heated and hoppin’ out front all winter long. Inside, VCL offers hot drinks and fresh blankets every Wednesday through Sunday.
23839 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030. Adjacent to each other in the same building (in suites 1 and 2), patrons can enjoy classic cocktails and authentic Mexican, French or Italian eats under the destination’s heated yurts or on its closed-in patio.
23825 John R. Rd., Hazel Park, 48030. Mable’s enclosed patio is lined with picnic tables and offers outdoor-esque outings for two-hour private parties.
1535 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor, 48320. Offering curry-infused, traditional Indonesian fare, INDO now offers semi-indoor igloo eating.
3711 Hunt Rd., Lapeer, 48446. Known for its laid-back, lakeside ambiance, dockside service and live music, Lake Inn offers a choice between two pods duly named The Cabin and The Snow Globe.
50870 North Ave., Macomb, 48042. Your next night out just got all that more exciting as Tina’s takes entertainment to the next level with its igloo option. Locals know Tina’s Country House has the best bowtie pasta in town!
Four Star Grille
1835 Gratiot Blvd., Marysville, 48040. With multiple geometric domes lit up to enjoy evening dining, Four Star Grille is known for its diverse, easy-to-please menu and family friendly atmosphere.
1 E. High St., Metamora, 48455. The Inn’s igloo village has three large pods to choose from – its Boho Base Camp, Icelyn Aviar or the Llama Lounge. All fit up to ten guests and are staged to the nines with garlands, bird cages, and other unique décor.
18730 Northville Rd., Northville, 48168. Northville’s long-known destination for Adirondack-style eating, Deadwood has two heated igloos available during the winter season from November 1 to February 28.
316 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Check out this chill gastro pub with a wide array of bar bites and beer, and the best of all things vegan. Private tents line the front of its façade for an alternative outdoor dining experience.
30955 Woodward Ave., Ste. 510, Royal Oak, 48073/57695 Van Dyke Ave., Washington, 48094. With two locations to choose from, Brown Iron has been dishing out smokehouse favorites and tasty beers on tap since its inception. Now these favs can be savored inside a cozy enclosure.
121 N. Main St., Royal Oak, 48067. Relish in everything you’d expect on a traditional Greek menu including gyros, spinach pie, and Greek salad served with pita bread inside the restaurant’s heated igloo.
202 E. Third St., Royal Oak, 48067. If nothing sounds better than southern BBQ, Lockhart’s is the place to be! And now all of that southern goodness can be served in an outdoor igloo.
Royal Oak Brewery
215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067. An expansive beer garden and from-scratch menu makes igloo eating at the RO Brewery an inevitably memorable night out.
215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 48067. Chef Luciano Del Signore’s passion for clean eating led to the award-winning fine dining restaurant Bacco Ristorante in Southfield, and its success soon carried over to Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina, a pizzeria and contemporary Italian restaurant. Serving only the purest meals without preservatives, high sugar content or other additives, visitors can now delight in its fresh food in a festive and fun pod.
15600 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, 48075. Upscale, certified kosher steaks, seafood, burgers, and wraps are now being served in six private, greenhouse-like structures seating four at a time. Lit up at night, the houses look like a small village visible from 10 Mile.
24420 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, 48080. You truly can’t beat WaterMark’s breath-taking waterside view. For an even more unique experience, book its igloo for up to six guests.
987 Wilshire Dr., Troy, 48084. It seems BP’s Troy location has taken a clue from ice fisherman in creating an encapsulated dining experience. Three warm, illuminated shanties are available to rent for up to 90 minutes.
5725 Rochester Rd., Troy, 48085. Comfort foods are coupled with spacious camp-like igloos that fit up to ten people at this sought-after diner conveniently located on the main drag between Rochester and Royal Oak.
All igloo and other heated outdoor experiences require advanced reservations, with most offering 90-minute to two-hour time slots. Capacities and wait lists vary. Call to book at your favorite home away from home today! Igloo dining in Metro Detroit is hot and so are wait times, so reserve today!