In Detroit’s Midtown, right near Wayne State University, rests Cass Cafe on none other Cass Avenue. It’s modest on the outside, a brick entrance with a single sign that hardly beckons customers. And the name is perhaps as modest as the exterior–to call Cass Cafe a cafe is an understatement. Yes, there’s a reason Cass Cafe (4620 Cass Avenue, Detroit MI) has won three different awards from the Metro Times now. Inside lies two stories of a sit-down restaurant with an impressive menu selection, along with a full bar, live entertainment, and–well, it’s an art gallery, too.
Cass Cafe’s most distinct quality by far is the fact that its walls are lined with temporary exhibitions of art. Currently, visitors can munch on a Reuben while ooing and ahhing at the artwork of Detroiter and Wayne State grad Gary Mayer. His exhibit, “Nature Unrepentant,” is a vibrant if not dizzying display of fantastically colorful paintings, and will remain on display until May 25. Along with the visual artwork, Cass Cafe occasionally hosts live music events from local artists.
But this is still technically a cafe so food–yeah, Cass Cafe has got that, too, and it’s actually a meal. You won’t be having a day-old muffin for lunch at this cafe. And the food is delicious; just get a sandwich–you won’t be disappointed. Cass Cafe also has a full bar featuring a wide variety of alcohol including Detroit’s own beer from Motor City Brewery.
Cass Cafe is a solid choice for a place to grab some food or just a drink, but after the last sip has been sipped, the leftovers boxed, and the check paid, stay awhile to scan the artsy fartsy perimeter inside this unassuming cafe.