Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It's Time to Re-Visit Punch Bowl Social!

It seems like every time we visit Punch Bowl Social, we ask ourselves , "Why don't we come here more often?" The downtown Detroit business offers great food, awesome drinks, and a variety of fun attractions, making it the perfect place for a night out. Punch Bowl Social recently invited us out to check out some new menu items and we couldn't say no.

During our recent visit, we took over a private bowling area for the night, where we could relax on couches, snack, sip, and bowl a few rounds. This bowling alley is not like the one your mom and dad bowled at on a league when you were a kid. It's classy, fun, and way more intimate. The alley features 8 lanes that are all rented by the hour on a first come first serve basis. Hourly rates range from $10-$12, which also includes shoe rental. If bowling isn't really your thing, there's still lots of fun to be had, with private karaoke rooms (our personal favorite), an arcade, giant Scrabble, foosball, billiards, and more.

In addition to all of the fun activities, Punch Bowl's food is arguably some of the best that we have had in the city! The portions are large, the prices are pretty low, and the food is delicious. On this occasion, we shared several menu items, including the Lil' Street Tacos, It's Nacho Mama, Peanut Sriracha Fries, and the Superfood Grain Bowl (made as a vegan variation). The three of us came very hungry, and left stuffed, with food leftover. The Lil' Street Tacos featured Cocoa Dusted Pork Carnitas with Salsa Adobo, Crema, Radish, Queso Cotija, Yellow Onion, Cilantro and Lime and they were some of the best tacos we've ever had. It's Nacho Mama is one of our favorite menu items and worth the trip alone, with Roasted Cauliflower, Fresh JalapeƱo, Pickled Red Onion, and plenty of Queso. We know, cauliflower on nachos sounds a little weird, but trust us, it's awesome! The Sriracha Fries had just the right amount of spice paired with garlic mayo and peanuts, for a different take on fries than anything you've ever had before. Finally, the Superfood Grain Bowl was healthy, but still one of the best things that Sadie has ever eaten. To keep it short, we will definitely be going back for more very soon!
Punch Bowl Social's menu features a variety of great choices, with lots of vegetarian and gluten free options, so there is something for pretty much everyone. They also offer brunch daily, with a 9 a.m. start time on the weekends! Both of these things are HUGE for all of those brunch lovers out there. So the next time you're looking to get food early on the weekends, this is your place. And all of you service industry workers, this is your place if you're looking to get brunch through the week, with service beginning at 11 a.m. 

Whether you make it out to Punch Bowl Social for the food, the fun, or both, make sure you also get some drinks to go along with it. One of the best drink options at Punch Bowl Social is, of course, the punch bowls. They serve up to 8 people and the price is very reasonable too! (unlike some other bars that serve up punch bowls in the city) Currently, the featured punch bowl is the Shot Through The Heart Punch, with Teakoe Pear Tea, Old Forester Bourbon and Strawberry Cinnamon Shrub. They also offer great craft cocktails and adult milkshakes. While we were there, we tried the Milk-Xologist #2, that was minty, milky, and had a hint of coffee. We weren't too sure if we would like booze in a milkshake, but it was super tasty. They also had a great bourbon selection, so we had to have an Old Fashioned with Journeyman Bourbon, which you aren't going to find at most places around town. So that was a special treat!

We cannot rave enough about Punch Bowl Social. It is seriously a hidden gem in the city and whether you've never been there before, of it has been a while since you've been there, you need to pay Punch Bowl a visit soon. The Shot Through The Heart Punch is only available for a limited time though! So don't wait too long!

Punch Bowl Social is located at 1331 Broadway in Downtown Detroit. For more info and to check out a menu, click here.


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