PJ’s Lager House

1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit MI 48226(313) 961-4668

OH MY GOD. Where has PJ’s been for the last 10 years? Well, right here in Detroit on Michigan Ave. THIS is my new favorite spot. From the outside you look at it and cringe slightly and wonder if you have the wrong place. They could not possibly serve vegetarian food, let alone vegan food at this spot. But they do. And it is awesome.

I had the Tofu Bahn Mi and it was yummy as heck. Marinated and deep fried tofu triangles served over lettuce, house made cucumber, carrot& jalapeno slaw and topped with homemade peanut sauce & chopped red peppers. Served on an open faced toasted bolillo bun with veganaise. The tofu was chewy and savory and the slaw was tangy and slightly spicy. I had the sweet potato fries and they were very well done, as in just bout perfect.

John had the Veggarito. Vegan! Poblano Spanish rice, shredded lettuce, pinto & black beans, pico de gallo, spices, avocado & vegan queso. Spicy or mild and huge, I tell ya, YUGE. It was a lot of burrito and John pronounced it very good.

The beer was awesome and draft and cold and, yeah, what more can I say about beer.

We met PJ and were regaled with stories from over the years. He bought the place in 2007 I believe he said. There are two rooms. One where there are tables and the bar and a room where the bands play and  is plastered with music posters. We spent more than a few minutes looking at them all. There is also a patio outside.

PJ regaled us with stories from the past and you will have to ask him his Jimmy Hoffa story. I won’t steal his thunder here. And downstairs there is a record store and upstairs one of the coolest AirBNB places I have seen in a while. YES. You can rent the upstairs and just wander down for music, brews and vegetarian food. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

I cannot say enough cool things about PJ’s from the bar vibe to the history to the food. You must visit PJ’s Lager House.

The food was so exciting, I forgot to take pictures before we started noshing. Ooooopppps. (not sorry either).


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