Contributed by Sarah Carlson, Savor Southwest
In the half hour I spent eating my food at Motz, the owner’s son greeted several regulars and asked them if they’d like their usual order. Across from the Produce Terminal, the place is a destination before getting on the road again. “I just drove 4 hours, came here to get lunch, then get back on the road up North,” said one man.
Their specialty is the original Motz slider – smothered in grilled onions, and topped with mustard, ketchup, and pickles. If you’re feeling extra hungry, try one of their specialty burgers. The wine burger is made with red wine, which tenderizes the meat and adds a tangy flavor. They also have a salmon burger made with Alaskan salmon. And for dessert? Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry malts made with real ice cream!
Motz's Burgers | Located on the corner of W. Fort and Green since 1929, Motz has been under the current ownership since 1996. Open for dine-in or carry-out Mon.-Fri. 9AM – 6PM, Sat. 10AM – 5PM, closed Sun. | CASH ONLY | 313-843-9186 | 7208 W. Fort | www.motzs.com
Motown Chicken & Deli
Across the street from Motz is Motown Chicken & Deli, which has been at the southeast corner of Fort and Green for the last 12 years. One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in are the photos of Detroit sports covering the walls. There’s plenty of seating for a variety of group sizes, but no table service. So look at the menu, walk up to the counter, and place your order.
Everything at Motown is made to order, which means it’s hot and fresh every time. Open at 6AM, they have breakfast options for every appetite, from sandwiches, to omelettes, to pancakes and French toast. If you’re looking for something more savory, try their broasted chicken. A broaster is a pressure cooker fryer, which makes the chicken moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and less greasy than typical fried chicken. Motown also marinates their chicken in a garlicky sauce, which adds a great flavor to the meat.
Since everything is made to order, if you’re in a hurry, I’d call ahead. Motown also caters, and with such a selection of food, everyone’s cravings can be satisfied.
Motown Chicken & Deli | Open for dine-in, carry-out, or catering Mon. – Fri. 6AM – 2PM | Cash/Debit/Credit | 7145 W. Fort
A&L Ham Palace
Farther west down Fort Street is the hidden gem known as A&L Ham Palace. Their exterior is anything but palace-like, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Walk inside and you’re greeted by the family that opened the restaurant 18 years ago, then sit down at either the counter or one of the booths. The décor is a mix of pig tchotchkes and photos of their family, which makes you feel like you’re having a meal at someone’s house. The owners knew almost everyone who came in, and greeted them as if they were family. A group of 4 men were sitting at the counter while I was there, and it was clear this was their regular Saturday routine.
Ham is their specialty, of course, so ham is what I got. 3 eggs, a large portion of ham and hash browns (grits are also available), and a side of toast, all for $6! I also couldn’t resist trying their pancakes, and I’m glad I did. Everything was perfectly balanced and flavorful, nothing too salty or greasy. Not in the mood for breakfast? A&L also has homemade soups such as navy bean, split pea, or chili, as well as sandwiches.
A&L Ham Palace | Open for dine-in or carry-out Mon. – Sat. 6AM – 3PM., closed Sunday | Cash/Debit/Credit | 9405 W. Fort