This past Saturday, September 24th, was a rare day when Randy and I had no plans or social obligations. It was a nice sunny day to boot. So needless to say, it was time for another venture via the wild blue.
We decided to do something a little different and head to the Southeastern part of the state and land at the Coleman Young airport (KDET) in the heart of Detroit to visit the famous Eastern Market. I had never been there, so I was excited, as I’ve heard nothing but good about it. I wasn’t prepared for the scope of it however! There was literally acre upon acre of an overwhelming array of vendors offering up fresh meats, cheeses, produce, spices, herbs, flowers, wines, baked goods, arts, crafts, home goods – you name it – it was here!
We spent several hours roaming around the market, quickly filling up our backpack with everything from a huge slab of famed corned beef from Wigley’s Meats (an icon in Detroit for decades), fresh catnip for our cats, fresh baked olive bread from Detroit’s own, Avalon Bakery , to Jar Head homemade Chips and Queso, created by a retired Marine Sgt. who donates a proceed of every sale to the VFW. (You must try their products – they are wonderful!)
After roaming for a few hours, our appetites led us to a hidden gem of a restaurant. Stache International is located next door to the meat market at 1416 East Fisher Service Dr. You have to be on the lookout, as it is not well marked and would be easy to walk right past. What we thought would be a dive, turned out to be a culinary circus. (and I mean that in a good way) The menu is an electric mix of the unusual. I had a “Brooklyn Bloody” sandwich which consisted of fried pickle slices, mcclure’s bloody mary mix spiced tomato spread, melted dill havarti & swiss cheeses on scallion dill bread. It was outrageous and delicious. Randy had the special, “Bobby Lane” sandwich. This gut-bomb began with pulled buffalo chicken, Jalepeno poppers and cheese, smothered with white chicken and bean chili all piled on a pretzel bun. A M A Z I N G. Their seasoned homemade chips were so good, I think I may have shed some tears. If you go to the market, Stache is a must try!
Words of wisdom to those planning to fly to KDET to visit the Eastern Market. Make sure you have an Uber App and know how to use it. We didn’t. The FBO would not let us take the courtesy car for the afternoon, which is understandable (I guess), so we ended up paying a $25.00 cab fare each way – for about a 4 mile ride. It was well worth the experience though. You can enjoy the market year around: Saturdays from 7:00AM – 4:00PM, Sept – June: Tuesdays 9:00AM – 3:00PM and Sundays 10:00AM – 4:00PM.