Black Lotus Brewing Company
1 E Fourteen Mile Rd
Visited on July 29, 2011
Stopped by Black Lotus on a long drive from the Leelenau Peninsula to northeastern Ohio on summer vacation. It’s a very average spot, especially by Michigan standards. The location itself is nice enough – chrome, clean, sort of funky – but the food and beer leave something to be desired. The ideas are all there, it just fell a little short on execution.
Set on a busy intersection in the middle of a busy suburb of Detroit, Black Lotus doesn’t have the warehouse vibe so many brewpubs do today. It’s a standard restaurant from the outside standing on a main street attached to the rest of the buildings lining the block. But inside is quite nice. Some large brewing tanks, copper decorations, room for a band, outdoor seating and general contemporary coolness makes for a decent setting.
The food was above average for pub fare. Though burgers seem to be their specialty with a large range of toppings available to create your own and lunch specials of burger, beer, and fries for six bucks, I instead opted for a magic mushroom melt. Filled with portabella, roasted peppers, onions, bleu cheese and lotus sauce, it was creamy and delicious. A real sandwich should run down your hand. I also tried some of my girlfriend’s wasabi salmon wrap, which was also good but not quite as flavorful as I would have liked.
The beer was very average. Pilsner, ESB, oatmeal stout, wheat, and apricot wheat adorned the chalkboard. After a sampling, I couldn’t find anything good enough to warrant taking home. But if I had to choose, the stout would be my favorite.
The service was fine for a lunch service. But like the rest of the experience, nothing special.