By AMBER AINSWORTH, Staff Writer
Ford’s Garage, a restaurant featuring burgers and craft beers, zoomed into Dearborn this summer.
Ford’s is more than just a burger joint, though.
The eatery, located just minutes from the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, is designed like a 1920’s service station. From gas pump handles on the front door to bathrooms that are decorated, it’s all about cars and the legacy of Ford Motor Company.
The Dearborn location isn’t the first of its kind, but it has unique quirks compared to three other restaurants in Florida.
One of the two bars resembles the prohibition era while mirroring the Mack Avenue assembly plant. The Mack Avenue plant was the first building Ford used to make cars.
The walls of the bar are made from bricks from a factory in Detroit, a 1923 Model-T is suspended from the ceiling and the worn floor is reclaimed wood from a Michigan factory.
The Michigan location has partners such as the Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum in Detroit; the historic photos hung in the restaurant were all handpicked from Henry Ford Museum archives.
Nearly every inch of the restaurant’s interior has some sort of Ford or car memorabilia.
The entrances to the kitchen are labeled as the “Assembly Line” and include photos of classic assembly lines. The building has several large garage doors, the employees wear shirts that resemble mechanic work shirts and benches are made from the tailgates of pickup trucks.
A 1930 Model-A hangs above the main dining area, and a Model-A from the movie “Road to Perdition” is also on display.
The decor makes the restaurant more than just a place to grab a bite to eat, and instead transforms lunch or dinner into a historical gem that’s immersive and interesting.
There’s too much to see in one visit, and every trip to the restaurant has the chance to be different than the last.
Burgers are the restaurant’s staple, though the menu includes plenty of other savory options, such as AAA Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna, lobster mac and cheese, fish and chips, and salads.
There is also a full gluten-free menu.
The burgers each are named after iconic Michiganders, which will change yearly. For instance, the Black-N-Bleu burger is appropriately named after former Detroit Red Wings player Bob Probert, who was known for getting into fights.
Others include news personality Chuck Gaidica, broadcaster Ernie Harwell and former Detroit Tigers player Bill Freehan.
Each black Angus burger has its own unique flavor. Classics, such as Ford’s Signature, have onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato and barbecue sauce, while others have lesser common additions. The Jiffy Burger has peanut butter on it, and The Estate Burger has fried onion straws and a truffle aioli.
And for dessert? Detroit classics: Sanders bumpy cake and hot fudge cream puffs.
Sanders sweets were first offered at the Dearborn location, but have since been added to the Florida menus.
Other sweets include rum cake, key lime pie, brownie sundaes and funnel cake fries.
See the full food menu below.
The F-150 beer menu features 40 drafts and 110 cans and bottles. Of those, about 80 percent of the beers are Michigan-made.
Beers from Atwater, Short’s and Oddside are just a few of the Michigan brews available. Old Nation’s M-43 is also on tap. The popular IPA is citrusy and smooth, and pairs well with a burger and fries.
Others, such as Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.’s Oatmeal Creme Pie, are more like desserts in a can. The extensive lists of beers cover a multitude of taste preferences.
The fall and winter beer menu will be coming soon.
Premium well spirits are $4 all day. There are also call, super premium and top shelf liquor options.
Happy hour is 3 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
During happy hour, draft beers are $1 off, house wines are $4, and margarita and sangria pints are $4.
See the full drink menu below.
A bit more…
A banquet room is in the works and will be available later this year.
Also, more locations are expected to open in Michigan.
Ford’s Garage is at 21367 Michigan Ave.
Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
For more information, call 313-752-3673 or visit fordsgarageusa.com.
View the food and drink menus below.