Photo Dec 12 7 21 05 PM scaled The MITT Restaurant: Now Open for Service

The MITT Restaurant: Now Open for Service

Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.
Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.

The Mitt Restaurant recently opened in Mt. Clemens in the Metro Detroit area. With a name like that, the Awesome Mitten could not resist going to the Grand Opening. I was not disappointed with this new establishment built with loving devotion by Ken and Tracey Leonard. Not only is that devotion obvious in their delicious food, it was apparent in the number of people that attended their opening ceremonies.  The atmosphere spoke of the hometown support that was part of the inspiration to open a restaurant where this great state is highlighted in such a comfortable and genial way.

One of my favorite parts of the whole restaurant experience was the friendly staff – my server Carlton was phenomenal – partnered with the fun-loving attitude that was apparent in all aspects of The Mitt. As their shirts so eloquently proclaim, “We’re the MITT” – and indeed they are.

Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.
Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.

MITT Happens

I decided to have the Meatball Pierogies that I later found out were made in-house, like 95% of the food on the The Mitt’s menu, which also boasts a selection of Michigan Comfort Food. The owners acknowledge that no state can lay particular claim to specific culinary icons, but their menu is full of favorites that highlight the bevy of Italian, Greek, Polish, and German staples that have become so beloved in the Metro Detroit region,and throughout the rest of Michigan. Some of my favorites were different kinds of pierogies – some garnered from Hamtramck just up the road – pasties, chicken pot pies, stuffed cabbage and a vast selection of specialty pizzas.

Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.
Photo courtesy Joanna Dueweke.

MITT for Brains

As with anything truly Michigan, the menu would not be complete if those traditional favorites were not excellently paired with Michigan beers and wines. I had the Rochester Red Ale, but there are several beers and wines from all over the state. If none of those is your fancy, you could try one of their many Michigan-inspired mixed drinks. Some examples include the Tawas Trouble, Harrison Township Hummer, or my personal favorite, Detroit River Martini.  The restaurant is a gentle mix of hometown bar atmosphere and incredible home cooking. The menu even says, “Our pizza is the MITT!”

All jokes aside, I think that The Mitt is accomplishing what they set out to do. Their web site says it best: “Several years of pondering the concept produced The Mitt Restaurant, a culmination of all that is good, pure, and unique to the state of Michigan.  Add a big dose of hometown pride and love and you get what we believe to be a true tribute to the State where we were born and raised.”  I was happy to support them on their opening night, and look forward to going back for more pierogies. C’mon, meat pierogies with sausage gravy for dipping? Unless you’re a vegetarian, there is no losing with that combination.

Joanna Dueweke – Feature Writer.

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