I am super excited to be returning to my beloved Detroit on Friday! Amazing people and amazing food. Our last visit yielded some great destinations. I had one more to share, but lost the pictures. Thanks to Minnie (my godson’s daughter, pictured here) playing with my computer, the lost pictures were found in my drive.  Thanks Minnie!

The Hungry Black Man and Minnie (love her so much)

Chops Grill is located at 20551 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219 in an inconspicuous exterior, but a very attractive interior.  With a fully stacked bar and delicious food, I made two trips to this location. The owners and staff were extremely nice, making recommendations and joking all night.

Chops Grill African-American Table

I started my meal with their Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and a side of garlic bread. Delicious.  After eating a little and determining it would go better with seafood, I requested their steamed lobster as a side. What a great pairing. Eating the lobster along with the Alfredo pasta sauce transports you to Nirvana for like 3 seconds.

Fettuccine Alfredo
Lobster Tail

We then moved on to the real “meat and potatoes” of the meal, literally! Damn, Kevin Hart ain’t got nothing on me.  I had the Turkey Chops, sautéed spinach, and potatoes with two pieces of toast. I’m not sure why the toast was there, but it was welcomed.  Black folk love eating bread with meals in the south, especially in Miami, so I was a little surprised to see this happening in Detroit.  The chops were juicy and seasoned well, the spinach was delightful and garlicy but the potatoes could have used a tad bit more salt. Since I need to reduce my sodium intake, I didn’t add any, and they were just fine with delicious pieces of turkey.

turkrey chops
Turkey Chop Dinner

With my carnivore brain activated, I moved over to the scrumptious Lamb Chops, which I ordered with a side of collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Again, my meal came with toast. The chops were flavorful and tender with cheesy mac and cheese and collard greens that were also good.

lamb chops
Lamb Chops Dinner

Switching gears, I ordered the Grilled Salmon Salad to appease the inner athlete in me.  I usually don’t listen to his ass, but today I felt open minded. I ordered a salmon salad over a bed of spinach with chopped tomatoes, carrots, and a boiled egg. The salmon stole the show. I ate it before even trying the rest of the salad. Feeling sad and in need of a protein to accompany my salad, (because otherwise I would just be eating leaves, and who does that?) – I ordered grilled chicken strips. What an excellent idea! These juicy large grilled pieces of chicken had a unique flavor with hints of citrus bursting here and there. I chopped each giant strip up and we went to work on that damn salad. Lord Have Mercy, Chops is doing their thing so far.

salmon salad
Salmon Salad

Our pescatarian, Cameraman Joe, was upset that I ate all the fish, so I benevolently ordered a plate of fried catfish nuggets. I was only able to try three pieces, because his greedy ass killed them. They were seasoned well, and fried to golden brown perfection. If you are sensitive to salt, ask the kitchen to go a little light on the seasoning on this entree.

chicken strips
Side of Grilled Chicken Strips

Last on the visit was the incredible Turkey Burger. If you’re truly hungry, then this filling, tender and mouthwatering entrée is for you. It and the pasta are now my likely go-to selections.  I also liked the skinny cut of their fries.

Overall, I give this establishment a solid 8 out of 10.  I’m a little excited that I’m returning to the D, so I can visit once again. The staff and owner were all nice and accommodating. The space is large enough to celebrate a birthday party or have a friends’ night out. There are LED televisions throughout and a beautifully decorated bar with both premium and well spirits.  Chops Grill receives The Hungry Black Man’s approval and can be reached at (313) 412-2054.

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Written by thehungryblackman

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter


  1. I’m excited about this location and I love the owner and staff. If you want to meet great people , eat great food and have a great time this is the perfect location to visit.


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