A Perfect Ten

by Kam Carman

One of the coolest things about the resurgence of Detroit is the incredible blend of newness and history –something many people living in other big cities may not appreciate. With a widening scope of eating and drinking establishments throughout the downtown area, the choices are endless for combining old and new.

A perfect example is a place that’s destined for the top of the list: Dime Store, located in the Chrysler House at Griswold and Fort Streets. It’s housed inside what was once called the Dime Savings Bank Building, which offered customers the opportunity to open a savings account for as little as a dime back in 1912!

I recently took a walking tour of Detroit, and when I heard the name Dime Store, it immediately triggered a comforting memory from my childhood. Our family used to shop at the local “5 & 10,” for things like potholders and kitchen towels. What I remember most vividly was the lunch counter in the back of the store, where my sisters and I would get a double-dip ice cream cone for 25 cents.

While the foundation of Dine & Dish Nation is based on exploring and discovering dinner destinationsin The D, “brunch bars” like Dime Store deserve recognition as well. They elevate breakfast, brunch and midday dining to an entirely new level. 

Dime Store is a comfortable yet classy restaurant, offering dishes that evenly balance morning and afternoon. (Think brioche French toast with real Michigan maple syrup, and Dearborn thick-cut bacon!) Also featured is a healthy, yet tasty serving of steel cut oatmeal. (Yes. There is a difference between steel cut and rolled oats!)

Lunchtime items include North Atlantic Salmon and Korean bbq, as well burgers and cheesesteaks. Zingerman’s coffee and creations like chai latte and rishi organic hot tea grace the menu as well, plus, there’s a full bar!  

At first bite, you’ll immediately notice the freshness and flavor of Dime Store’s delicacies. Ingredients used in almost every item on the menu are locally sourced, down to the cheese, oils and vinegars.

Since opening in 2014 the Dime Store has attracted a steady clientele of downtown types, plus tons of media recognition. It’s credited with having the “Best Sunday Brunch” in Detroit by HOUR Detroit Magazine, and has gained national recognition in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and on the travel site Lonely Planet.

So, next time you’re downtown check out Dime Store. Good eats, and a fascinating slice of urban life.

You can bank on it!