Friday, April 06, 2012

Review of One-Eyed Betty’s Beer Bar & Kitchen in Ferndale

Written by  Mallory Jade
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Review of One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale

Proceeding it’s opening on Superbowl Sunday, I don’t think One Eyed Betty’s Beer Bar & Kitchen in Ferndale anticipated the capacity of patrons it draws. Retrofitted in the former Cantina Diablo’s, One-Eyed Betty’s’ industrial ambience is inviting with its sturdy wooden small-party and community tables, booths, and high-tops. Large-scale art installments from local artists make this new hub feel like home.
One-Eyed Betty’s Beer & Food MenuThe beer list: Over 40 beers on tap, 50 in bottles, and at least 20 Michigan brews available. For the undecided, try their sampler flight of 3, 3oz pours at $7, or a full glass from $5. There is also a full bar and a proud selection of whiskies with its special spot on the menu. Non-alcoholic beverages also available.

Ranging from $6-$16, the menu has a slight ‘N’awlins’ flare with its Po’Boy Sandwich, Gumbo, Cajun herbs, and a slight emphasis on fried delights. I feel comfortable in saying this is just one element that sets Betty’s apart from normal ‘bar food’ menus. For $10 you can explore a board of cheese or charcuteries (or both for $15) pairing options. If you have room for dessert, Betty has some treats in store for you (

For dinner, starters include your choice of mollusks, prepared any number of ways with a variety of embellishments. No worries, the staple plate of wings is also available among other starters, not to forget the Bacon With A Side of Bacon favorite (braised pork belly, apple-wood smoked, fried poached egg).

A Full House at One Eyed Betty'sBetty’s spin on the traditional soups, salads, ‘Handwiches’, entrees and sides will please any palate and you’ll wish their hand-cut frites were in never-ending supply.If you can’t make it for evening debauchery, One-Eyed Betty’s offers a lunch and breakfast menu. Lunch is a lighter menu, and breakfast a Betty’s-style offering of the traditional sweet and savory options including homemade doughnuts and the ‘Build Your Own Darn Omelet’. Bottomless mimosas for $12 – or just go ahead and indulge in that beer menu of theirs.

One-Eyed Betty’s Beer Bar & Kitchen opens at 4pm on weekdays and it would seem that if you don’t get there soon after, you may have to try and enjoy your evening standing. There are pinball machines and a jukebox (four tunes for one buck!) to bide your wait, but it’s hard to focus on the craft beer selection and a playlist at the same time - the success of One-Eyed Betty’s is a metro-Detroit win, but make sure you get there in time to enjoy it!

Betty’s is available on Facebook, Twitter (@oneeyedbetty), and visit their site online for more info at

One Eyed Betty’s is located at 175 West Troy Street, just south of 9-Mile Road off Woodward Avenue and open all week. Hours: Mon – Fri 4pm – 2am; Sat –Sun 9am – 2am.