by Rebecca on February 14, 2012
We’ve crossed another restaurant off our Eating Out Wishlist! Though I keep adding restaurants to it, so it’s not getting any shorter. Last Friday, before the Wings game we had dinner at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub. The pub is located on Woodward and Congress. First, a little history and then the food!
The building where the Grand Trunk Pub is located dates back to 1879 and was originally the Traub Bros. & Co. jewelry store. The Grand Trunk Railway began using the building as a ticket office in 1910. The Metropole Hotel turned it into a bar in 1935 and it has remained a pub ever since.
The Grand Trunk Railway was a railway system which operated in Quebec and Ontario, as well as in Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Grand Trunk and its subsidiaries, along with the Canadian Government Railways, was a primary precursor of today’s Canadian National Railways.
Now, the food! We started off our dinner with a couple of cocktails. I ordered a Sidecar and Dave had a dirty martini. We skipped appetizers and went straight to the main meal. I ordered the Majestic sandwich: shaved corned beef and turkey with melted cheddar cheese and house-made Russian dressing on an onion bun and served with crinkle-cut Better Made potato chips. The corned beef was some of the best I’ve ever had (rivaling Zingerman’s!). It was really lean and very tender. The Russian dressing had nice flavor and the onion bun was excellent, nice and soft with good onion flavor. Dave ordered the shepherd’s pie, which he enjoyed.
For dessert we split the Michigan Mudd Pie, which is not a pie, but a HUGE Ghirardelli brownie topped with Calder Dairy chocolate ice cream and hot fudge. It was really good, but a bit rich for me (not for Dave though!).
We sat upstairs, which was much quieter than the noisy bar on the first floor. I wouldn’t recommend the Grand Trunk Pub if you want a quiet or speedy meal. Service was decent, but they’re way understaffed so everything was a bit slow. However, based solely on the sandwich I had, I would totally go back.