Downtown Detroit is always a hopping place. From concerts, sporting events and up and coming artist shows. But even without a big show or game, you can go downtown for a night of great food and entertainment. Punch Bowl Social is a newer restaurant to the downtown area that brings in a mixture of rustic and classical interior with bowling, darts and fun recipes.
We were invited to Punch Bowl Social downtown to try a few of their items and to check out their space. Our group was treated to two of their most popular punch bowls as well as some of their most popular dishes. Their menu clearly marks what is available in gluten free or vegan options. The menu varies from what you’d consider typical bar fare like chicken wings, chips and dip and burgers. But you’ll also find less traditional items like cauliflower nachos, roasted eggplant dip, kale and chicken salads. Like the interior, the menu is a mix of old as well as newer and upscale options.
Throughout Punch Bowl Social you can dine in the dining room, private spaces, or enjoy a drink at the 360 bar or in the Holiday Lodge. You can book private karaoke rooms, bowl, play pool, darts or even play in the arcade. There is an activity and a space for everyone inside that is available and open during regular business hours or for booking for private parties. Besides having a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, for me I loved the small references and jokes peppered throughout the menu options and the location.
I had been to Punch Bowl Social once before in the past and was pleasantly surprised at the gluten free options and care they took with my food. I will say though, in a group setting the options were a bit less appealing or not fully gluten free. However, I was given the option to order a meal off the menu and happily got the New Mexican Hamburger, which not only was full of heat and flavor but was served with gluten free french fries. If you are gluten free or have other food allergies or concerns, I found Punch Bowl Social was easier to order individual meals with rather than in larger group setting – which causes other concerns for cross contamination. As always, talk to your server and they will confirm with the Chef if the meal is something you can have or if they adapt it. The staff is always extremely helpful and accommodate your dietary needs.