What is this Madness?
Simply speaking, it’s a guided bus tour aboard a cool hand-painted bus that hits four of Detroit’s oldest diners, giving you the chance to hear the history and sample some of Detroit’s best diner dishes. You’ll be a regular before you know it.
Detroit may be gaining national attention as a foodie city, but these eateries have been around before “foodie” was a word.
Let’s just come out and say it… eating as we know it today is weird. Eating at home is a dying practice, so we go out… and when we go out we either sit down at a fancy joint and treat eating like a fine art experience, appreciating and judging food on its presentation over its taste. On the other of the spectrum, we’ll hit a drive-thru and do something guilt-inducing.
We’re taking you back to the old school. Places about walking in off the street, sitting at the counter and being served simple yet delicious meals at an affordable price. The guy standing in front of the grill is usually the owner who’s been cooking his whole life. He slings your order onto the counter with pride. He’s proud of the food he’s served you. That kind of transparency and attention to detail is something we miss. But we don’t have to miss it, because it’s still here and we’re going to take you there.
Detroit’s food history is full of triumphant stories of people surviving by doing what they do best: slinging tasty.
The places we hit are a secret, but we’ll give you a few hints. We’re hitting Detroit’s oldest coney (bet you don’t know which!) We’ll also stop by a barbecue joint now owned by the guy who started working there in 1953. Or that one diner that fed hundreds of Henry Ford’s assembly line workers every day in the 20’s. You’ll get to step into these time capsules, hear stories from the owners and sample they’re most notable dishes. One or two may be a little dive-y – but in the best way possible. We like to keep the stops a secret because we don’t wanna ruin the surprise, but we promise you’ll have a great time. Matter of fact, we guarantee it.
This tour currently runs two Sunday afternoons a month. The tour is approximately four hours long. Book your tickets using the fancy “book now” button near the top of the page.
Food is included:
We’ve added a small $20 food charge to each ticket that will cover your meal, tax and tip at each restaurant. Bring cash if you’d like to buy a shirt, drinks or tip extra.
Downtown Detroit at Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub at 11:00 AM
We’ll be back to Foran’s by about 3:00 PM
We’ll gladly refund your tickets in full seven days prior to the day of the event. After that, there’s no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I’m late?
We can’t hold the bus for you if you’re late, though. Sorry to be so mean about that. There’s a schedule to keep and we want everyone to have a good time.
Can I drink on the bus?
Water and soft drinks on this one folks. Make sure you bring drinks that you can seal again…buses on Detroit roads… you do the math. Soft-side coolers only!
What about food?
Chips and pretzels are okay on the bus, but no other food is allowed. Don’t worry, we’re eating plenty.
Do the diners take credit cards?
Some do, most don’t. But guess what?! Your food is included in the ticket price! Maybe bring some cash for tips though, we don’t want to be jerks.
What are we eating?
We like to keep our stops a secret so we don’t ruin the surprise, but we will tell you that you’ll be served the most famous menu item at each place in a half portion. This is so we don’t get too full over the course of our adventure and to make sure you get the best of the best at each place. This particular tour is not ideal for our vegetarian or vegan friends.
What if I can’t show up? Will my friend be able to go instead?
Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.
Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?
Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There’s a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room – no roof riders no matter how badass that might sound.
What about weather SNAFUs?
We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of gnarly weather, you’ll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you’ll get a voucher good for a future tour with us.