Taps: 8 / Bottles: 55
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Cadieux Cafe is an oldie but goodie. It's in a neighborhood of Detroit that is far removed from downtown, close to Grosse Point. At some point the neighborhood was populated by a lot of Belgians, leading to the establishment of this authentic neighborhood bar. Walking into this place is like walking into the '50s or '60s in some ways.
There is a small stage near the front, rows of simple tables, a bar in the rear, and in the adjoining part of the building, the feather bowling alley. When we visited early Sunday evening, it was neither a party night nor a league play night. The place was almost empty except for a few families playing around with kids in the bowling alley area and a few folks at the bar.
The selection of draft beers was not impressive, but the bottles were. I had an Orval Trappist Ale (about $8), a great treat and a good find.
The food is authentic and excellent. Pomme Fritt and a variety of Belgian-style comfort foods are available. Also tasted the steamed mussels, which were good. This place is low-key and remarkable for its continued existence and what it offers. Don't miss it.
06-08-2009 12:02:01 | More by dickroop
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had heard about this place for quite a while. Mostly comments about the odd game of 'feather bowling.' Finally got to check it out on Saturday night.
Approaching from the outside, you see a cement/brick white wall, with Cadieux Cafe painted on the side. Not quite what I expected but an interesting touch. Held the front door open for two fully regaled nuns who were to sing with the live band about to preform. Proceeded to claim our reservations at the dirt lanes for feather bowling. An interesting game, which I won't describe here since this is a beer site. Does add quite a bit to the atmosphere. The main bar is small, dimly lit and smoky. There is a small stage for musicians at the front, a few tvs, several booths and tables. A 10 seat bar is located along the back wall. Good atmosphere. Cozy and dim. When bands aren't playing there is a good mix of classic rock music and sports on the television.
Beer selection is also good. Not as many taps as I'd expected (7 or 8) A lot of the usual candidates there. SNPA, Bells seasonal (oberon this time of year), one macro, sam adams, newcastle and a couple of others. The one notable tap not found elsewhere is Frambois Lambic. Bottle selection is where they make hay. There are about 30 or so good Belgians. Piraat, Duvel, Orval, Chimay and other usual customers. Some are way over priced. There are a few reasonable offers (Piraat for $7.50 stands out.) Also a couple dozen of other bottles, more micro than macro--but both kinds are there. Not a bad place to get a couple of good bottles and play some featherball. On the whole this was an enjoyable experience for a Saturday night. Not the best Belgian Bar in the world, but it is a change from the normal options around.
05-14-2007 15:02:37 | More by macpapi
4/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was there a couple weeks back as a few of my friends and I went up here to play some featherball. As we were walking up to the establishment we were met with the sounds of a live band performing and we walked in to a packed house. The place looked like it had some nice history. Had an old-school rustic feeling to it. We walked up to the bar to place our orders and I noticed quite a few things on tap. They had a few taps that I could see as it was quite dark and the only lights were coming from some Christmas decorations and the TVs.
We entered a separate area to relax and play featherball. The objective to this is to throw what looks like a wooden cheese roll, to the other end of the dirt lane and try to get closest to the feather.
Wait-staff was very friendly and they let us play featherball as long as we wanted seeing as it wasn't very busy.
12-22-2006 16:06:02 | More by CoSMoSYS
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I would classify this more as a restaurant then a beer bar, but they did have a nice selection. I counted 75 types of bottled beers, including about 15 Belgian brands, and 7 tap beers. The establishment was started by some Belgium immigrants and according to my Belgian exchange student, its looks like a bar that old men go to in Belgium. The food was very good, I had some nice mussel soup. This place also has the only feather bowling lanes in America. Its similar to shuffle board or curling, but on dirt alleys. Supposedly this game was played in the old country in the last century, however, none of the Belgians I have met have ever heard of the sport. Overall a fun establishment in which to drink or eat. The servers were very friendly as well.
04-14-2003 19:06:54 | More by plrooney
Cadieux Café in Detroit, MI
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.