Last night before I went to the Forum to watch the Tigers smash UAB in one of the best basketball games I’ve ever seen, I needed some food.
My mom (and perpetual Tigers game date) suggested that we stop by the new Local Gastropub on Main. She had been a few times before and loved the food.
Local is in the old Sauces space, and as you can see from the photo, the room is entirely different. The bright colors and modern furniture have been replaced by warm, dark wood and comfy leather lounge chairs. There are TVs over the bar, and a more intimate downstairs dining room.
The thinking behind a gastropub is that it’s like a regular, local bar, but with better-than-pub-grub food. We were in a hurry to get to the game, so I just ordered a bowl of shrimp and she crab soup and mom got a spinach and goat cheese salad.
Our awesome waiter understood our need for speedy eating and had our food out to the table within five minutes of taking our order. My soup was delicious – the creamy broth was well seasoned, and there were generous chunks of shrimp and crab. I didn’t try mom’s salad, but it looked delicious – spinach leaves covered in goat cheese, onion and nuts.
Local has a full bar and menu. The downstairs dining room is non-smoking, and the upstairs bar allows smoking later at night.