Checker is just one block away from Campus Martius near Cadillac Square, both of which are in the heart of the tree lighting.
It’s a great spot to grab some food before the tree lighting, as most restaurants get busy afterward.
They serve up delicious burgers, pizza and appetizers, along with shoestring fries and meals for those who are vegetarian and vegan.
Grand Trunk Pub
Grand Trunk is also just down Woodward Ave. from Campus Martius, inside the former location of the Grand Trunk Railroad.
The menu features all Michigan beers on draft and food made with Michigan and local ingredients.
The Reuben comes with corned beef from Wigley’s Corned Beef in Eastern Market, and the kraut is made with New Holland Brewing Co.’s Poet Stout.
You can also try the grilled beer cheese, which has cheddar and beer cheese on grilled garlic butter Texas Toast, served with tomato bisque.
Central Kitchen + Bar
Central Kitchen + Bar is a great spot just steps from the tree lighting that will be a perfect place to make a reservation and enjoy a great sit-down meal before or after.
Their cocktail menu features a variety of great drinks, and their food menu includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, seafood and more.
Try the filet and frites for a great, filling meal, or the Bahn Mi Turkey Burger which comes with cilantro, carrots, onion, sriacha aioli and more.
American & Lafayette Coney Islands
Detroit is known for its coneys, just like it’s known for cars, music and much more. The two main spots right downtown are American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island, located right next to each other in the building on the split of Lafayette and Michigan Aves.
Tree lighting night will be incredibly busy, so be prepared to wait to get the dogs, but it will be worth it.
Walk into either and you’ll get a great dog with chili, mustard and onions, and the ambiance on the inside of both restaurants is something you’ve likely never seen before.
Located inside the Shinola Hotel, San Morello will have a ton of different food options for a cold night at the tree lighting.
Try some pizza if you’re looking for something casual, or their freshly-made pasta to go along with a salad and some sheep’s milk ricotta with hot honey and garlic.
Close out the night with a cup of coffee or espresso and some pistachio cake.
Located just a few blocks down Woodward Ave. from Campus Martius, Townhouse Detroit is a perfect spot to grab a drink or a bite to eat before or after the tree lighting.
Their menu features different raw items like caviar, wagyu or bigeye tuna, and you can get shared plates like French onion dip with chips, black truffle, crab and more.
The mains include salmon, local chicken, a filet, ravioli and others.