Voting for the Underdog
Vlisides hired Saline High School welding students to construct DDC's exterior sign. Just inside the entrance, she's having Detroit muralist and graffiti artist Sintex paint a ten-foot-tall retro mural of a girl drinking Faygo. Bricks for a new wall were salvaged by Reclaim Detroit from structures demolished in the Detroit area. Vlisides points out the name "Clippert" stamped in one. Founded back in the 1880s, Clippert Brick was one of Detroit's oldest brickyards when it closed a hundred years later.
Countertops made from salvaged wood, also from Reclaim Detroit, line three sides of the approximately 200-square-foot dining area. A fourth counter is mounted on the restaurant's exterior, so patrons can set down their Faygos and perch outdoors (Vlisides plans to invest in heat lamps when the weather gets colder).
DDC's menu nods both to Detroit and to new food trends. The Frito dog, for example, is topped with chili, cheddar, and Frito chips. The Rock City dog is wrapped in bacon, deep fried, and then topped with cheese and grilled onions. The Boblo Island BBQ is covered with the house-made sweet and savory coleslaw, onion rings, and BBQ sauce, while the Mexicantown has chorizo, avocado, tomato, jalapenos, cheddar, and sour cream. Dogs are priced from $3.29 to $5.79, and all come in buns from Ed's Bread, right around the corner.