I think the name "Flytrap Diner" is supposed to be hip. Hip in in the way that says, "yea flies aren't really appealing to people while they're eating, but we're going to put the word in the name of our restaurant anyway and show people that our food speaks for itself." Whether owners, brother/sister duo Sean and Kara McClanaghan, and former Fiddleheads chef Gavin McMillian, admit it or not, that's what they're going for. Anyway, the name isn't that hip, but the food does speak for itself.
The three co-owners did much of the rehab work themselves at this self-proclaimed Ferndale "finer diner." The walls are splashed with color, the line is out the door on the weekends, and there's a mostly hipster clientele. While the diner is American themed, it also has hints of Asian and African, not to mention a brunch that far surpasses your neighborhood Coney. The "finer diner" moniker refers to the Flytrap Diner's tweaks on classic diner items. The menu includes A B.L.T. in the form of a B.L.A.T. which is a Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato. A burger is available, but for those who want to be healthier, a soy bean burger and an eclectic Salmon burger are available. If you want to stay on the red meat path, the salami and sausage based grinder looks tasty, along with the ribeye steak and fontina cheese sandwich. Filling the Asian theme includes a Vietnamese lemongrass pho bowl, vegetarian fried rice, and grilled chicken with chilled lo mein noodles in peanut sauce.
Flytrap really shines at breakfast. For one, Green eggs and ham are on the menu. The green in the green eggs is poblano pesto and on the side are slabs of seared ham (It's treyf, I know, but it's still really good). The huevos rancheros are piled high, you can get crab and eggs, and you can smother steak and eggs in homemade Flytrap Diner hot sauce which you can also purchase by the bottle. The omelets are well worth a try including a B.L.A.T.+C which is Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato, plus cheddar. Additional options include omelet versions of huevos rancheros and the grinder sandwich filled with Italian sausage, peppers, provolone, and spinach.
The restaurant gets high marks from me. Almost everything on the menu looks appetizing and the items I've tried were delicious. Apparently I'm not the only one who enjoys grabbing a bite here as the restaurant was featured on the Food Network by that idiot with the frosted hair, Guy Fieri, who also appears in commercials touting T.G.I Friday's as a restaurant that has good food. You can check out the Food Network's piece on Flytrap Diner here.
Photo's of the Flytrap Diner are below. The entire Flickr set can be found here.
22950 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
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