Mad Hatter Bistro Mixes Eclectic Decor with American Cuisine
The Mad Hatter Bistro in Birmingham, Michigan is definitely unique with its clearly thought out Alice in Wonderland themed food and drinks. The two level restaurant features many unique spaces, including a lower level room that features greenery on the walls and themed artwork. With different sitting spaces, I suggest venturing around the bistro before finding a seat (if possible). The lower floor has its own vibe and it would be a great place to host a party or small gathering because of the large open area.
The interior decor may draw you into the Mad Hatter Bistro, but it’s the food and fun drinks that will keep you coming back. Serving lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and Sunday brunch there is something for everyone! If it’s tea you love, you’ve come to the right place with 18 different varieties. Speaking of tea, the bistro offers a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which includes bottomless tea and a three-tiered tray with finger sandwiches, scones, and seasonal pastries. For the little ones, there is a children’s tea that includes Nutella-Banana sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, scones, crumpets, seasonal pasties, and brownies. Visit their website for more information about the afternoon tea parties.
When it comes to more traditional foods, their menu features small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, various entries, and grain bowls. During my recent visit with my friend Crystal, we started our meal by sharing a small plate of Crispy Brussel Sprouts (as suggested by our waiter). These were delightfully yummy with chilies, walnuts, garlic, and honey. Honestly, I didn’t realize I was a Brussel sprouts fan until trying these.
For my main dish, I decided to explore my taste buds by creating a personalized grain bowl. With many textures and flavors to choose from, this one-dish adventure allows guests to personalize their entrée. Using a checklist, guests literally use a pencil or pen to check the items they’d like in their dish. Available ingredients include grains such as brown rice and Quinoa, various proteins, sauces, vegetables, and fresh spices. For my bowl, I choose brown rice, chicken, Chipotle lime sauce, black beans, roasted corn, avocado, jalapeños, and fresh cilantro. For a Mexican food lover, this mixture hit the spot and it was healthy too!
As far as beverages, the Mad Matter has theme cocktails such as Red Queen’s Cosmo and White Rabbit (both of which I tried), a wide variety of wines, champagne, tea, and soft drinks. Desserts change daily so be sure to ask your waiter/waitress which are available. On the day of our visit, we shared chocolate cream puff and Creme Brule.
If you are looking for a unique dining experience, Mad Hatter Bistro maybe for you! For a genuine experience, I suggest indulging in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Before planning your trip, it is suggested that you call ahead for reservations. Also, be sure to explore parking options. There are a few free parking lots within a few blocks, otherwise the streets have metered parking.
For more information about the Mad Hatter Bistro, please visit their website. And whatever you do, don’t be late for your very important date!