A major highlight of a trip to Detroit last May was a stop in Chelsea and a visit to Seitz's Tavern. Chelsea (population 4398) is a surprisingly pretty, historic and prosperous little city. The town's center is dominated by the silos of Chelsea Milling plant. This family-run business has been making Jiffy Mixes since the 1930s.
Around the corner, behind the grain silos, a few doors down from the old Pontiac dealer is Seitz's Tavern, an absolute gem of an old bar.
The interior of Seitz's is much like the outside—rather plain but meticulously maintained and full of character. It's a true community center, welcoming guys from the plant who want a quick shot and a beer as well as groups of older women relaxing with an afternoon game of cards.
Seitz's serves lunch six days a week but unfortunately we were too late (it was meatloaf with sweet potatoes day!).
We wanted a snack and settled on a pickled sausage that the owner fished out of a large, murky jar behind the bar.
This hour-long visit put Seitz's high on my list of all-time-favorite taverns. I can't wait to get back, hopefully in time for lunch.
Chelsea is just north of I-94, less than 20 miles west of Ann Arbor. If you're headed to AA it seems a shame to miss Chelsea and especially Seitz's. Once in Chelsea it's hardly worth going back south to the interstate. Just take Dexter-Chelsea Road, a very pleasant country highway that passes through Dexter, home of the great Jolly Pumpkin brewery. I think Seitz's would be worth a major detour but, in fact, it's hardly out of the way at all.
110 W Middle St