It’s been two weeks since Local West (7400 Detroit Ave., 216-417-7001) officially joined the near-west side neighborhood of Detroit Shoreway and already it is settling in nicely. The craft sandwich and beer cafe offers neighbors an attractive dining alternative to fast food, run-of-the-mill pubs and pricier bistros.
Owner Jon Mavrakis has done a remarkable job transforming the former Niko's Greek Grille into a slick, contemporary space with open kitchen, wood and corrugated tin walls, and chalkboard menus. There’s plenty of seating for folks who want to dine in rather than grab and go.
Guests scan the large wall menu, which is divided into categories for burgers, sandwiches, “signature eats,” pita pizzas, salads and sides. To place an order, diners tick off items on a paper menu with provided pencils and hand it over to the cashier. Orders are delivered to the table when ready.
All items are made to order, with management shooting for 5- to 10-minute wait times. Our salad landed on the table in about four minutes with the sandwiches landing somewhere around the 12-minute mark. I’ve heard reports of longer wait times when the restaurant is busy, which it was not during our lunchtime visit.
To craft its gourmet sandwiches, Local West uses all Ohio meat and poultry. In season, it is shooting for 75 percent local produce. The breads are sourced from local bakers as well.