DeutschTroit’s new pop up brings German comfort food to Detroit

The business’ co-owners talk about their roots, the difference between German and Bavarian food, and the German equivalent of a late-night Coney dog.

DeutschTroit will be featured at FRAMEbar in Hazel Park through October 2. Photo Credit: Joe Vaughn/FRAMEbar

We talk to the folks at FRAMEbar in Hazel Park quite a bit because they do these rotating residencies that highlight different food cultures each month. When Obi Sushi was the pop-up last month, we got to meet the great Chef Shinya Hirakawa and talk about how he deals with globalization and inclusion in the sushi industry. Now, DeutschTroit is filling in the space that was left behind there.

Related: Obi Sushi’s new pop-up is a safe space

Their residency started this week and will run through October 2, celebrating German cuisine and comfort food. CultureShift spoke with founder Jana Lehmann and Chef Shawn Phillips about why they started DeutschTroit, the difference between German and Bavarian food, and what the German equivalent of a late-night Coney dog is.

“My wish is that they know there’s a little bit more to German food than just schnitzel and sausages… We just want to show people what German food can be besides the items that they already know.” — Jana Lehmann, DeutschTroit

Listen: How one DeutschTroit dish made its founder cry (tears of joy).


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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.