Shopping & Services J.Baldwin’s Restaurant & To-Go Family Food in Clinton Township « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • May 20, 2013 Add Comment Total: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A celebrated chef helms J.Baldwin’s Restaurant & To-Go in Clinton Township, a dining hotspot known for knockout pizzas and spectacular seafood. But the truth is, kids run the show here. Children in charge How’s that? Well, for starters, a “build-your-own” menu lets tykes stack up the sauces, pepperoni and cheese on their ‘pie’ however they please – pineapple, peppers and other toppings, too. Custom burgers also fit the bill. J.Baldwin’s Restaurant & To-Go Address: 16981 18 Mile Road, Clinton Township Phone: 586-416-3500 Opened: 2004 Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., noon-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday And rug rats love the dough balls: They shape it into whatever they want before dinner. Staff whisks it away, bakes it up and tops it with cinnamon and sugar for a one-of-a kid treat. Or, for the ultimate dessert, try the mobile sundae stations. “We set it right in front of them,” says Carmen Bryant, general manager. “It’s like a marble platter that has a little spot for everything – strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, nuts, cherries” – all for kids to dress-up their ice cream scoops. “I’ve even had adults that want to do it!” You’re just as likely to find grownups doodling on the paper table clothes (crayons provided). “I have to say,” says Bryant, “it brings the kid out of people.” Food to make parents swoon That’s been the vibe at this casual fine-dining spot since 2004. “Dads and moms can have filet mignon, chili or sea bass and a full bar,” Bryant explains. “It’s family-friendly in the sense that it’s for every age.” Discover lots of family fun in Clinton Township with our roundup of attractions in this Macomb County town. Chef Jeff Baldwin’s ever-changing cuisine keeps the crowds returning. His award-winning calamari still steals the show – along with fresh, inventive steaks, salads and sandwiches, like his signature crab cake melt. Open and welcoming There’s an airy feel, too. Peek at the stone-fire pizza oven in action in the open kitchen. Or push tables together for your family. Like one big group did after The Nutcracker played at the nearby Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. “The whole cast and crew and all the families came,” laughs Bryant, herself a mom of two, ages 11 and 13. “I had over 100 people here after 11 o’clock.” Imagine what they’ll do for your little posse. J.Baldwin’s offers carryout, too, if you grab a snack on the way home – and catering for special events.