January 30, 2023

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Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti is most hyped restaurant in Detroit, but is it good?

News has spread across the nation about Mom’s Spaghetti, Eminem’s new carryout restaurant located in the heart of downtown on Woodward among the city’s music venues, theaters and sport stadiums. 

Fans lined up hours before Wednesday’s opening day, and a few lucky “Stans” even got served by Slim Shady himself from the pick-up window in an alley. There’s no shortage of hoopla for Mom’s Spaghetti, which was covered widely, from the front page of The Detroit News to CNN to the “Today Show.” 

How’s the food, though? 

It’s not too far from something my own mom — who served us spaghetti at least once a week, often with sauce using tomatoes from the backyard — would have put on the dinner table, meaning it’s more homespun than chef-driven. 

The noodles are cooked just right, not too al dente and not mushy. The sauce smells sweeter than it tastes and has more of a tangy flavor. There’s a hint of basil, some parmesan for texture, a flagrancy of garlic and it’s less salty than your low-end sauce from a jar. The portion, served in a huge Chinese food-style takeout container open at the top with a plastic fork and slice of garlic toast sticking out, is massive and heavy.