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Oct 9, 2006 10:42 PM

Only One Dinner in Detroit on a Sunday?

I am going to be attending a wedding north of Detroit and decided to take the last flight home on Sunday to get a chance to try Detroit Fare. Will have to 12pm-7pm to explore with a 9pm Flight, and I read that many places are not open on Sunday? We like bistros, mediterranean, or anything outstanding in any category. Not sure of Detroit pricing but it would be nice to keep it to $50 and below for two people. Thanks for any help! Also any great cheese shops?

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  1. I don't know about great cheese shops in Detroit proper - I think there's somewhere near Eastern Market, IIRC. But Ann Arbor has a couple of amazing cheese shops - Zingerman's Delicatessan and Morgan and York, if you're up for adventuring to Ann Arbor. I can give you some good dinner/brunch recommendations as well.

    1. I think Traffic Jam & Snug is your place! They are located in the Wayne State area - off of Cass on Canfield. Along with scrumptious menu items you will find a tasty array of cheeses, baked goods, bread and beer made on site. Enjoy!

      1. There are several great downtown restaurants that are worth your time - since you specifically mentioned mediterranean, head to Greek Town (which is downtown) for either some of the classic Greek restaurants or the more upscale Mosaic. for a bistro style setting, try Twingo's Euro Cafe (sorry - I couldn't readily find out their Sunday hours). I highly recommend the scallops.

        Also, one of the best restaurants in downtown right now is Seldom Blues. It might not fit your budget - but it will be a great and memorable meal, with views of the Detroit river.

        Good luck!

        1. Please, please, please, do your self a favor and head to Ann Arbor to check out Zingerman's. You can spend you afternoon cheching out The Deli which is not just a deli but a very special food shop as well. There is no other place to buy cheese in the area imo. You will be floored by the selection. You can taste ANYTHING in the store which is why you could spend the better part of the afternoon there.

          For dinner you can then go to Zingerman's Roadhouse for the most fabulous American fare.

          Ann Arbor is only about 40 minutes from Detroit and Zingeerman's is an institution that can not be missed for a foodie.


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          1. re: luckygirl

            Zingerman's Roadhouse is incredibly over-priced. I mean, how good can mac and cheese be? And I love mac and cheese. My wife won't go back (she says). I'm borderline on going back. However, I've heard that the daily specials are reasonable, but I don't know if they have one on Sunday.

            1. re: Summerfield

              I find prices at The Roadhouse to be fair for what they serve.

              You are getting meats from Niman Ranch, clean thoughtfully raised produce from local farmers. The breads on the table are Zingerman's own Sourdough and Roadhouse Rye with local farm butter. There is no bread in the entire country that comes close to the beautiful Zingerman's bread. Same goes for Zingerman's desserts.

              Additionally, Zingerman's pays its employees a living wage and gives back to the community in meaningful ways.

              Finally, they servce the best "American" fare you'll find anywhere. Ribs and brisket are out of this world. Catfish and fried chicken, oh my. You haven't had grits until you've had theirs, try the mushroom salad. I could go on and on.

              1. re: luckygirl

                So, you're a fan. Good for you. But I'm still not going to pay those prices for comfort food, and I'm not going to recommend to some out-of-towner to pay those prices unless they state that price is no object. The goat cheese and wild mushroom enchiladas I had recently were mediocre. You can make brisket at home. Concerning the bread: Local baker Jeff Renner's baguettes blow Zingerman's away. A few stores carry them or you can get them directly from him (minimum order of eight loaves). Caveat: He makes only baguettes. I'm happy to hear that Zingerman's supports local farmers.

          2. I recently visited - and loved - Sunday at the Cadieux Cafe, on Warren. They do mussel dinners, and have good Belgian beers, and an excellent vibe.

            4300 Cadieux Rd., between Mack and Warren, Detroit