Detroit / Windsor Recommendations
I will be visiting Detroit and Windsor for five days next week. I lived in Dearborn for a few years nearly twenty years ago and had been visiting annually up until 2000 so I know the most of the usual places.
Here are some specific questions:
1) Any recommendations in Mexicantown? In particular, is there a Mexican seafood place in the immediate area?
2) Any recommendations (especially Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese) in Windsor?
Annam in Dearborn is an extremely nice experience. The food is beautifully prepared with wonderful ingredients.
For Vietnamese, if you are looking for more of a hole-in-the-wall experience, I have had many really good meals at Pho Hang at the corner of Dequindre and 13 Mile in Madison Heights. It's located in a strip mall and really doesn't have much character. The food at Pho Hang is directed more toward the Vietnamese expat community than Annam's food, so there's a bit more vaiety, and you will see things on the menu that would never show up at Annam. If you don't speak Vietnamese, it can also be a bit more intimidating that Annam, but don't be afraid to ask questions and explore the menu. The servers are nice people, and willing to help out.
I still think the best Vietnamese is in Dearborn, Annam on Michigan Avenue. Stellar food, a beautiful and serene interior and consistently great service by the owners. Dearborn has become quite a scene, so expect to circle a bit for parking. It will be a wonderful chow and aesthetic experience....am taking MSU daughter for lunch there before return to campus.
There is a Mexican seafood place on Junction, on the east side of the street between Vernor and I-75. Haven't been for a while, but I liked it when I went, and it's been well reviewed since then. The name escapes me.
Doña Lola's on Springwells (also between Vernor and the freeway) has Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican seafood dishes.