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May 12, 2007 08:02 AM

Detroit Restaurant Recommendation Needed

Hello all,

I will be visiting downtown Detroit for 4 days and could really use some breakfast / lunch / dinner recommendations from the locals. I am on a budget, so I would like to keep lunches to about $10-$20 and dinners $15-$30.


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  1. The Woodward, just north of Campus Martius Park at 1040 Woodward: steak, chicken, and fish dishes but all done in fresh ways, good soups and appetizers, entrees $15-$20.

    Vicente's Cuban on Library St.

    Take a short cab ride to Slows BBQ, 2138 Michigan. Bar and restaurant with barbecue and microbrewed beer. Really a standout. Easy to stuff yourself for $15 or so--sandwiches are huge.

    Tom's Oyster Bar on Jefferson is not bad for mid-continent seafood.

    For a $3 lunch, hit one of the two old coney island hot dog places on Lafayette just off the foot of Michigan Ave.

    For your coffee, hit the Rowland in the Guardian Building and enjoy what one reviewer called the "elfin, caffeinated goodness" of the barista.

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    1. re: Jim M

      "Take a short cab ride to Slows BBQ, 2138 Michigan. Bar and restaurant with barbecue and microbrewed beer. Really a standout. Easy to stuff yourself for $15 or so--sandwiches are huge."

      I was just here last night, along with two friends of mine. Once again, the place was packed (90 minute wait for a table around 8:30PM), so we just ate at the bar. Once again, the food just rules with an iron fist. It is *so good*. I had the Surf 'n' Turf, which in this case is defined as "one piece of (fantastic) fried catfish, one smaller serving of (very good) jambalaya, and one smaller serving of beef brisket." I substituted the brisket for some pulled pork, and for my sides I had the baked beans and cole slaw. Everything was fantastic, and I couldn't finish the cole slaw entirely, since we started out with the split pea and okra fritter. Yum!

      Don't miss the opportunity to give this place a try. There's a good reason that the word of mouth is so positive.

    2. slows, vicente's, the woodward, and lafayette coney island are all solid recs.

      some others based on walking distance from my office in the one detroit center:

      sweet loraine's in the lobby of the courtyard by marriott (across jefferson from the ren cen)

      hunter house in the hilton garden inn for sliders (they also have sandwiches and salads)

      grillworks (corner of larned & griswold). a coney island type place with full breakfast menu served thru lunch. get the "famous salad" - a fair sized greek salad with a breast of chicken and a pita for about $6.

      checker bar (congress between brush & woodward) for a good burger

      greenwich time next door to congress. a dive bar with few creature comforts. go upstairs. menu is pretty limited: soup, burger, sandwiches (tuna, turkey, corned beef, ham). sandwiches/burgers are $4-$5 and a $1 for fries. nothing fancy but way better than subway) i work across the street and we average once per week.

      loco bar (beubien & lafayette) for mexican

      nikki's pizza - decent slice of square pizza ($6 for slice & big bowl greek salad combo) plus gyros, sandwiches, etc.

      chelli's chilli next to comerica park - cool atmosphere (check it out before/during a tiger game) - bar food

      zoom - lobby level of the 211 washingtom building (@ fort street) for sandwiches. eat out on the big patio if the weather is nice.

      thai - three come to mind but i can never remember which name goes with which one, so i will give you locations: (1) in the retail row under the compuware parking deck, (2) woodward just north of congress, (3) monroe between brush & beubien -- sorry that is a pretty piss-poor abstract suggestion. perhaps someone can help me out here.

      if you like chicago style deep dish pizza - try pizzapapalis on monroe, smack in the middle of greektown

      1. If you want super-casual..get some Jewish style Corned Beef.go to Stage Deli in Bloomfield Hills off Orchard Lake Road. Arguably the best and flavorful meat on sourdough rye.

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        1. re: dho

          Agreed about the Stage recommendation, but it's actually located in West Bloomfield. It's on Orchard Lake Road (just as you said), about a quarter mile south of Maple on the east side of the road.

          Worth the trip. Awesome corned beef on rye with cole slaw and Russian dressing (plus Swiss cheese if you want it, which I don't). Best in the area, for sure.