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furrybluecyclops Jan 18, 2008 01:27 PM

We're in Detroit for a few days (from Phoenix) to record an album, which means dinner doesn't always happen until after 9pm,and breakfast is usually around 11am...and we have two vegetarians among us to boot. We are staying in Warren and driving into the city each day to the studio.

Any suggestions between those two places (or not too far from the path), especially for:

Breakfast
Pizza
Thai

(We also hear the hummus here in the motor city is something to check out - any suggestions on that?)

Thanks chowhounds!!

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    Ludlows23 Jan 21, 2008 02:02 PM

    From Warren head West on 696 to Ferndale - two breakfast places to recommend - Toast - awesome eclectic joint and Flytrap - which is more than just breakfast - a funky all around diner - open thru dinner but I'm not sure of hours. Both would have vegatarian options and Flytrap was just featured on Foodnetwork's Diners & Dives show.

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      g rote Jan 22, 2008 06:52 AM

      Foodnetwork's Diners & Dives show is good reason to NOT go to a restaurant. They've exposed 2 of my favorite burger joints to the teeming masses...Casper & Runyon's Nook in St. Paul and Blimpy Burger in A2...and I fear the crowds of stay @ home moms and their hungry offspring that will now descend.

    2. g rote Jan 19, 2008 08:15 AM

      Ghetto Recorders? Say hi to Jim! Just tell the vegetarians to beware...the souls of many dead chickens haunt that place.

      The Majestic Cafe is about 8-10 blocks N of where you'll be recording...it's open late for grub, musician friendly, vegetarian friendly, has VG hummus, tabbouleh, mujadara, fattoush, and my personal fave the Black Bean Quesadillas...it's also kinda-sorta where the Detroit Garage Rock re-Revolution of the late 90's took off from (Dirtbombs, White Stripes, Hentchmen, Rocket 455, Detroit Cobras, etc. etc). Also has a bowling alley, pizzeria and 2 concert venues.

      The Traffic Jam (Canfield & 2nd...my parents met there in the fall of '68), and the Cass Cafe (Cass & Forest) is also a really veggie-friendly student hangout.

      You should hit Motor City Brewing Works, too...but I'm sure Jim will point that out for you.

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        furrybluecyclops Jan 19, 2008 11:44 AM

        haha will do! thanks for the great idea, we'll definitely check out the majestic!

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          berkleybabe Jan 19, 2008 03:44 PM

          What could be better, eat , drink and bowl. Will you post your experience? We'd love to know! Hope you've had a great time here..glad you came.

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            furrybluecyclops Jan 19, 2008 04:04 PM

            You bet, we'll keep you posted...for the record, we stumbled into two cool places right next to the studio - only because they are right next to the studio and it's 5 degrees outside...!

            Luci and Ethels, which is a tiny diner at the base of the Leland hotel. Only discovered it because the liquor store is right next door! Ha! But the breakfast was big, great-tasting,the burgers were handmade and excellent too. And not to mention cheap!

            And then the bucharest cafe/bar, which has the best Berliner I've ever had.

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              Jim M Jan 20, 2008 03:42 PM

              Yeah, thanks for mentioning the Bucharest--it's a gem. Great, very garlicky central European wrap sandwiches, and you can sit down in the bar and get a beer to wash them down. Incredibly low prices.

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        Jim M Jan 19, 2008 08:02 AM

        You're on the wrong side of town for the hummus, but here are a couple of ideas. Get to the airport early before leaving and hit the Beirut on Merriman, W side, a few hundred yards north of I-94. Or, there's a new place on Woodward in Detroit in New Center, a block or so south of Grand Blvd., called Motown Kebab. I haven't tried it yet but have heard good things. A 5 min. drive from stadium area, maybe 10 min. at rush hour.

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          momskitchen Jan 19, 2008 08:11 AM

          Dearborn is 10 miles or so from Comerica Park...for good hummus and middle Eastern, I prefer Al Ameer on Warren. But there are many to choose from...

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          keslacye Jan 19, 2008 07:25 AM

          I also put in a big vote for Loui's - the best!

          For Thai, I have recently been enjoying a place in Madison Heights (not far at all from Warren) called Nak Thai on John R between 11 and 12 mile road. They seem to have a slightly larger than normal selection with dishes that I don't see at every other Thai place.

          1. momskitchen Jan 18, 2008 05:28 PM

            Welcome to our fair city...near Comerica Park, try Union Street on Woodward...one of my favorites. You are staying in my home town of Warren...Michigan's 3rd largest city...not much on the culinary front, but any of the Greek owned diner type places are always good for breakfast or a coney island hot dog. (search coney island hot dog in chowhound for more info on this Michigan delicacy) My personal favorite in Warren is the tried and true Grecian Palace on 12 Mile and Van Dyke. Mom's been eating there since she was a little girl.,,

            By the way, I was just visiting my Warren kinf over the holidays and Amarin Thai on 12 Mile near Hoover was outstanding - far better Thai than ANYTHING that can be found in my current city, the somewhat food snobby Ann Arbor. Give it a try!

            Mom
            motherskitchen.blogspot.com

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              berkleybabe Jan 18, 2008 02:47 PM

              Where are you downtown? There are a bunch of options there...thinking Traffic Jam, Majestic Cafe, Atlas Bistro, but don't know how far eas/west you are of Woodward.

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                xman887 Jan 18, 2008 01:43 PM

                i am going to steal boagman's thunder and recommend loui's for detroit square pizza - 9 mile and dequinder - close the i-75 for your ride into/from the city

                http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=16113571&stx=loui%27s+pizza&csz=Hazel+Park+MI&ed=iwza2K160SxkHiQDEKJ_dO2Az4uBbHywTesOkwZuCyucXzi6ciI0vKYRoqNJ8TAo3ZMCcJdk0ZHP

                for thai - - pi's thai two miles away. very tiny place but great food

                http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=16108492&stx=pi%27s+thai&csz=Hazel+Park+MI&ed=FMZKrq160SxiYsZA8FdyUS9i8d1LXnZTy33yv6F36e0HZmKSTmh_jQVW23SsKxb1OfO_diw

                if you have a few bucks, you might try assaggi on 9 mile in fernbdale. nice place with some ecclectic food & veg friendly.

                http://www.assaggibistro.com/

                run a search on these places and you will get a lot more info

                where will you be in the city - downtown, new center, wayne state? lots of good places if you give us a better idea of where you will be.

                rock on

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                  furrybluecyclops Jan 18, 2008 02:47 PM

                  great suggestions, thanks!! the studio is right by comerica park...

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                    Docsknotinn Jan 19, 2008 06:11 AM

                    Greektown will be very close to the studio and is definately a part of the down town scene. Plenty of restaurants, pastry shops and bars plus the greektown casino. This is a good option for lunch as well. Slows BBQ on Michigan Ave a few blocks past the old tiger stadium is one of my favorites. As already mentioned coney dogs but Im not sure how that would work out if there's a few of you stuck in a studio! LOL
                    Pizzapapalis in Detroit is a favorite as well. Hockeytown is right acroos from Comerica park. Great for drinks but not dinner. Enjoy!

                    http://slowsbarbq.com/menu.html

                    http://www.greektowncasino.com/

                    http://www.pizzapapalis.com/Locations.aspx

                    http://www.pegasustaverna.com/index.html

                    http://www.astoriapastryshop.com/

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                      xman887 Jan 19, 2008 09:32 AM

                      these are all a bunch of good suggestions. i am partial to atlas bistro and a like slow's a lot. check out avalon bakery (block and a half west of woodward on the cross street just south of canfield) for some of the beast bread in the city.

                      what's the name of your band?

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                        furrybluecyclops Jan 19, 2008 11:35 AM

                        The Love Me Nots....www.myspace.com/luvmenots

                        We will have to thank all the chowhounders on the records' liner notes! ha!

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                      boagman Jan 18, 2008 11:02 PM

                      Wow...yep. You stole that thunder completely. Loui's and Pi's were going to be my recommendations.

                      As for breakfast, if you're willing to go a bit out of your way, Frittata in Clawson is really something to take in. I tried it today for the first time, and really, really, liked it. A bit pricier than normal breakfast fare, perhaps, but the quality of the food, presentation, and care is far better, too, and I thought it was just great.

                      But again, that may be out of your way to get to.

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                        furrybluecyclops Jan 19, 2008 11:44 AM

                        Yay! We went to Loui's last night and it was fabulous! Thanks so much!

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