Good decent food n downtown detroit
Hi, have been going downtown to the greektown casino and always eat at wishbones due to my wife and friend loving the place(a bit overpriced if you ask me ),can you guys give me a few options so the next time we go I can offer alternatives.
Best Regards D/B
good idea. here is my attempt at a public service travelogue for our visitors:
sweet lorraine's - in the hotel, one of three places owned by lorraine plattman, creative, ecclectic cuisine, very good
opus one - a block walk east on larned, moderately upscale dining, decent food
buzz bar - across from opus, never been but just read a good review on another thread about downtown
tom's oyster bar - downtown outpost of a small, local chain, decent seafood, apps, and raw bar
seldom blues - upscale southern/continental, great room along the river, very good food, usually packed, pricey
andiamo - downtown outpost of small local chain, reliable italian
coach insignia - top of the hotel tower, part of matt prentice's unique restaurant group which has some great places, have not been but have heard veruy mixed reviews, great top of the city view, very pricey
bricktown (one block south of greektown):
the detroiter - a bar with a good burger
loco - middle of the road mexican; not as good as mexican town eateries, but a decent grazing and/or 2:00am option
nikki's - greek fare + detroit square pizza with greek sausage
pegasus/golden fleece/etc - for standard greek fare
pizzapapalis - chicago deep dish pizza
mosaic - very good ecclectic mediteranean; one of my downtown favorites
fishbones: new orleans cuisine; deepfried everything + sushi (??); i hate this place
sweet georgia brown - upscale southern food; opened several years ago with great fanfare; the food was good but very pricey; owner now in the slam; sold to others; slosed for a while; not sure if it is even open again
cadillac center (might be the closest to the compuware hq)
hard rock - over hyped, over priced chain
the woodward - a little hip/upscale with a cool vibe, food is a touch ecclectic and good, another of my downtown favorites
detroit beer company - across from the opera house; brew pub with good beer, decent apps, bar food, and a few entrees
small plates - next door to beer co; average; over priced; usually packed
oslo - sushi place on woodward - used to be good then it closed; i heard the club downstairs was open again recently and the sushi was going to follow
vicente's - cuban cuisine; authentic and very good; they have dancing on the weekends
lola's - in harmonie park; have heard decent things about it
rhino in harmonie park - offshoot of a legendary jazz club/restaurant; i have been there for drinks but never to eat; decent, fun atmosphere
grand circus park:
chelli's chili bar - walk across the park toward comerica park; good place for beers but food is very mediocre at best; despite the name, the chili is nothing special
hockeytown - shrine to the red wings in the fox; owned by the ilitch family; other than the strip of ice on the bar to keep your beer cold and a lot of tv's there is not much of a reason to go there; food is average at best; to make you feel like you are inside a stadium game they will sell you a 24 oz can of beer for $8!
da eduardo foxtown grille - upscale italian; i have never seen it busy at night; pricey; i have eaten at his place in grosse pointe and his food is very good
times square: nothing here
michigan ave: not much here but i suppose you could walk to the mgm casino (puck's grille, mina's saltwater & bourbon steakhouse) but i wouldn't walk it at night
fort/cass: again not much
cobo center - nada
joe louis arena - plenty of cheap hockey tix on the street for less than sold out games against an endless parade of blues, bluejackets, and predators + $8 beers and $$15 hot-n-ready pizzas inside!
caucus club: old school detroit place in the penobscot building that used to be relevant; barbara streisand sang there when she was a teenager; used to be known for ribs back in the day
lafayette/american coney islands - legendary landmarks about three blocks north; "one of each heavy onions"
best of luck.
If you're looking to stick around Greektown, Pegasus, Cyprus, Hellas Cafe, and Pizza Papalis (not Greek food, but decent pizza) are good.
But otherwise, downtown Detroit has loads of good restaurants with good food. My favorites are the Majestic Cafe and Union Street. And Mexicantown has Senor Lopez, but a lot of restaurants are good in Mexicantown.
The Metro Times website has a lot of restaurant reviews, so I would look there for more options. But try Union Street or the Majestic Cafe if you're not stuck in Greektown.