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I am going to be at Ford Field in Detroit this weekend for the NCAA sweet 16. Any thoughts on good local food nearby that is not a chain. Any cuisine. Not fussy eaters.

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  1. The Elwood is a converted Art Deco diner steps from the stadium (it's a full-service bar and grill, not a diner). Nothing spectacular, but solid food, a fun spot, and extremely convenient.

    http://www.elwoodgrill.com/about.html

    More upscale American food with a slight soul-food flavor (which is the local cuisine in the D): the Woodward, straight south on Woodward from stadium.

    http://www.woodwardrestaurant.com/

    Local institutions, whole meal for five dollars, but pretty much only coney dogs: Lafayette and American coney islands, where Lafayette meets Michigan Ave. (they open at either end):

    http://www.fancymag.com/hotdoglove.html

    Top dollar: The Whitney, in an eye-popping old lumberman's mansion. Five-minute drive north on Woodward. Use valet parking at night.

    http://www.thewhitney.com/

    1. Slows BBQ on Michigan Ave. - It is a cab ride away but worth it.

      Eastern Market on Saturday Morning

      Taqueria Lupitas in Southeast Detroit

      1. Vincente’s Cuban Cusine. Located at Library and Grand River, not far from Ford field. One of the best meals you’ll ever have. Must try their Sangria!

        www.vicente.us

        1. Also just a cabride away is Greektown, of course.

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          1. re: Fibber McGee

            A cab ride is NOT necessary for Greektown. It's a very reasonable walk.

            1. re: amandaqtpie

              Indeed. But you know the reputation Detroit has. A couple years back I was at the Hockeytown Cafe and asked the doorman how long of a walk it was to Greektown. He told me I should get a cab. I have no problem with it and you obviously have no problem with it but someone not familiar with the area at all . . .
              It is a nice little walk, though. And worth doing, jalanc.

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                Just as easy, would be to hop on the People Mover, much easier to catch than a cab!

                1. re: jsmcafee

                  People Mover from Grand Circus Park, 2 blks S of stadium, would take you the long way around but would give you a nice scenic little ride over the river.

                  The longtime Greektown place New Hellas has recently closed. Mosaic is said to be very good with a pan-Mediterranean rather than old-line Greek menu.

              2. re: amandaqtpie

                A cab ride to Greektown may not be necessary but is advisable. The most hair raising incident I've ever had in Detroit was right in from of the Stadiums at Woodward with a cop 25' away.
                I'll second the nomination for slows and Greektown as long as you can drive or take a cab.

            2. Union Street and the Majestic Cafe are my favorites. They are just up Woodward from FF. If you want to take a little drive, Mexicantown has good, inexpensive food.

              1. If you make it to the Greektown area ( pretty easy , actually ) it's worth the walk a block or two southeast ( towards the river ) to Larned street and the Buzz Bar . Fun little place with great eclectic bar food . If any of you remember the Music Menu , which used to be on Monroe , it's an updated version of that . The house fried potato chips with "french onion" dip are addictive , the pizza is quite good and they have a large vegetarian section on the menu . Also a coffee bar if you don't fancy a good martini . A pretty popular place for the local music scene , it's a fun local place .

                1. Whoops-Buzz Bar location . Larned , across the street from Opus One .

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                  1. re: GoalieJeff

                    is buzz bar open for lunch? i work in the one detroit center and now that spring is (alegedly) around the corner, i wouldn't mind walking somewhere different.