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Apr 2, 2009 08:24 AM

Le Petit Zinc--another lunch winner in Detroit

A little slice of Paris in an ugly, graffiti-scarred building on Trumbull--that's Detroit for you! You enter at the rear (on Howard), walking through a garden that's going to have herb beds, a fountain, and outdoor seating in good weather. There's a bar (liquor license on the way but not there yet), topped with zinc (a common French practice, hence the name), and about eight tables. Menu offers crepes (both lunch and dessert), salads, and baguette sandwiches. We had a smoked salmon sandwich with hard-boiled egg and lettuce (very good) and a roasted-vegetable-and-goat cheese baguette (incredible), along with a chocolate-banana crepe and coffees, getting out for less than twenty bucks. Hip vibe. Some people have said it can be slow, but we got the food promptly, and the service was tops. A real find in Corktown. Breakfast also available.

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  1. Near 6th...or closer to the (former) stadium. Sounds great, thanks

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    1. re: berkleybabe

      It's closer to Fort than to the old stadium (Sixth would be parallel to Trumbull.) Address is 1055 Trumbull--two or three blocks north of Fort, on your left (as you go toward the stadium).

    2. does this place have relation to "zinc" in west bloomfield (orchard lak south of maple) which has the same owners a the red coat in royal oak?

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      1. re: xman887

        Nope, no relation at all. Doesn't mean it won't be good in its own way, though.

        1. re: boagman

          The owner is from the Caribbean somehwere. He lived in Paris and New York. What brought him to Detroit, you may be wondering? To quote an old country song, love, love, love, that's what it is.