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Apr 15, 2009 10:33 AM

Downtown Detroit Eats?

I'm visiting Detroit from St. Louis for the 4th time next month and I'm determined to have a good meal there. I haven't really had much luck in the past.

Can you please point me in the right direction. We would like to stay in the downtown area for convenience but we will have a car. Any type of food welcome and Im always open to try new things. We also like young trendy places are all under 30. Looking for low-midprice range, as my SO isnt the coat and tie type.


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  1. Might be helpful if you told us what restaurants failed to impress on your
    previous forays.

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    1. re: rainsux

      Sorry its been years..... i dont remember specific names but we always just dined where convenience with no real destinantion spot in mind.

    2. Detroit News article recommending downtown restaurants when the NCAA Final Four was in town a couple of weeks ago.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        Thanks! I'm going to print that out and keep it handy.

        1. re: shnda99

          I think Slows from that list might fit the bill well. Sure, you may be coming from Missouri and thinking the BBQ probably doesn't get much better than that. But the place gets a young crowd, they have a big bar with locally brewed beer, and the food is really good. About five minutes by car from downtown.

      2. I recommend Vincente's - its Cuban with great Paella or small plates if that's the way you want to go. Definitely do not need a coat or a tie!

        Do you like Asian - Oslo has sushi and also thai (I think).

        Mosaic in Greek town - its on the upscale side, but no dress code. It also has a trendy bar that would have a lot of people in your age group (which is mine too).

        Honestly, most of the upscale places in town don't have a dress code - you won't see tons of "coat and tie types".

        Have fun!

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        1. re: Ludlows23

          BTW, it's Vicente's, if you're looking for this on Google.

          Agreed--fun spot. Often has live Latin music on Friday nights. Call ahead to reserve. Not expensive for what you get. Can eat well on appetizers, and then hang out and drink. "I Love Lucy" reruns on monitors, subtitled in Spanish.

          1. re: Jim M

            Great food & good times ...

            It can be very noisy. A few too many tables ... I get that "cramped" feeling.

            Bus staff can be VERY aggressive about clearing plates from tables.
            Done? No ... and they grab for the plate anyway.

        2. Cliff Bell's on Park Ave. not only has a nice French-inspired menu, but great happy hour food specials and fantastic ambiance.

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          1. re: Tabrams

            Yeah, I was going to mention them. Jazz shows later in the evening. The Park Bar next door is also a good place to hang out and meet Detroiters. It has a small Romanian food counter with cheap wraps--they're good, but you gotta be garlic tolerant.

            1. re: Jim M

              I'm glad you said something about the Park Bar - whenever I walk by there I wonder about it - there are always people there, but I haven't been in. And, I'm more than "garlic tolerant", I'm probably "garlic friendly!"

          2. This is my list so far.... heading out next week if anyone else has more suggestions

            Checker Bar & Grill
            124 Cadillac Square
            (313) 961-9249)

            Taste, a Pizza bar
            1431 Times Square
            (313) 962-8700

            El Barzon (Italian/Mexian)
            3710 Junction St. at Michigan
            (313) 894-2070

            Woodbridge Pub
            5169 Trumbull
            Sunday 11am Brunch

            Oslo (Asian/Sushi)
            1456 Woodward Ave

            Slows BarBQ
            2138 Michigan Ave. at 14th St
            (313) 962-9828

            Vicente's Cuban Cuisine
            1250 Library St

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            1. re: shnda99

              I'm surprized no one mentioned Jacoby's in Bricktown. Sometimes uneven. Always fun.