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Feb 11, 2010 06:14 AM

Lunch near the Eastern Market (Detroit MI)

HELP! I will be visiting the Eastern Market shortly and would like to find a restaurant nearby for lunch. Any recommendations?

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  1. Supino Pizzeria,
    2457 Russell Street, Detroit Michigan 48207

    It's like Pizza Heaven really!

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      1. re: MiMexTex

        Depends what kind of lunch. Supino is great, but not for a business lunch--seating is kind of minimal, with several long tables. Roma is old-school Italian. Sala Thai is above average Thai in a fun spot. To hang out over a beer you might try Vivio's. For something exotic, try the Ethiopian place right on Russell at the corner by the freeway spur -- can't remember the name.

      2. supino's is great for ny style pizza

        roma cafe

        sala thai

        butcher's inn (formerly joey's meat cutters) for burger and beer (and shot) with all of the workers ending their am shift

        russell street is a good deli

        farmer's for breakfast

        louisiana creole gumbo - take out (maybe two tables in front of the bulletproof glass) on gratiot just north of the market makes numerous gumbos that are very good.

        no a fan of milano bakery

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        1. re: xman887

          Second Russell Street for atmosphere alone! (also like breakfast there). I would think anything made with Sy Ginsberg corned beef will be excellent.

          1. re: xman887

            xman - I like the way you roll. Louisiana Creole Gumbo has been a standby for years. The bulletproof glass adds to the charm... I'm not sure if it's a safety factor or whether they are protecting the scared cornbread recipe! Sidenote - Red Beans and Rice w/Sausage is world class delicious.

            Louisiana Creole Gumbo
            2051 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

            1. re: xman887

              Is Butcher's still open? I know it closed a while back and every time we have been in Eastern Market in the last few months it has not been open!

              1. re: xman887

                Went to Louisiana Creole Gumbo today for lunch. Man, they really sling the food. It was packed with people getting lunch. Mostly, people were getting red beans and rice. I got the spicy gumbo with extra shrimp $9/pint. It was a more brothy gumbo than I had elsewhere with lots of celery. Very flavorful if not rib-sticking. The cornbread was muffin style and very good. As mentioned there are two cafeteria benches for inside seating and everyone was very friendly. I don't know authentic gumbo from gumby & pokey but I liked the dish.

                Louisiana Creole Gumbo
                2051 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

              2. Perfect timing, today's Groupon is for Roma Cafe.


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                1. re: Rosedale

                  I got mine at 12:02 am! Gotta love a good Groupon!