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spine64 Mar 25, 2010 06:00 AM

Staying at the Renaissance Marriott this weekend, looking for ideas for dinner Friday night, and lunch/dinner Saturday. Seafood, Italian will work.

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  1. JanPrimus RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2010 07:41 AM

    As for Italian you gave two good options downtown. Old School Institution or New Kid on the Block.

    Roma's Cafe - www.romacafe.com

    Angelina's Bistro - www.angelinadetroit.com

    I can not say I am enthralled with any Seafood downtown, I may be a minority in this opinion but that is mine. Well I would get Seafood at Roma's or Angelina's.

    I would mention Roast as a non Italian/Seafood option though. www.roastdetroit.com/

    Roast is owned by Iron Chef Micheal Symon and they are the best place in town to eat if you are a carnivore. Tough to get a seat unless you get there around 4pm and aim for the bar.

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      spine64 RE: JanPrimus Mar 25, 2010 12:09 PM

      Awesome, thanks for your advice. I am traveling solo, Roast I am assuming is at the MGM?

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        JanPrimus RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2010 02:16 PM

        Roast is not....It would be in walking distance of your Hotel but not a short walk.

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          Nameo RE: JanPrimus Mar 26, 2010 12:02 PM

          While not a completely unsafe walk, I might recommend a taxi if your not from the area.

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            JanPrimus RE: Nameo Mar 26, 2010 07:56 PM

            Roast would be a nice easy walk from the RenCen. Maybe 15 minutes at worst. There is actually nothing to fear in Downtown and the people in the City of Detroit are very helpful.

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              Nameo RE: JanPrimus Mar 30, 2010 10:05 AM

              Sorry, I should have finished that sentence like this... "While not a completely unsafe walk, it is easy to get lost if you don't understand the streets downtown."

              I hate to sound like a Detroit basher. I love the city.

    2. rainsux RE: spine64 Mar 25, 2010 03:09 PM

      My wife really like to dine at Coach Insignia ... top floor, revolving restaurant @ RenCen:



      Coach Insignia
      Renaissance Center 72nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48243

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        Nameo RE: rainsux Mar 26, 2010 12:05 PM

        I have only been up there for apps and drinks, but it is a nice experience. The view from up there is great. I do not believe that it still rotates though.

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        gatapatas RE: spine64 Jun 5, 2010 11:08 AM

        Ok, although I am rather late .... if you come to Detroit again I would try Vicentes. They are on Library street just a few blocks from the Marriot. Good Cuban food and live salsa on the week ends.

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