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I am staying in Detroit for business tonight (and in the future). Staying by airport but would like to find a place for dinner in a cool hood...maybe downtown. I am vegetarian and like a modern-ish restaurants. Love tapas style and prefer a good red wine selection. Any ideas?

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  1. Not many good restaurants near the airport.

    The best vegetarian that is somewhat nearby is NeeHee's (indian, vegetarian street
    food). Very tasty. No liquor at NeeHee's.

    http://www.neehees.com/

    Otherwise; this italian restaurant is very near the airport ... it was just-okay:

    http://www.leonardositaliangrille.com/

    Much better italian; not that far from the airport:

    http://www.giuliositalian.com/

    1. I assume you have a car at your disposal. Otherwise you're kind of up the creek as mass transit, in a word, sucks.

      Middle Eastern in Dearborn would not be far from the airport...good for vegetarian, not so hot for alcohol. If your definition of "cool" includes an authentic ethnic neighborhood, Warren Road in Dearborn would qualify.

      Ann Arbor is not too far...eve and Seva come to mind.

      Small Plates in downtown Detroit might fit the bill, but others will have to say if it's worth the trip as I haven't been. The menu looks like what you have in mind, though
      http://www.smallplates.com/

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      Seva Restaurant
      314 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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      1. re: coney with everything

        La Pita in Dearborn has excellent Middle Eastern food and serves alcohol. Tapas are not really a common thing in this area, but what we do better than anybody else is Middle Eastern.

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        La Pita
        22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

        1. re: coney with everything

          BTW, if you are staying at the airport and have no car, Beirut restaurant on Merriman is not bad for Lebanese.

          1. re: Jim M

            Agree, Beirut is definitely passable if you can't get outside a small airport radius. Did that a few months ago with a friend with a layover, worked out very well.