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May 8, 2011 09:48 AM

Must try places in Downtown Detroit for Memorial Day weekend?

I will be in Detroit for 4 days at the end of May staying at the Book Cadillac and I was wondering if there were any places that I should definitely make a point of trying out while I am there that are relatively close to where I will be staying?

It can be any kind of food from fast food (I have been told to try a Coney Island Dog) to gourmet sit down dinners. Just look for any possible suggestions.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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  1. Coney Island for fave is Lafayette (American is right next door.) Roast, in the hotel, is good high end but has a solid happy hour - get there early - $3 sliders reduced drink prices and the lobby bar is beautiful which would be worth a stop. Slows BBQ in Corktown is turning into a destination chow spot -- no reservations so be prepared to wait. Opus One downtown is high-end, great wine list. And, if you're into Greek, Greektown offers a bunch of options though some a bit tourist-y. Union Street (on Woodward) and Traffic Jam (off Cass near Wayne State) are a couple favorites for eclectic food, interesting vibe and crowd. Let us know where you go! The Whitney, a converted lumber baron mansion, has beautiful rooms and is very gracious --would be a fun stop even just for a drink at the upstairs bar.

    Opus One
    565 East Larned Street, Detroit, MI 48226

    Union Street Restaurant
    4145 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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    1. re: berkleybabe

      BB has some very good suggestions.

      I'll suggest that you avoid Fishbones.

      1. re: rainsux

        "I'll suggest that you avoid Fishbones."

        And I'll mandate that you avoid it.

        I would also definitely recommend Roast in the Book Cadillac, *especially* during Cocktail Hour (4:30-6:30 weekdays). They have *slightly* increased their prices on the food these days: the burger, the BOTD tacos, and the stuffed peppers are all $4 now instead of $3, and still worth every red cent. I was just there last week before a Tigers game, and my friend Bill loved it as well. Truly a bargain-basement way of getting your feet wet with the place, and it's a very, very friendly atmosphere.

        Opus One is pretty high-end, and I've enjoyed my experiences there quite well.

        As BB said, if you want to go to Slows, be prepared to wait, or go at lunch or off hours. Great food, mostly awful service.

        I'll give your request some more thought. There may be some other places I'm just not able to think of right now.

        Opus One
        565 East Larned Street, Detroit, MI 48226

        1. re: boagman

          All of your street cred will vanish if you visit Fishbone's. I will also point out to you that your weekend watering hole close to the Festival is going to be "The Grand Trunk" -

          I also fully endorse Roast and Slow's. I am guessing that you will also be looking for lunch type meals. - Owned and Operated by DJ Greg Mudge. I booked him once to open for Tok Tok back in my music promotion days. Great guy. The Sandwiches are great, as well as the Soups....but you must try a Fudgie Mudgie!

          Also are you going to any afterhours? Roni Size, Umek and Dave Clarke is on my short list.

          Where are you coming from?

      2. re: berkleybabe

        Go to Lafayette and American and do a taste test. These two places just about invented Coney dogs and aren't to be missed.


        1. re: Davwud

          I'm just wishing I were closer to Detroit these days because of this.

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          1. I would recommend Russell Street Deli

            amazing sandwiches, soups, breakfast. It's really busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings but you can always do take-out. I am so into the avocado melts they have there, and the turkey club...all of the sandwiches are awesome.

            Also, I always bring nuts and dried fruit with me to keep in my bag for the festival/afterparty marathon. It really helps to have some fuel, even if you feel like your digestive system is going in reverse ;) Trader Joe's has these little packets of trail mix that are perfect for this.

            Russell Street Deli
            2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

            1. Mudgie's is good:

              1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226