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Recs for Anniversary weekend in Detroit/Ann Arbor/surrounding areas

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Hey all,

NY hound in town for a wedding and m'lady and I decided to make a long weekend out of it. To wit, we'll be around Detroit Friday September 2nd through Labor Day, Sept 5th. The wedding is on sunday, and the plan is to be in Detroit for the Jazz Festival Kickoff, either hearing more music or maybe visiting farmers markets/other stuff saturday/wedding sunday.

My wife is a fins and scales only pesca-vegetarian. I'm an omnivore.

Looking for a few days worth of meals. local, funky spots. emphasis on veggie friendly. Restaurants, but also I remember the Royal Oak Farmer's market being a noshfest! Not Indian or Ethopian but open to most other things- we live in nyc so we have pretty good italian fare, so probably wouldn't be headed there. In terms of price range, would like to keep everything mostly cheaper, except for Friday night dinner, which will be our 4th anniversary. We're staying downtown Detroit friday night, Dearborn saturday, and Ann Arbor Sunday. We'll have a car and don't mind travelling some for a really good meal.

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  1. The Thai Temple (in Warren) has their food court/market open Sept 4th.

    1. Also, about 7 years ago, I was at a veggie friendly spot that also had really good steak. Think it was in Oakland county. Funky spot- sound familiar to anyone?

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      1. re: voodootrane

        There's Mitchell's Fish Market in Birmingham, Rochester Hills, and Livonia.

        It's a chain, but they are not in New York so they're probably new to you.

        Good seafood/fish, and I have had they're filet mignon and it was also quite good.



      2. For the anniversary night dinner, Forest Grill in Birmingham sounds like it'd be right up your alley.

        Forest Grill Restaurant
        735 Forest Ave Ste 100, Birmingham, MI 48009

        1. If you want to splurge for the anniv dinner; The Lark:


          Breakfast; Fly Trap


          Lunch ... I remember you saying no Indian/Ethiopian. This ain't
          the usual Indian fare. Rather; it's Indian street food:


          Ice Cream; Shatila Bakery:


          1. Veggie Friendly + Cheap + Dearborn = Lebanese. My personal favorite is Al Sultan on Inkster just North of Cherry Hill (425 Inkster Rd, Garden City, MI 48135) but there are probably a dozen places that are equally as good in the Dearborn area. A quick CH search on Dearborn or Middle Eastern should yield plenty of results.

            1. Thanks all! Anyone have any other thoughts on this? Forest Grill looks delicious though I'm looking for a few more veggie options for my wife...

              Forest Grill Restaurant
              735 Forest Ave Ste 100, Birmingham, MI 48009

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              1. re: voodootrane

                Take a look at Atlas Global Bistro, my wife and I tried it during restaurant week and thought it was great. I don't know what their veggie options are but if you contact them ahead of time they might be able to make accomodations.


                EDIT: I just took a look at their website and here is what they have to say on the matter:

                Dietary Concerns

                The chef will honor most dietary requests to your specification; please advise the staff of your preferences / limitations upon making your reservation. The menus all contain vegetarian entrees; ask your server for details. Fresh Kosher meals are available (must be given 72 hours notice prior to reservation.)