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Nov 3, 2011 12:54 PM

In Downtown Detroit for two nights--where to eat?

I'm in Detroit for two nights, and looking for some recommendations of where to eat dinner. My only restrictions are that I am gluten intolerant. Otherwise open to all types of food! One night I may be dining with a small group of people, who are on a budget. The other night I will probably be solo, and looking for something unique and delicious. Any suggestions? If they are in walking distance from the Renaissance Center, that would be even better.

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  1. Detroit is not a city for walking. Please, use a taxi. Seriously.

    What is your budget for dinner?

    5 Replies
    1. re: rainsux

      Noted, thanks! For the group dinner, probably $20 and under per person.
      Our group is staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Washington Boulevard--should we be taking a taxi to and from the hotel and Renaissance Center, or can we get away with walking that route during the day?

      1. re: scapegoated

        You REALLY need to be using taxi/limo/shuttle. I wouldn't walk your route unless armed.
        Unless you are staying in/on one of the gentrified blocks, this is not a city to go out for a stroll.
        What you are proposing, puts you at unnecessary, increased risk.

        $20/head won't get you very far if liquor is included. Several greek restaurants
        in Greektown area. Vincentes (cuban) is another possibility.

        If money is not an issue:

        - Coach Insignia (Top of the RenCen)
        - Roast
        - Iridescence

        AVOID: Fishbones

        Note re: Roast. It's a Michael Symon place. There are several reports of the staff
        occasionally serving stuff that ought not have ever been plate'd ... they do fix/recover,
        if you mention it. For what they are charging, don't let'm off the hook.

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

        1. re: rainsux

          I looked into it, and our hotel offers a shuttle, so we should be able to get around safely!
          Coach looks amazing, I may have to check them out when I am dining solo.
          As for the group dinner--none of us are drinkers, and the rest of the group isn't very 'chow' minded. Lame as it sounds, will the average person will be satisfied if we go to the Hard Rock Cafe?

          1. re: scapegoated

            > Lame as it sounds, will the average person will be satisfied if we go to
            > the Hard Rock Cafe?

            In that case, perhaps Fishbones should be considered .... naaah. I still cannot
            recommend it.

      2. re: rainsux

        You can certainly walk from your hotel to many of the restaurants mentioned.

        Roast is only about a block, the RenCen is more of a hike (and I would use the People Mover), but this part of the city is absolutely safe.

        You can also easily walk to Hard Rock, or Vincente's as well.
        You can use the people Mover for Greektown as well. Non Chow people typically love Fishbones, but i agree with rainsux to avoid it.

      3. Gluten intolerant will really limit your choices.

        Contact Mudgies on Porter Street. And Atlas Global Bistro. And Muer's in the RenCen. Other than those three, I don't know any nice restaurants that might help you. Uups, look to the WSU campus restaurants that might fit your needs.

        Atlas Global Bistro
        3111 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

        1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

        5 Replies
        1. re: RedTop

          Roast should be able to serve you a gluten-free meal! It's really meat oriented. There've been a few bad reports, but many folks have had superb meals there. And that one you could walk to.

          1. re: Jim M

            As a mega carnivore, I am definitely heading to Roast tonight! I'm a little torn on what to order, anyone have any experience dining there?

            1. re: scapegoated

              It's all good, expect when it isn't. (Not helpful, huh?) Seriously; if they disappoint
              in any way, speak-up ... so they've got a chance to fix it.

              1. re: scapegoated

                I've not yet been for a full-service, sit-down meal, but their Cocktail Hour has been absolutely fantastic to me. I would most definitely give a "real" meal there a chance.

                But yes: from time to time, the kitchen/servers will bring out something that's *clearly* overdone/wrong, and it's important that the client speak up (kindly) and let them know that it's unacceptable.

            2. re: RedTop

              I suggest calling the restaurants and inquiring about gluten-free. I would expect Coach, Roast
              and Iridescence to adapt and satisfy.