Downtown Detroit with a 3 year old?
I'm headed for a night at the Westin Book Cadillac, and my wife has given me instructions to find a "fun" place for dinner for us (including my 3yo son). Any recommendations on kid-friendly places that will interest adults, but not break the bank?
We'll be driving over from Grand Rapids, so we'll have a car, and able to stop inbound to the hotel as well.
Three blocks--an easy hike from the Westin, are the dueling Coney Islands: Lafayette and American. Detroit institutions both.
My favorite tavern downtown is The Elwood. Solid pub foods and an inviting atmosphere. The Elwood is just across the street from Comerica Park and Ford Field. And maybe a half mile from the Westin.
If you use the People Mover (adjacent to Washington Blvd.) the three of you could choose to dine somewhere in Greektown, then stop in to Astoria Bakery for a decadent dessert.
Farther afield, but a good choice for fish and an honest pour is Sindbad's On The River. You'll
need to motor your way east on Jefferson Avenue but the drive is less than five miles, and truly worth the time investment.
BTW...did notice that the hotel offers vouchers for dining at it's restaurants, 24 Grille and Roast with certain stay packages. Both of these restaurants are upscale, high moderate pricing, but I'm sure would welcome your family.
Good luck in your search. Hope you and the family has a wonderful experience here.
Well, there's a Fuddruckers down Jefferson Avenue a bit, which I'd argue fits the "fun for kids" category. I think their burgers are certainly passable-to-good, but wouldn't go nuts over them.
It's certainly a shame that Sweet Lorraine's isn't open anymore...that would sound ideal for you.
Perhaps Fountain Bistro, which is right by Campus Martius with the ice skating rink? Would that work? A bit pricey/adult, perhaps, but the ice skating/watching would be the "fun" part, IMHO.
Well, I checked their website myself, and it didn't list Detroit as one of their locations. I just called their old Detroit phone number, and was told that it hadn't been Sweet Lorraine's in over a year, so yeah: Sweet Lorraine's in Detroit hasn't been around for quite some time.