Where are the really interesting food neighborhoods in the SE Michigan area-ethnic shops & restaurants?
I want to do a food tour soon, I know about places in the Ann Arbor area (Packard, Washtenaw).
I do have the old "Global Journeys in Metro Detroit " book & will use that as a basic guide.
Where are the streets/neighborhoods where you can do a multi "country" tour? Dequindre?
Love the topic & many of the responses. Certainly SE MI is not Chicago (where such a "tour" is easy enough)!
There is enough variety in Canton, along Ford Rd, to merit an outing--and continue on to Randazzo's for shopping (clientele is like the United Nations).
My Dearborn outings always start or end at Alcamo's Italian grocery (buy ammoglio); and then cruising up & down Warren Rd--with its variety of Middle Eastern places.
There are restaurants in Greektown too; I wonder what kind of food they serve? :)
579 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
558 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
Golden Fleece Restaurant
525 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
569 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
There are also all the terrific Jewish delis in and near West Bloomfield, including Stage Deli (West Bloomfield, Troy), Deli Unique (West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Novi), Steve's Deli (Bloomfield Hills), Plaza Deli (Southfield), and Star Deli (Southfield).
29145 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034
Deli Unique-West Bloomfield
6724 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
6646 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
39495 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Stage Deli Somerset
2800 W Big Beaver Rd Ste X-335, Troy, MI 48084
24555 W 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48034
6873 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
27000 Sheraton Drive, Novi, MI 48377
I'm not sure what you mean - do you mean you want to drive down Dequindre and go through different ethnic food neighborhoods from Polish (Hamtramck) to Vietnamese (Madison Heights)? The best Polish restaurants in Hamtramck aren't on Dequindre,similarly my favorite Vietnamese restaurant is in Clawson on John R, not Dequindre.
I'm looking for a mix of different ethnic shops & restaurants- stuff that would be possible w/ a few hours driving- to find types of food which are not so plentiful in Washtenaw County- SE Asian, Philippine, Chaldean, African etc. I was wondering which street or neighborhood has the most ethnic diversity w/ retail establishments. John R has some good SE Asian & I've heard that Seven Seas is a good market for SE Asian food. Kinda like going to a bunch of different countries in one day!
re: Michigan Mishuganer
Well, as you can sense, people are struggling with your question, because there seemingly are no answers that can fit nicely into ethnic neighborhood boxes.
Here are some CONVERSATION STARTERS…surely, others will view many of these as conventional, tired, clueless or pointless, but we have to start the discussion somewhere, right? (Note: if you go for a drive and aren’t bent on gorging yourself to death, then you’ll only be able to stop at two restaurants and two or three grocers, I would assume).
Okay, coming from Ann Arbor, maybe your first stop will be Warren Ave in Dearborn for Lebanese.
Continuing East on I 94 until you get to I 75, you would go up to Hamtramck for the Polish Village Café. Exit I 75 at 8Mile and divert yourself west for Ethiopian in Ferndale if you please.
Then, continue up I 75 and exit on 12 Mile and then hit Vietnamese places in Madison Heights. You would also hit Kim Nhung (Vietnamese) Superfoods to get some Thai food ingredients for cooking the next day.
Next, you would hit John R and Thirteen and a half, to buy Chinese groceries at Fuji Market, and possibly get a prepared Sichuan dish at Trizest or Chao Zhou (not Sichuanese, but they have it). Cantonese BBQ places also are nearby. *Kim Nhung + Fuji Market (when combined) > Seven Seas…but the Asian market in Ypsi trumps them all.
Then, you would head a few miles north to Korea Palace restaurant (near Polish Market) and/or to E Mart Korean grocery.
Moving on a few miles northwest, hit Ashoka Indian restaurant or East Lake Chinese restaurant (if it was serving dim sum at the time).
You would then start back southwest via I 696, going a couple miles past your I 275 exit so as to stop at Ajishin Japanese restaurant.
Rumor has it that before the I 275 exit you might be able to get Russian restaurant food at Allegro, not to mention Moslem Indian food at Zayeqa, both on Orchard Lake. Hong Hua is there, too.
Don’t even get me started on yummy “Italian” pizza.
I doubt our area Brazilian/Cuban/Mexican restaurants are what you are looking for, but they are here. By the way, if you want Persian or German food, you sadly are flat out of luck.
re: Michigan Mishuganer
PS--part of the appeal to Zayeqa is its value. If you were to spend $5 on gas to get there, you'd be cutting into the point of being there. But, I suppose their stews (meat quickly boiled in sauce, usually) would be good at ANY price. The kabobs, not so much.
FYI--if you are going to Hamtramck you might want to read the following:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802191 (food of Yemen!)
Had Zayeqa for lunch today:
Chicken Qorma - Very good!
Chicken Hakka Noodle - A staple at every Zayeqa lunch outing
Schezwan Beef - Good, but a bit sweet for my taste, prefer the Mangolian Beef
Chicken Fried Rice - slightly different than the usual
Chicken Tikka Biryani - Good, and order just to see the amazing color
Note: The above cost $35 and is enough for four above average eaters. Also, spelling is taken directly off the menu, not necessarily my mistakes :)
I too had lunch at Zayeqa today (after getting VTBs reminder) The Kadahi Gosht (mutton) is just fantastic. So, I had to get chili chicken to go for supper. That too was delicious. The owner remembered VTB from Easter and the hoof party. Getting to be a small clan and still great value.