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Getting near the end of our long-weekend in Detroit!

Mostly focused on eating, but hampered by my getting over a recent illness :-( so I'm not up to my usual standards of consumption!

My husband & I drove the 2 hours into town on Thursday. Ate a late lunch at Slow's, arriving around 2:30 or so. No waiting!

We shared the "Big Three" with Mac & cheese and Black-eye beans as sides. All was good, but only managed to actually finish the Mac & cheese. The first beer my husband ordered ran out as they were pulling it, so the server brought a sample of a different one. We didn't care for that one so picked another. She ended up bringing both that one and what was left (2/3 of a glass or so) of the original choice.

Later that night we decided to walk down to Traffic Jam & Snug for dinner. On the way I saw the Whitney and decided to stop in for a drink at the bar. During the week they apparently only use the downstairs bar, not the "Ghost Bar", if I understood correctly. Bartender wasn't familiar with my request for a Sidecar, but what I ended up with wasn't too bad. Husband had a manhattan. We sat at the bar, should have sat at one of the many open tables because the young bartender was very chatty. Although she was talking up various places in Detroit to see for us, so I shouldn't complain too much.

At Traffic Jam we still weren't overly hungry after our huge late lunch, so ate relatively "lightly". We had a bowl of the "Dumbo" - duck gumbo which I did like, although could have been a bit spicier. We like cheese, and since they make their own cheese decided to try the cheese plate. The cheeses were ok. We seem to prefer sharper cheeses, and even the sharpest one on the plate (an blue asiago IIRC) wasn't very much so). We did really enjoy their house-made spicy mustard and fig compote that was served on the side though!

For dessert we split the Sticky Toffee Pudding - now that was awesome! Served warm and a-la-mode with bourbon ice cream and caramel sauce. I really didn't have room but ate my share anyway to finish it :-)

Next we made a stop at Motor City brewing works. Was busy but not full, got 2 stools at the bar. Pizza smelled & looked great - may try that another trip. My husband ended up getting a Honey Stout, which we both liked.

Friday we drove down to Pewabic pottery first, then parked downtown to walk around. We were in Greektown around lunchtime so randomly picked Pegasus Taverna for lunch. I would have loved to have a Saganaki but was beyond me after a filling breakfast at our hotel. We had the Olive plate, an order of hummus and the Pastistio. The hummus was just "meh". I did love the the Pastistio, but don't have much to compare it to!

No room for dessert there, but we stopped into Astoria bakery across the street to pick up a couple of pastries to go. Still haven't managed to eat them!

Friday night was Roast. We were initially being sat at a roomy booth in the first room that was right across from the bar that was quite full and loud. I nicely asked if they had anything a bit quieter. The seater only hesitated a moment, saying nothing was going to be a lot quieter, but that there was probably something in the next room. So we went with that - was a smaller table along a long bench that sat multiple couples, but at least it was a bit quieter.

We started with drinks. I got a gin drink that isn't on their online menu so I can't recall exactly what it was (gin, a sweet vermouth of some kind, "cardamaro" and bitters) . My husband started with a Skeleton Key. We both enjoyed both of them.
We got 2 starters - Roasted marrow and Beef Cheek pierogie. They were both very good, but both LARGE portions and very rich. So hard to eat together!

Our second drinks were a Bar Fly for myself another one not listed online currently for my husband. I liked my husband's a bit better than mine, but mine was good too.

We would have just went with the 2 starters and a side if we had realized how huge they would be, but we had ordered the Pork chops to split as well.

The pork chop dish was good, the the pork being very tender. We especially loved the accompaniments of polenta and BBQ onions/peppers.

Alas, couldn't finish that either and still hope to have any room at all for dessert. We ordered the Beer & pretzels. It was a bit of a disappointment. The presentation was interesting (layered guiness ice cream, caramel foam and chocolate covered pretzel bites in a pint glass) but made it hard to eat.
I didn't care for the chocolate covered pretzels - they were pretzel nuggets with too much pretzel-to-chocolate ratio! The pretzel part needed to be smaller.

In the end we finished the ice cream and foam parts and left much of the pretzel bites.

Today/Saturday we went to Eastern Market. After wandering amongst the stands for a while we went to Supino's around noon. The tables were full, but not too many people waiting yet. We ordered and snagged 2 stools after waiting only 5 minutes or so. We chose the small Affumicata aka “Smoky". It was just right for the two of us. The place had filed up quite a bit by the time we were finished - and it is not a nice day here today! Windy and cold. Still lots of people out and about the market :-)

In the market itself, we tasted one of Love's Custard Pies offerings - Black bean. It was really good and something different so we ended up with one of those to take home.

Tonight we have dinner planned for Vicente's Cuban, will probably go for a selection of tapas to be able to try more things.

Tomorrow may have lunch at Good Girls go to Paris Crepes, or possibly a Coney Island, depending on where we are what I'm in the mood for :-)

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  1. Wow!, what a tour. Glad you're doin' things up right. Thanks for the expansive read. I'd toss in some of my advice but i think you're doing better on your own (seriously).

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    1. re: VTB

      Thanks!

      I did a lot of research here on Chowhound before making decisions :-)

      Will post more after tomorrow!

      1. re: VTB

        +1 -- you do Detroit proud! You guys are really epic food travelers-- I salute you.

        1. You hit some really nice spots. Looking forward to update on Vicente's and Good Girls!
          I'm sorta surprised but not really that the bartender did not know wha ta Sidecar was. Really, even if they didn't know how to make it, I would think anyone would have known that the Sidecar is drink, and would figure out how to make it. I can do it in about 5 seconds on my phone for crying out loud ...