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Foodie Detroit! need your recs...

af_eats May 2, 2012 06:56 PM

Visiting some friends in Detroit in June for 4 days. Cool suggestions from locals, please! Thanks so much all the way from NYC.

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  1. JanPrimus RE: af_eats May 2, 2012 07:23 PM

    What part of Detroit and what do you like/hate? Also what dates?

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      rainsux RE: JanPrimus May 3, 2012 02:39 AM

      ... And what is your budget?

    2. Davwud RE: af_eats May 3, 2012 04:43 AM

      I say definitely hit up American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. They're right next door to each other and compete for the Coney crown. I prefer ACI and Mrs. Sippi prefers LCI.

      My other two places I've eaten which were both great were Slow's. They can be excessively crowded. I'm sure locals will have more to say. (featured on Man v. Food

      Mati's Deli in Dearborn was great as well. Maybe not the best in town but a good solid offering.

      There's some great eats if you don't mind a short drive to Ann Arbor as well.


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        charlesbois RE: af_eats May 3, 2012 06:18 AM

        Supinos pizza
        Hamtramck for Polish
        Dearborn for Middle Eastern (a must-try when you're in the area)
        Roast for happy hour
        Slows for BBQ
        I like Traffic Jam & Snug for the eclectic factor
        Motor City Brew Works for local brews
        Bronx bar for dive bar

        1. coney with everything RE: af_eats May 3, 2012 12:19 PM

          If your stay includes a Saturday, I recommend Eastern Market and area. Russell St Deli or Farmers Restaurant for breakfast (1 order of corned beef hash @ Farmers is enough for two people, and definitely is NOT from a can!), Supino's for lunch or Bert's for chicken and ribs grilled outside (and music).

          Eastern Market is the largest (and maybe the oldest) public market district in the US, we Detroiters kind of take it for granted sometimes IMO, but I think it's a superior, less touristy experience than the more famous Pike Place Market in Seattle.

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            kwiddis RE: af_eats May 3, 2012 06:41 PM

            Le Petit Zinc for crepes
            Green Dot Stables for sliders
            Al-Ameer for Middle Eastern
            Supinos for pizza
            Astro for coffee and desserts
            Cadieux Cafe for mussels, Belgian beer and feather bowling (google it and call ahead to reserve)
            Bronx Bar for burgers and a great jukebox
            D'mongo's speakeasy for soul food
            La Dolce Vita for brunch
            Vince's for fresh pasta
            Evie's for tamales

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              af_eats RE: kwiddis May 4, 2012 08:17 AM

              THANKS for these. I had forgotten about the Middle Eastern influence, yum yum. My budget would probably include one nice dinner ($25 entrees type of place) but I will definitely research all these amazing options and make a plan. Not even sure yet what part of town I'm staying in but willing to travel a bit for sure...

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                ak994 RE: af_eats May 4, 2012 02:40 PM

                Without a general area and some food preferences I wouldn't know what to say to someone who'll take a pass on Le Bernardin on account of having eaten seafood already that week. ;-)

                W Warren Ave in Dearborn, from about Wyoming west to about Greenfield in generally interesting if just for the middle eastern vibe. Where you'd want to dine along there would depend on how comfortable/upscale you'd want your surroundings, or not. I have different favorites for different menu items and situations-- Tuhama's shawarma is great, for example, but they don't have much variety otherwise and it's primarily a carry-out place. The grocery, specialty stores and bakeries along there are I think all worth visiting, and the ice cream at Shatila is not to be missed.

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                  af_eats RE: ak994 May 5, 2012 01:19 AM

                  Dude, I ate 32 oysters three days prior. It was just NOT going to happen.

                  Food preferences are the same as all (most) of ours here: authentic, interesting, as local as possible, and non-pretentious. Thanks for the suggestions!

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              donbui82 RE: af_eats May 5, 2012 06:34 AM

              considering you're from NYC, the things you should probably try that are uniquely indigenous to Detroit:

              1) Coney lsland hot dogs. classic drunk food. American/Lafayette challenge at 2AM. usually good people watching too. Like Bourdain says, judge a city by their meat tubes.
              2) Middle Eastern food in Dearborn. Largest arab population in the united states. lots of deliciousness. there's another thread somewhere floating around for specifics.
              3) Detroit style pizza. Square, thick doughy crust slightly sweet sauce. My fav is Loui's pizza in Hazel park. Reeks of Detroit soul. If you buy a bottle of chianti, they give you sharpies. Decorate as you wish, and they hang it up on the ceiling for posterity.
              4) I'd guess that Detroit has some of the highest micro-bewery per capita ratio in the states. Atwater, Motor City Brewery, Dragon mead, Kuhnhenns. my favorites in increasing order. Try Kuhnhenn's DRIPA for one of the best hoppy beers, bar none.
              5) Detroit sliders. Greasy, flavorful, delicious little bastards. Ketchup, pickles, no mustard on mine thank you. Everybody has their faves. Telway, Hunter House, Comet, Little brothers. I'm partial to Hunter House and Little Brothers personally.
              6) Cadieux Cafe - only feather bowling alley in the country.


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                gooddog RE: donbui82 May 5, 2012 08:13 AM

                Great recommendations. I'd add Green's and Bate's to the slider list. And Bath City Bistro in Mt Clemens also has feather bowling.

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