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Recommendations for 2 days, 1 night in Detroit

lucy35 Aug 6, 2012 09:36 AM

I'm looking for recommendations for Detroit- I'm coming in tomorrow morning for business, and will have all day tomorrow open, so looking for recommendations for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner. I'm heading to the baseball game tomorrow night, so dinner around there would be perfect, and I'm staying downtown, so lunch rec's there would be perfect.

Open to any type of food, but I'm going to be going with big meat-eaters. Since we'll be heading to the game after dinner, we'll be dressed casually, but I'd prefer a sit-down meal (rather than counter-service). I would love any help- I've never been to Detroit before!

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    RedTop RE: lucy35 Aug 6, 2012 10:31 AM

    I'll start out with a pre-game dinner suggestion: Sweetwater Tavern. They'll provide shuttle service to Comerica before and after the game.


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      Markcron RE: lucy35 Aug 6, 2012 11:28 AM

      Go to Roast or Slow's BBQ before the game (this should satisfy the carnivores). If Slow's, just make sure you give yourself a lot of time (sounds like you'll have the time though)

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        VTB RE: Markcron Aug 6, 2012 07:14 PM

        +1 for Slows, food/vibe-wise, but not for convenience or perceived security wise.
        +1 for Roast convenience wise, but the food hits "only" 75% of the time, considering the price, IMO.

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          boagman RE: VTB Aug 6, 2012 08:45 PM

          VTB, re: Roast, does that percentage change at all during Cocktail Hour?

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            VTB RE: boagman Aug 6, 2012 09:45 PM

            My only complaint about happy hour is that you need a seat at the bar in order to get the happy hour price food offerings--- that is tough, particularly if you're with a couple other people (got to elbow and scheme for stools). The suckling pig was a disappointment, but i'm still going back after i save up, again. I saw Wil there from Corridor Sausage enjoying some chow so I know I'm not alone in appreciating their meats.

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              tokyo RE: VTB Aug 7, 2012 04:34 AM

              I have to second VTB's assessment re: scheming for seating at Roast's happy hour. However, I enjoyed the suckling pig. Now that I think about it, that may be the first time I've had suckling pig! So, I've no barometer.

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          Davwud RE: Markcron Aug 7, 2012 05:55 AM

          If you end up a Slows get the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich and add the Carolina Mustard Sauce to it. Oh Baby!!


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          Rosedale RE: lucy35 Aug 6, 2012 03:56 PM

          Russell Street Deli in Eastern Market for a wonderful breakfast with the freshest of ingredients.

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            coney with everything RE: Rosedale Aug 7, 2012 05:35 AM

            +1 on that and an interesting atmosphere to boot, or Farmer's Restaurant for corned beef hash (one order=enough for two people)

            Oh, and GO TIGERS!!

          2. Davwud RE: lucy35 Aug 7, 2012 05:57 AM

            I still say and head to head match up at Lafayette and American Coney Islands (right next door to each other) is a pretty neat thing to do. Gives one a good taste of Detroit. Or at least, part of it.

            Also, having just been to Miller's Bar, I'll offer up that. Often on the list for best burger in America.


            1. JanPrimus RE: lucy35 Aug 7, 2012 11:06 AM

              Everyone here is on probation for not mentioning Supino's Pizza in Eastern Market.

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                boagman RE: JanPrimus Aug 7, 2012 11:22 AM

                I honestly haven't even been to Eastern Market since Supino's opened, so I'm expecting a pass.

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                  Davwud RE: JanPrimus Aug 7, 2012 11:47 AM

                  I'm not a local and have never been. So I can't hardly recommend it.


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                  miriamjo RE: lucy35 Aug 13, 2012 07:00 PM

                  I know this is too late for your trip, but would like to recommend using the people mover. I was there with friends to attend the opera and used the people mover from our hotel (Marriot) to Greek Town for dinner and later to the Opera House. Felt very safe and it was extremely clean. Good for Detroit, which often gets a bad name. I live near Grand Haven and Holland.

                  1. mustangchef RE: lucy35 Aug 13, 2012 07:16 PM

                    that's a tough one, man ,I wish Poncho Valez was still at the Chop House....I would say go for the Rack of lamb.....or Poncho Burger.

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