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Apr 28, 2013 05:18 PM

Restaurants near the Westin in Downtown Detroit?

I'll be in Detroit for a couple of nights.

Looking for places to eat within (reasonable) walking distance of the Westin in Downtown Detroit.

Someone suggested Joe Muer and Roast.

Any other suggestions?

Any cuisine is fine, and price is not a consideration.

(Sorry, if this has been asked and answered, if so, please just point me to the previous thread(s). I did a search but did not come up with anything fruitful.)


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  1. You will be right by the Michigan Ave "People Mover" monorail stop (not great but better than walking). Therefore, you may want to Search 'People Mover,' on this board. Angelina's is pretty nice. Roast--best choice if you're getting a late start--has SOME very good dishes, along with some that fizzle. If you have an expense account, you may want to take a taxi, with some colleagues, to Slows (also on Michigan Ave, but don't walk).

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    1. re: VTB

      Does Angelina's have pizza? I was told that there was a good pizza place in downtown, but not necessarily close to my hotel.

      Slows is a BBQ place, right? Don't get me wrong, but when I think BBQ the first words out of my mouth aren't "Downtown Detroit Michigan" but I'm open-minded ... what's good there?


      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yes, Angelina's has pizza, but I've not tried it. The pizza place you are thinking of is surely Supino's. It is five mimutes by car from your hotel, but without a car you won't be able to get there. Wonderful pizza, but no beer. Neat neighborhood (in industrial produce district).

        Slows is very good, and particularly good RELATIVE to the other places downtown. I'm a brisket and sides fan.

        The people in Detroit aren't out to get visitors (except for drunk winners flashing casino winnings). Most of the violence is in the nearby neighborhoods. Still, expect to feel a little nervous about walking around downtown after dark, even though I'm sure you are a confident, experienced traveler.

        1. re: VTB

          Thank you. Appreciate the help and insight.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            PS--Slows has a takeout branch near Wayne State U, but inexplicably, it is not nearly as good...not that I'm above eating at either.

            1. re: VTB

              Good to know. Appreciate the advice.

              If you're ever in LA or SD ... let me know.

          2. re: VTB

            Supino's, if that's where you want to go, is 1.3 miles from your hotel. With Detroit's outrageous cab rates, that would cost about $7 before tip. If the price for getting there in included in "no consideration," there you have it.


            It should be easy to get a cab from the hotel. Finding one to take you back might be a bit more of a challenge-- the old "call a cab, and hope one shows up" drill. Supino's is always busy though, and I'd bet someone there would volunteer to take you back to your hotel if a cab didn't show up in a reasonable amount of time.

            1. re: ak994


              Trust me, that's not an outrageous cab fare given where I've been.

              $7 usually barely covers the tip, much less the actual fare.

              Thanks for the info.

      2. One block east, and one block north of the Westin are Coney Island cousins Lafayette and American (side by side).

        If this is your first trip to Detroit, dogs and a beer at either is a "must do".

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        1. re: RedTop

          I'd skip the dogs and instead get shawarma from Bucharest. It's on Elizabeth St between Woodward and Park, so just down the block from Fox Theater. Or, if you don't feel like going out, they'll deliver to your hotel.

          ... and about 6 other threads.

          1. re: ak994


            I'll also toss Jacoby's into the mix.

            1. re: rainsux

              Jacoby's--Very cool olde world German place now seemingly a hockey dive bar. The place confuses me. Do they actually even serve food in addition to junk food? If so, I'm over there. (Pretty ratty corner they are on, but that is not what turns me off; my PERCEPTION that they no longer serve real food is what turns me off. I'd love to be wrong here, so please tell me!)

            2. re: ak994

              Oh, wow. Now that's interesting.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                If you are an obsessive foodie and you end up taking taxi rides (i assumed they were more than $7) then Middle Eastern (esp Lebanese) is the ticket. Other than coneys, that is what we're 'known for.' Even better (okay, sometimes) than SoCal Persian and Armenian foods (and that's saying something!).

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Al Ameer, New Yasmeen savory bakery, and Cedarland (elephant portions), or a combination thereof, along with a dessert from Shatilla. Those are on Warren Ave., in the heart of (shall i say?) Middle Eastern town. But, there are so many others, too. And, as mentioned above, there is the nearby Bucharest Grill for yummy sandwiches <---But, be careful about running in to a Tigers game crowd. Also consider Red Wings hockey crowds if eating near your hotel.

                    1. re: VTB

                      In the burbs such as Sterling Hts. i like La Saj, and also Ollie's (multiple loc's). Both of those Sterling Hts loc's serve alcohol, too, which is a nice rarity. Numerous posters on this board know much more than me, so u may want to browse under middle eastern or Lebanese.

                      1. re: VTB

                        Gotcha. Appreciate the advice as always.

          2. I'd look no further than the lobby of your hotel - Roast.

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            1. re: Julie_S

              Anything in particular you'd recommend at Roast? Thanks.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                In a phrase: Cocktail Hour. This truly is one of the best, if not *the best* Happy Hour deals in the Detroit area, bar none.

                I believe it's from 4:30PM-6:30PM in the *bar area only*. This is important because as I've come to find out, bar seats there are incredibly important real estate if you're with someone else, and even as a solo diner, I can be out of luck. It's quite the happenin' Happy Hour, for certain.

                It's also the best darned way to dip your foot in the water with this place, as you'll have the opportunity to munch on their burger, their Beast of the Day tacos, their stuffed peppers, their chicken livers with polenta, and sides like fries.

                I promise you that the burger is glorious. It's their own house blend of beef, and it comes with aged cheddar, a fried egg, and bacon, on an English muffin, for $4. Worth every freaking penny, too.

                I also promise you that the stuffed peppers are great. They can be quite spicy, but I like that. They're always stuffed with their pork sausage, if I recall correctly, but they're quite tasty. Again, $4.

                The BotD tacos are usually good, too, although it can depend on what the BotD is, of course. I think these are $4, too.

                Fries are $3 (good, but skippable, IMO...if you're going to get them, there's *plenty* to share between two or three), the polenta, I'm told, is terrific. Being that I don't much care for it, I'm pretty sure that it's just my distaste for polenta on the whole. If you enjoy good polenta, give it a go for the $3 it costs...and if it doesn't float your boat, heck: it was just $3.

                The beer, wine, and cocktails are discounted well, but the food is really the shining star. If you like Cocktail Hour, the full restaurant experience will be something you love, too.

                1. re: boagman

                  Thanks for this tip on HH, maybe next time. Did not make it in time for this but did have dinner there (and sat at the bar which turned out to be a great choice)

                  Had the bone marrow, which the server recommended and it was great, although a bit too rich (but it was marrow, right?), Paired it with the sea scallops which were perfectly cooked, but a little light on the flavor dept; otherwise a perfectly looking dish. The sweet potatoes and the polenta were perfect complements to those two dishes, and rounded out meal just fine.

                  Would've tried a steak (the NY strip most likely), but lunch was at the London, where I had a very mediocre but heavy short ribs dish)

                  And, fwiw, the place makes a perfect Sazerac and a wonderful Met.

                  Thanks again everyone for the recs and advice.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    "And, fwiw, the place makes a perfect Sazerac and a wonderful Met."

                    Which? Roast, or the London Chop House?

                    1. re: boagman


                      Can't imagine having a *two* cocktail lunch. Not these days anyway ...