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I'll be on a business trip to Detroit in June...Any suggestions on great local places to eat in a comfortable and fun atmosphere? Thank you.

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  1. Slows BBQ, Giovanni's, El Barzon in Detroit
    Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck
    There are a lot more recommendations outside Detroit as well, if you are interested

    1. Where are you staying?
      What is your budget?
      Will you have a car?

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      1. re: rainsux

        We're staying at the Court Yard Marriot on East Jefferson and yes, we will have a car. I'm looking for something where the locals enjoy. Not expensive, but good, classic Detroit grub! (LOL) Thanks.

        1. re: Brooklynite

          Markcron's suggestions above are solid, although I'd think Brooklyn has dozens of places like Giovanni's. I would head out to Dearborn and eat Middle Eastern food at La PIta (only one with alcohol), Al-Ameer, Cedarland, others. Michigan is the main drag, but Warren Ave. E of the Southfield Fwy. is the real heart of the Arab community.

          If you want a downtown bar close to your hotel, I like Sweetwater. Good wings (one variety, not 20 varieties), and a reasonable cross-section of the people who pass through downtown Detroit. Foran's/Grand Trunk on Woodward is also a popular gathering place with a good selection of Michigan beers—probably the most exciting culinary development in our state in recent years.

          The coney island hot dog was arguably invented at the two hot dog places on Michigan Ave. just west of Woodward. Enjoy!

      2. Definitly check out Slows BBQ. El Barzon is also a good rec (great margaritas). You might also enjoy Roast and Supino Pizza.

        1. Great List Try Mine You'll LOVE them ALL

          REUBEN @ Hygrade Deli Detroit

          WINGS @ Sweetwater Tavern Detroit

          Weezie Burger @ Weezie's Dearborn

          Pozole @ Los Alto's Detroit

          Double Cheeseburger @ Motz Detroit

          Pizza Bread Beef Burger @ Vince's Detroit

          Chicken Breasts @ Pollo Chapin Detroit

          Sliders @ Green Dot Stables Detroit

          Breakfast @ Johnny's Ham King Detroit

          Coney Dogs @ Duly's Detroit

          1. Glad I saw this thread - have a more specific query. Can you recommend some places within walking distance of Renaissance Center/Hart Plaza?

            I am going for Movement/DEMF. I do have a car and I am staying at the MGM Grand. Huge plus if open 24/7 or late! Prefer more casual grab and go style food.

            The Thai temple on suggested on another thread sounded really cool, but I'm not gonna get much sleep and I doubt I can get up by then on Sunday...

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            1. re: air

              My # 1 place to walk from the REN CEN and Hart plaza which is only a few blocks away is the SweetWater Tavern for the very best Wings in our state voted as the best on many review sites and the Ribs are really great too. We always get the full slab that come with a free order of their famous wings for FREE,, a must try in this 100 year old tavern. ENJOY

              Here's there Website http://www.sweetwatertavern.net/

              1. re: air

                Love your icon! Gooby pls.

                Have you seen this thread?
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897389

                1. re: charlesbois

                  Bookmarking that. Thanks

              2. Russell Street Deli in Eastern Market is awesome. Then walk next door and grab a pizza at Supino's. If you're there on a Saturday, you can get a pierogi from People's Pierogi in the market. There's also a biegnet and Mexican food truck. (Separate trucks) for snacking.

                Bucharest Grill or Hot Taco are over by Comerica Park and are worth a visit.

                In midtown, two great restaurants are Seva (vegetarian) and Rodin (French).

                A People Mover stop or two away from your hotel is Fountain Bistro. If you time it right, you can sit outside on a summer night and watch a movie or hear a band play for free.

                You could also hop in your car and drive to La Dolce Vita in Highland Park for an old school Italian dinner.Maybe 10 minutes from your hotel. Their table side Cesar salad is worth the drive alone.

                If you're up to a longer car ride, about 20 minutes away is the Sardine Room in Plymouth. They're serving some delicious and creative small plates. Then you can stroll down the street for some premium ice cream at Kilwin's.

                Tashmoo Beer Garden should be up and running soon. http://www.tashmoodetroit.com

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                1. re: Rosedale

                  Also by Comerica, Angelina Bistro. Really love the atmosphere there and were pleased with the food