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Impromptu trip to Detroit this Thursday -- need recommendations!

snow8150 Oct 8, 2013 11:50 AM

I'm a native Clevelander who lives in San Francisco. I'm heading back to Cleveland this week for a couple of days and that visit now includes an impromptu trip to Detroit. I'll be there this Thursday and Friday. Our launching point will be near Wayne State (which I believe is the Midtown area). We'll have a car as well as access to bikes.
This is my first visit to Detroit and I'm really looking forward to it! I want to spend my time there exploring via eating and drinking my way around the city. I'd love to know classic places worthy of a visit as well as the new food and drink scene I keep hearing about. Any stores selling local foods as well as bakeries would also be appreciated! I'm also very interested in checking out the urban farming happening there.
As this has just come up, I've started pulling recommendations from other threads here as well as reading up on what I can find online. Any guidance and recommendations from fellow Chowhounds is much, much appreciated! Thanks!

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    charlesbois Oct 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Check out the retail food stores around eastern market and grab a pizza at Supino's. Hit up Motor City Brew Works for a beer or three. Head to Dearborn for middle eastern feast. Slows for BBQ. You'll hopefully get a lot more fleshed out responses soon.

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      CaliforniaJoseph Oct 8, 2013 12:58 PM

      Greektown! Pick up some Baklava at the Astoria bakery - eat anywhere in the neighborhood... I have NEVER had a bad experience at any of them.

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      1. re: CaliforniaJoseph
        charlesbois Oct 8, 2013 03:22 PM

        I would limit my visit to Greektown to Astoria. Greektown just isn't very Greek anymore and it is the antithesis of innovative.

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        prcentauri Oct 8, 2013 05:03 PM

        check out these for ideas:



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        1. re: prcentauri
          snow8150 Oct 8, 2013 11:43 PM

          Thank you! I can't believe I didn't realize there is an Eater for Detroit!

        2. coney with everything Oct 9, 2013 05:23 AM

          the cafe in the DIA has gotten good reviews if that is part of your itinerary. Worth it just to see the DIA.

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            mi2ca2mi Oct 9, 2013 09:20 AM

            Avalon Breads would be the closest bakery


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