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I am going to be staying in Detroit with a Vietnamese friend in May. She has never been down to Detroit and I have been to sporting events and such but never stuck around and explored the town. Can you guys give ideas on top 3 Restaurants and things to do while in Detroit over memorial day weekend?
Some ideas so far:
More than three but whatever...
Tech Fest/Detroit Electronic Music Festival will be going on in Hart Plaza. There will be tons of people there (people watching if you're not into that music).
DIA is cool but there's also the Museum of Comtemporary Art Detroit on Woodward.
Motown Museum is a decent tour.
Guardian Building is very cool and sometimes they'll let you take tours. Same for Fisher Building.
Pewabic Pottery is supposed to be cool, haven't been there myself.
Just a few thought starters...
She actually loves Electronic music. Didn't even realize this was going on. Thanks for the tip. I thought about checking out DIA as well. Any "must eat" restaurants?
If you hit Slows, make sure to take in a drink or 2 at Sugarhouse nextdoor. Craft cocktails with an awesome ambiance..
Sounds like a fun place. Anyone else with "must eat at" places or things to do?
rattlesnake club. http://rattlesnakedetroit.com/
thank me later
Skip the Zoo and Eastern Market
Do a Tiger game and then Park Bar/Bucharest for shawarma sandwiches
I'm a big fan of Coach Insignia & Roast
Also this. eat dinner at roast, desert at coach insignia.
As an aside, has anyone here been to the Atwater brewing company? I've had the vanilla java porter and it's amazing, also love the dark chocolate ale, is the brewery cool? good food/ ambiance?
Small Plates and Detroit Beer Co. are cool places to eat (right by the Opera House/Comerica). London Chop House is a nice steakhouse downtown, same with Angelina's (both on the pricey side). Greektown is always fun.
If you want something a bit more upscale, check out Roast, The Whitney (midtown) or Coach Insignia. I haven't been to CI, but it's at the top of the Ren Cen and the views are supposed to be incredible, with solid food. Probably would be even cooler with DEMF going on.
If you want a quick meal, you can't beat Bucharest Grill (Park and Elizabeth). Awesome Shwarmas and inexpensive as well. Sweetwater Tavern in Bricktown is supposed to have awesome wings.
If you like beer, check out Detroit Beer Co, Motor City Brewing (Midtown) and/or Atwater (Rivertown). DBC has solid beer and food and is a cool ambiance; it can get a bit "sports bar" during games. MCB has great pizza and good beer. Atwater beer is awesome, don't know what their taproom is like though.
As far as the zoo, it's a great place, but I'd recommend staying downtown and nearby for the weekend. Zoo is a better thing to do when nothing is really going on. If you've been to any other good zoos, it's nothing too special.
Midtown has some great options as far as museums (Detroit Historical Museum and DIA are probably the most interesting--and free!). Doing a show at the Fox or the Fillmore, or if you're into live music, at Saint Andrews would be another great option.
Eastern Market is a cool place to go and has some good restaurants (esp. for lunch). Check out Russell Street Deli, Zef's Coney Island, Sala Thai or Supino Pizzeria.
If you're a pizza fan, Buddy's in Detroit near Hamtramck is consistently rated one of the top pizza places in the country and makes a great Detroit-style pizza. Loui's in Hazel Park is better, in my opinion. Could be a good place to go if you're out at the Zoo.
Do you know where you're staying? What kinds of things do you enjoy? Will you be here during the week at all or only weekend? Where are you/she visiting from?
edit: I should also mention Slow's. It's amazing and I love going there. Great BBQ, good beer selection. But Memorial Day weekend, it might be tough to get in. You can put your name in and grab a drink at Sugarhouse next door (buzzer will reach there), but if you don't want to fight the wait, Redsmoke in Greektown is a great alternative. One thing Slow's lacks in is their sauces, and Redsmoke's sauces are great.
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They have great beer but I haven't been to the taproom. They do NOT serve food. Also, it's not open Sundays or Mondays.
This post was edited by Nutz Interface 13 months ago
I strongly recommend Supino's Pizza. That place is awesome.
Go to Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown. Awesome brick-oven pizzas and beer. Old Miami backyard if it's nice.
Good Girls go to Paris if she likes Crepes. Right next to the DIA if you do that. (I work near Midtown if you can't tell based on my suggestions lol).
Also, Lafayette FTW
Nutz summed it up pretty well. I'll also add Jacoby's (downtown near Sweetwater). I've been to the new Joe Muer's Seafood in the Ren Cen also, not a bad option.
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I'm actually going to head out there for lunch today, I'll report back. I'm not usually a huge fan of NY style (mmm deep dish), so we'll see how it goes!
I've heard much better things about "Le Petit Zinc" in Corktown for crepes (although they might be lunch only)
I was never a fan of NY style either. But they do it pretty damn well. Lots of great topping combinations and you can tell it's made fresh.
Nah its gone way downhill
One of my favs.
Atwater taproom is okay, if a bit Spartan, but head over to They Say (http://www.yelp.com/biz/they-say-detroit) for your food, if you head to the eastside. Really nice people, and borderline (but not quite) great food. Just one of those neighborhood stars for the eastsiders in Rivertown.
Oh and here is another good thread with a lot of suggestions.
I'd say good girls eat Crepes in Paris is the best crepe I've ever had, right next to the DIA. haven't tried petit zinc though
If you like good (albeit small) burgers, the mercury burger bar is pretty damn tasty.
So many great ideas. I knew this was the place to ask.
We will be in town all day Friday-Monday. Definitely micro brew fans and I am trying to figure out which tap room is the best. I love Atwater beers as well. The reasoning for the zoo was because she is an up and coming vet (from MSU of course).
I haven't picked out where we are staying yet. I am considering staying in Dearborn as I also found out that Greenfield Village has a huge civil war reenactment over the weekend as well. We are coming from Saginaw. I figured I could park near temple theater and take the people mover wherever we needed to go.
We basically want to experience as much as we can on the way down. Wide variety of interests from sports, beer, DEMF, museums, up scale restaurants, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Is greektown worthy of the hype? Is the eastern market worth spending a morning at?
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People mover isn't worth your time, it's covered with the ejaculate of the homeless and just circles downtown. You're better off walking where you need to go. Greektown is a fun little strip, especially with greek easter approaching. Astoria has really good sweets, definitely give that a shot if you find your way down there
Greektown has a couple cool places, but there are also a lot of chains like Coldstone. Pretty cool to check out, but I wouldn't make it a huge part of your plan. You can always park at Greektown Casino (usually free unless there's a special event or something) and get on the people mover.
Eastern Market is cool. Lots of vendors and food carts. I might go out there one morning and grab a quick breakfast there.
Also, if you're into gourmet overpriced coffee, check out Roasting Plant, just south of Campus Martius Park in the First National Building. Interesting concept. http://roastingplant.com/our-story/
Hudson Cafe on Woodward (near intersection with Grand River) has amazing breakfast. Great ommlettes and pancakes. It's packed on the weekends.
just let your friend go on her own and you can stay in the room and masturbate.
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