Monday, June 8, 2015

Eating and Drinking in Detroit

So, you are visiting Detroit. Where should you eat and drink? If I had 2 nights and 2 days in Detroit, here are the spots where I would enjoy the Detroit foodie experience.

Night #1

Night #1 - Dinner

On the way in from the airport stop in Dearborn, an inner ring suburb just west of Detroit. Dearborn has the largest Arab population outside the middle east - and awesome food.

Al Ameer - Dearborn
eat lamb and beef shawarma platter with hummus and tabouli sides. the complimentary pickled appetizers are great. drink mango-honey smoothie.

Shatila - Dearborn
This is the land of milk and honey. Tasty Arabic sweets. if you have a sweet tooth, try not to order everything.

Night #1 - Drinks

For the first night out, treat yourself to Michigan craft beer paradise with 4 stops on Canfield street in Midtown all within a couple blocks walk.

Motor City Brewing Works - Midtown
Their ghetto blaster is the default beer of the city of Detroit

Jolly Pumpkin - Midtown
Considered the best brewer of gourmet sour beers in the USA

Traffic Jam & Snug - Midtown
First craft brewery in the state of Michigan after prohibition

HopCat - Midtown
ridiculous number of Michigan craft beers on tap. live music upstairs at night.

Day #1

Day #1 - Breakfast

New Center Eatery - New Center
Eat chicken and waffles, best in the city. i usually eat a side of collard greens too. Good neo-soul / R&B music tracks playing.

Day #1 - Lunch

Bucharest Grill - Downtown

eat the Trish Salad. or any of the wraps. eat and drink craft beer next door at Park Bar (the two places are attached).

BACKUP: Vicente’s Cuban - Downtown
eat Ropas Viejas, drink sangria or mojito.

Day #1 - Dinner

Green Dot Stables
eat at least 3 sliders and the truffle fries. i usually get the Korean, the Philly and the mystery meat slider, whatever it happens to be. funky vibe. 

BACKUP: Johny Noodle King
noodle spot. same owners as Green Dot.

Night #2

Night #2 - Drinks

Two James Distillery
drink their sample flight or pick a cocktail. munch on wasabi peas.

Sugar House
drink “The Last Word”, a prohibition-era cocktail created at the Detroit Athletic Club.
or tell the staff some ingredients and let them work their magic
or order from the encyclopedic menu

Batch Brewery
nano brewery, excellent pretzels and comfort food. they also have fantastic, heavy desserts here.

Day #2

Day #2 - Breakfast

Le Petit Zinc 
Eat the quiche. Drink a cappuccino. Sit outside if weather allows.

Day #2 - Lunch

Taqueria El Rey
eat tacos al pastor. drink horchata.

Mexicantown Bakery
sweets. can’t go wrong

Day #2 - Dinner

Selden Standard
order whatever they tell you - if you can get in.

BACKUP: Gold Cash Gold
if you can’t get into Selden, try Gold Cash Gold
Farm to table, southern american inspired