The Original Pancake House: A fifty-year favorite
There are three versions of the Original Pancake House. I grew up visiting the one in Grosse Pointe Woods, but in the past thirty years I've changed my allegiance to the one in Birmingham because it is closer to the place where I usually stay while I'm in town. (There is also an outpost in Southfield.) It doesn't matter; the menu is the same whichever one you visit, and I'm delighted to assure you that the best stuff has remained just as good as ever even fifty years after my first taste!
No one chooses OPH for the ambience. There are booths and tables and a lot of turnover, in part because hungry people are waiting in line like vultures for the satisfied to pay their tabs and go. It tends to be fairly noisy. But who cares? You're there for the food.
Open 7 days, 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM (Southfield hours are different, so check before going).
Favorite Dish: Since starting law school in 1975, my BFF and I have always shared the mushroom omelet topped with sherry wine sauce, and the continental crepe with sour cream and Cointreau. With lashings of coffee and the OPH's freshly squeezed orange juice, life just doesn't get much better. (The omelet comes with a short stack of pancakes, but we've never been able to get to those.)
Of course most people order one of the custom-baked house specialties, "The Big Apple" (a huge pancake with fresh apples and cinnamon glaze) or "The Big German" (with fresh lemon and powdered sugar), one of the eleven varieties of pancakes, or one of the seven types of Belgian waffles. You can't go wrong.Related to:
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Waterworks Bar and Grill: Bar and Grill at Detroit Metro Airport
having a long layover means hanging out and if you are tired of surfing the net on your smartphone, then the next best thing is to hang around and have a brewskie or two and there are many choices in the Detroit Airport and one of them is the Waterworks Bar and Grill, located at the Mc Namara Terminal. It is open 24/7
they have assorted grill items, sandwiches, bar chows, pastas and more available but at airport prices.
Favorite Dish: they have many brewskies available like:
Amber Bock, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Michelob Ultra Light, O'Douls Non-Alcoholic,
Sam Adams, Yuengling
Amstel Light, Corona, Corona Light, Guiness, Heineken, Negra Modelo, Sierra Nevada, Stella Artois
and a glass of draft beer will cost $ 9 for international and $ 8 for domestic beers.Related to:
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Golden Fleece: Greek Town Fast Food
Detroit has few street vendors, at least during November, but because I was walking my dog, I needed a "to go" order from a decent restaurant. A doorman recommended the Golden Fleece, and I noticed on the receipt that the restaurant was vote #1 for Gyros and shish Kebob every year since 1972.
So, I stopped at the Golden Fleece, opened the front door a crack and asked the waiter to come outside and take my order. The menu is posted in the window, so it was easy order, and very soon the waiter returned with my order in bags.
I ordered a Gyro and a appetizer of Greek caviar w/bread. Then, I struggled to find a bench in the sunlight or other place to gobble down my food. Naturally, the dog got a few scraps of my Gyro, which was otherwise very good. The caviar was disappointing, and the sliced bread useless. Overall, I was too hungry to take a photo of my food like I usually do, being as I was eating on the street in the cold. Detroit needs more wind protected places to eat downtown.Related to:
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Grand Trunk Pub: Grand Trunk Pub - Fun Bar
We really enjoyed The Grank Trunk Pub. Its located in a historic building in downtown Detroit. The building was originally The Grand Trunk Railroad Ticket Station. The building has been renovated back to represent its origins in the early 1900's. They have a large selection of craft beers and local micro brews. The building has 25 foot high vaulted ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and brick walls. The staff is extremely friendly. I even got to compare tattoos with the the lady who tended bar. But once again we found the place to be not busy and void of tourists or locals.
Vince's Italian: A Detroit tradition for 50 years
I grew up just around the corner and go to Vince's very often for my fix of Detroit's best pizza, pasta and canollis to be found. A sandwich called the pizza bread beefburger is a must try. Vince's is having 50 year specials starting May 20th and I'll be in the house. Well worth a trip to the finest Italian foods in the D.
This old time Italian restaurant with the little old ladies in the back has been a long time favorite of many Detroiters. many stars have eaten here, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Tommy Hearns and the crew of the Rosary Murders filmed at Holy Redeemer along with many famous Catholic church deacons.
Favorite Dish: Since a small child my whole family of 8 has only eaten Vince's pizza along with many pasta items, along with a thing called pizza bread beef burger the best sandwich I've ever eaten.
My favorite Italian restaurant of all time. What is Italian cooking, I say meals prepared with a whole lot of love, where can you get a mother and daughter team creating the most perfect dishes with homemade pastas and sauces.
I say bring any in our nation Italian chefs who only supervise a kitchen and the try the magnificent foods at Vince's. They started in there house just behind the current building and expanded in the 50 years of this true homemade foods place.
I like to get chef Aldo from that chain to throw-down with Maria on who makes the best pasta and sauces,, she's hands on everyday. Forget about any negative reviews these people haven't eaten there for 40 years like me.
This family continues to commit to the freshest homemade foods by a mother and daughter team that can not be found in this world today for 50 years, so spend a couple hours and meet them, they don't hide in the kitchen. They welcome to be apart of there family and yes it takes a little time to prepared the homemade food when not a chain restaurant.Related to:
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Andiamo Riverfront: Good Italian in the Ren Center
This restaurant is quite modern in decor- but it has a combination of free standing tables and booths - which give it a warmer feel. The service was attentive but not overbearing- especially since I was rushed (needed to make a conference call).
Favorite Dish: I had a great ravioli dish and a delightful salad.Related to:
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SWEET LORRAINE'S: AROUND THE WORLD
Sweet Lorraine's menu consists of a sampling of world flavors with a twist. The Detroit location is in my opinion the best and it has a fun, Jazzy decor. It's moderately priced for great food in a great atmosphere. If you're on a budget, stop in at lunch time. They also have a nice, sophisticated bar area.
Favorite Dish: I like the Red, White and Greens salad so much I try to make it at home. Spinach, gorgonzola, smoked bacon, tomatoes and cranberries. It is very filling and along with a soup it can make a meal. The pecan chicken is also good and for some michigan flavor try the Traverse City smoked chicken pasta with dried cherries. Lorraine's club is yummy with avacado, special dressing and served on a croissant.
Also try the home made potatoe chips!!!
Mae's: Oh, what a fabulous breakfast!
Sunday brunch...you know what to expect. It'll be a cholesterol feast with all the usual components. But what if you started with Avalon bread? What if you featured aebelskivers, a better version of pancakes from a Scandinavian recipe (your choice of raspberries or strawberries)? And served every single variety of Faygo pop? Fried oreos? Great salads with good Michigan ingredients? Okay you can still get a version of Eggs Benedict with your coffee and fresh-squeezed OJ, but I promise you that Mae's will delight with both its inventiveness and its family feeling. Which comes naturally, since newlyweds Sean and Jessica decided that was the atmosphere they wanted in their little corner restaurant. Tables and retro counters are available. The line forms early!
Tues-Fri: 6:30am - 4pm
Sat-Sun: 8am - 4pm
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed both breakfasts I sampled, and all the things which were coming off the grill looked appetizing. I'm sure you can't go wrong. I love their philosophy: substitutions encouraged!Related to:
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OPH-Original Pancake House: Best place to fuel up in the morning
This chain is my favorite for a fantastic breakfast and rich creamy coffee. There are three in the metro Detroit area. If you go mid morning on the weekend, be prepared to stand at least 20-30 minutes no matter which one you visit. It's worth it.
Favorite Dish: Strawberry crepes with whip cream. Spinach and Gouda crepes with crumbled bacon. The Big German pancake with extra powdered sugar and lemons. And the coffee with real cream.
Slows BBQ: But be prepared to wait for a table
Excellent urban BBQ bar and restaurant. Be prepared to wait and wait for a table because this is where all come to dine. Fantastic bar featuring tons of beer from around the globe. Great looking place to sit and shoot the ***. You'll get all types at this place. Police, doctors, Wayne State & CCS students that are into the artsy fartsy side of life. Rich and poor. Well not to poor they can't afford the 10-13 dollar entrees. THis is one of the cheapest and best places for food. This is Detroit's best example of flavor, atmosphere and strangers actually talking to one another no matter what the skin color or age or wardrobe. GO TO SLOWS near old Tiger Stadium in no mans land.
Helpful Hint: If you are with one other person, seperate and watch the people at the bar. As soon as you see someone paying the bill, be prepared to jump on a stool and eat at the bar. Trust me, it's hard to stand and wait for a table up to an hour.
Favorite Dish: I love the pulled pork dinner with the homemade apple bbq sauce. There is always 4-5 homemade sauces at the table or bar for you to try. I always get 2 sides of mac & cheese. I've only finished everything once. I usually take left overs home for husband. He usually orders the brisket and bbq beans. They make theirs with a mexican/southwest flavor, deep groans of yummy delight! Dessert is really good, but you'll need to split it because dinner is so rich and plentiful. Remember this is a great place to drink beer. Wine list is slowly gathering momentum.
American Coney Island: Great experience
American Coney Island was the original Coney Dog restaurant in Detroit. It was opened by Gust Keros in 1929, who was so successful, he called over his brother from Greece, who opened Lafayette Coney Island next door…starting a fierce rivalry, in which every true Detroiter chooses allegiance.
American expanded in 1989, which created more space in the restaurant and gives it better visibility, as it encompasses the corner store. However, it also cost it some of the atmosphere in the restaurant. It is still a great lunch or late night stop, but it does not have the same authenticity as its rival.
Like it’s neighbor, it has a very loyal clientele, and is well worth a quick stop to sample the rivalry.
Anita's Kitchen: Mediterranean Flair
Detroit has a large Lebanese population, which inevitably means there are excellent restaurants where one can get a kibbe fix. For years, the best of these places in the heart of the downtown business district was a family favorite. It closed when the City built the People Mover, and then our family moved...so it has been a challenge to find the "right" replacement amongst the many options.
Anita's is, I think, our ultimate choice. It has all the standard stuff (baba ghanouge, hummus, souvlaki, tabouli, lamb tongue, kibbe baked or raw, etc.) but there's a fanciful hand in the kitchen so that everything tastes fresh and inventive. It's also a really pleasant restaurant, with good seating.
Be sure to check out the t-shirts worn by the servers, which are for sale. I couldn't resist!
Open 11:00-9:00 during the week, 11:00-11:00 on Friday and Saturday, noon- on Sunday.
vicentes: Cuban cusine
contemporary decor. staff is attentive with out being intrusive. ( you know the type that come up every five seconds and you can't have a conversation with your friends ? ) .
most likely one of the few places that serves plantains and yucca ! YAY !!!
I haven't found any other places that serve these yet...
They have coat check and salsa dancing on fridays after 9 or 10pm
Favorite Dish: Ropa Vieja (old clothes) shredded beef with red wine olives and peppers
or Ensalada de Pera ( pear salad) Pears soaked in a Spanish Anis & sambuco, pears are fried served on greens with manchego cheese and cherries
baile corcaigh: the Irish place to eat in Detroit !
a wonderful spot off the beaten path from greektown etc, it features dark wood / pub decor , stained glass windows, and a GREAT irish band called Finvarra’s Wren (irish / celtic musicians) they preform there about once a month
Favorite Dish: potato / leek pie, shepards pie both great!!Related to:
- Arts and Culture
La Shish: Yummy Middle Eastern cuisine!!
La Shish is now a local chain with several locations in the Detroit area.
All the locations have a wonderful middle Eastern ambiance, with wonderful decorations and pictures adorning the walls and ceilings, it always gives me something to do while waiting for the food... look around!
Some people comment that La Shish is not authentic, I have to disagree, it is quite authentic, and great tasting food!!
Favorite Dish: I love their freshly squeezed juices....
the hummus..... The bread and garlic mayo dip that they hand out to each table as you enter, yummy!!!
All their meals are wonderful!!!
The portions are also quite big, we can never have and appetizer and then a meal, it's way too much food!!
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