Places to eat in Detroit

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    Bacco Ristorante: Viva Italia!

    by Bunsch Written Sep 17, 2015

    We had a terrific evening at Bacco, which is a very pleasant place indeed. There is a large main dining room, patio dining, and lovely private dining spaces as well. The food was extraordinary, we loved the wine (Vitiano cab-sangiovese-merlot, Umbria 2007), and the service impeccable. Caution: it was expensive. You could easily spend $120 per person without wine.

    Lunch is served from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Saturday, and dinner follows from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM (11:00 on Saturday). Bacco is closed on Sunday.

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    The Original Pancake House: A fifty-year favorite

    by Bunsch Written Sep 1, 2015

    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.

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    Waterworks Bar and Grill: Bar and Grill at Detroit Metro Airport

    by machomikemd Written Nov 21, 2013

    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.

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    Golden Fleece: Greek Town Fast Food

    by atufft Written Nov 17, 2011

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    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.

    Golden Fleece, Greek Town, Detroit
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    Grand Trunk Pub: Grand Trunk Pub - Fun Bar

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 17, 2011

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    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.

    25 ft ceiling in Grand Trunk Pub Friendly staff - we compared tattoos

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    Vince's Italian: A Detroit tradition for 50 years

    by ALBEERPOE Updated Jul 5, 2011

    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.

    The Family and Foods Store front Pizza Bread Beef Burger PIZZA
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    Andiamo Riverfront: Good Italian in the Ren Center

    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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    by dtownkitty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!!!

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    Mae's: Oh, what a fabulous breakfast!

    by Bunsch Written Oct 20, 2010

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    Sunday 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!

    Fall greetings at Mae's Sean working the grill The famous aebleskivers
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    OPH-Original Pancake House: Best place to fuel up in the morning

    by treker2 Written Aug 3, 2010

    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.

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    Slows BBQ: But be prepared to wait for a table

    by treker2 Written Aug 3, 2010

    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.

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    American Coney Island: Great experience

    by rcsparty Updated Nov 20, 2009

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    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.

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    Anita's Kitchen: Mediterranean Flair

    by Bunsch Written May 3, 2009

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    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 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.

    Server at Anita's

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  • vicentes: Cuban cusine

    by karmalagoon Updated Aug 4, 2008

    Nice spot.
    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

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  • baile corcaigh: the Irish place to eat in Detroit !

    by karmalagoon Written Aug 4, 2008

    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!!

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