If you’re in the midwest United States, or planning a visit, you’ll want to consider a stop in delicious Detroit, Michigan. Home of the American automotive industry, major sports teams and birthplace of Motown records, Detroit has a wide range of bars, restaurants, clubs, bakeries, markets and food trucks to please just about every palate. The best way to see any city is with your own local guides. We had our own experts, Sue and Connie to help us find all the hot spots.
General Motors generously loaned us a super slick new Chevy Impala to cruise the streets of delicious Detroit, and we took full advantage of the city’s food and beverage diversity. Here are just a few highlights that came from our weekend jaunt.
Eastern Market: If delicious Detroit has a culinary nucleus, it is the Eastern Market, a weekly farmer’s market that has it all from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats, cheeses, chocolates and even food trucks. It keeps going even in deep winter, when it moves indoors.
Roma Cafe: Opened for business in 1880, this classic Italian eatery still pleases and is the city’s oldest continuously running restaurant.
Avalon International Breads: Known for its organic rolls, pastries and breads as well as creative deli sandwiches and desserts. Rarely does one leave Avalon without one of their deliciously fresh cookies. Nor should they. Sea salt chocolate chunk. That’s just one…
Cliff Bell’s: If the walls could talk in Cliff Bell’s we know they’d have incredible tales to tell. This bastion of supper clubs oozes with a luxurious intimacy that makes you feel like a big shot as soon as you walk in. The nifty cocktails and cool live jazz don’t hurt either.
Mercury Burger Bar and Slows Bar-B-Q: These two meaty belly-pleasers are literally across the street from each other. Mercury provides a retro malt shop feel where you can soak up a shake or some 16+ beers, most locally brewed while munching on crispy tater tots, crunchy hand-cut fries and creative burgers and other bites. Slows is the kind of BBQ place that makes other BBQ places jealous. The wait is always an hour (even after adding another room). The crowd is always excited. The brisket is always popular. And, with a slate of sides to please everyone and 5 DIY sauces to choose from, don’t expect to find a time when you won’t have to wait. Pop in to Mercury for a starter while you wait!
Sugar House Craft Cocktails: If you really like personal attention from your mixologist, the Sugar House is for you. They ask you what you’re looking for, what you like, what are your preferences, then make a cocktail perfectly suited to you. We love being this pampered!
And, if you’re interested in learning more about the history of Detroit, its food and other riches, pay a visit to Pure Detroit for books and gifts that are, well, pure Detroit!
We’ve only scratched the surface, here. Greektown, Food Trucks, Mexicantown, local craft breweries, high end eateries like Michael Symon’s Roast and Coach Insignia, famous dives like American and Lafayette Coney Dogs, Buddy’s Pizza and so much more await the Food Travelist looking to discover delicious Detroit.
So if you’re looking for something different, enjoy a taste of history and a whole host of eats and treats in the the Motor City. Many thanks to local Food Travelists, Sue and Connie, for giving us a big bite of delicious Detroit!
THE QUICK BITE: Home of the American automotive industry, major sports teams and birthplace of Motown records, Detroit has a wide range of bars, restaurants, clubs, bakeries, markets and food trucks to please just about every palate.