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Food
My favorite spots to grab some grub around the D
A Detroit classic that wont disappoint.
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Astoria Pastry Shop
541 Monroe Avenue
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A Detroit classic that wont disappoint.
Great for sports enthusiasts their food is the best in Corktown. You will LOVE their shepherds pie (my favorite) but everything is good and they are known for their burgers. Great beer selection as well!
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McShane's Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
1460 Michigan Avenue
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Great for sports enthusiasts their food is the best in Corktown. You will LOVE their shepherds pie (my favorite) but everything is good and they are known for their burgers. Great beer selection as well!
Hidden in the Eastern Market it's my go-to for Thai. Been open for a very long time!
Sala Thai
3400 Russell Street
Hidden in the Eastern Market it's my go-to for Thai. Been open for a very long time!
Hole-in-the wall authentic Mexican on a dime. My favorite dish is their chicken mole! The value can not be beat.
Evie's Tamales
3454 Bagley Avenue
Hole-in-the wall authentic Mexican on a dime. My favorite dish is their chicken mole! The value can not be beat.
This is within walking distance from my house. Upscale old school Italian joint with handmade pasta. Nice, classy little bar with great wine selections as well if you're feeling fancy. Great, romantic ambiance. Perfect for a date night.
Roman Village Cucina Italiana
9924 Dix Ave
This is within walking distance from my house. Upscale old school Italian joint with handmade pasta. Nice, classy little bar with great wine selections as well if you're feeling fancy. Great, romantic ambiance. Perfect for a date night.
Within walking distance from my house as well. Nice ambiance, nice staff, great food and fair prices. I like the fajitas and the margaritas are good as well.
La Terraza
8445 Vernor Highway
Within walking distance from my house as well. Nice ambiance, nice staff, great food and fair prices. I like the fajitas and the margaritas are good as well.
Great trucker diner within walking distance from my house. Don't let the exterior fool you (look for the pink pig in the sky) The Albanian couple who run this joint with their son are the sweetest, super funny and hustle hard! Everyone I've sent there loves this place! Huge portions, most delicious ham ever. I go with the ham and cheese omelette and I’m full for the day! Pop a squat at the counter and chat with some friendly locals.
A & L Ham Palace
9405 W Fort St
Great trucker diner within walking distance from my house. Don't let the exterior fool you (look for the pink pig in the sky) The Albanian couple who run this joint with their son are the sweetest, super funny and hustle hard! Everyone I've sent there loves this place! Huge portions, most delicious ham ever. I go with the ham and cheese omelette and I’m full for the day! Pop a squat at the counter and chat with some friendly locals.
This is kinda far out, over on the West side, but worth the trip cause I promise you their fried chicken doesn't disappoint. It’s some of the best I’ve ever had. They also have a cute artsy space and great cocktails!
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Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles
19345 Livernois Ave
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This is kinda far out, over on the West side, but worth the trip cause I promise you their fried chicken doesn't disappoint. It’s some of the best I’ve ever had. They also have a cute artsy space and great cocktails!
There are tons of middle eastern restaurant in nearby Dearborn but this one's a favorite. I love babaganoush and they all have spectacular juices/ smoothies. I like honey and carrot.
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Al Ameer
12710 W Warren Ave
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There are tons of middle eastern restaurant in nearby Dearborn but this one's a favorite. I love babaganoush and they all have spectacular juices/ smoothies. I like honey and carrot.
Taste of one of my favorite places on Earth, right here --PUERTO RIIIICOOOOO!! try their mofongo (it’s like the Puerto Rican plantain version of fried rice but with soo much garlic butter). It’s so damn good!
Rincon Tropical
6538 Michigan Ave
Taste of one of my favorite places on Earth, right here --PUERTO RIIIICOOOOO!! try their mofongo (it’s like the Puerto Rican plantain version of fried rice but with soo much garlic butter). It’s so damn good!
I'm not too big on sweets but their tres leches (Puerto Rican cake made with three types of sweet milk) does not dissapoint. They also have great sandwiches and Mexican hot chocolate.
Mexican Town Bakery
4300 Vernor Hwy
I'm not too big on sweets but their tres leches (Puerto Rican cake made with three types of sweet milk) does not dissapoint. They also have great sandwiches and Mexican hot chocolate.
PizzaPlex is the best pizza place you can find in the D right here in Southwest. They had people fly in from Italy to certify its authenticity! What?! YES. They use the finest ingredients yet they’re affordable, inclusive and friendly towards the community! It’s a small, low-key spot but a must if you are craving italian cocktails, pizza, dessert or Italian wine in a uniquely Detroit setting. An absolute must.
PizzaPlex
4458 W Vernor Hwy
PizzaPlex is the best pizza place you can find in the D right here in Southwest. They had people fly in from Italy to certify its authenticity! What?! YES. They use the finest ingredients yet they’re affordable, inclusive and friendly towards the community! It’s a small, low-key spot but a must if you are craving italian cocktails, pizza, dessert or Italian wine in a uniquely Detroit setting. An absolute must.
Authentic Yemen cuisine within walking distance. I’d go with any of their lamb dishes. Everything tastes amazing and healthy. As soon as you turn left at the end of Woodmere (Vernor) you’re going to feel like you’re in the Middle East for sure.
Sheeba Restaurant
10327 Dix Avenue
Authentic Yemen cuisine within walking distance. I’d go with any of their lamb dishes. Everything tastes amazing and healthy. As soon as you turn left at the end of Woodmere (Vernor) you’re going to feel like you’re in the Middle East for sure.
Shout out to the city within the City of Detroit - Hamtramck! Hamtramck used to be home to mainly Polish immigrants and now has quite the Bangladeshi population. They have my favorite lunchtime buffet. Bangladeshi cuisine is very similar to Indian. Yum yum yummm. Butter chicken and mango lassi (DROOLING)!
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Aladdin Sweets & Cafe
11945 Conant Street
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Shout out to the city within the City of Detroit - Hamtramck! Hamtramck used to be home to mainly Polish immigrants and now has quite the Bangladeshi population. They have my favorite lunchtime buffet. Bangladeshi cuisine is very similar to Indian. Yum yum yummm. Butter chicken and mango lassi (DROOLING)!
El Salvadoran papusas! Yum! And plantains and soups... this is a fantastic, affordable, no frills spot but also super easy to miss (small and set back off the road)! Sweet diamond in the rough of Southwest
Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno
3149 Livernois Avenue
El Salvadoran papusas! Yum! And plantains and soups... this is a fantastic, affordable, no frills spot but also super easy to miss (small and set back off the road)! Sweet diamond in the rough of Southwest
Another Southwest (neighborhood) favorite. Spacious, unassuming Honduran family restaurant that serves affordable and generous portions. If you love plantains half as much as me then you will be very delighted you stopped in!
Antojitos El Catracho Restaurant
4627 Vernor Hwy
Another Southwest (neighborhood) favorite. Spacious, unassuming Honduran family restaurant that serves affordable and generous portions. If you love plantains half as much as me then you will be very delighted you stopped in!
Dranks!
Where to go to get sauced up!
Say hi to my friend Pat Brown here. This is where the locals hang and the least touristy spot in Corktown. Such a beautiful, chill, historic place. Great for some Irish Whiskey or a good ol' draft beer.
Gaelic League Irish American Club
2068 Michigan Ave
Say hi to my friend Pat Brown here. This is where the locals hang and the least touristy spot in Corktown. Such a beautiful, chill, historic place. Great for some Irish Whiskey or a good ol' draft beer.
Good food, an old school Detroit classic that's very pretty inside (lots of old stained glass!) and also has yummy lobster mac n cheese! Great draft beer selection!
Harbor House
440 Clinton Street
Good food, an old school Detroit classic that's very pretty inside (lots of old stained glass!) and also has yummy lobster mac n cheese! Great draft beer selection!
LGBTQ friendly, WONDERFUL, friendly bartenders (I love Larry, Jack and Alex!) Also this bar is Olive (dog) friendly so we might stop in for a brew from time to time after the dog park. Kinda divey and great night life (music) Highly recommend to experience real Detroit!
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Temple Bar
2906 Cass Avenue
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LGBTQ friendly, WONDERFUL, friendly bartenders (I love Larry, Jack and Alex!) Also this bar is Olive (dog) friendly so we might stop in for a brew from time to time after the dog park. Kinda divey and great night life (music) Highly recommend to experience real Detroit!
Where the Southwest locals hang. I love to bring Olive in here and shoot pool. 4 blocks from my house, this is my home bar. Olive my dog comes for the slim jims, I come for the Modelos and juke box! Bartenders are old school Detroiters. Say hi to Marge, grouchy Marc or Julie :)
Charlies Bar
1503 Springwells St
Where the Southwest locals hang. I love to bring Olive in here and shoot pool. 4 blocks from my house, this is my home bar. Olive my dog comes for the slim jims, I come for the Modelos and juke box! Bartenders are old school Detroiters. Say hi to Marge, grouchy Marc or Julie :)
Stunningly beautiful remodeled interior and a gorgeous, upscale date night spot to get dressed up and catch some jazz. You’ll feel like your back in time. Downtown for if you’re feeling old school fancy!
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Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Avenue
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Stunningly beautiful remodeled interior and a gorgeous, upscale date night spot to get dressed up and catch some jazz. You’ll feel like your back in time. Downtown for if you’re feeling old school fancy!
Nice, quiet little gem here in Southwest. Everyone loves this place :) The bartenders are down-to-Earth and kind. Plus they have a big old, cute dog!
Abick's Bar
3500 Gilbert Street
Nice, quiet little gem here in Southwest. Everyone loves this place :) The bartenders are down-to-Earth and kind. Plus they have a big old, cute dog!
Places to check out
Free or very, very affordable ways to experience the D
One of thee best art museums in the nation. Hands down. It's enormous and would take a week to see all of our exhibits. Check out the famous Socialist Diego Rivera murals (homage to factory workers and workers worldwide) in the court yard. Breathtaking.
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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
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One of thee best art museums in the nation. Hands down. It's enormous and would take a week to see all of our exhibits. Check out the famous Socialist Diego Rivera murals (homage to factory workers and workers worldwide) in the court yard. Breathtaking.
Gorgeous and exotic. An old Ford mansion donated by one of the Ford children to the Hare Krishnas. Go for service on a Sunday and they bask you with fresh flower leis. Dancing and Indian cuisine to boot. This old hidden gem holds a spot dear to my heart. Beautiful gardens in the summer where you can converse with monks outdoors. I hope they bring back the peacocks this summer...
ISKCON Detroit
383 Lenox St
Gorgeous and exotic. An old Ford mansion donated by one of the Ford children to the Hare Krishnas. Go for service on a Sunday and they bask you with fresh flower leis. Dancing and Indian cuisine to boot. This old hidden gem holds a spot dear to my heart. Beautiful gardens in the summer where you can converse with monks outdoors. I hope they bring back the peacocks this summer...
Historic and breathtaking one of the first buidlings set up by Cadillac when he founded the City of Detroit in the 1700's. Go for some Jayzus or just go for the architecture and art.
Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church
1000 Saint Anne Street
Historic and breathtaking one of the first buidlings set up by Cadillac when he founded the City of Detroit in the 1700's. Go for some Jayzus or just go for the architecture and art.
I love the botanical gardens the most. Belle Isle State Park is full of things to do... My favorites include: swimming, kayaking, walking my dog, the aquarium, the free museums and sun bathing!
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Belle Isle
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I love the botanical gardens the most. Belle Isle State Park is full of things to do... My favorites include: swimming, kayaking, walking my dog, the aquarium, the free museums and sun bathing!
when it's rainy or snowy outside... this is my go-to to catch a good documentary, foreign film or indie. It's small but just one of my favorite places in Metro-Detroit for sure.
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Landmark's Main Art Theatre
118 North Main Street
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when it's rainy or snowy outside... this is my go-to to catch a good documentary, foreign film or indie. It's small but just one of my favorite places in Metro-Detroit for sure.
If you're an avid reader like me then this place will not disappoint. 4 glorious stories of used book heaven on Earth. Ah, the free smells! Take one of the oldest elevators in Michigan... they also have antiques and old maps in the back if Mr. King or his very knowledgeable wife are around to let you in the back building. Another spot I hold dear to my heart in the D!
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John K. King Used & Rare Books
901 West Lafayette Boulevard
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If you're an avid reader like me then this place will not disappoint. 4 glorious stories of used book heaven on Earth. Ah, the free smells! Take one of the oldest elevators in Michigan... they also have antiques and old maps in the back if Mr. King or his very knowledgeable wife are around to let you in the back building. Another spot I hold dear to my heart in the D!
My favorite little coffee shop (downtown DET). 70’s vibes and I’ve been told they have the best view to watch the sunset.
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Urban Bean Co.
200 Grand River Avenue
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My favorite little coffee shop (downtown DET). 70’s vibes and I’ve been told they have the best view to watch the sunset.
One of my favorite places to shop in Detroit. I love the hand painted pottery, the silver hand crafted jewelry and the art. A great place to treat yourself or someone you love.
Xochi's Gift Shop
3437 Bagley Avenue
One of my favorite places to shop in Detroit. I love the hand painted pottery, the silver hand crafted jewelry and the art. A great place to treat yourself or someone you love.
Another free, uniquely Detroit outdoor art museum (donation suggested) with a teeny tiny bead museum inside. There is also an African boutique within Greektown where I love to treat myself to clothes and jewelry.
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Bead Museum
6559 Grand River Avenue
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Another free, uniquely Detroit outdoor art museum (donation suggested) with a teeny tiny bead museum inside. There is also an African boutique within Greektown where I love to treat myself to clothes and jewelry.
Free, uniquely Detroit outdoor art exhibit. Catch it before it’s completely dismantled! This is a great example of the resilience and scrappiness of Detroit. Although many of the houses have fallen prey to arson, people from all over the world still enjoy blocks of a dilapidated neighborhood turned into a magical, child-like art project.
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The Heidelberg Project
3600 Heidelberg Street
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Free, uniquely Detroit outdoor art exhibit. Catch it before it’s completely dismantled! This is a great example of the resilience and scrappiness of Detroit. Although many of the houses have fallen prey to arson, people from all over the world still enjoy blocks of a dilapidated neighborhood turned into a magical, child-like art project.
For my girls who like to shop on a dime! Love this tiny, boho, hot spot. Packed full of fun, affordable vintage, imports from Mexico and Detroit art work. The owner is from SW although her shops in Corktown. Earrings for dayyysss!
Mama Coo's Boutique
1701 Trumbull Ave
For my girls who like to shop on a dime! Love this tiny, boho, hot spot. Packed full of fun, affordable vintage, imports from Mexico and Detroit art work. The owner is from SW although her shops in Corktown. Earrings for dayyysss!
I’ve travelled a lot and have yet to see another cities farmers market that comes close to ours. HUGE, great deals, local produce surrounded by fun shops and restaurants. Also, Eastern Market is surrounded by colorful street murals. An absolute must especially if you’re in town on a Saturday. Magical and fun!
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Eastern Market
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I’ve travelled a lot and have yet to see another cities farmers market that comes close to ours. HUGE, great deals, local produce surrounded by fun shops and restaurants. Also, Eastern Market is surrounded by colorful street murals. An absolute must especially if you’re in town on a Saturday. Magical and fun!
Sightseeing
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El Asador Steakhouse
1312 Springwells Street
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Food scene
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El Asador Steakhouse
1312 Springwells Street
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