I'm going into Detroit on Tuesday to watch the GLI at the Joe, and was just looking for some recommedations for a place to eat. I've eaten in Mexican town the past few times I went to the Joe for Michigan games. Not really looking for anything expensive - great burger or pizza places would be appreciated. I know Pizza Palis (sp?) is a favorite for some. What say you, mgocommenters?
OT: where to eat in Detroit?
American Coney Island. Not Lafayette.
Or Slow's BBQ.
I do love BBQ. Thanks for the suggestion.
Just be prepared to be there awhile, worth the wait.
Screw American Coney Island, go to Lafayette. Or go to both and choose for yourself. No culinary tour of Detroit is complete without a trip to Lafayette.
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I definitely prefer Lafayette over American. Also, Duly's is another Coney/greasy spoon that is definitely worth checking out. It's on Vernor in Mexican Town.
Slow's is my favorite Detroit restaurant. Also Detroit Beer Company is outstanding.
Slow's is great.
For Slow's. Outstanding place.
The OP asked about Pizza Papalis. Great place, but expect to wait forever (at the door and then about 45 min for the pizza - no joke).
Still, Greektown (on Monroe St.) is a great choice, though a ride over on the People Mover is probably wise rather than try to drive if you're not familiar with the parking downtown (or concerned about security). I just ate dinner after the Pizza Bowl at the Old Parthenon on Saturday. Just as good as always. For me, its a toss-up between it and Pegasus across the street.
The Detroiter has amazing Chili Fries.
I drive by there all the time and I'm coming back home on Wednesday. If that's the case, I might have to check it out.
No its a sports bar type place back behind St. Andrews Hall.
I think anything in greektown would be great for what you are looking for. I like loco's if your want mexican food.
Also, you can park in the greektown casino lot for free and take the peoplemover to the joe. Works great.
Im sure you're right that I could get burgers anywhere in Greektown, but I'm trying to figure out where the best burgers and pizza are.
Free parking sounds good though.
Cutter's in Eastern Market (on Orleans, I think) has the best burgers. Available in 1/2, 1, or 2lb. The chili is damn good too. Supino's pizza down there is supposed to be great too, but haven't been yet.
if you like seafood.
Slows for BBQ and I hear the wings at sweetwater tavern are amazing.
I would recommend Buddy's a Detroit original.
I was thinking about going to Buddys - Alan Richman (GQ) rated it as one of the 25 best pizzas in the country.
Sadly left out of that GQ pizza review is the up-and-comer, Supino's. NY style. Local, fresh ingredients. It's in Eastern Market, and is my favorite pizza in the city. Don't think they quite have their liquor license yet. Though I hear they're working on it.
Since you're already going to be down there, I've always been partial to Niki's in Greektown. Love the pizza, and there's always a sucker buying the saganaki so you can watch the light show.
If you are willing to drive 20 minutes, go to Dearborn for a fine selection of authentic Middle Eastern food. The combo platter at Hamidos would be my first choice with some nice desert at Shatilas (both on Warren Ave).
If you want exotic, authentic, and affordable, I don't think you can beat that area in SE Michigan.
with david. Slows is great and isn't that expensive.
Tom's oyster bar. If you are looking for burgers, there is no reason to leave Blimpie's in Ann Arbor.
They have great deep dish pizza. But make sure to get there with plenty of time to spare before the game since it takes about 40 minutes to cook.
The New Parthenon in Greektown is probably my favorite restaurant, hands down.
There is a place on Mack Ave east of 75. I can't remember the name of it. They have an omelett called the piggy that is very tasty. They have really good sandwhiches. I'm sure there burgers are good. I haven't been there in over a year,( don't work down that way much)
Slow's has become a Detroit institution (but like the other posters have mentioned, make sure you give yourself ample time!)
We also really like Bookie's on Cass (http://www.bookiesbar.com/) and of course if you haven't been, Hockeytown is pretty cool with all of its memorabilia.
If you like wings/bbq, there's a place called Sweet Water Tavern in Greektown (they have other stuff too that is equally as amazing!)
Also, Sweet Lorraine's on Jefferson is pretty awesome. (http://www.sweetlorraines.com/)
I really appreciate you trying to find a place to eat in Detroit. I can't tell you all the stories I hear about people who come to Detroit for a sporting/musical event and then run for their lives back to the suburbs.
Enjoy, and please let us know where you chose to eat! <3
Yeah, we've been in to Detroit probably about ten times now between Michigan hockey games, Tigers games, and shows. We've found several good places to eat and have never had any problems. It's a real shame that people are so closed-minded about going out in Detroit.
If we left Ann Arbor just before 4:30, do you think that would be enough time to get into the city and eat at Slow's and still get to the Joe for puck drop?
...the Sweet Water recommendation. Great place to get some chow before catching a show down the street at St. Andrews Hall.
Their burgers and wings are both excellent!
This place near Wayne State has the best burgers in the area in my opinion. It's on Selden between Cass and Second.
in this area is Union Street.
it's kinda crazy that growing up in a2, I don't know about any of these places.
while you're out at that "great burger or pizza place"
i think its on cass, near wayne state.
great food, lots of hipsters.
Lots of good suggestions above, but I'll throw my hat in for Park Bar/Bucharest Grill on Park Ave. Good Romanian style shawarma and other tasty dishes. (watch the garlic sauce!) The bar is a cool place to hang out before/after a game, and they have tons of Detroit beer on tap.
Also, the quintessential Detroit sports bar, in my humble local opinion (IMHLO?), is Harry's Bar just across the 75 from the Park Ave strip. The best bar food downtown IMHLO.
I've been there, it's awesome! Haven't eaten any of the Romanian food (I'm vegetarian) but people who have love it.
Try Hockeytown Cafe. The food is good and it has a bunch of cool Red Wings stuff.
I have to agree with Hockeytown Cafe. They have the parking garage right behind the building and the parking isn't expensive. Go into Hockeytown have a few beers and food and then jump on the free shuttle to the Joe. Afterwards get back on the shuttle.
The nice thing is Hockeytown is far enough away from the Joe that you don't have to deal with any traffic leaving the Joe.
One of my favorites is Hy-Grade Deli, on Michigan just east of Grand Boulevard. It's only open for breakfast and lunch (6am-3pm), but it has great burgers, reubens, corned beef hash, etc.
is Miller's bar in Dearborn.
If you've got it in you to drive 20 minutes and wait for about 1.5 hours after your get there, RedCoat has the best burgers in town hands down.
I've been there dozens of times (I live in Royal Oak) and have never had to wait less than half an hour for a table...no matter what day of the week.
That place is out cold.