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Detroit report

ClevelandRandy | | Jul 22, 2013 10:32 AM

Just back from Detroit - here's my food report:
Thursday lunch @ Eagle Tavern in Greenfield Village. Surprisingly good trout, lovely side dishes and rolls (including pickles and things set on the table while waiting for the meal), fun cocktail made with sasaparillla. Afterwards enjoyed a great frozen custard at the ice cream stand. Kitschy but fun.
Thursday dinner @ Al Ameer in Dearborn. I'm sure I was the only non-Arabic speaking person in the place, and I was quite OK with that. I ordered a combo plate, so I could taste as much as possible (fattoush, humus, kafta, schwarma, etc.) Everything was wonderful, and the server was very sweet, albeit a bit rushed (Ramadan crowd, I suppose).
Friday morning: Leon's Family Restaurant for a good ol' American breakfast (blueberry pancakes, eggs, ham). Very good and cheap.
Friday late lunch: Green Dot Stables. Absolutely outstanding sliders: gyro, bacon/BBQ, Korean and Cuban. And the kale salad and orzo side were also great. Nice beer selection, and fantastic service.
Friday liquid dinner (still full from lunch): One drink at Coach Insignia. Great view, but surprisingly clueless bartender - didn't know how to make a Negroni! Then 2 creative, wonderful drinks at Sugar House, and fun conversation with 20-something hipsters (whose pride in their city gave me hope for Detroit's future).
Saturday breakfast: Russel St. deli. No problem getting in at 8am. Quiche was very good, and the biscuit with house made cranberry preserves was outstanding. Hash browns were very good too. The latte next door at Germaks was one of the best I ever had.
Saturday lunch: My first ever coney island hot dog at American. Tasty, but not the best thing to have before a 2-hour walking tour on a hot day!
Saturday dinner: Torino in Ferndale. All they serve is a 5-course tasting menu for $52, and another $25 for wine pairings. Highly creative and positively outstanding food. Good quantities, and the pairings were first rate. The servers took great care in describing each course and pairing - it was truly a great culinary experience!
Sunday lunch: Lupita's in Mexicantown. Enchiladas verdes. Pretty genuine stuff (and I spend a bit of time in Mexico). Cheap and good!

Thanks for all the advice. I loved Detroit, and wish you all the best with the challenges that lie ahead.

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