Here's an approach I don't think has been tried much around here . . . sometimes, when visiting a new city, I'll seek out restaurant recommendations from here or elsewhere. But we all know the restaurant scene is dynamic, and what's good one month may be a different story the next. Sometimes it's fun to drive or walk where there are a lot of restaurants, and just pick one that looks promising.
So I wondered if people would be interested in posting some "Avenues of Food" where such hot spots are located in various cities. Not necessarily the best of anything, but just places where you would have a lot to choose from, and an above average chance at a good meal. In New York or SF people can take this for granted but elsewhere such a critical mass is rarer.
In metro Detroit I would nominate Orchard Lake Road in the northwestern suburbs. There are just a lot of good restaurants along there. You can hit Pars, a Persian place (that's a major ethnic group in our area), a bunch of Middle Eastern joints (Falafel House is my fave), several decent Indian places, one of the famed Jewish delis of the Detroit area (the Stage), a real high-end place (Tribute, just off Orchard Lake on 12 Mile), a pastry shop, a pretty good sushi bar, Thai food . . . one necessarily blue-ribbon, but all solid and representative of the area. You could drive along there and pick a place for lunch, and you'd probably do well. And you probably wouldn't find it unless you lived here.
Where would you send me in your city?
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