As a pretty well traveled and fed native Detroiter, these are some of the fantastic finds my wife and I have found over the years. Some are pretty obscure so if you've experienced any of them...we'd love to hear!
1. Adami's "illegal restaurant" This is in a class of it's own. Enrico and his lovely wife (her name escapes me) ran a totally illegal italian joint out of their home in southwest Detroit...near the Melvindale/Dearborn border. FANTASTIC homemade italian dishes complete with wine (homemade or a decent selection of bottles) 4 or 5 courses...pasta tp die for...veal that melts in your mouth...all made to order. The best part was that the place was a 3 bedroom ranch in an old neighborhood. The only way to find it was to look for the house with white alabaster lions and pink flamingos and white marble chips instead of grass. Loving gracious people that would sing opera for you during dinner. Definitely up there on the "one of a kind" scale. Been forever since we've been and they were quite up in years the last time so I doubt they still operate.
2. Frank's Fish in Wyandotte is another place that my now be closed but in it's day, was THE place for perch or shrimp on Lenten fridays. The wait was always an hour or more, but the line was as fun as the bar. Anyone remember this landmark joint?
3. Lafayette coney island. The best. Period.
4. Miller's Bar Dearborn. The best burger on planet Earth. Bartenders in short white sleeves and ties. Bill is still on the "honor system".
5. Cherry Blossom. An easily overlooked gem...in a strip mall in Novi, has THE BEST sushi and Japanese food anywhere. Spicy tuna rolls are absolute heaven. Very traditional...mostly Japanese staff, Tatami rooms and a karioke bar.
6. Al Amir. In the heart of "Little Lebanon" in Dearborn. Raw juice bar, lamb dishes galore and downright cheap prices make this one of our favorite Middle-Eastern places. Although there are many great choices up and down Warren Ave., this one is tried and true.
7.Hella's in Greektown. Lamb chops are simply the best. Flaming cheese, Opa'! a fun time moderately priced and awesome food.
8. Polish Village Cafe' in Hamtramck. Authentic Polish food Potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage and borscht...the best of all and I defy you to spend $12.
..more to come.