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Detroit: Eastern Market, Giovanni's, and beyond...

tokyo | Sep 10, 2012 07:12 AM

So, for our anniversary this year, we spent the weekend on a food tour of Detroit. We live four hours away and rarely get to see the city at all, so the only rules were: we had to eat in Detroit proper itself and we had to try to see as much of the city as possible. We loved every minute of it.

We started at Giovanni's Friday night- Thank you hounds for letting me know about this place. We love old-school Italian places and this one truly is tops. Lasagna, linguine, tiramisu, cannoli- all transcended any we've had.

Saturday was Eastern Market day. For anyone still wondering if it's worth seeking out, YES, YES, YES. Someone else on this board referred to it as superior to Pike Place Market in Seattle and I have to agree. Less frenetic, less touristy, and plenty of variety. We sampled McClure's pickles (spicy=swoon!), Maria's Salsas (picked up the habanero mango), Corridor Sausage (Vietnamese chicken was good, bacon beer Swiss didn't stand out), Slow Jams (liked the peach rosemary), hubs enjoyed a korean beef taco from El Guapo food truck, and I'm forgetting others. I wish I'd had room for People's Pierogi Collective, they looked dynamite. I especially wanted to try the sweet potato pierogis. Also missed out on Love's Custard Pies and Zingerman's cheese (no way to keep it cold). Coffee from Germack's was good & strong (we chose to go to their storefront, but Great Lakes Coffee and Urban Grounds were in the market as well). We picked up a few things at DeVries, including a giant $1.25 fresh apple fritter. If that's not enough for you, certainly Supino and Russell St. deli have the rest covered, but I was seriously in love with the scene going on at Bert's BBQ. Just didn't have the room. All of this rambling is to emphasize the point: Easter Market is a gem, the best of Detroit, a highlight of any visit. GO!

We rounded out the weekend with tacos and pollo asado at Taqueria El Rey, late night burger and fries at Union Street on Woodward, red velvet pancakes and Eggs Benedict at Hudson Cafe, poutine at Brooklyn Street Local, and the bread pudding waffle with horchata ice cream at Mudgie's. Washed it all down with Astro coffee, Vanilla Java Porter at Atwater Block, and cocktails at Sugar House. Yes, I gained five pounds. Yes, I need to work out today. Yes, it was all worth it.

In between eating, we did actually do some other stuff - the DIA, Pewabic Pottery, a driving tour of Palmer Woods and Indian Village, finally saw the lobby of the Guardian Building, and generally took in the startling contrast of urban decay in the shadows of new casinos and ball fields. We have a lot of love for this city and our hearts went out to the history it has seen.

Thanks for the memories, Detroit! And thanks to the Detroit hounds for all your input, which helped to shape our food tour. We were not disappointed!

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