hey, just spent a week and a half in my hometown of detroit and had some excellent meals. the highlights (i'll leave out the lowlights, though there weren't too many of them):
LOUI'S PIZZA, dequindre north of 9 mile, hazel park: kills buddy's et al....i love this place. a large pizza--ask for it well-done--a medium antipasto, and a straw bottle of chianti: perfection. tops anything in new york, too, except difara's.
THE TELWAY, michigan avenue location: people from all walks of life line up here for cheeseburgers at give-away prices. what's up with that fenced-off statue in the parking lot?
LA SHISH, original michigan avenue location: it's expanded and gotten glitzier, but the food just keeps getting better and better. unsurpassed hummus with chicken...why isn't there any place like this in new york? i also like al berdouni but didn't go this time.
UNDER THE EAGLE, joseph campau, hamtramck: great fried perch and potato pancakes and mushroom soup. about a dozen polish beers available. life-size stand-up poster of the pope by the door that people kneel in front of when they leave. wish it weren't so smoky.
BOSNIAN SPECIALITIES, caniff, hamtramck: had a tasty lunch of various grilled meats and sausages with some kind of puffy bread. gets very smoky, unfortunately.
THE CLIQUE, east jefferson, detroit: good for a cheap, filling no-frills southernish breakfast. great sausage gravy.
BETTY ROSS II: john r, hazel park or madison heights or something: my favorite local breakfast spot. get the "home toast" and the hashed browns with onions and the excellent crispy bacon and the pancake-style "corn bread." the country ham is almost inedibly salty.
VICKI'S BBQ, west warren, detroit: got a "barbecue sandwich" to go...it was four ribs and two slices of white bread. really good, some of the best ribs i've had in detroit in awhile. and the french fries doused in barbecue sauce work too. you'll have to find someplace else to eat the stuff, though. we took ours to the...
COMET BAR, on henry street, i think, in detroit: loud, friendly place with vietnam memorabilia and inscrutably odd stuff displayed here and there. the bartender didn't seem to mind that we were eating, though a few customers appeared to be grossed out.