SF Hound here - I was just in town last week for the breast cancer 3Day 60 mile walk - which started in Troy and ended in Dearborn. I was able to spend a couple of days before and after exploring Detroit and Dearborn a little bit so thought I'd share the knowledge. Thanks to hounds for your various threads and advice as I did pull some tips from the boards.
Stayed at Inn on Ferry Street - very cool inn and buildings near Wayne State and the DIA. They get Bonus points for selling cold Bell's beer from the front desk so I was able to taste the Oberon summer brew.
I wandered down Woodward looking for lunch on arrival and ended up getting a very servicable Italian sub from the deli at Garden Bowl on Woodward. That plus a pint of Motor City Brewing Works nut brown ale made a nice Detroit welcome.
A late lunch made a small dinner so a nosh was had at Traffic Jam & Snug - caprese salad with tomatoes from the roof garden plus a nice patio to enjoy the summer evening.
Day 2 lunch was at the cafe at the DIA - gotta love a museum cafeteria with soul food - spinach, cheese rice and collards for the win. A quick stop at Downtown Detroit Days - was too full for the food trucks, but did try a Fruit Loop ice cream from a vendor whose name I can't recall - if I find his business card I'll post it. Really interesting flavors along the lines of Humphrey Slocombe here in SF.
Dinner was Motor City Brewing Works - good beer, great pizza (Mary had a little (with lamb and feta) and a salad made a good pre-walk eating experience.
Post-walk was able to try
- a Detroit pizza at Buddy's in Dearborn - good hot and cold the next day for breakfast
- lunch at Hamido in Dearborn - enough Middle Eastern food to feed 5 people with the combo platter for 2
- ice cream at Shatila's plus a return trip for pastries for the plane.
Would have loved to spend time wandering around Dearborn Super and Greenland Markets but my bags were overpacked as it was so couldn't take the temptation to buy more.
My to-eat list was short as was my time in Detroit but I hope to be back as I didn't get to many of the places, could spend way more time at the DIA and exploring downtown and some of the other arts projects in town. I liked the Detroit vibe and look forward to a return trip.