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Postby sprague11 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:48 am

cratez wrote:
grub wrote: if the trip to champagnes is good enough i won't even bother with merchants


What's the area like around Champagnes? I notice it's just past all the "Mile" roads in Detroit, but I'll gladly head there over Merchant's if the neighbourhood isn't a war zone.


I find most of the suburbs north of detroit ok.
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Postby cannondale » Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:38 am

And since you will be up in that area, pop into The Golden Buddha restaurant (near 3 Mile). Sit in the lounge side, order a massive egg roll and 'The Buddha' cocktail (top secret recipe). If you are driving, stop at 1 Buddha. If you aren't driving, stop at 2 Buddha's! Trust me..

Golden Buddha Restaurant
16340 Harper Avenue
Detroit, MI
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Postby cratez » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:19 pm

Just wanted to thank everyone for the recos. We hit up Roast, Supino's Pizza, Eastern Market, Astro Coffee, Slow's, a Wings and Jets game, Detroit Beer Co., Foran's Grand Trunk Pub, and took in some people-watching at the outdoor skating rink downtown (on Woodward).

The bartender at Roast reached out to me on Beer Advocate before we went down. After our meal we ordered four drinks and dessert at the bar and he charged us $2 (:o). Really nice gesture and he provided great beer and cocktail suggestions as well. Their sour list is very impressive.

In terms of the other spots, I highly recommend all of them to any Bar Toweller visiting Detroit, except for Eastern Market. We went there because it sounded like Motor City's version of St. Lawrence Market, but there were all sorts of panhandlers and street hustlers either asking us for change or trying to sell us something questionable, and the indoor vendors weren't that special. Luckily Supino's is right across the street, so we grabbed a delicious pizza for lunch and caught a cab back to the hotel.

Slow's, Beer Co., and Grand Trunk are mandatory stops with boatloads of top notch Michigan craft beer and several decent guest taps. We tried the three BBQ dishes that were featured on Man vs. Food. Not suprisingly, they were out of this world. Beer Co. has an awesome atmosphere and I enjoyed their IPA. Food is quality too. Still can't believe that Grand Trunk offers $2.50 pints on Sundays; I quaffed a Huma Lupa and Reserve Special without thinking twice.

All in all it was an excellent trip, and despite its "shit hole" reputation, Detroit is definitely worth a visit if you like good food, beer, and sports. Cheers!
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Postby wittaker » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:26 pm

Thanks Cratez
Heading down for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Going to hit Slows before and the DBC after.
I've been to the DBC a couple times, great food and great beer.
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Postby Kish84 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:36 am

cratez wrote: Still can't believe that Grand Trunk offers $2.50 pints on Sundays; I quaffed a Huma Lupa and Reserve Special without thinking twice.

Damn! If I had known that, I would've done Slow's on the Saturday and Grand Trunk on Sunday.

I'm currently at a hotel in Auburn Hills, more for Christmas shopping, but I did get to stop at Wolverine Market on the way in and plan on going to one or two places today.
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Postby icemachine » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:52 am

Any tips for the Pontiac area?
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Postby sprague11 » Sat May 19, 2012 11:05 am

Here's a few places I hit in the suburban Detroit area - i'm not a fan of the city itself at all:

Stores:

Cloverleaf Fine Wine And Spirits 4.54 39 - -
711 S Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067

Usually a good selection, though the early renovation seems to have shrunk the beer area.

Holiday Market 4.43 37 - -
1203 S. Main
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48067

Big upscale grocery store - Selection not too far off from Premier - replace the Ohio and Pennsylvania brews with michigan

Champane's Wine Cellar & International Marketplace 4.32 44 - -
7007 Chicago Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48092

Usually my first stop - Big selection, though the rare stuff flies off the shelves fast.


Bars:

Red Coat Tavern 4.49 3 - -
31542 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, Michigan, 48073

Can be a bit of a wait, and a tad pricey, but the selection is good

Kuhnhenn Brewing Company 4.16 104 86 93
5919 Chicago Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48092-1606

The service can suck at times, but the beer and mead are top notch.
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Postby cratez » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:13 pm

I see a Whole Foods opened earlier this month in the Midtown/Wayne State area and it has a beer department. Haven't heard anything about the selection yet but assuming it's comparable to other big city WF stores this should bode well for those looking to grab some bottles without heading to the burbs. It's also within walking distance of Motor City Brewing Works, Traffic Jam & Snug, and Great Lakes Coffee Roasting, a newish cafe that pours stuff from Jolly Pumpkin, Petrus, Short’s, Dupont, and Bell’s. In fact next time I go to the D I might stay in Midtown just to visit these four spots. My buddy says you can't go wrong with the Inn on Ferry Street.
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Postby midlife crisis » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:42 pm

Anyone have a reco for a place near Comerica Park, and/or know what the beer situation is inside the park itself?
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Postby TwoPint » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:36 pm

midlife crisis wrote:Anyone have a reco for a place near Comerica Park, and/or know what the beer situation is inside the park itself?

I'd been looking at The Park Bar two blocks west of Comerica, at 2040 Park, south of West Elizabeth. But my planned trip fell through.
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Postby Kish84 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:06 am

I've stayed at both Marriott's (right across from each other) and have been fine walking to Comerica and Ford Field. Not to mention Grand Trunk and Jacoby's are both within 5-10 minutes walking as well.

You can find good deals on Priceline's express deals or name your own price. With the express deals you can sometimes figure out which hotel it is. I'm not sure if it's the same for baseball, but I know some hotels offer a shuttle service to football games.

I haven't been to a Tigers game in a few years, but the best choices back then were Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Sunset Wheat, both were summer seasonals at the time.
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Postby midlife crisis » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:51 am

Thanks but I'm staying in Windsor with friends, looking more for pub and beer recos.
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Postby cratez » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:25 am

midlife crisis wrote: Anyone have a reco for a place near Comerica Park, and/or know what the beer situation is inside the park itself?


According to a friend who was there in late April, they have Atwater beers on tap inside the park (not sure of the exact stand) and Bell's Porter was on tap at Hockeytown Cafe just down the street. So you'll probably be able to find a couple decent craft beers without looking too hard.
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Postby Kish84 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:43 am

midlife crisis wrote:Anyone have a reco for a place near Comerica Park, and/or know what the beer situation is inside the park itself?


Not sure if you have gone yet or not, but it looks like selection is looking better at Comerica.

From this Serious Eats craft beer/ball park article:

Comerica Park; Detroit Tigers

A strong focus on local breweries is evident in the park's craft beer outpost. Fans can consistently find attendants pouring a whopping 26 different beers from Michigan-based breweries. Numerous brews from Bell's Brewing, New Holland, Founder's, Atwater, and Arcadia are available in a range of styles. While many parks seem to focus on pilsners, wheat beers, and IPAs as a standard, this stadium dives headfirst into everything from Bell's Kalamazoo Stout to Founders Scotch Ale and New Holland Monkey King Saison, making craft beer fans feel right at home.
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Postby Belgian » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:34 pm

Interesting that Buffalo and Detroit are featured in today's GRID magazine as 'rust belt road trip'destinations.

I agree about Buffalo's Elmwood/Albright area, but I always thought I'd stay far, far away from Detroit. Though with common sense it's probably OK.

And congrats to Kelowna, BC for having almost nine crimes per one hundred people, making Kelowna current national champion of break-ins and stolen bikes and stuff. I hope Derek Hyde is doing OK out there (as well as my 17 or so Ukrainian relatives.)
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