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!