by Savannah Raus-Wuth
For everyone planning on attending the MHPN conference May 11-14, 2016, we hope you will consider making it a “Detroit Weekend” and extend your stay in the “D” so you can take in some of its great food and craft beer & cocktail lovers. The following are some of our favorites.
Hudson Café – 1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Known for its award winning brunch and breakfast, this café is located directly across from the old Hudson’s lot. Their restaurant includes a cozy fireplace and lounge area.
Astoria Pastry Shop – 541 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
This Greektown pastry shop was voted the best bakery of 2015 by the Detroit Metro Times. Their menu ranges from brunch pastries, to tortes and cakes, to cheesecakes to name a few.
Slows BBQ – Slows BBQ-2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Slows BBQ – Slows to Go-4107 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Slows has been featured on several TV Shows for its savory BBQ and American fare. There are two locations in the area, a “To Go” location in Midtown and one sit-down restaurant in downtown.
Bucharest – 1623 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Bucharest – 2690 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
This Middle Eastern fare is known for its Shawarma. This delicious entrée is affordable and packs a major flavor punch.
Mudgie’s – 1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226
Considered Detroit’s best sandwich shop, Mudgie’s was voted best deli six years in a row. They utilize high quality and local ingredients to make the freshest sandwiches. If you’re feeling extra hungry, try the F’getaboutit, a whopping 2 pounds of corned beef on a 2 pound loaf of sourdough rye.
Vicente’s –1250 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226
Cuban cuisine is featured here, with a wide menu accommodating all taste buds. You can also partake in salsa dancing Friday and Saturday nights.
Gold Cash Gold –2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
This converted pawn shop features farm to table fare in a hip environment.
Bon Bon Bon – 719 Griswold St #100, Detroit, MI 48226
If you have a sweet tooth, Bon Bon Bon has handcrafted bon bons gaining recognition from the one and only Martha Stewart.
Eastern Market Restaurant and Market – Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
Enjoy a tremendous selection from local farmers including produce, meats, and flowers.
Green Dot Stables –2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
Enjoy classic American fare at a great price. They’re known for their variety of sliders and fries.
Detroit’s different neighborhoods have an abundance of restaurants of all types. Check out Corktown, Greektown, Hamtramk, Dearborn, and Mexicantown to experience the entirety of what Detroit has to offer.
Jolly Pumpkin – 441 W Canfield St #9, Detroit, MI 48201
Founded in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin was North Americas first all wood, all sour brewery. With the opening of the Detroit pub in 2015 located right in Midtown, wood baked pizzas and artisanal recipes have been delicious enough to warrant a visit from Obama himself.
Batch Brewing – 1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216
Detroit’s first nanobrewery, Batch Brewing started out by utilizing a crowdfunding campaign and winning Hatch Detroit’s business incubator contest. Batch has an innovative campaign called the “Feelgood Tap” that allows them to partner with a different local nonprofit or charity group each month. Each time you order a drink from this tap, $2 goes towards the local nonprofit of that month. Their food is also worth checking out.
Motor City Brewing Works – 470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
This brewery has been open since 1994, known as Detroit’s oldest operating brewery. The brewery itself was custom fabricated using salvaged equipment and scrap from Detroit itself. They also offer brewery tours.
Traffic Snug and Jam – 511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
This eclectic microbrewery also offers an in-house bakery and dairy selections. They utilize their brewing equipment to also make cheese, a process that you can get a sneak peek at from their observation balcony. They are the first brew-pub in the state of Michigan.
Cliff Bells – 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
A very well-known Detroit local spot, Cliff Bells allows you to step back in time upon entering. The Art Deco interior pairs well with the unique cocktails and classic food dishes.
Two James – 445 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
The first licensed distillery in Detroit since prohibition, Two James offers environmentally conscious handmade spirits that also use local ingredients in an effort to revitalize the community. Distillery tours are available Friday and Saturdays.
Standby – 225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Recently opening in the historic Cary building, the Standby offers 45 different classic and modern cocktails. Don’t let that intimidate you, the staff is friendly and inviting and will offer suggestions based on preference.