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Ann Fisher wrote:Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for the report. It's been more than 30 years since I last lived in Detroit, but I still miss R. Hirt, Jr and the Eastern Market.
mss60614 wrote:Nice to see a few good words about my hometown, especially with the politicians there even more disfunctional than our own, and my great home State about to be literally shutdown tomorrow night!
I am familiar with all of the spots you mentioned except one, that being Vivio's. As a former red meat eater, the Corned Beef Reuben stood atop my list of guilty pleasures. Without a doubt, the best one in the Detroit Area previously came from the Bread Basket Deli in Oak Park.
A few years ago, long-time owner Ron Forman sold the place and moved to Florida. Missing the business, he was back in short order, and has opened up a place further northwest, following his Jewish clientele.
For Detroit's #1 Reuben...
Ron's Bagel Deli
40270 West 14 Mile Road
Commerce Township, MI 48390
jlawrence01 wrote:Glad to see that you made it. I was supposed to be in Detroit this weekend (by plane) but my buddy waited too long to get tickets out of St. Louis.
I will have to try to get to the corned beef place. I do not remember the corned beef place being their 20 years ago when I was working in the Detroit Medical Center. It has been in business for at least ten years.
chicagogrrl wrote:Your pictures are wonderful! I'm from Detroit and haven't had a coney dog in so long!!! The Lafayette pictures sure brought back memories!!!
When I was in college at Wayne State University we would also go to a restaurant in Greek Town called the Golden Fleece. Great gyros and atmosphere!
Bruce wrote:I too have fond memories of Detroit. Lafayette and American Coney Island were always nice to stop for a snack. I've also had a few good meals at Jacoby's. For good Italian try Roma Cafe in Eastern Market.
Traffic Jam & Snug near Wayne State is an excellent place to eat. I lived on WSU's campus for 5 years while going to college and had many great meals in Detroit.
Rene G wrote:Detroit is full of fine old buildings but the Guardian Building really stands out. Built in the late 1920s, it is best known for its breathtaking Art Deco lobby filled with colorful tile work.
Rene G wrote:I was going to take a look at Roma Café when I settled on Vivio's (it had started to rain hard). How fancy a place is it?
Traffic Jam & Snug was on my list but I wasn't able to spend any time in the neighborhood. Next trip I plan to visit since there seem to be plenty of worthwhile places in the vicinity.
chicagogrrl wrote:I'm from Detroit
kl5 wrote:chicagogrrl wrote:I'm from Detroit
I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.
Beautiful post, Peter!
My first stop was Lafayette Coney Island, the venerable restaurant next door to its sibling, American Coney Island.
I'm unsure how long Vivio's has been around (their website says "Since 1891" but I don't know what that means).
Another Eastern Market corned beef specialist is Farmer's Restaurant.
Detroit is a good corned beef town. I was familiar with Sy Ginsberg's but never tried Grobbel's, a corned beef maker since 1883. So I set off for the Eastern Market where several places specialize in corned beef.
Many of the tiles were made by Mary Chase Perry Stratton who founded Detroit's Pewabic Pottery in 1903.
Sweet Willie wrote:For a simple burger bar that produces really really good burgers, try Miller's Bar in Dearborn, http://www.millersbar.com
Sweet Willie wrote:Buddy's pizza is Sicilian style, very light airy crust with a dab of sauce and even less cheese. I ask for a bit of extra sauce, very good pizza. http://www.buddyspizza.com
Sweet Willie wrote:For a great very thin crust pizza try Tomatoes Apizza (yes that is spelled correctly)
there are two locations in the Farmington Hills area, apparently the owner came from one of the New Haven CT pizza places.
Rene G wrote:Continuing down Michigan it's impossible to miss the imposing ruins of Michigan Central Station. See it soon; the city hopes to demolish the building in the very near future.
Rene G wrote:Slows Bar-B-Q is only a block or two east but we didn't stop.
Cynthia wrote:Before my dad got Alzheimer's disease, he and my mom had a gourmet food brokerage in Michigan, and R Hirt was one of their customers. When I'd visit, we'd almost always go to the Eastern Market, both to visit R Hirt and other clients in the area, but also to simply enjoy the market, which was always amazing. I haven't been to the Eastern Market since my dad passed away, but the photos above reminded me how much fun we had in that area. I called mom, and she said that, if her spinal surgery works and she can walk again, we'll definitely go back to the market next time I visit -- and try out the corned beef reported above. (When I told mom, she responded, "Oh, yeah, we ate there all the time." And they didn't tell me about the corned beef!)
My mom was recently with me during a trip to Hirt, and she was amazed by my interactions with the staff (who knew her grandchildren so well) and our ability to buy so much of what we needed in such a strange, old-fashioned space. It was a few days before Halloween, and David Devries, the great-grandson of Rudolph Hirt---a busy man who's often buzzing around taking care of business at the front of the store---stopped to hand all kinds of Halloween decorations over to my daughter who was so excited about them. "That's a dollar," he said (about a $9.00 witch). "For you, that's a dollar."
Cynthia wrote:Thanks for the tip about avoiding weekends. I'll definitely keep that in mind. No place is really fun if it's too packed.
Whenever someone asks us "But where do you shop?" we can proudly say a local, independent supermarket where the spirit of small-scale entrepreneurship that once thrived everywhere lives on and they sell better guacamole than any chain from here to San Diego. The money that my family spends at Honey Bee Market every week doesn't pay salaries of executives in Bentonville, Arkansas or Cincinnati, Ohio. It pays to support a family that still lives in this community, who sends their four children to schools in this community, and pays to support the livelihoods of their dozens of employees. Further, it pays to sustain a unique shopping opportunity that is quite unlike any other. Chances are, wherever you live, there are still businesses that are just as unique, and when you choose to spend your money there you are keeping your money in your community and sending a message to the corporations that want us all to consume the same way that you prefer to support something different.
moose734 wrote:I'm glad you posted that Ann. It's a real annoyance whenever someone uses the " Detroit has no grocery stores in its city limits" line. True , there are no major chain groceries ( Meijer, Kroger. etc.). There are quite a few supermercados in southwest( AKA Mexicantown) that have fresh produces and excellent meat and deli sections. Every time I go to one ( I'm partial to E+L), I find Detroiters of all backgrounds and ethinicities shopping. Them making their own chips and carnitas is just an added bonus
moose734 wrote:Oh, I'm a big fan of the Gratiot City Market. I often refer that to people when they ask where to find different cuts of meat that aren't normally available at your local Korger or Meijer. Speaking of which, supposedly a Meijer is going to be built in the State Fair area. I'll file that under " I'll believe it when I see it."