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Best Places to Eat Downtown

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Best Places to Eat Downtown

My husband and I will be in town in Decemebr (17 to 19) to attend the Bengals vs Lions game.

We are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott downtown.

We will be arriving sometime around five or so on Saturday and are looking for advice on somewhere fairly close to where we will be staying that has good food and a fun astmosphere for Saturday night.

I also need advise on a place for breakfast on Sunday morning and dinner after the game on Sunday.

We like a good time but aren't looking for places that have the 20's somethings fall down drunk thing going on. We are young forty year olds.

Thanks!

Livonia, Michigan
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1. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

I would suggest going to Greektown on Saturday. You can either walk or take the People Mover over. Greektown has a lot of restaurants, a great bakery called Astoria and a casino. My favorite restaurant is the Pegasus. If you're into Cajun food there's Fishbones.

Check with Sweet Loraines located in the hotel. I've never been, but the Sweet Loraines in Livonia is supposed to have a fantastic Sunday brunch.

For after the game I would suggest Intermezzo. If you're going to be driving I would suggest Traffic Jam & Snug which is located a little north on Canfield off of Woodward.

St. Clair Shores, MI
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2. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

LoveVacations gave you good suggestions, ButterBee...Greektown is only about two, maybe three blocks from the Courtyard. If you and your husband are NOT foodies, but enjoy great tastes, I'd throw in the suggestion you try Harry's Detroit, on Clifford, about a mile from the Courtyard. This is bar foods taken a step upscale.

A bit further afield is Sindbad's, a Detroit dining institution; about two miles east on Jefferson Avenue, on the River. Classic Angus Steaks and great seafoods.

If you wanna stay close in to your lodging, The Renaissance Center, just across Jefferson, has great Italian(Andiamo); Southern Fusion(Seldom Blues); and Outrageous Upscale--with prices to match,(Coach Insignia). I hope both of you eat well, and have a wonderful visit.

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3. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

for brunch go to the new Detroit Breakfast House and Grill- but get a reservation for Sundays as its always packed with a huge line. Its on Woodward in the Merchants Row development and is very good. Same owners as Sweet Georgia Brown, Seldom Blues, The Woodward, Magnolia - Frank Taylor and formet Lion Robert Porcher

Detroit, Michigan
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4. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

So far, all of the suggestions have been good ones. I would definitely go to Greektown on Saturday night. The Pegasus Taverna is a fabulous restaurant, and I also like Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe. If you like deep dish pizza, Pizza Papalis is great. The bakery that was previously mentioned is a must. For entertainment, the Greektown casino is really nice and The Old Shillelagh (yes, an Irish Bar in greektown) usually has live music. As for dinner on Sunday, a few other really good restaurants are Carl's Chop House (excellent stakes), Xochimilco (great authentic Mexican food), and Mario's (excellent Italian food).

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I think Marios is unchanged in decor and cuisine since the 50's...the food did not impress me, the neighborhood is grubby. Opus One is a nice newer place with great food and service...pricey though. Get reservations for Sunday brunch at the Whitney, food quality is tops

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

Hi all! We are back from our trip to Detroit.Thanks for the tips. My husband and I ate at Fishbones on Saturday and it was just OK. Highly disorganized for the small crowd that was there.

Also, ate at Pegasus on Sunday after the game. It was absolutely packed but they were so efficient. Only waited about 20 minutes for table. Wait staff waited on us on quickly and food arrived in short order. Was fun to watch all the flaming cheese dishes and the hustle of the waiters. Nice place with really good food and is very reasonably priced. Stop at the Astoira Pastry shop after for dessert - really good, but hard to choose what to getform all the goodies.

We went to Detroit Beer Company before the Bengals Lions game on Sunday for lunch. They actually ran out of beer three hours before game time. Unbelievable!It's a beer company for goodness sake. Food was pretty bad as was the service.

Anyway, loved the ease of the people mover and had a good time in your city.

Ford Feild is really nice too - Wasn't to long ago that Bengal fans were one time in same boat as Lions fans. Hopefully things will gt better in next few years.

Until then we willingly chant "Fire Millin" along with you all.

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8. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

You have to try PizzaPapalis in Greektown. Get the deep dish spinach pizza (with or without mushrooms) and have fun!

For a NICE meal (and a corresponding price tag) go to Sweet Georgia Brown's. Their fried lobster tail is one of the best things I've ever tasted. It is a "dress up" restaurant, frequented mostly by African Americans and it is a see-and-be-seen place with everyone dressed to the nines...fancy hats....the works! Great place to eat and enjoy Detroit!

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9. Re: Best Places to Eat Downtown

Great post ButterBee. Sorry you only had a good experience at Pegasus. Can't believe The Beer Company ran out of beer! Next time you're in Detroit, in the Greektown neighborhood, try The Old Shellilagh, a great "irish" watering hole just on the west fringe of Greektown, kati-corner from Fishbones. There's great food and entertainment in Metro Detroit, and I'd like to see you enjoy a better selection. Maybe see you back in Detroit in January?