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Sun Jun 17, 2012, 02:07 PM

Any DUers In Detroit?

My Partner and I just reserved a penthouse on the 29th floor of the Broderick Tower! The renovations to the building will be complete in September. Really great deals for Downtown living in a major urban area. Any recommendations for food and shopping would be appreciated for the area!



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jpbollma Jun 2012 OP
handmade34 Jun 2012 #1
Demeter Jun 2012 #2
navarth Jun 2012 #3
jpbollma Jun 2012 #4
Motown_Johnny Jul 2012 #5

Response to jpbollma (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2012, 05:38 PM

1. my brother still lives nearby...

some very good people there... best of luck


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Sun Jun 17, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. Ann Arbor here.


We go into Detroit for the opera and ballet and musicals, which are excellent, by the way.

Belle Isle is a shadow of its former glory..I could spend hours there as a kid.

Bob-lo is now condos, so that's gone. The DIA is very fine. The Science Museum just closed for lack of money.

Shopping is good at the Fairlane Mall in Dearborn (I was born on the west side). Most of the old places are gone now...as far as groceries, you are on your own.

Welcome to The Once and Future Metro Detroit!

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Mon Jun 18, 2012, 08:45 AM

3. Ann Arbor here as well, but....

my heart still lives in The D. I'm overjoyed to be working a contract job in a sweet new adaptive re-use office in a groovy old warehouse on Fort. St. downtown; I've always hated commuting to Oakland County.

Congratulations on your choice of Broderick Tower, that is wonderful news. If you need groceries, Whole Foods has opened a new branch in Midtown:


Yes, I know Whole Foods' owner is an egregious Bu$h supporter, but if they're willing to locate in The D I'm willing to forgive a bit.

As for restaurants, there is a huge selection for night life and dining, many of them very soulful little holes-in-the-wall that you will enjoy discovering. My favorite restaurant in the world is still Xocimilco in Mex Town, but that's a bit out of your way if you're downtown. Enjoy your discovery, I'm really jealous.

Thanks for helping our city thrive. I look forward to moving back, I really miss it. Ann Arbor is a nice place, but it ain't mine.

Go Lions!!

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Response to navarth (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 09:42 PM

4. Thanks for the recommendations everyone!

I was able to go tour the building yesterday and it is FANTASTIC. They have restored so many of the historical ceiling art, the marble in the elevator rooms, it's just fantastic. I am extremely excited. working Downtown, I will be able to take the People Mover/bike/bus to everything downtown. Driving will be very minimal.

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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 12:16 PM

5. I'm on the north east side


I wish I had seen this yesterday, I have a friend of a friend who lives downtown and I saw him at a party last night.

Even so, if you two have a penthouse across from the Opera House then you will be eating and shopping in places that I pretend don't exist.

That location is fantastic. I would suggest trying "Small Plates". It is almost right across the street from you. http://www.smallplates.com/

There is a little Cuban place a couple blocks away across from the Library. That is really good and nice for a change of pace. http://www.vicente.us/

Greektown is an obvious choice. I tend to go to The Golden Fleece but most anything on that street is good. Not as upscale as the other places I have mentioned but anyplace that keep a rotisserie with a leg of lamb going in the front window is my kinda place. You can watch them go up and carve the meat off of the leg for your gyro.

The casinos have restaurants that are worth trying. Fishbone's http://www.fishbonesusa.com/ and Tom's Oyster Bar are both good too. http://www.tomsoysterbar.com/

Any of the hotels downtown have decent restaurants too. There are other places in the area but they don't come to mind at the moment.

BTW, that little park to the east of you is where the Occupy Detroit people were camping last summer.

Edit To Add: I forgot about Xocimilco in Mexican Town. I love that place but have not been there in far to long. The Botana was my favorite. Basically a vegetarian nachos but that does not do it justice. Two people can split a small one of those and be pretty happy about it.

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