Slows opened in Corktown in 2005, opposite the iconic and abandoned Michigan Central Station, and in the time since has become one of the city’s new restaurant forefathers and helped turned Detroit into the food destination it is today. They serve all of the barbecue hits, plus a few local items like The Lafayette - a pulled pork sandwich with mustard BBQ sauce, onion, and cheddar. These days, there are better meals you can have in Detroit (and there are a few Slows locations around the city and state), but this still remains a destination spot.
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Ima is a casual Japanese noodle shop in Corktown that serves traditional udon and rice bowls, and has one of the city’s best sake selections.
Detroit Institute of Bagels
Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown looks like a yoga studio, but serves some of the best bagels in town - proof that life is all about balance.
Gold Cash Gold
Go to Gold Cash Gold in Corktown to feel a little fancy while eating fried chicken, but stay for the patio and great cocktails.
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Lafayette Coney Island
Lafayette Coney Island is one of the two most famous spots for coney dogs in Detroit. It’s open late and best experienced with a side of chili fries.
Grey Ghost Detroit
If you want to eat meat in its many forms, and drink some good draft cocktails, check out Grey Ghost in Midtown for dinner or brunch.
Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables is a horse-themed tavern that serves 20+ types of sliders and looks like somewhere your grandpa might've placed race bets.
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