Eat and Drink

Restaurants are usually the first things people research when they're traveling to a new city and the Motor City has a ton of amazing eateries, but if you want Detroit food that speaks to the culture, this list is for you. There are a lot of styles of food and types of desserts that were invented right here and remain close to the hearts of Detroiters. If you start drinking with someone from the Mitten state, be prepared for them to start arguing with you about their best hot takes on coney dogs. 

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Staring at your empty plate wishing the sandwich had been twice as large is never a good feeling. If you're trying to make sure you're never left craving more, check out these big meals and drinks in Michigan restaurants. The "bigger is always better" mindset might just have been proven by these spots. 

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When you see a building from the road that is this vibrant and unique, you know there's going to be something interesting on the inside. Once you enter the Psychedelic Healing Shack & Vegetarian Cafe those suspicions will be confirmed, in the best way possible. Detroit restaurants often offer a lot of character and ambiance, but this takes the cake. 

You can eat lunch or dinner here and have either coffee or a real drink with it, depending on your mood. 

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One thing that most millennials can agree on is that we like a good deal, especially when it comes to the most delicious food in the city. This list of Detroit buffets has everything from tacos to salads to sushi. If you ever find yourself staring longingly at your empty plate wishing you had more, why not get that plate from somewhere you can get up and get seconds?

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A lot of bars claim to be speakeasies, but this bar in Royal Oak is a genuine speakeasy experience. It's a dim basement that makes you feel like you're sneaking some booze during the Prohibition era. Not just anyone can walk up to the door and enter. If you're intrigued by the secrecy, make sure to keep reading. 

It's so secretive that you need a passcode to enter that changes every day. You can give them your information on their site and they will text you the code. If you make a reservation on OpenTable, you'll also get the secret password. 

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 When you're visiting a city for a weekend, the last thing you want is to be sitting next to a bunch of other people that don't know anything about the place. These hidden bars are a little bit off the beaten path. They'll give you a much better understanding of the spirit of Detroit. 

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Romance is not dead, but it does take a little bit of effort and imagination. There are plenty of restaurants in Detroit that are romantic but if you want to push it even further, you can check out Highlands Steakhouse. It's located on the 71st floor of the General Motors Renaissance Center which is right on the Detroit River.

That means the views are absolutely unreal. Floating up amongst the clouds with a view of the whole city before you has got to be one of the dreamiest spots to have a date night. 

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If your interests include paranormal activities, you might often find yourself dragged to dark forests or crumbling buildings, but this restaurant will give you luxury dining with just a side of the ghostly. You don't always need to go somewhere truly decrepit in order to get a little taste of the haunted. Trattoria Stella is a deliciously high-end restaurant that hints at otherworldly mystery, while still giving an excellent dining experience. 

The restaurant serves Old World Italian food with contemporary twists, but that vibe doesn't just stop at the menu.

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Imagine you're sitting around on a Friday night, Googling the best restaurants in Detroit and every result is way over budget (don't worry we've all been there). If you can relate to that you need to check this place out. Green Dot Stables is one of those spots in Detroit that is never empty no matter what time you go there or what the weather is looking like. 

The most exciting things on this menu, and what draws people to Green Dot, have to be the sliders. They're constantly innovating new flavors and updating the menu with deliciously affordable little sandwiches.

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The glitz and glam of the 1920s might be returning 100 years later as we enter the new year (hopefully without the financial devastation). We should all celebrate by making a toast in a Detroit bar that Gatsby and Daisy would have loved. This place is in the Southwest part of the city and it's in a neighborhood that you should definitely start hanging out in. 

You'll immediately notice the art deco themes when you approach the bar. The geometric shapes and lush fabrics in vibrant colors make you think of an older time while also bringing something new and exciting.

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Cafe D'mongo's Speakeasy has been collecting customers and iconic Motor City memorabilia for a while now. The walls are painted green, even though you can barely tell because they've been covered with photos, newspaper clippings, guitars, hubcaps, basically, anything you can think of that might symbolize our city. This speakeasy in Detroit is a staple of downtown for a good reason.

The owner, Larry Mongo, is beloved by all that have set foot in the bar and it's easy to see why once you get familiar with the atmosphere that he's curated. 

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Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of places in Detroit where you can buy fresh produce and interesting food. Good thing we have Eastern Market! They're open every single Saturday and there are always new stalls to stop at and find a new favorite meal. 

You should try out all of the options of food trucks, tiny stands with coolers, or the tried and true staples of Detroit to choose from.

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