Detroit isn’t as bad as the movies show. Especially now-a-days! Yes, it was bad years ago but now it’s becoming harder and harder to check off all the restaurants on my bucket list and attend all the events happening on a daily/weekly basis. Here’s what you should have on your Detroit City list:
Love live music? The Fillmore, ran by Live Nation, is the classic old theater venue that allows for big-name artists to perform in a more intimate setting. The last show I saw there was Rebelution, they were awesome and the best concert I’ve been to (thus far). Here are some upcoming picks for you:
April 1st: Insane Clown Posse x Attila (if that’s your thing)
April 5th: Ferg with A$AP Ferg, Denzel Curry, IDK
April 18th: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends (Didn’t know he still did stand up – take advantage of it)
April 25th: Camila Cabello (she’s the hottest artist on the charts right now)
May 10th: Dita Von Teese & Cooper Coupe Burlesque Revue (I’ll see you there)
What is Chartreuse? I didn’t know either until now. It’s a liqueur, comes in green or yellow, made by Carthusian Monks sine 1737. It is a hearty drink – distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, flowers and plants.
The great thing about Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails is that menu is ever changing depending on the season and availability of local ingredients. The must dos on the menu (as of February 15, 2018):
- Scallops – romesco, radish, tasso ham
- Recovery Park – haloumi cheese, baby vegetables, petite greens, pesto, charred tomato
- Guajillo Chili Pasta – chorizo, fennel, roasted peppers, corn nuts, locatelli
Inquire about Chartreuse choices with your waiter. They are super helpful with the different types and the tastes you can choose from.
The Detroit Institute of Arts, known as the DIA, is known is one of the top 6 museums in the United States. It is even listed as one of the most visited art museums in the world! This is a lovely place to spend a late morning/afternoon.
The Kresge Court, located inside the DIA, is a romantic place to end your visit. A charcuterie board and a glass of wine in a European-style courtyard will top off your afternoon.
Awarded by GQ Magazine, Flowers of Vietnam was listed as one of the “Best Restaurants in American 2017” and man they did NOT disappoint. The restaurant in located inside the Vernor Coney Island in Mexicantown and has a diner feel with an open kitchen on the right and a more swanky, concrete bar (dare I say hipster vibe). Order just about anything but do not skip out on the Caramel Fried Chicken wings. THIS WILL BE THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN YOU WILL EVER HAVE, hands down!
Who knew you can now drink at a coffee joint? Studying, coffee dates, or business meetings just got a little more exciting. They always have a variety of craft beer or selected wine by the glass to choose from their chalkboard.
You can also check them out in these two other locations:
This cabaret club is a true gem. Walking in, you can’t help but notice the craftmanship of Cliff Bell’s: beautiful mahogany curved ceilings, leather banquettes, vintage Steinway piano and brass finishing’s around the room. This dim lit ‘speakeasy’ is a lovely place to listen to some jazz while having a night cap.
You can read about John Clifford Bell and his story here.
And the place to stay to do all of it? The Trumbull & Porter
Whether you are doing a staycation or traveling to Detroit, this unique, history rich hotel is one you will appreciate. The hotel, equipped with a coffee shop, fitness center, bar and restaurant, was recently renovated and furnished by Michigan Aritsans. Local artists, like Rachel Fernandez, decorate the walls and even work at the hotel giving it a truly special vibe.
This hotel is definitely a unique one. Trumbull & Porter is formally known as the Corktown Inn. The Corktown Inn was a typical motel you would see in television series. A unique feature was a vending machine you could purchase women’s lingerie, condoms, candles, oils, and cigarettes – pretty sure that paints the picture.
Since then, Detroit has LONG moved past this image to a Brooklyn-like feel with a Detroit-strong ethos.
When the weather is warm, you can enjoy local bands in the courtyard and Pump Room beer garden. Looking for nearby things to do in the area? The hotel is located in the hip district Corktown which is walking distance to:
- Batch Brewing – one of Detroit’s best micro-breweries
- Mudgie’s – go here for a great brunch
- Bucharest Grill – great post-bar shawarma sandwiches
- Slow’s BBQ – hearty, hearty food and so good!
- Gold Cash Gold – this is the place for eats & drinks – they have a great brunch, swanky cocktails for a after-dinner drinks and even alcoholic slushies. Check out the beautiful wood-paneled ceiling in this former pawn shop.
- Takoi – Asian-fusion restaurant with a neon bar that greets you and a live DJ on the weekends. (warning – you will be waiting a long time so make yourself comfortable at the bar. They don’t take reservations)
- Bobcat Bonnie’s – great mimosa and bloody mary brunch bar
Have you been to Detroit? Where are your favorite places?
Tell me in the comments below!