As a travel writer, my adventures lead me to so many unique places. Recently I took a trip to Detroit, Michigan- the comeback city. Due to recent events, there wasn’t a lot of information coming out of the city aside from the economy or lack thereof. Leading up to my visit I made the decision to tune out the negative and focus on clues that would lead me to valuable experiences that I could share with everyone else. Looking back, I am so glad I made that decision as there is plenty of life left in Detroit that unfortunately is clouded by a system that failed its residents.
Food, Food, FOOD!
What does one eat in Detroit? There were so many moments in food, I had a hard time picking just one. American, Brazilian, or Greek- the choice is yours and then some. Now, if you are like me you are bored with American food or you could be totally in love with it and choose not to venture out your comfort zone. Either way, Detroit has some damn good “All-American” food that renewed my faith in beef and potatoes.
Let me suggest Michael Symon’s Roast (1128 Washington Blvd Detroit, MI 48226). Currently in its 7th year of operation, the steakhouse has earned its reputation in serving up some of the best steaks in the Detroit area. When perusing the menu the one of the many things that stood out and turned me completely on was the Jerk Spiced Pork Belly. Roast does classic American food well with a side of adventurous. Your taste buds will thank me later.
Farm Fresh Produce and Artisan Goods
Saturday’s in Detroit are meant for trolling the Farmer’s Market.
The Eastern Market has been serving the community of Detroit since 1891. In addition the main day, there is also various seasonal and themed days such as the winter market, or the Sunday thrift market. Regardless of what day you attend; I can guarantee that you will bring back key ingredients, handmade goods, and/or memories from your trip to the market that are worth 100 years of history.
Let Detroit Entertain You
There are a ton of things to do in Detroit that didn’t initially stick out in my online search prior to my visit. While putting together an itinerary, consider attending a sporting event such as the Detroit Lions, Tigers, or Pistons game. I had the pleasure of catching a football game while in town and it was great to see the city come out in full support. Detroit is also home to three casinos: MGM Grand, MotorCity, and Greektown. They reminded me of old school Las Vegas, although I didn’t win any money I certainly had a good time.
Planning Detroit travel certainly has it challenges, but so worth the visit. I suggest connecting with locals prior to your trip in order to get the maximum level of experience. You will learn during your stay that although the city is going through a rough patch, it still thrives on through its culture, food, history, and morale.