Have you, a foreigner to Detroit, found yourself downtown after a Tigers game, concert, or drug deal (just kidding) with an empty stomach and no idea where to go? Well then, this blog is for you!
I recently had a friend tell me that there is no middle ground when it comes to dining in the D– according to him, either the food is expensive and good, or cheap and disgusting. I’m going to tell you exactly what I told him…that’s not true.
As someone who works full-time downtown and often too lazy to make lunch the day before, I’m always on the lookout for affordable and delicious restaurants. Below are a few places I’ve discovered along my lunch adventures that might help satisfy your hunger and wallet
TripAdvisor gives it four stars.
Kiddie corner to Greektown Casino, Loco’s is a place where you can listen to salsa while snacking on (free) salsa. The atmosphere sets you up for an authentic Tex-Mex eating experience, and the food does not fail to live up to those expectations.
Loco’s offers daily lunch specials, and because of that, I was able to get a giant half chicken/half beef wet burrito for about $8. With a side of rice and beans, this meal was big enough for two.
What sets this restaurant apart from any others downtown is its famous, “Taco Tuesday.” Yes, it’s as magical as it sounds. Every Tuesday, tacos are $1.50 each.
Although I think Taco Tuesday is enough to justify going there, I also have to applaud the staff. Not only are they super fast, but also super friendly. When I say “friendly,” I mean, “The server had a bloody Darth Vader pen!” It was a great trip all around.
TripAdvisor gives it four and a half stars.
If Mexican isn’t your thing, Detroiter Bar is just down the street from Loco’s. Inside, you’ll find a sports bar setting with a classic rock soundtrack playing in the background. They also have lunch specials which only set me back about $6 for a burger and fries. The burger wasn’t too much to cry home about but the wedge fries were delectable.
One thing I thought was cool about this bar is their free shuttle service to and from the Tigers Stadium. I spoke to the welcoming server about this and she let me know that all one needs to do is arrive an hour before the game and they’ll give you instructions about pick-up and drop-off points. Along with their drink specials, I feel like this would be the best and cheapest way to do (ie. get drunk and actually enjoy) a Tigers game.
TripAdvisor gives it four stars.
To Detroiters, American Coney Island is a local treasure. It has graced the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Lafayette for over 100 years. Although the menu is quite small, the taste of everything is big.When I went, I ordered my favorite meal: a gyro pita. This was one of the first times I got a gyro with what seemed like just enough tzatziki sauce.
It was eyes-rolling-to-the-back-of-the-head good. I’m not sure if it was cut right off of a slab because I didn’t see one, but it didn’t taste like the preheated patties that are served at most Coney Islands. The best part? It was under $6. There’s no wonder it’s such a treasure.
TripAdvisor gives it three stars.
If you don’t want to be adventurous while still have a plethora of options, the food court in the lower level of the RenCen is always an option. Just hop on the People Mover till you hit the building and go downstairs. There, you’ll find:
-Andiamo Pizza Pie Co.
-Chop Fresh Salad Co.
-Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
But, of course, if you choose McDonald’s over something like Loco’s I’ll probably judge you harshly.
Well, that’s all I have for you newcomers to Detroit. Maybe as I try new places, I’ll write a review for each. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below!