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Take 5: George N'Namdi

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George N’Namdi
President, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Compiled by Shekini Jennings • photo by Marvin Shaouni

When you spend a day in metro Detroit with out-of-towners, where do you take them and why?

“We’d come here [the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art] first, of course.

For breakfast, I go to The Clique downtown. I’m an egg white omelet person, and I like my omelet with grits or potatoes. The Clique’s potatoes, opposed to hash browns, are great — they leave the skin on them.

Since I’m a pescatarian, when people come to Detroit and ask me for the best rib place, I don’t have a clue. I haven’t had ribs since 1968 and don’t even remember how they taste. So, Seva in Midtown is one of my main spots I suggest to eat lunch. It’s a creative vegetarian restaurant, not just your typical vegetable stir-fry. And if a meat eater orders a burrito here, I promise they won’t miss the meat. When it comes to dinner, it’s Detroit Seafood Market in Harmony Park for the food and the wide age range of business and professional people there.

And besides N’Namdi Center, I could recommend several other cultural institutions, but, particularly if visitors have young families, I suggest the Michigan Science Center.”




N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
52 E. Forest Ave.
Detroit, 48201

The Clique
1326 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, 48207

Seva Detroit
66 E. Forest Ave.
Detroit, 48201


Detroit Seafood Market
1435 Randolph St.
Detroit, 48226

Michigan Science Center
5020 John R St.
Detroit, 48202



George also suggests:

Detroit Vegan Soul and Socra Tea Detroit for more food and drink options. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Heidelberg Project, MBAD’s African Bead Museum, Motown Museum, Carr Center and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) for a bigger culture fix. Detroit Artists Market and Sugar Hill Clay pottery studio for unique gifts.

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