8 Places to Refuel After the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon

October 16, 2018  |   Story by Danielle Alexander  |   Photos by Calexico; PizzaPapalis; Slows by Bill Bowen

The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon takes place in Detroit every October. No matter what kind of food you crave after running, Detroit has you covered. Come relax after a long day at one of these top Detroit restaurants and bars.

Calexico

After you’ve run your way through the city (or patiently watched from the sidelines), what you truly need is a margarita (or two, or three). Walk past Campus Martius Park to this new Detroit favorite for a taco box, fresh margaritas, and the biggest nachos you’ve ever seen.

Detroit Beer Co.

Located on Broadway near Comerica Park, Ford Field and the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Beer Co. is known for its appetizers, salads, pizzas, entrees, sandwiches and, of course, its handcrafted ales and lagers. The atmosphere is chill and dark, so you feel like you can really relax.

PizzaPapalis

PizzaPapalis of Greektown on Monroe Street are the go-to spots for authentic Chicago deep-dish style pizza. Let loose after your run and order pizzas from this Greektown favorite. Normally, you would only be able to eat just one piece, but you will deserve a few after the race you just had.

Vivio’s Food & Spirits

Also known as the place for bloody marys and mussels in the D, Vivio’s Food & Spirits is located in Eastern Market on Market Street and offers sandwiches, burgers and so much more. If your race is done in the morning, than get your fuel in the form of one of their famous bloody marys.

Hudson Cafe

Another great spot to stop in if your race is taking place in the morning, a breakfast from the Hudson Cafe will be the perfect start to your well-deserved post-race food coma. Order one of their massive omelettes, plus an order of gourmet pancakes if you’re feeling crazy.

Slows Bar BQ

Move out of the way of the race crowds and head to Corktown after the marathon, where Slows‘ famous mac n’ cheese, pulled pork, brisket and Yardbird sandwich will bring you back to life. Slows can get a little packed sometimes, but if you go at an odd hour of the day, you’ll get right in.

Texas de Brazil

If you’re looking for an extra punch of protein after your race, Texas de Brazil in Campus Martius Park will serve you some of the best hand carved meat you’ve ever had. And for those that want to be meat free, they have an awesome salad bar.

Shake Shack

After you’ve been training for months and eating as healthfully as you can, you might just want a burger and fries. Shake Shack has quite a few juicy burgers for you to chow down on. Don’t forget an order of cheese fries and one of their Detroit-centric shakes as well.

 

Also, rumor has it that bananas are a common post-marathon craving, as well; if this healthier choice appeals to you, check out our list of the best smoothies in Detroit for even more places to refuel.

Want more? See all of our downtown Detroit restaurants.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Calexico
    1040 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-6361Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Detroit Beer Co.
    1529 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-1529Highlight on map | More Details
  3. PizzaPapalis of Greektown
    553 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-8020Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Hudson Cafe
    1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-237-1000Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Vivio's Food & Spirits
    2460 Market St., Detroit, MI 48207313-393-1711Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Slows Bar BQ
    2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-9828Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Texas de Brazil
    1000 Woodward Ave., Suite 01B07A, Detroit, MI 48226313-964-4333Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Shake Shack
    First National Building, 660 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-672-0501Highlight on map | More Details