This Is Our Detroit

March 12, 2018  |   Photos by Jennie Warren

Five local ladies and gents who are well versed in sharing words about The D’s city scene tell all about their favorites for food, fun, family, fashion and sports.

Visit Detroit recently asked a few local influencers, some with a penchant for the pen (or the keyboard and social media), to talk up Detroit. What they like about it. Where they go. Why they go here and there. Each person got a category — food, fun, family, fashion, sports — so we didn’t have a ton of overlap in the recommendations department. After that, it was a free-for-all. We told them to go with their gut and write it in their blog style, as they would on their go-to social media channel or in an email to a friend. Here’s what they had to offer to tourists coming to their town.

 

The Foodie

Who: Seoung Lee
What: Social media influencer
Where: @chowdowndetroit

Seoung has been sharing his food adventures in The D via social media since 2005. We asked him to dish on restaurants he would recommend to foodies finding their way around Detroit’s explosive culinary scene. Follow Seoung @chowdowndetroit.

Of all the cities I’ve ever visited, Detroit is home to some of my all-time-favorite restaurants. The mix of Midwestern charm and urban grit is the perfect backdrop to a great food adventure. It’s still surreal to me that I get to eat for a living, but I owe that opportunity to my wonderful followers who have supported me along my food blogging journey. We’ve built a community of people who love to eat great food and share their experiences with one another.

Although it was tough to do, I’ve given my Top 10 picks for places to eat when in the city — and my favorite thing to order when I’m there.

Breakfast: Any omelette with a side of pancakes instead of toast at The Clique  and eggs Benedict and Korean fries at Dime Store

Lunch: The Stinson and/or the Barrett at Mudgie’s Deli, the Smoky (Affumicata is this pie’s official name on the menu) at Supino Pizzeria  and Forest vegan udon at Ima

Dinner: Khao Soi at Takoi, scallops at Selden Standard  and a gyro dinner at Golden Fleece

Drinks/Dessert: Macarons and bubble tea at Tou & Mai and any cocktail at The Skip

 

The Hipster

Who: Samantha Robinson (aka Boho Barbie)
What: Lifestyle blogger and junior publicist
Where: j’adore Detroit

Samantha is a resident city hipster living in Detroit’s Midtown. We asked her to write a few words about the fun and funky things to do in and around Detroit. Follow Samantha and her cohorts at jadore-detroit.com.

Detroit has a thriving underground community. Picture a grittier version of Gossip Girl with less cattiness and way more glitter. Techno, punk, art, glamour and fashion coexist seamlessly within the city limits.

If I’m here to help you experience the city like an insider: Facebook events make up Detroit’s social calendar. Pro tip: “Interest” every event you’re even remotely into. When the weekend rolls around or boredom strikes, check your Facebook events for the day, and, voila, you’ve got options.

Several recurring parties are staples in the scene: Red Bull House of Art, Lincoln Street Art Park and Downtown Synagogue. Follow their Facebook pages for upcoming event announcements. Trust me, any of these three are a guaranteed good time.

Synagogue parties at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue are the holy mecca of obscure-in-a-good-way events. It’s an all-night dance party with free drinks, top-notch music and a plethora of socialites.

Out of all the venues and bars in the city, I can always count on having a good time at Marble Bar, MotorCity Wine, Temple Bar (on Fridays and Saturdays) and the Majestic Theatre complex. Check them out for yourself to see what the hype’s about.

My final piece of advice: Serving a head-turning look is an essential key to the Detroit social scene. If you don’t look extravagantly themed, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. The more you look like you’re coming from a music video, the better. My go-to stores for last-minute looks are Boro, Detroit Clothing Circle and Not Sorry Apparel.

 

The Mom

Who: Jennifer Hamra
What: Lifestyle blogger
Where: goodlifedetroit.com

Jennifer is originally from Tennessee and has been living in metro Detroit for a couple of years now. We thought having the fresh eye of a newer-to-the-city resident with five kids added a nice twist, especially in our search for family-friendly finds. Visit Jennifer’s blog at goodlifedetroit.com.

My picks when with the family are city festivals and a cider mill.

Every year, metro Detroit hosts family-friendly festivals, especially in the warmer months. From Sterlingfest in Sterling Heights to the Bay Rama FishFly Festival in New Baltimore, you will always find a celebration of some kind in each suburb.

There are so many perks about these festivals. Free or low-cost admission and complimentary shuttle service. The grub is always good because local restaurants and food trucks are on-site. Also, many musicians perform live. And nine times out of 10, there will be a carnival — something my children always get excited about.

We love taking our family to RoseFest in Roseville. Held over four days, this festival has a small, hometown feel to it, and features a carnival, live music, concessions, a family-fun day and fireworks.

Next is Yates Cider Mill, a Michigan landmark and registered historic site that is a place where families can enjoy the beautiful scenery and eat delicious food. Yates offers Dearborn-brand hot dogs and knockwurst hot off the grill. For dessert, enjoy yummy goodies such as doughnuts, custard, fudge and saltwater taffy. We love eating the custard while walking the river.

And don’t forget to sign up for a tour of the cider mill. Kids love watching cider being made, and the best part — tasting it fresh from the press after the tour is done.

 

The Fashion Designer

Who: Rami Mona
What: Founder/designer of luxury sports/athletic brand Renzo Cardoni
Where: @RenzoCardoni

Rami, a Detroit-based fashion designer making his clothing in Eastern Market, is dressing up the nation’s top athletes and celebs. Knowing Rami has a real pulse on the city’s retail scene, we asked him to share where he shops in the city. View his clothing line at renzocardoni.com.

When I started my clothing line at 23, I had three interests: sports, music and fashion. My goal was to find a way to merge all three, and that was how Renzo Cardoni was born.

Growing up in Detroit, I was always around influential people — whether in fashion, sports or entertainment. And I always knew I would have to forge my own lane similar to what Detroit is doing now. I’ve even heard in the next few years Detroit will have its own fashion/garment district, which would be so dope for the city.

As a designer, I just want to continue to inspire my city and be a part of the Detroit renaissance. We are just now getting retailers to come back downtown. With the growth that is currently going on in Detroit, I hope in the next five to 10 years, we will be on the level of New York or Los Angeles.

Today when I’m in and around the city, I love shopping for vintage jerseys or old jeans for making new sample items. That’s when I visit Detroit Deadstock Vintage Sportswear in Royal Oak and Norah’s Vintage Loft in Highland Park.

I also love Detroit brands such as Shinola, Carhartt and Will Leather Goods, to name a few, and would love to work with them one day.

I’m proud to represent Detroit and want everyone to know where I came from. And I am excited about where my brand is going. Every time I see someone in one of my pieces, I’m just so thankful that they appreciate the brand and what we do.

 

The Sports Guy

Who: Terry Foster
What: Retired newspaper/sports talk radio guy turned blogger
Where: terryfoster.blog

Terry Foster was a reigning voice of Detroit sports talk radio for more than a decade. Knowing Detroit is a sports town, we wanted a seasoned sports personality to share where to go to enjoy baseball/hockey/football/soccer/basketball in The D. Follow Terry and listen to his Boombayey podcasts at terryfoster.blog.

Have you experienced the Reverend of Roar on a Detroit Lions game day? He is a highlight of Sunday Funday, which is spending the day in downtown Detroit on a Lions home game day. Around noon, Michael “Rollo” Rollin puts on a weathered silver suit, blue shirt, hat and shoes and transforms himself into the Reverend of Roar, preaching the good word about the Lions. Grab a seat at the Park Bar Detroit* and have a shot as this super fan stands on the circular bar and bellows: “It’s goooooooooooooooo time!”

Harry’s Detroit and Tap at the MGM Grand Detroit Casino are also great spots to watch games. If you want to be outside, try the patio at Cheli’s Chili Bar, which serves great margaritas, brats and burgers.

My absolute favorite place inside Comerica Park, home to Detroit Tigers baseball, is the Amsterdam 416 bar in right field. It serves up drinks and places to lounge where you can do the triple treat – watch the game live, watch it on television and meet a slew of new friends.

At Little Caesars Arena during Pistons and Red Wings games, people are discovering their favorite places to eat and drink nearby, which include the Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit, Mike’s Pizza Bar and Sports & Social Detroit.

If you are a Red Wings fan and don’t feel like heading downtown, Marge’s Bar & Grill in Grosse Pointe is a hockey hangout. Andrews on the Corner in Rivertown is also a cool spot.

Soccer fans catching a random match downtown: Skip the fruit and vegetable stands on Saturday morning in Eastern Market, and head to Thomas Magee’s Sporting House and Whiskey Bar, near the Gratiot Street meat market.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. The Clique
    1326 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-259-0922 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Dime Store
    719 Griswold St., Ste. 180, Detroit, MI 48226313-962-9106 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Supino Pizzeria
    2457 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-567-7879 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Ima
    2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-502-5959 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Takoi
    2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-855-2864 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Golden Fleece
    525 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-7093 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Tou & Mai
    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 102, Detroit, MI 48202313-638-1467 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. The Skip
    1234 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Red Bull House of Art
    1551 W. Winder St., Detroit, MI 48207313-638-2971 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. The Marble Bar
    1501 Holden St., Detroit, MI 48208313-338-3674 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Motor City Wine
    1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-483-7283 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Temple Bar
    2906 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-832-2822 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. The Majestic Theatre
    4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-9700 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Detroit Clothing Circle
    3980 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-887-1370 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Shinola
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-285-2390 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Carhartt
    5800 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-1274 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Will Leather Goods
    4120 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-309-7892 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. The Park Bar Detroit
    2040 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-2933 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Harry's Detroit
    2482 Clifford St., Detroit, MI 48202313-964-1575 Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Cheli's Chili Bar
    47 E. Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-1700 Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  22. Little Caesars Arena
    2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-471-7000 Highlight on map | More Details
  23. Andrews on the Corner
    201 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI 48207313-259-8325 Highlight on map | More Details
  24. Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar
    1408 E. Fisher Fwy., Detroit, MI 48207313-263-4342 Highlight on map | More Details
  25. Mudgie's Deli
    1413 Brooklyn St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313-961-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
  26. Seldon Standard
    3921 2nd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, USA313-438-5055 Highlight on map | More Details
  27. Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
    1457 Griswold Street, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313.962.4047 Highlight on map | More Details
  28. Boro
    1440 Gratiot Ave. 1A Detroit, MI Highlight on map | More Details
  29. Not Sorry Apparel
    Cass Collective, 4161 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI, USA Highlight on map | More Details
  30. Yates Cider Mill
    Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, USA248-651-8300 Highlight on map | More Details
  31. Detroit Deadstock Vintage Sportswear
    202 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA313-468-1895 Highlight on map
  32. Marge's Bar & Grill
    15300 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230, USA313-881-8895 Highlight on map | More Details