Detroit Journals

Oh, Rochester!

An August 2005 trip to Detroit by thewanderingpoet518

Gus OConnors Photo, Detroit, Michigan More Photos
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Oh, Rochester!

Overview

Autumn in a Small Town Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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I'm not sure if the Pub Crawl is still an Olympic event in the tri-county area of Michigan. However, for a town that has a major university (now with a NCAA March Madness basketball team) and a small private Christian college (with a baseball team that did something big enough to get a city sign honoring it put up), you'd have to think that maybe, just maybe, with a Super Bowl coming to town, someone might organize one.Quick Tips: Starting at the north end of Rochester Road/Main Street and heading south to the “bridge that leads out of town,” there are no less than 15 establishments where one can go in and have a beverage.Best Way To Get Around: The stretch of road is right around a ...Read More
Royal Park Hotel Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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All I can say is that I hope the old Elks Club that sat on this lot got a huge chunk of change when it sold it.

The Royal Park seems to have sprung up over night, just in time for the recent MLB All-Star Game and upcoming Super Bowl. Shortly after it opened, President Bush was said to have stayed there, but it must have been very hushed in this blue state kind of town.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Royal Park Hotel
1000 Brush St
Detroit, Michigan
(313) 962-2323

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A two-story motel on the north end of town, it has come a long way from the no-tell motel status of my youth. Call for reservations, as the "No Vacancy" sign seems to always be lit. They offer the standard single and double rooms. It is close enough to downtown so that you can walk to places like the Downtown Cafe Bistro for some incredible breakfasts.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Spartan Motel
1100 N Main St.
Rochester 48307
(248) 651-8100

Gus O'Connors

Restaurant

Gus O'Connors Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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It hasn’t even been a full year since it opened and already rumors abound about Gus O'Connor's Irish Pub. Supposedly, the entire interior was originally taken from an AUTHENTIC Irish pub in Ireland. (While the dark-wood bar and fancy stained-glass windows do add atmosphere, I find it hard to believe the four large, flat-screen TV’s had to be imported.) The beer is cold and the cuisine is incredible, from lobster to burgers.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Gus O'Connors
324 Main Street
Detroit, Michigan 48307
(248) 608-2537

Kruse and Muer on Main Photo, Rochester, Michigan
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Kruse and Muer is easily spotted on Main by the two large wooden figures framing the front door. The food is delicious and there are usually seafood specialties available.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Kruse and Muer on Main
327 North Main St
Rochester, Michigan 48307
(248) 652-9400

Knapp's Dairy Bar

Restaurant | "Red Knapp's Dairy Bar"

Knapp's Dairy Bar Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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This is an original sock-hop type of diner right on Main Street in downtown Rochester. Knapp's Dairy Bar isn't just a restaurant, it is an institution. Even today, while I was there with my daughter, I wondered how many thousands of teenage girls have worn the red polo shirt uniforms and dished up malts and seasoned fries and burgers over the years. A couple in their 40’s had their picture taken with their son at the curved counter when I walked in; it was where the couple had met when they were in high school.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Knapp's Dairy Bar
304 S. Main St.
Detroit, Michigan 48307
(248) 651-4545

Lipuma's Coney Island

Restaurant | "Lipuma's"

Lipuma's Coney Island Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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What's a small town without a hot-dog stand? One of the finest around is Lipuma's. During the summer on a bright, sunny day, the line will stretch down along Main Street and bend around deck. It is so famous that national celebs send autographed pictures to hang on the inside (Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News being one of them.). It’s a friendly place: When you walk in, they call out to you using a celebrity’s name. I've been Cosmo Kramer, Pierce Brosnan, and Tip O'Neil.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Lipuma's Coney Island
621 North Main Street
Rochester, Michigan 48307
(248) 652-9862

Downtown Cafe

Restaurant

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Open for breakfast and lunch, this little bistro has some incredible meals. No reservations are required, but expect a wait, because people pack this place on weekend mornings.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Downtown Cafe
606 N. Main St.
Detroit, Michigan 48307
(248) 652-6680