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Around Detroit: Eating, Drinking, and Things To Do

An August 2005 trip to Detroit by MJB1103

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village Photo, Dearborn, Michigan More Photos
Quote: We have had many out-of-town visitors this summer and decided to take them around and have some fun in the Detroit area and suburbs. Follow along on our journey.

Around Detroit: Eating, Drinking, and Things To Do

Overview

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When you are visiting the Detroit area, if you are familiar with downtown, then by all means stay there. Otherwise, just a short drive north off I75 you can find some lovely hotels in Troy, Madison Heights, or Auburn Hills. Things to do are everywhere!! Museums, the zoo, sporting events, shopping… you name it, we have it all. There is Mexicantown, Greektown, Frankenmuth (little Bavaria), and casinos, and with a passport, you can take a 20-minute drive over the border to Canada via a tunnel or bridge. There are plenty of nightclubs in Detroit, north to Royal Oak or even farther north to Pontiac. There are so many cultures in this melting-pot city that fun can be had by all ages, genders, an...Read More

Palazzo di Bocce

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America's first Palace of Bocce has one of the best restaurants, besides their great bocce game courts. It is an Italian restaurant specializing in veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, all of which are very filling as well as tasty. Their house salad, as I was told, was voted the "best house salad" by a local newspaper. The service was great, very attentive, and the drinks and bread were refilled without question.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Palazzo di Bocce
4291 S. Lapeer Rd.
Detroit, Michigan 48359
(248) 371-9987

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Mexican Village Restaurant has been around for many, many years and is still a favorite amongst Detroiters. My girlfriend, who grew up here but moved to the UK, wanted to go for old time’s sake. I have to say it was still as yummy as it was 20 years ago, the last time I was there. The decor is Mexican and a little old. It could use a refurbishment. The service was good and the pitcher of margaritas was tasty. We all tried different things and were happy with all of our dishes. There were fajitas, a vegetarian platter, a sampler platter that had tostados, flautas, and some other stuff, and I had a wet burrito, cheese and bean only. All were yummy. The price was fair for the amount of food and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Mexican Village Restaurant
2600 Bagley St.
Detroit, Michigan 48216
(313) 237-0333

Guernsey Farms Dairy

Restaurant | "Guernsey's Dairy"

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Known mostly for their Ice Cream and Dairy products, Guernsey also has a restaurant famous for their broasted chicken dinners. All dinners come with a side (potatoe or vegetable) and a dish of their world famous ice cream. It is family owned and has been since 1940 founded by John McGuire. There is a gift shop that carries all sorts of unique and fun items, from off-the-wall greeting cards to variations of cow gifts, mugs, statues, magnets, and the like, as well as a small store that carries all of their dairy items to-go. I personally love the peppermint ice cream, which can be difficult to find sometimes, but Guernsey's has it all the time, all year-round. Faced with all the ice cream choices, it ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

Guernsey Farms Dairy
21300 Novi Rd.
Detroit, Michigan
(248) 349-1466

Palazzo di Bocce

Attraction | "Bocce Ball - Palazzo di Bocce"

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America's first Palace of Bocce: From what I have read, this is the largest indoor regulation Bocce courts in the USA. It costs $10 per person for a session, which runs 1.5 hours. The will give you a small guidebook and quick lesson on the basic rules when you arrive and are shown to your court. You can play with four to six players, teaming up two against two or three against three. The first team to get 15 wins. While you are playing, you can order snacks and drinks to be eaten outside of the court at your table. The menu has some Italian treats like bruschetta, calamari, and a wonderful antipasto platter of meats and cheeses. Bocce is easy for everyone at any age. As long as you can roll a ball, yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Palazzo di Bocce
4291 S. Lapeer Rd.
Detroit, Michigan 48359
(248) 371-9987

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village

Attraction | "IMAX Theater"

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The IMAX is located on the grounds of the Greenfield Village, next to the Henry Ford Museum. Adult tickets range from $10 for a traditional IMAX film to $11.75 for a feature-length film. The website is www.hfmgv.org. This will give you the complete schedule of films and ways to buy tickets online instead of waiting in line at the box office. I always see Harry Potter films when they come to the IMAX, because I think it's wonderful to almost feel like you are in Hogwarts with the kids. Everything seems so much more lifelike and bigger in the IMAX, a true movie experience. If you choose to attend, take heart of these things. The theater is not huge. If you go for a mainstream feature film, get there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
(313) 271-1570

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village

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Attraction | "Greenfield Village"

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village Photo, Dearborn, Michigan
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Greenfield Village is a step back in time to the days of Henry Ford, George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, and the like. There are old houses, log cabins, laboratories, stores, and farms. The buildings all have items from the era on display. There are plaques with dates and times as well as workers dressed in period clothing to answer questions, take you on tours, and fill in any information. During the old car fest in September, when people come from all over to show their vintage cars (like 1912 or earlier), there is usually a police man dressed from that era directing traffic through the village. There is a chapel you can get married in and a hall for your reception. You will find all m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
(313) 271-1570

Somerset Collection

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Somerset is "the" mall of the area. This is where all of the high-end shops are located. You will find Chanel, Tiffany, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Crate & Barrel, just to name of few. The main department stores are Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Marshall Fields. They make it so easy to get all you need: clothes, home things, and nourishment. There is a PF Chang’s on the south side of the mall, and on the north you can find a California Pizza Kitchen, J Alexander’s, and a Capital Grill. I personally love any mall that has three Starbuck’s, but that’s just me. The Tommy Bahama shop on the south end is great, and they are incredibly helpful as well as the MAC counter in Nordstrom. If you go as...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Somerset Collection
2800 West Big Beaver Road
Troy 48084
(248) 643-6360

Eastern Market

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Eastern Market is the place for your fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. My husband and I will go down early, early, early one Saturday morning, mostly to beat the crowds and get a decent parking space. We usually walk the stalls to see how the pricing is going. We come armed with our basic list of needs and then start to buy, buy, buy. A lot of people have favorite vendors or butchers they go to, but we haven't become partial to anyone as of yet. We enjoy the variety of the season and the freshness of the food. There are a couple of fun stores down near the center. Rocky Peanut company is great for all sorts of nuts and candies, The Cost Plus Wine Shoppe is run by this nice Irish fella who know...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Eastern Market
2934 Russell St
Detroit, Michigan 48207
+1 313 833 1560

Prime Outlets Birch Run

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Birch Run is great for the deals. Grab yourself a snack and head up I75 about an hour north to exit 136. They recently opened a Pottery Barn outlet store, and my husband and I can't get enough. Our friends came in from Chicago and insisted we take them up there after they saw the furniture we bought and heard the price we paid. Besides that, Birch Run has much, much more to offer: whether you need clothes, kitchen items, or things for the kids, they have it all. I highly recommend taking a large van or SUV to pack all your goodies in, as the deals can be so outrageous, you may just end up with more than your car space will allow. Carters has a sale once a year where everything is $5, Coach always...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Prime Outlets Birch Run
12240 South Beyer Road
Birch Run, Michigan 48415
(989) 624-6226

Comerica Park

Attraction

Comerica Park Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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Comerica Park is the newest field for the Detoir Tigers baseball league. It opened in 2000 to takeover the old Tiger Stadium that was falling apart and had not much to offer besides a game and some hot dogs. Today at Comerica Park, you can come early to watch batting practice and have the kids take a ride on the Ferris wheel or carousal. There are so many restaurants to choose from and different food offerings, it could make your head spin. There are plenty of souvenirs to buy and bars to hang out in. There are statues, fountains, and many creative forms of tigers all around. One of the restaurant’s doors is the face of a giant tiger split down the middle with two small windows for its eyes. Pretty wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2005

Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan 48201
(313) 471 2555

Downtown Royal Oak

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If you get a chance, go to see Downtown Royal Oak. This is truly one of our best walking towns. Park your car in a structure or lot and start the walk up and down Main Street and Washington Street. You will find a mishmash of shops selling anything from boutique wears to heavy-metal leather goods. Hair salons to jewelry shops, trendy to classical to resale, it's all here. There are tons of restaurants in case you are hungry: Mongolian BBQ, Beruit Palace, Fuddruckers, Memphis Smoke, Little Tree (sushi), and the list goes on and on. There are diner-style hamburger joints all the way to elegant Italian. Goodnight Graceies is a cigar bar, whereas just a few blocks away, you'll find Tom's oyst...Read More