Returning to Detroit
I went to Detroit a few years ago with my friend and really wanted to return to see what has changed. Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013 essentially hitting rock bottom. In the mid 50s there were 1.8m people living there and now there are roughly 650k so there is still room to grow.
There are a lot of young families and prices are low. There is a great vibe there too. A new and old community seems to be coming together.
We hit up Roses Fine Food straight from the airport. I like everything about the place. The food is mostly prepared diner style on the grill with a hipper mix. Sweets and breads are excellent too. Not a lot of seats so come early or come late. This BLT was so good. Thick warm bread with a smear of spicy mayo, greens, scallions and a juicy tomato. The first bite dripped down to my chin.
We needed another sweet so Sister Pie was calling. They were down to bare minimums at the end of the day but we managed to nab two slices. Banana Pete and Salted Maple. Wow. Worth every caloric bite.
Stopped by the Motown Museum but did not know that you need to make a resy to get in so got one for Sunday morning. We detoured over to the Detroit Institute of Art. The Diego Rivera mural is worth the stop alone. But I really enjoy their permanent exhibit particularly the ever growing acquisitions of black artists. Portrait of a Collagist, Benny Andrews. If you look closely you can see that the denim in this painting is actual denim.
We went to the hotel to rest and regroup. We stayed at the Shinola. They have done a really nice job. The design is a mix of old world Detroit with mid-century. It feels good. They have a few bumps to work out on operations but all and all a good spot.
Before dinner we headed over to the Candy Bar at the Siren Hotel. I stayed there last time. The Candy Bar continues with the theme of the roaring 20’s meets 2020. Small intimate and good cocktails
Dinner was at Flowers of Vietnam. A long bar on one side of the restaurant and the tables on the other side of the wall separating the bar with an open kitchen behind a glass wall. Really well done. This place could easily be in Brooklyn. It was hopping. Super crispy caramel chicken wings and bbq beef on sticks were two of my faves but the best was the green papaya salad tossed with aged nuoc mam with grilled pork on the side. Perfect.
We went back to the hotel although Emily and Saarim (our traveling companions) went out to the Motor City Wine Bar for a drink and Marble Bar to see some music. On one hand I would have liked to go but on the other hand hanging out to 2am might have destroyed me for the next days activities