Those who visit Detroit will often tag Midtown as the home of art and education. Playing home base for mainstays like Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Museum puts this neighborhood on the map, but there’s more to it than that. Here are some other hot spots to check out as you make your way down Woodward Avenue:
The Whitney, Detroit’s most iconic mansion
The David Whitney House (4421 Woodward Ave.), an icon in Detroit and Michigan Historic Site, was built in 1894 containing 42 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 20 fireplaces and 218 stained and lead glassed windows from Tiffany’s of New York. Fast forward nearly 120 years and the building, now a restaurant dubbed The Whitney, welcomes guests to experience fine dining and a lesson in history. The Sunday brunch, at $34 a head, comes strongly recommended by many here at Franco. With endless mimosas and a bottomless buffet in an atmosphere unlike any other in the city, The Whitney is Sunday must-do. Side note: there’s a rumor about this place being haunted, if that kind of thing excites you.
An enjoyable traffic jam
Traffic Jam & Snug (511 West Canfield) is the first and oldest brewery in Michigan and has even graced the Food Network stage, featured on “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives” in late 2011. Word on the street is the menu has some killer, homemade ice cream. I’ll have to check it out because ice cream is my favorite dessert, ever. Franco’s Senior VP Tina Kozak says, “The Thrice Diced Salad is one of my top-10 salads of all time.” Because I haven’t had the chance to visit this joint, I also inquired with fellow food-lovers and knowers all of Detroit food, the folks at Eat It Detroit. Here’s what they had to say:
What’s a Ghettoblaster?
Another popular spot for beer aficionados and pizza lovers of all walks of life is Motor City Brewing Works. This restaurant, located at 470 West Canfield, is known around town for its uncommon and ever-changing
selection of craft beers, like my personal favorite the Ghettoblaster. Their menu also boasts some of the most amazing and creative pizza combinations my palate has had the chance to enjoy. I recommend a visit to this place in the summertime, when the joint turns into an open air restaurant.
Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies – need I say more?
By expanding into a new, larger space, it’s no secret that Avalon Bakery has crafted a recipe for success. The bakery, which opened in 1997 on Willis Street in Midtown, has grown to now include a location at Detroit Henry Ford Hospital called Avalon on the Boulevard, and will soon move down the street on Willis to a larger space that will add amenities like a café and drive-thru service.
Cup of Motown Joe
“We’re always trying to elevate coffee to the level that people think about wine,” says James Cadariu, co-owner of Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co, according to a recent article in Hour Detroit Magazine. While this coffee company has been roasting unique flavors in the area since 1994, their recent Midtown venture, Great Lakes Coffee Bar brings the java straight to its fans. Also on the menu is a surprisingly expansive list of “beer, wine, craft cocktails and food from small, artisanal producers we admire,” according to their website.
Whol-ly cow! A big name grocer in the D
As many of you already know, Whole Foods is well on its way to a mid-2013 opening in Detroit (3670 Woodward Ave.) and I couldn’t be more excited for what this means. Bringing a national grocery chain to downtown sounds like revival to me – especially a grocery chain of Whole Foods’ caliber. Despite the numerous doubters, find out why even the Wall Street Journal sounds convinced it will succeed, here.
Interested in relocating to downtown Detroit? Definitely consider the Midtown neighborhood and visit www.detroit.curbed.com, www.livemidtown.org or www.citylivingdetroit.com to start your search. This area isn’t your typical college town, but offers much to do, see and eat.