This is the first in a series of posts on my favorite Michigan-based restaurants. This post will feature restaurants in Detroit.
Xochimilco-A favorite of my favorites! Located in Mexicantown near the Ambassador Bridge, Xochimilco’s makes the best margaritas that I’ve EVER had. A trip to this classic Mexican restaurant would not be complete without an order of margaritas and flaming cheese. Flaming cheese is a mix of cheese, ground meat, hot peppers, and secret sauce (my description, not theirs). You eat flaming cheese with tortillas (always order an extra order of tortillas, you’ll need it!). It’s hard to describe how good flaming cheese is, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!
Roma Cafe-The Roma Cafe is Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant, it’s been open since 1890! It’s located only a few blocks away from the Eastern Market. This restaurant is very old school, all the waiters are dressed in tuxedos, they hand toss the chopped salads, and they serve all the classics. My favorite is definitely the cheese ravioli with meat sauce. The Roma Cafe makes the most delicious meat sauce I have ever had. And if you like it as much as I do, then you’d want to know that their meat sauce is available to go.
Russell Street Deli-The Russell Street Deli is located in the Eastern Market and offers both breakfast and lunch. They specialize in farm-fresh, locally grown food with lots of vegetarian options. I especially enjoy breakfast at the deli, their french toast with toasted pecans is very tasty and I consider myself somewhat of a french toast connoisseur so you know it’s good! FYI-expect long waits and to share your table with other parties, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine-I’ve only been to Vincente’s for dinner once, but my husband and I are still talking about our meal there! We started with empanadas and then we ordered Cuban sandwiches (normally, they are only available for lunch but we lucked out and the grills were still on when we were there) accompanied by plantains two ways: fried sweet plantains and double-fried green plantains. Both were delicious in their own way. The fried sweet plantains were more like bananas and the double-friend green plantains were more like potatoes. We finished our meal with a slice of tres leches cake.
Roast-While I’ve never actually eaten in the main dining room at Roast, I’ve been to their famous happy hour several times. Their happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30pm-6:30pm and offers $3 bites, $4 select beers and wines, and $5 pours (one liquor is on special and you can have any drink made with it for $5). The bites include “beast of the day” tacos (we’ve had suckling pig and goat), cheeseburger with bacon and a sunny-side egg, and the BEST macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had (I’ve said that a lot in this post!). If you plan on checking out Roast’s happy hour, make sure you go early, it fills up quickly.
Slow’s BAR BQ-Located on Michigan Ave near the old Tiger’s Stadium, Slow’s is serving some of the best BBQ around. My favorite item on Slow’s menu is the Reason sandwich, pork butt, smoked slow and pulled, bathed in sauce and topped with our signature coleslaw and dill pickle strips. There’s several types of sauces on the table: sweet, hot, mustard, vinegar and I like to mix a few so I get the best of all of them. Their side dishes are also very tasty, including macaroni and cheese, sweet potato mash, and applesauce.