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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-05-08 08:35 AM
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20. Greektown, WSU area/museums, and so on
Greektown is nice, safe and you can walk to the ballpark from there. I agree with whoever said to try the Laikon cafe-they have window seats, if you are lucky, and a most charming host. The Golden Fleece is good in a greasy-spoon sort of way.
If you drive north from downtown up Woodward, you will hit the Wayne State area. There are a lot of things to do around there-the museums are all right there, for one thing. The Detroit Institute of the Arts has an excellent collection to see, the Detroit Science Center has some cool exhibits, and the Museum of African American History's building alone is a piece of art. If you take Woodward about a mile farther north, you can go west on West Grand BLVD (a "Michigan Left" turn, which is a right, then a left). If you follow that past Henry Ford Hospital, you will see the Motown Museum ("Hitsville") on the south side of the Boulevard. All these places are safe during the day, as is Belle Isle and the Pewabic Tile factory and showroom on the east side.

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is worth seeing, especially as they now have the Rosa Parks' bus. Dearborn is a good place to taste Middle Eastern food, too. I suggest Cedarlands on Warren, now that La Shish is no more.

Ferndale and Royal Oak are the hip, young people's hangouts. They are expensive little communities just north of the city, but they have some good restaurants. Ferndale has a good Thai place-May's Bankok Express. Downtown Royal Oak has some good places, too-Monterey's is good mexican (but better can be found down by the Ambassador Bridge), Mr. B's pub (good bar food), and so on. Nutri-foods is an excellent health food store, and the Main Theater always has artsy and independent films showing.

Check out a church with a good choir when you are here-Greater Grace on 7 Mile near Telegraph has an awesome choir-it's the church where Rosa Parks' funeral was held. Perfecting Church on Van Dyke and Nevada (east side) is the Winan family's church. They are building a bigger and better church at Woodward and 7 Mile Road, currently. The UMC church on Woodward, just north of West Grand BLVD is a very diverse congregation and has a beautiful building, the Baptist church in Greektown once was a station on the Underground Railroad and there are lots of other good churches with good choirs around town.

Just one piece of advice-I-696 is our autobahn. If you are not prepared to drive at least 70 mph, stay off it. It's not a good road for talking on your cell phone while you are driving, either. We are crazy drivers in Detroit, and this is our road to drive the craziest. I-94 has lots of blind on-ramps, and I-75 can have people driving as crazy as they do on 696. I-75 is closed at the Ambassador Bridge-the official detour will take you several miles out of your way, depending on where you are heading to. If you are going out for mexican food, take Michigan AVE west to W. Grand BLVD, go south to Bagley (no light, and just south of Vernor). There are several excellent and cheap mexican places-the cops eat down here, so it's safe. Xochimilco is the most crowded, but they have really cool murals on the wall in the bar area. Or go to Armando's on Vernor.
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