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Top Choice Bar in Detroit


There's not much inside Detroit's best boozer besides a pool table, dim lighting and a couple of jukeboxes filled with ballsy rock and soul. But that's the way the hipsters, slackers and rockers (the White Stripes u…
Top Choice Museum in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts

The cream of the museum crop. The centerpiece is Diego Rivera's mural Detroit Industry, which fills an entire room and reflects the city's blue-collar labor history. Beyond it are Picassos, suits of armor, mod Afric…
Top Choice Market in Detroit

Eastern Market

Produce, cheese, spice and flower vendors fill the large halls on Saturday, but you also can turn up Monday through Friday to browse the specialty shops (props to the peanut roaster) and cafes that flank the halls o…
Top Choice Barbecue in Detroit

Slows Bar BQ

Mmm, slow-cooked southern-style barbecue in Corktown. Carnivores can carve into the three-meat combo plate (brisket, pulled pork and chicken). Vegetarians even have a couple of options. The taps yield 55 quality bee…
Bakery in Detroit

Avalon International Breads

Detroit's earthy types huddle round the hearth at Avalon, where its fresh-baked bread (like scallion dill or country Italian) makes an excellent base for the sandwiches it serves.
Cafe in Detroit

Cass Cafe

The Cass is a bohemian art gallery fused with a bar and restaurant that serves soups, sandwiches and veggie beauties, like the lentil-walnut burger. Service can be fickle.
American in Detroit

Lafayette Coney Island

The 'coney' – a hot dog smothered with chili and onions – is a Detroit specialty. When the craving strikes (and it will), take care of business at Lafayette. The minimalist menu consists of burgers, fries and beer, …
Mexican in Detroit


Xochimilco is one of many places in Mexicantown, along Bagley St, that offers a solid, inexpensive line-up of burritos and other Mexican standards.
Live Music in Detroit


With a heaven and hell theme, this is the spot in Detroit for dancing. Housed in an old piano store, the venue is now a techno hothouse. If ever there was a masquerade ball for the apocalypse then this would probabl…
Live Music in Detroit

Baker's Keyboard Lounge

Everyone from Miles Davis to Thelonious Monk to Nina Simone has let loose at the self-proclaimed 'world's oldest jazz club' on Detroit's far northwest side.