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Mortalman
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Post Number: 31
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any suggestions for a nice place for a Birthday dinner in or near the Renaissance Center?
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Ndavies
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With close to 100 restaurants and bars within a 15 minute walk of the Ren-Cen could you be a little more specific with what you're looking for?
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Chitaku
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

100 restaurants that all serve the same food! Downtown needs more variety!
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Ndavies
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a clueless statement chitaku. If you're only willing to pay for bar food that's all you're going to get. There is plenty of variety downtown if you know where to look.
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Jtw
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

coach insignia?
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Serve the same food?!?!?!?! What?!?!?! What?!?!?!?! What?!?!?!?!
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Chitaku
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

not a clueless statement. I live downtown go out to eat a lot. The options are slim it's either, bar food which I'm not into, really expensive food, or greek or coney. Yeah i said it bring on the backlash. Come on tell me how great and rosey everything is. Yet every time I walk somewhere to eat I end up walking the whole CBD because a majority of the places close at 5 and the rest are way out of my league.
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Chris_rohn
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 12:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You could always eat at one of 50 Subway locations.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2536
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, just cause you're broke don't blame it on us. There's plenty of variety downtown if you're willing to pay more than $10.

There's Mexican, thai, greek, coney, indian, Italian, cuban, subway, pizza, and plenty of bar food. The only thing lacking is crappy fast food and mediocre high volume chains. I'd much rather pay a little extra and go to a high quality stand alone restaurant
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Sharmaal
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rosy, no, but much better than you describe it.


Indian - Check
Thai - Check Check Check
Middle Eastern - Check
Greek - Check Check Check
Bar Food - Check
Premium Bar Food - Check
Pizza - Check Check
Sandwiches - Check Check
Soul Food - Check
Cajun - Check

All are in the CBD, All are open later than 5. All can be had for less than $10.
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Bobj
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Back to the original question:

Coach Insignia is great and Seldom Blues is as well. A little less expensive is Andiamo's in the RenCen or Sweet Lorraine's in the Courtyard by Marriot.
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Mortalman
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Post Number: 32
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Bob! I was beginning to ask the question Detroitwhat?
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Thejesus
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OP wasn't very specific, but there's Andiamo in the Ren Cen...

http://www.andiamoitalia.com/a rd.htm
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Rugbyman
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We ate ate Coach Insignia during Winter Blast. If you're willing to shell out $35 a plate, this place is WELL worth it. Great wine list. Make sure you get the crab cakes, you won't be disappointed.
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Canuckr
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Chitaku, we need more variety..

There is no middle ground. Jimmy Johns, Quiznos, Subway, etc close way to early. I was too lazy to make food last night so I thought about ordering; but oh yea there nothing is open. Well unless you want bar food, a coney, or something fancy dancy. blah, I ate a bowl of cereal..
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Neilr
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chitaku, do you like Thai food? If so, to me, Orchid Thai on Monroe is the best Thai restaurant around. While not cheap, it is quite reasonable and the portions are large enough so that I am always able to bring home half of my meal for the next day. If you have been, or go to Orchid Thai, I'd be interested in your opinion of it.
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Downtown_remix
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 1:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Soon asian village will present the great alternative. Small Plates,"The Woodward' inside compuware, Detroit breakfast grill on woodward.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i eat Orchid Thai at least twice a month
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Chitaku
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 2:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i'm not poor but I don't want to drop 15-20 dollars on a decent meal. As for the middle eastern, Harmonie Way is the only place I know and they close at 3
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Mortalman
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Neilr! The Orchid Thai sounds like the ticket for tonight if my plane gets in on time. I had Thai food in Marina Del Rey last night at the Thai Garden that had the most incredible seafood with crab sausage. It was yummy! It sounds like another Thai adventure for tonight. :-)
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Warrenite84
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Try Baile Corcaigh in Corktown, @ Bagley & Trumbull. It's not near the Ren Cen, but has a very good atmosphere and food.
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Sharmaal
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 2:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Park Bar Chitaku. very good Chicken Shwarma. I've heard the salad is excellent as well.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 3:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last I checked Potbelly's don't serve coneys and Andiamo's don't serve Potbelly's.

If you;re looking for something special (no particular order):
Coach Insignia (Marriot),
Andiamo's,
Seldom Blues, and
Riverfront Room (Marriot)

are all nice sit down places with views of the water.
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Sharmaal
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 4:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Opus One is a block away. Amazing food, but bring two wallets.
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Urbanize
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 5:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don't Forget The Woodward inside Compuware for Southern hospitality and Sweet Georgia Brown.
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Downtown_remix
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 6:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

theres great restaurants inside the casino's as well. Mosaic and fishbones in greektown is great.
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Spaceboykelly
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 9:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Vincente's
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Scs100
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 9:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has anyone here tried Bangkok Crossing? That gets my vote for Thai food.
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Docmo
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 10:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rent the WinterGarden and have your party catered. That would be a sweet B-day.
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Catman_dude
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 10:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Where's de Detroit Hard Rock Cafe??

Are they any BBQ (Southern variety) places?
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Stromberg2
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 3:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

BBQ? Slows on Michigan near Tiger Stadium.

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Sg_creative
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 4:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Try McNarney's Public House.

http://www.mcnarneysdetroit.co m

Irish food with a twist... it's located right where River Rock and Current used to be. 673 Franklin Street.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 5:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you go to slows, be SURE to get the Mac n Cheese. I know it sounds silly, but you will not regret it.
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Stromberg2
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 7:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll 2nd and 3rd that, JohnL.

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6nois
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 11:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hard Rock is in the Compuware Building.
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Craig
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Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 12:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Re: eating late... I think that some of you are not on foot late, in CBD. Blow out of work late downtown and there is nothing but coneys if your budget is south of $10. Prove me wrong and I'll admit my error by eating there. The fact that I find nothing but nearly empty expensive places and over-priced coney's on Michigan tells me that CBD is more of a hollowed-out shell than many are willing to admit.
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Erikd
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Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 3:04 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Craig,

If you are looking for downtown dining, OTHER than coneys, AFTER 6pm, AND under ten dollars, here are a few suggestions:

Indian food at Sizzle N Spice
Mexican food at Loco
Thai food at Bahn Thai
Greek food at numerous places in Greektown
Pizza at Buzz Bar, Nikki's, or Pappy's
Fish and Chips, Shepherds Pie, and a dozen other entrees at the Detroit Beer Co.

These are just the first things that came to mind that fit all of your criteria.

I can come up with a more comprehensive list if you would like...

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