Hidden down Belt Alley - a Midtown alleyway filled with street murals and art galleries - is Standby, a semi-speakeasy that doubles as a cocktail bar and restaurant. The bar itself, which is referred to as a “cocktail lab,” serves more than 50 different cocktails, most of which are really delicious, but also take a few minutes to make. It’s dimly lit and definitely intimate, so if you’re looking for a good date spot, come here. You can also stop in until midnight for a late dinner, with the gnocchi and cheeseburger being two of the biggest crowd pleasers. If you want another bar to check out afterward, grab a frozen cocktail at The Skip at the other end of the alley.
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Grey Ghost Detroit
If you want to eat meat in its many forms, and drink some good draft cocktails, check out Grey Ghost in Midtown for dinner or brunch.
Selden Standard in Midtown has nailed the New American food/good cocktails/exposed wood trio for years. And guess what? It’s still great.
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When you’re hungover and/or sleep deprived on a weekend morning, go to Clique for grilled cinnamon rolls and every other breakfast food imaginable.
Lafayette Coney Island
Lafayette Coney Island is one of the two most famous spots for coney dogs in Detroit. It’s open late and best experienced with a side of chili fries.
If you’re with a group and everyone wants something different, go to Craft Work in West Village for everything from oysters to curry lamb and pot pie.
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Cafe d’Mongo’s looks like a dive bar and the Detroit history museum got drunk and decided to join forces. If you haven’t been, go now.
Flowers Of Vietnam
Flowers of Vietnam serves excellent Vietnamese food and interesting cocktails inside the former Vernor Coney Island space in Mexicantown.
Maru Sushi & Grill
Maru is a great downtown sushi option, with specialty rolls, udon, and a late-night menu perfect for when you drank a little too much at Happy Hour.
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