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Wear your city on your sleeve with a selection of uniquely Motown products at Pure Detroit. This store was established in 1998 with the sole purpose of capturing and spreading the essence of the Motor City. And since it opened it has stood as a promoter of the city and its culture. From casual apparel and jewelry to gifts, bags and souvenirs, each item represents Detroit in some way or the other, whether it is through a design, a printed photograph or a logo. So, if you happen to be looking for a souvenir, this is the perfect place to shop.
Run by a bunch of passionate cyclists, Wheelhouse Detroit is one of the best spots for cycling enthusiasts. Their retail section will take care of all your biking needs right from different ranges of bikes to accessories. These include brands like Detroit Bikes, Kona, Opus, Brooklyn Bicycle Co and Origin8. Get your vehicle tuned up, overhauled pr assembled at this place. They also rent hybrids, vintage, tricycles, cruisers and BMX. That's not all. You can also embark on themed bicycle tours.
They take their bagels very seriously at the Detroit Institute of Bagels. Each bagel is lovingly produced with attention to detail, giving them a nice texture, and the owners admittedly treat bagel-making as a legitimate art form. One can pick from a variety of bagel flavors such as classic, sesame, poppy, cinnamon raisin and rosemary olive oil. For those who have a voracious appetite and one bagel just won't do it, pick from their bagel sandwiches.
Supino Pizzeria in Detroit's Eastern Market is some of the city's favorite pizza, and has even won several "Best Pizza" awards in the Metro Detroit area. The menu consists mainly of pizzas divided into two categories: red and white. Classic combinations like the Quattro Formaggio (four cheese) and Margherita mix with modern ones like the City Wing Thing with smoked turkey, smoked Gouda, chevre, feta and parsley to form a well rounded pizza menu. Customers can also choose to create their own pizza from a selection of toppings. Pies are available in 12 inch or 18 inch sizes as well as slices. To round out the menu they also have a house salad, house lasagna and cannolis.
Tucked away in Detroit's Eastern Market is this small stand serving up pierogis with big flavor. The People's Pierogi Collective makes these delightful little Polish pillows of food with all kinds of fillings, from the traditional potato to others like spinach and artichoke or Michigan cherry. The pierogis are served with sauerkraut and caramelized onions. In a city full of pierogis, you will find the most creativity at the People's Pierogi Collective.
Shangri-La is a restaurant in Detroit's Midtown that specializes in authentic and Americanized Chinese cuisine. Although Shangri-La does offer regular a la carte service which is popular, the main way to dine is Dim Sum. Get a table and watch as plates full of food pass by your table on carts ready for your selection. Particular favorites include the dumplings and the hot and sour soup made using black vinegar. Shangri-La also has a full bar including a good selection of sake.
Easily the best food bargain in Detroit is this thoroughly unpretentious diner in the heart of Mexicantown. The best tamales in the state are churned out here. The choice of what you can put inside the steamed corn husk of the tamales includes spiced-just-right pork or chicken, beans or even fruit. The decor has only the bare essentials, but that deficiency is counter-balanced by solicitous service and an extensive menu beyond tamales, including steak and eggs, short ribs, menudo and botanas (generous chips, cheese and vegetables platters).
The headquarters of Belgian culture in Detroit, the Cadieux Café has one of the first feather bowling alleys in the United States. The bowling alleys are concave and players roll huge wooden wheels and try to land closest to a feather. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood on the East Side, the Cadieux Café is also famous for its fabulous mussels, which are served in more than six different ways. The rest of the menu is typical pub grub and Belgian dishes, and the Old World decor and cheery atmosphere provide a good taste of Belgian bonhomie. It is recommended to book bowling lanes in advance, but it's almost as much fun to watch the old-timers bowl as to play yourself.
Established in 1994, Merchant’s Fine Wine is the brainchild of John and Gail Lossia. It is one of the best places in town to buy quality wines, beer, fine spirits and gourmet food. You will even find rare to find varieties as well. Stroll through their aisles of craft beers, wine and more. You will definitely be impressed.
Royal Oak, a city of Detroit, is filled with charming boutiques and Scout is one the local favorites. This eclectic little shop is filled to the brim with unique finds, from trendy home decor to jewelry, perfume and prints. Give your home that extra special touch with one of the many unique items found here.