Michigan

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Detroit

 

The Weekly Alternative for Detroit is the Metrotimes. Also peek at Detroit blog.

If you are going to Detroit in the first week of September, check out the “Dally in the Alley“, a big street fair.  Pre-event there are also benefit shows as well.  Saturday after labor day.

Regional Food thing-A chili dog here is called a “Coney”.  Two places near each other are Layfayette Coney Island at 118 W Lafayette Blvd and American Coney Island at 115 Michigan Ave.
Or you could get sliders.  Lots around at Telway Diner, 6820 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI  313-843-2146 , Open Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on every day but Christmas. Hamburgers 60 cents each or 4 for $2 to go. Or at greene’s, at 10 mile and orchard lake road, or with a giant donkey out front in Westland is Bray’s, on Ford Rd. just west of Wayne Rd

The Ferndale neighborhood is a relatively new hipster enclave filled with vintage clothing stores and streetware.

Museums-

Detroit Institute of the Arts-5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Motown Museum-2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48208

Seafoam Palace of Arts and Amusements -Address: 6460 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Outside the City in Dearborn is the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, a hybrid indoor/outdoor museum on the beginning of the industrial revolution

Bars
The Bronx Bar 4476 Second Ave., Detroit 313-832-8464-voted “best jukebox”.  Burgers are supposed to be good too.

Nemos-1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI 48226 -313-965-3180-lunch til 2:30 with burgers (including veggie burger) and “famous chili”.  Only burgers after 2:30.  Order drinks in one place, food in another, pay at the bar when done.
Old Miami -3930 Cass, Detroit, Michigan; Tel. 313.831.3830
must see neighborhood dive bar established in 1975 as a place for Vietnam Veterans. Military memorabilia, fireplace, couches, and a backyard with a stage for mostly punk bands.
ST. ANDREW’S HALL-431 E. Congress-Detroit-313-961-8137 and the Shelter club located below.
Smalls Bar and Grill -10339 Conant at: Cannif and Conant, Hamtramck-tel: (313)873-1117-Take the Holbrook/Cannif Exit East to Conant. Older more rock like crowd.

Food-
Avalon Bakery, 422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 832-0008-great for breakfast.
Cafe 1923-2287 Holbrook St Hamtramck MI 48212, cafe, art gallery, some live music.  Rarely have I found a joint that has inspired love in so many.  Google it and you will find many online tributes.
The Flytrap-22950 Woodward Ave. Ferndale, MI 48220, great for breakfast and gourmet diner food, featured on Diners, drive ins and dives.
Russell Street Deli-2465 Russell St.  Detroit, MI   (313) 567-2900-Great Breakfast/Diner place in a wholesale market area
Bangkok Cafe 323 W. 9 Mile Road  Ferndale MI (248)548-5373 -Great and cheap thai.
Cass Cafe-4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 313-831-1400-cool college hangout/techno kid joint.

Motz’s Burgers -7208 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209 (313) 843-9186 There are sliders and then there are SLIDERS. This place occupies the building of a former chain but has delicious sliders with sweet grilled onions. The building has been serving burgers since 1929

Telway Hamburgers – 6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210(313) 843-2146 Open 24 hours-More sliders, great coffee, coney dogs, super cheap.

Hunter House Hamburgers -35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 646-7121 Landmark sliders in a Detroit Suburb.

Band venues-
Gold Dollar Bar-Sadly, the first venue the white stripes ever played has closed down.  The site still lives on as an archive.
Paycheck’s Lounge-2932 Caniff Street, Hamtramck-tel: (313) 874-0909
The Majestic Theatre -4140 Woodward Avenue -Detroit-313.833.9700  Newer on the scene and part of the same complex with awesome shows is the magic stick.
ST. ANDREW’S HALL-431 E. Congress-Detroit-313-961-8137
The Magick Stick
The Magic Bag-22920 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220 -Home of the “view and brew” a movie for two bucks.

PJs Lager House– 1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 / 313-961-4668

Painted Lady Lounge-2930 Jacob St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Trixie’s-2656 Carpenter Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 316-5376-Bar with Occasional live music.

UFO Factory– 2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Detroit area Record Stores-

Third Man Records Cass Corridor– 441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
Flat Black Circular, 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
Melodies & Memories- 23013 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI, 586-774-8480
Peoples Records-1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207
Paramita Sound·1417 Van Dyke St, Detroit, Michigan 48214
Detroit Threads-10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI, 313-872-1777-Record store/clothing place

Hotels-
Shorecrest Motor Inn.  1316 E. Jefferson Aven 800-992-9616-In the greektown area.  Sleazy but central and safe.

You can find some good local listings on the website for the major paper in town-The Detroit Free Press.

Some pretty complete city listings here from Metro Times Website.

Farmington Hills, MI
Attraction-Outside of Detroit, Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum has a huge collection of Antique arcade games of both the fun and freaky variety.  31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334   248-626-5020

 

Allegan, MI

Vintage theater
The Regent Theatre, 211 Trowbridge Street, Downtown Allegan, MI
269.673.2737-shows movies
Eats
Grill House and Rock Bottom located 2 miles south of Allegan, Michigan at 1071 Highway M-40.  You grill your own steak

Ann Arbor, MI

 

Parties-
The Bang-Said to be the best party in town

Live Music-
Blind Pig -208 S. First Street
Ann Arbor MI 734.996.8555

 Record stores-
Wazoo Records-336 1/2 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2868
(734) 761-8686
Encore Records-417 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mi
Food-
New York Pizza Depot-605 East Williams , Ann Arbor (& other location) (734) 669-NYPD(6973)
Krazy Jims Blimpy Burger-551 South Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI 734-663-4590-delicious smash burgers with tons of toppings! Even worcestershire sauce. 4 choices of buns!
Fleetwood Diner -Home of “hippie hash” 24/7. -300 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-5502

 

Bay City, Mi

Museum (in danger of closing)

The Antique Toy and Firehouse museum-http://www.toyandfiretruckmuseum.org .3456 Patterson Road Bay City Michigan 48706 -888-888-1270

 

Birch Run, MI (Near Saginaw)
Eats-Tonys I-75-8781 Main St,   Birch Run, MI 48415: (989) 624-5860, diner famous for their steak sandwiches and ginormous BLTs with over a pound of bacon.  Finish with a huuuge Banana split.

Birmingham, MI

 

Eats-

Hunter House Hamburgers-35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 646-7121-Since 1952.  Great Rings

Coldwater, MI

Drive In Theater-
Capri Drive-in, 119 W. Chicago Road, Coldwater, MI  48888

Dearborn, MI (Detroit Suburb)

Eats-Miller’s Bar-1941 watering hole for classic burgers, onion rings & beers with honor system payment.23700 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124- (313) 565-2577

Flint, MI
Eats-Halo Burger-3805 E Court St, Flint, MI 48506
(810) 744-1260 www.haloburger.com
Burger Joint famous for Unusual Toppings like black or green olives, banana peppers and more
Angelo’s Coney Island:Hot dog stand with Coneys, served with a chili sauce  24 hours a day. 1807 N Franklin Ave # 101, Flint MI 48506 SInce 1949  Also Rings and burgers and fries that you can get with a side of gravy.
Live Music
The Loft -515 Buckham Alley Flint, MI 48506 810.767.0933
http://www.myspace.com/loftinthealley
Frankenmuth, MI (not far from Saginaw)

Lots of great stuff in this area, lots of Bavarian Style architecture
Two restaurants compete on their “broasted chicken dinners”
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1939
(989) 652-7200
http://www.bavarianinn.com/
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s Splash Village indoor Water Park and Hotel Featuring a 25000 square foot indoor waterpark
950 Flint Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1802
(989) 652-0307
http://www.zehnders.com/
Frankenmuth, MI
Worlds Largest Xmas store, Bronners, between Flint and Saginaw, just off I-75. Take northbound exit 136 or southbound exit 144, open year round
Grand Rapids, MI

Live Music-Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill -760 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504(616) 272-3910

Founders Brewing Co : 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 open til–2AM

East Grand Rapids Events

Another event-
Every Friday is
Friday Night at GRAM (Grand Rapids art musuem), cash bar, live music, Galleries Open All Evening from 5:00 – 9:00pm
http://www.gramonline.org/

Record Store-
Vertigo Music 1, 71 South Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Eats-
The Grand Coney, 809 Michigan St. NE  Grand Rapids,MI 49503  – a diner (featuring hot dogs) with an awesome retro setting, 24 hours – except one night a week they close for cleaning – cheap food, big portions, great service, Hours:
Mon-Wed; 5:30 to 11pm , Thurs-Sun; Open 24 hours
The 76 Coffeehouse, 1507 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI – Independently owned, beans roasted in their lower level, best coffee in town. 24 hours, very attractive staff, featuring “french sodas” a refreshing combination of flavored syrup and club soda or seltzer water mixed in a cup of ice with  half-and-half or milk. located adjacent to
Yesterdog, 1505 weathly SE (eastown)- world famous hotdog spot  open six days a week, cozy atmosphere.  Their Ultradog has chili, chopped pickles, shredded cheese and mustard

Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger -551 South Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Donkey Taqueria-665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-Normally Trashy Travel sticks to regional food, but this joint has a sandwich, the TORTA DE JAMON has
roasted ham, pork confit, queso chihuahua, refried pinto beans, guacamole, pickled serrano-onion relish, chipotle-caper mayo, and chopped romaine lettuce for cheap.  (featured on Cheap Eats).

Stellas Lounge-53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 bar with arcade and well known burgers.

Jonny B’z Dogs and More – 701 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503(616) 551-1108. So many Dog and burger joints in this town.  This place has good looking burgers and amazing looking chili dogs

Venues-

The Intersection

Orbit Room located on the corner of 28th St. and the East Beltline in Grand Rapids Mi
Skelletones-133 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 Grandville, MI
Record Shop-Corner Record shop-3562 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418 (616) 531-6578 Vinyl shop
Hamtramck, MI (Detroit Suburb)
Home of the Annual Hamtramck music festival in early March
Eats-Polonia-2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212-Polish restaurant circa 1940s famous for Dill Pickle soup and “City Chicken”-pork and veal on a stick.
Polish Village Cafe -Restaurant under an old hotel.  They also have Dill Pickle Soup: 2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Motor City Sports Bar-9122 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 875-4710 Great classic Burger
Holland, MI
Tourist Attraction
Nelis’ Dutch Village-Corner of US-31 at James
12350 James Street Holland, MI 49424, USA
Ph (616) 396-1475
Carousel, petting zoo, buy your wooden shoes
http://www.dutchvillage.com/
Houghton, MI
Eats-Ambassador Restaurant , 126 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-5054 Wayyyy in the upper peninsula of MI, this bar has a hundred year old fresco and all the original furnishings…
Jackson, MI
Eats-
Schlenkers Sandwich Shop-1104 E Ganson St ,Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 783-1667-tiny place with a u shaped counter.  Great burgers-some jerk on yelp wrote they were greasy.  Um, its a burger.
Kalamazoo, MI

Sadness:  Vanished Kalamazoo has photos of all the cool gone stuff..

DIY shows here.

Bars-

Louie’s Trophy House Grill –  Louie’s Trophy House grill is the oldest bar in Kalamazoo. 440 East North Street  Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 385-9359

 

Old Dog Tavern-402 East Kalamazoo Avenue  Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-5677-fairly new bar with a menu of classics like pickled eggs and pretzels with Cheese and mustard.

Papa Pete’s-502 South Burdick Street  Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 388-2196 pizza joint with live music

Record Stores

Corner Record shop-1710 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 Recently opened Vinyl shop
Greenlight Music-4717 West KL Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49006  269.372.8560

Venues-
The Strutt-773 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, (269) 492-7200
 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe -joint offering local craft beer, eclectic pub grub & live music some nights. 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 382-2332
Lansing, MI
Live Music-
Avenue Cafe -2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 492-7403
 Livonia, MI
Eats-
Daly Drive-In -burgers,  coney dogs & other diner stuffs since 1959. : 31500 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150- most days til 8 pm : (734) 427-4474
Marshall, MI (Battle Creek)
Eats-
 Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub ?-Century-old, family-owned restaurant in a former hotel.
115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI 49068 (269) 781-0600-Mmm Roast beef.
Royal Oak, MI (outside of detroit)
Louies Trophy House-629 Walbridge St
Kalamazoo, Michigan (269) 385-9359
eats
Sign of the Beefcarver-27400 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-7888 part of a dissappearing chain of cafeteria style joints with an alarming face on the sign
 

Muskegon, MI

Amusement Park-
Michigans Adventure-this park has Shivering Timbers, a favorite ride of Rollercoaster Enthusiasts everywhere.

Pontiac, MI (greater Detroit)

Eats-

Bob E’s Super Chief -340 W Walton Blvd, Pontiac, MI 48340 (248) 333-2028-Foot long coneys. Good rings.

 

Potterville, MI
Eats-
Joes Gizzard City-Fried Chicken Gizzards, 120 W Main St.
Potterville, MI 48876  Served in Many different flavors, cajun, garlic and more.  Plus deep fried burgers, dogs and oreos and twinkies.

Redford, MI (Greater Detroit)

Eats
Sandy’s by the Beech -25853 5 Mile Rd, Redford, MI 48239 Burgers, Loaded Chili

Rochester, MI

Eats-

Lipuma’s Coney Island -621 N Main St, Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-9862

Royal Oak, MI (Greater Detroit)
Bars-
Gusoline Alley -Vintage garage signs & a wall-mounted car decorate this dive bar. 309 S Center St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Saginaw, MI
Museum-
The Historical Society of Saginaw County – Castle Museum & Annex
500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607
Phone: (989) 752-2861-located in an old post office, was in danger of closing.  Giant train set among other things.
eats
Tony’s Original Restaurant-2612 State St
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 793-1801
Italian joint famous for giant steak sandwiches
Waterford, MI
Eats-Walt’s Original Coney Island -3425 Highland Rd ,Waterford, MI 48328 (248) 933-1411-Coney/Burger Joint with cool decor.  Recommended.  No AC/Cash Only
Waterford Twp, MI
Highlander Coney ?-4355 Dixie Hwy, Waterford Twp, MI 48329 (248) 674-4879-Coney Dog joint thats been there forever.
Ypsilanti, MI (greater Detroit)
Eats-
Chick Inn Drive-In -501 Holmes Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 (734) 483-3639-Great Coneys, Grilled Cheese and Paul Bunyon burgers.  Messy Chili cheese fries.
Bill’s Drive-In -1292 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (734) 485-2831-Amazing mustard colored building.

 

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