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Michigan Tips
Right, The Butter Burger, a regional specialty.  A beef burger topped with about a tablespoon of butter to melty goodness.
Think I'm missing something hot, cool, or tasty?  Well, send me tips at evan@trashytravel.com
A really good guide to Michigans upper peninsula here.

The Weekly Alternative for Detroit is the
Also check out
Motor City Rocks.  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.

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.

The Bronx Bar 4476 Second Ave., Detroit 313-832-8464-voted "best jukebox".  Burgers are supposed to be good too.
Kress' Lounge-8400 Michigan Ave.,Detroit, MI,313-581-2006-very cool bar in East Detroit.
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
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.

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.

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.
The Lager House - on mondays $1.50 PBRs and well drinks, 1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 / 313-961-4668 (added 10/1/2004)

Detroit area Record Stores-
Car City Records, 21918 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Desirable Discs, 1116 N. Telgraph Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
Flat Black Circular, 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
Melodies & Memories- 23013 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI, 586-774-8480
Recordtime, 433 Main St, Rochester, MI 48307
Recordtime, 27360 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI 48066
Detroit Threads-10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI, 313-872-1777-Record store/clothing place

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

Ann Arbor, MI

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
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!

Bay City, Mi
Museum (in danger of closing) 
The Antique Toy and Firehouse museum
Bay City Michigan. 
3456 Patterson Road
Bay City Michigan 48706
Tel: 1-888-888-1270

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.

Coldwater, MI

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


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
Live Music
The Loft -515 Buckham Alley Flint, MI 48506 810.767.0933

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
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
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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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
The Strutt-773 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, (269) 492-7200
Royal Oak, MI (outside of detroit)
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.

Potterville, MI
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.
Saginaw, MI
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.
Tony's Original Restaurant-2612 State St
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 793-1801
Italian joint famous for giant steak sandwiches


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