WITH POLL: Four different itineraries for visiting Detroit and the 2013 Auto Show
You've been to the casinos, yelled "opa" in Greektown, and had your photo taken beside the massive concrete bengal in front of Comerica Park. It may be easy to rush in and out of Detroit when visiting for special events like seeing the Detroit Lions handed another frustrating loss, but the annual auto show provides the opportunity to check out some of the traditional and more unique destinations around town. To help you plan your trip to the 2013 North American International Auto Show we've prepared a few suggested itineraries to make the most of your 40-some mile drive.
For the Townie
Do you experience Tree Town withdrawal anytime you drive outside the freeway wall circling Ann Arbor? Not to worry, the Motor city has a number of destinations that will remind you of home. Before you begin fighting the crowds, get your caffeine fix at a destination bearing a similar cosmic name to Ann Arbor's Comet Coffee — Astro Coffee, located in the shadow of Michigan Central Station.
After the show refuel your stomach. Not to fear, a familiar friend is near at Seva's Detroit location. Your post-dinner entertainment destination awaits just a few blocks away in the form of Detroit's answer to the Michigan Theater, the Detroit Film Theater. If your film is out in-time, take a brisk walk around the corner to finish the evening with a sweet-treat at Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes.
For the Family
Although cars may be entertaining, the show can be more taxing to a child's attention span than shopping at the mall during the holiday season. Mix up your trip by splitting your day into two halves.
Last, but not least, take a detour on the way back to I-94 at the Heidelberg Project. While it may not be a $750,000 fountain, a house covered in stuffed animals is guaranteed to spark the imagination.
Make it a Date
Taking a special someone along? Unless they are a true gear-head you probably don't want to spend your entire day wandering the floor of Cobo Hall. So, I'll give you two options to consider here, an early bird plan, and another if you are aiming for an afternoon visit.
For those of you heading down later, when you're done snapping of photos of each other in a convertible and debating what your dream car would be it's time to select a dinner destination. The London Chop House is a walkable destination, but don't let that limit your culinary exploration. Other options just off the People Mover route include: Vincente's (Cuban), Angelina Bistro (Italian), Roast (Steakhouse), Joe Muer Seafood in the RenCen, or Cliff Bell's for the music lover. After dinner, finish the date over a craft cocktails at The Sugar House.
It's probably safe to say that someone has recommended you go to Slows BBQ, but despite their recent expansion, you still may end up waiting in line to fulfill your brisket craving. So, after the show order up a couple of pies to-go at the increasingly popular Supino's Pizzera and take them over to Atwater Brewery to dine while you sample craft brews from the middle of the brewing facility. If you're looking to keep the evening going either head back downtown to skate the rink at Campus Martius followed by drinks at Foran's or check out the hipster hangout, Cafe D'Mongos.