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Page 16-E--Thursday, September 9,±192-The MichiganDaily



Detroit delive

By Ann Marie Fazio
and Mark Gindin
For those campus dwellers who long
for the hustle of city life, the tall
buildings and heavy traffic, Ann Arbor
just doesn't cut it. Luckily for them,
however, Detroit lies less than an hour
When most non-natives think of the
Motor City, the riverfront usually
comes to mind. Cobo Hall, the Joe Louis
Arena, Hart Plaza and, of course, the
Renaissance Center represent down-
town to them.
Admittedly, it is difficult not to think
of the Ren-Cen as the center of town.

Rising from the river, the five glass
cylinders act as a landmark for those of
us not used to city navigation
The building itself is a structure wor-
th visiting. A whole day could be spent
just wandering through the huge World
of Shops, which consists of retail stores,
novelty shops, and eateries of every
type. The Summit restaurant and bar
slowly turn in a circle at the top of the
main building, affording patrons a
spectacular view of the city and the
Detroit River. Hotel rooms and offices
occupy most of the other space in the
Considered the nucleus from which
Detroit will regain its strength, the
Ren-Cen/riverfront area is the site of


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most city-sponsored events with the ob-
vious intention of drawing outsiders in-
to the city.
One of the newest gimmicks is a
trolley that runs from Grand Circus
Park (in the heart of the downtown
district) to the Renaissance Center.
Tourists love it. I
Greektown, about a quarter of a mile
northwest of the Ren-Cen, is basically
one block of solid Greek' restaurants,
grocery stores, bakeries, and novelty
shops. Some of the best-tasting dinners
and pasteries can be found on that
One Greek dish in particular is
designed to overwhelm the senses.
Called Saganaki, the creamy goat's
cheese covered with brandy is im-
pressive enough left alone. But as the
waiter ignites the brandy, a huge
fireball erupts from the pan as he cries
OPA! to the delight of the other
During the summer, downtown hosts
a multitude of cross-cultural
celebrations. The Ethnic Festivals,
held at Hart Plaza, center on a different
country each weekend, and feature food
and song and dance, along with car-
nival games and souvenir booths.
Hart Plaza is a nice place to visit,
even when the festivals are over. The
large metal Noguchi fountain at its cen-
ter, and the scattered colorful picnic
tables all in front of a spacious river
view create a pleasant atmosphere for
an outdoor lunch or evening stroll.
The Cultural Center, in Detroit, is
definitely worth a visit. There, one can
see the Detroit Institute of Art, a
museum nationally acclaimed for its
fine collection of art works from many
countries and eras and for the famous
Deigo Rivera frescoes.
Outsiders and natives alike can see
what Detroit was like in the good ol'
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days by visiting the Historical Museum,
also located in the Cultural Center. The
main branch of the Detroit Public
Library, together with these museums
in the center, has more to look at than
just books. The huge wall frescoes and
giant lighted globe are just two. In ad-
dition to these, the Center also has
many interesting exhibits and exam-
ples of natural phenomenon.
For those seeking to soak -up the sun
and chow down some burgers, Belle
Isle is the picnic-ers heaven. The island
provides a peaceful change from the
hustle of the city with its wooded trails,
horse and canoe rentals and lots of
grass and picnic tables. A small
children's zoo is also located on the
island, which is about a five minute
drive from downtown.
But what city would be a city without
a nightlife? Detroit's is diversified and
lively, as any good city's should be.
The Soup Kitchen Saloon, on Franklin
Street, below Jefferson Avenue, offers
live jazz and blues bands. Students of-
ten frequent this bar, maybe because of
their low drink prices.
Popular jazz artists and reggae ban-
ds play at Alvin's Twilight Bar, on Cass
Avenue. It is a bit more expensive than
most, however.
New Wave lives at Bookies-,Club 870,
on McNichols Avenue, but be prepared
for several shocks if you go there. The
prices are high and the punk rockers
are for real.
On the other end of the spectrum is
Galligan's, on Jefferson Avenue across
from the Ren-Cen, a normal downtown
bar. Galligan's, popular with business
people, has good food, moderate drink
prices and a pretty interior with a
beautiful mirrored brass bar.
So go forth and discover. The
automobile capital of the world and all
its glory lie but only an hour away..

American dishes. The atmosphere is
great, the food very reasonably priced,
and the restaurant highly recommen-
State)-It's specialty, the Olga, is a pita
bread sandwich filled with spicy meat,
onions, tomatoes, and a sour cream
sauce. It is yummy, but, unfortunately,
a bit small for anybody with a healthy
appetite, which is why Olga's has
become a favorite feeding spot for
dieters. The window seats give a good
view of the outside world and the decor
provides a nice, but plasticized at-
St.)-The impressive (and surprising)
thing about their fast food, chinese-
style fare is its quality. The fried rice is
good, seasoned with a few other
vegetables and spices. And the shrimp
egg foo yung allows you to taste the egg
without ignoring the good supply of
shrimp. The portions in general,
however, are small, especially for the
Teriyaki beef. But it's still a lot of fun to
sit in the window seats and watch the

THE PANTREE (330 E. Liber-
ty)-Ann Arbor's closest-to-campus, 24-
hour, seven-day-per-week restaurant
offers a varied fare of microwaved
omelettes, quiche, and full-course en-
trees. While the food isn't as good as the
hours, it is a convenient place to stop
after a long night at the bar.
Moderately priced, spinby after 2 a.m.
for an interesting meal.
PIZZA BOB'S (814 S. State St., 618
Church)-A campus/Ann Arbor
tradition, Pizza Bob's features in-
teresting offerings with bizarre names,
speedily and competently prepared piz-
za, and the best shakes in town. Try a
Chipopey (spinach derivative of the
equally good chipati), followed by a
thick and creamy chocolate chip shake.
Vegetarian and fleshy entrees are
available-subs aren't bad. The prices
are a bit high, however. Don't forget to
go in for a surprise deal on your birth-
PIZZERIA UNO'S (1321 S. Univer-
sity)-Chicagoans who remember the
original Uno's may be slightly disap-
pointed with Ann Arbor's version. The


deep-dish pizza oozing with cheese,
tomatoes and other natural wonders is
available here, along with some very
fine cheesecake. But the uniformed
smiles and elaborately staged architec-
ture can't capture thewarmth of the
original. Higher prices may still be
found here, nevertheless.
PRETZEL BELL (120 E. Liber-
ty)-Back in the forties and fifties,
Pretzel Bell was a favorite student
nightspot. Today, it is a high-class
steak and salad restaurant. If you want
to impress a date, celebrate a special
occasion, or have Mom and Dad take
you out, this is the place. The salad bar
is first-class and the service is ex-
cellent. Check for Mom or Dad's initials
carved in the tables.
(341 S. Main)-The fish is as good or
better than any other in town, and the
atmosphere is pleasant, especially if
you get a booth. The Flounder Floren-
tine and Flounder stuffed with crab are
highly recommended. The non-seafood
menu is limited and uninteresting, so

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You walk in, choose your favoritE
stool or booth, pick the dried ketchup
off the menu, lift up your elbows to let
the waitress run her handi-wipe across
the table, slurp down your first glass of
water from the spotted glass, and
you're ready.
Ready to-order a meal at one of Ann
Arbor's deluxe (cheeseburger) greasy
Ann Arbor isn't lacking in its variety
of greasy spoons, though they may be
hard to find. The campus and its en-
virons, in fact, boast at least six
locations offering the homestyle, filling
food and plastic-coated atmosphere of
a greasy spoon.
Any exploration of Ann Arbor's
greasy spoons finds its logical starting
point at the Fleetwood Diner, oldest and
most unusual restaurant of its kind. The
Fleetwood has reigned supreme among
fast food restaurants for more than 30
years in a converted railway car at 300
Ashley St.
The Fleetwood's interior seems
preserved intact from 1947 opening;
from its antiquated Coke machine to its
bandana curtains. Its menu, however,
far surpasses its decor in timeliness,
with a hearty selection of hamburgers,
sandwiches, breakfasts, and chili,
especially, that some customers swear
they would die for..
Fleetwood is best known around town
for another quality-its eccentric at-
mosphere. The diner, open 24 hours, is
fairly calm by day, but at night it
becomes home-base for the city's
liveliest inhabitants..
"In the evening, you get a lot of par-
tiers," says Fleetwood's manager,
Bryan Hulslander. "It's wild, it almost
gets out of hand. It's fun, too, but that
depends on what side of the counter
you're on."
Not all greasy spoons have that blend
of dining and drama to offer, though.
For those who like their meals with less
excitement, the Delta restaurant at 640
Packard Rd. is a traditional, family.
style place. Besides having many of the

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classic qualities of a grasy spoon-a
prominent neon sign, a formica coun-
ter, and a display of assorted pies-the
Delta mixes the familiar "Go Blue"
theme with an exotic "Go Greek" twist.
On its walls, pictures of football players
and Bo Schembechler compete for at-
tention with pictures of the Acropolis
and the Parthenon. Owner Peter Poulos
says the Delta is popular with students
"coming in for a bite."
Since greasy spoons are nothing if
they aren't friendly, the most popular
trend in town seems to be naming a
restaurant after a friend. Frank, Joan-
na, Johnnie, and Steve all find
namesakes in local greasy spoons.
Frank's, at 334 Maynard St., is not
owned by Frank at all, but by Gus
Mermingas, who has brought home-
cooked Greek cuisine to his restaurant.

Although Frank's is frequented mostly
by professors, graduate students, and
local residents, some undergraduates
have stumbled onto what most obser-
vers describe as "the best french toast
in the world."
For the most discreet restaurant in
town, it's tough to beat Joanna's Food
at 3001 S. State St. Walk too fast on
State, in fact, and you could miss this
diner, whose neon sign modestly and
mysteriously reads only "Food." Run
by Joanna and Demitris Alexan-
droplous, Food offers four booths, a
handful of stools,, and a broad menu,
with steak and eggs as its specialty.
Fans of breaded food should enjoy
Johnnie's Diner at 333 E. Huron St.,
whose menu features broade pork,
breaded veal, and breaded smelt (in
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549 E. University at the corner of East U. and South U. 662-3201

Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
MANY FAMOUS DETROIT landmarks are located along the waterfront of
the Detroit River, including (bottom to top) Ford Auditorium, Hart Plaza,
Cobo Hall, Joe Louis Arena, and the Bob-Lo boats.


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