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Lots to Love in Detroit

Just in time for Valentine's Day...

A list of 99 things to love about Detroit. Thanks to Real Detroit Weekly for coming up with many reasons reasons to adore the D.

Some favorites:
* Our NBA Hall of Famer and mayor Dave Bing
* Waking up in the wee hours of the morning on Fat Tuesday to rip open a fresh box of paczkis from our favorite Hamtramck bakery like kids on Christmas.
* 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. Take that, Minnesota.
* Feather bowling, mussels and Belgian brews at Cadieux Café.
* “Detroit is really a small big city with some of the friendliest, most amazing people you will ever meet,” says the Brazilian gal who's only lived here for 18 months.
* Introducing newcomers to the epic battle between Lafayette and American Coney Island.
* Opening Day. Yes, it is a religious holiday.
* Jimmy Fallon has a love affair with Detroit and continues to make sure his audience knows it. We didn't mind making friends with him either at random house parties in Woodbridge.
* Eleven Stanley Cup Championships, 10 American League Pennant Wins, four World Series Titles, three NBA Championships.

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  • 1

    "Feather bowling, muscles and Belgian brews at Cadieux Café."

    I like the mussels at the Cadieux but there has to be a better place for muscles. Maybe a gym?

  • 2

    What a great list of things to love about Detroit...for me many memories, good and bad. Gone for 30+ years but still love Detroit miss the grit.

    Sitting here at my desk looking at my 1965 Hudson's Tiger Dugout Club card #4285.(encased in hard plastic) It says "keep this ticket safe. It could be your all-expense paid trip for 2 to a 1965 World Series Game."I was pretty sure I was going to win. It exemplifies to me the hopes I had growing up in a city I realize now I loved more than I thought.

  • 3

    Treating yourself to a new Chapeau - whether you wear them much or not - from Henry the Hatter on Broadway in Downtown... been there since 1883....!

  • 4

    The Detroit Institute of Arts.Where else can you be greeted by Rodin's The Thinker at the front door and walk inside to a cavernous room full of Diego Rivera murals? Not to mention the permanent collection.

    The special exhibitions are top-notch, and some of them have only Detroit and maybe one other venue in the entire U.S.

    Add to that a helpful staff, knowlegeable docents, and a cafeteria with good food at moderate prices, and it's worth a look any time you want to take in the arts. I visited frequently when I lived in Detroit (I'm a native Detroiter), and I make time for a day trip whenever I'm in town.

    Honorable mention: Rocky's, across from the Farmer's Market. Among other things, the best variety of candy this side of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

  • 6

    And NOW our very own Detroit Lions!!! Tigers need to step it up though...

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