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Date Night in Detroit

The time: Dinner.

The place: Roast, the Michael Symon restaurant inside the historic Book Cadillac/Westin Hotel in downtown Detroit.

Why: Just because a.k.a. Date Night.

Result: An odd feeling – pride in Detroit.

Indeed, it felt great to be in Detroit. It was Tuesday night, so the city was hopping with Red Wings fans, young urban swells, city dwellers and working stiffs. My husband and I had a rare night out (thanks, free babysitters known as Grammy and Pop Pop). I suggested Slows Bar BQ, which was overflowing with fans. So we punted and headed to Roast.

The food was scrumptious. The crowd was gregarious. And the beautiful building along with its sexy restaurant made me swoon. Have you seen how sophisticated and stunning the Westin's interior is? I'm no design expert, but this was as nice as any place I have stayed in New York or Chicago. This is what Detroit could and will be. Yes, I'm being my usual optimistic self about this. So what. I'm feeling unapologetic today.

It was such a great feeling to be proud of Detroit. Everyone there was having a wonderful time, supping on beast and foul. I loved the feeling of the city, alive with foot traffic and vehicle traffic. It was even hard to find parking; that's how you know it was a big night for Detroit.

Nothing that important was discussed. Nothing that special happened. It was just a treat to see what was new in the city that I had not seen before. You ever do that? You hear about a new place to eat, shop or just hang out and then go there? It made me feel somewhat cool (and I got off the Cool Bus about five years ago when I had my first kid).

I didn't see any celebrities, no Lady Gaga hanging out at the Majestic. But Detroit had a great vibe. It was sunny and surprising. I have no bad review, no angry rant. Just a peaceful moment I wanted to share: pride in my city.

I'm still longing to go to Slows and try what everyone talks about. That will be for the next “Date Night.” Stay tuned.

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  • 1

    The Book Cadillac is a gorgeous building and definitely adds to Detroit's bragging rights. You MUST go to Slows as soon as you can. Your tastebuds will thank you!

  • 2

    Good luck with Slow's... it's like every time I've tried to go (3 times) it's been so packed we couldn't get to the bar. Not a bad thing... I guess just a testament to how great it is.

  • 3

    I recently had a date night and tried Roast, it was during restaurant week so we were unable to get a table. We sat at the bar and still had a scrumptious meal while enjoying casual conversation with the people around us.

    OMG - you must try their Perfect Pear specialty cocktail...

    Loved the restaurant, loved the upbeat vibe, must go back again soon. We'll make reservations next time.

  • 4

    Ahhh, Slows. We've yet to get in there either but miraculously some friends from CA were in town last week and they got right in, the irony!

    My husband and I enjoyed a date-night in Detroit a few weeks ago as well and had the same feelings of pride. Detroit rocks!

  • 5

    Love reading all this stuff and I agree. I've been to Roast and to Slow's and have managed to get in. Both are great. However, as the owner of The Whitney, I've got to remind you we were here first and are a different kind of experience, casual but elegant and fun, and pretty darn good. Our gardens are opening May 25th and will be fab with nightly live entertainment. I hate to use the blog as a free commercial, but I often reply to items here and I've never done it before and won't do it again. Detroit has what it takes to come back. The Red Wings won and we've got Ernie watching out for us!

  • 6

    Great blog!Very informative!

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