What to do and where to go around campus.
Published: August 28, 2013
Northern Lights 660 W. Baltimore St.; 313-873-1739: A stylish bar and performance venue with a snazzy interior and solid bar fare, from burgers to salads to calamari. Kitchen closed on weekends.
Old Miami 3930 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3830: Basically, it’s your classic dive bar, but, given the Vietnam War memorabilia on the walls, the urban oasis out back, and the eclectic events, there’s still much to recommend this joint.
Peoples Records 4100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-831-0864: This neighborhood vinyl store’s stellar stock draws in locals and out-of-town collectors alike. What’s more, the staff of local music-heads has collectively logged about a million needle-miles.
The Potato Place 107 W. Warren, Detroit; 313-833-8948: For more than 21 years, the Potato Place has served stuffed baked potatoes, soups, salads, sandwiches, subs, ice cream, and baked goods such as brownies and cakes all made in-house.
Re:View Contemporary Gallery 444 W. Willis St., Detroit; 313-833-9000; reviewcontemporary.com: This Midtown art gallery houses one-person and group shows, along the same strip as Avalon and Spiral Collective.
Seva Detroit 66 E. Forest Ave.; 313-974-6661; sevarestaurant.com: Detroit outpost of the fabled Ann Arbor eatery that pioneered vegetarian and vegan food. Menu choices are perhaps more enticing to those new to vegetarian dining.
Shangri-La 4710-12 Cass Ave.; 313-974-7669; midtownshangri-la.com: Quirky interior, attentive servers and excellent dim sum, those small plates that are something like Chinese tapas.
Showcase Collectibles 3409 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-6397: A quirky and charming resale shop.
Showtime Clothing 5708 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-875-9280; showtimedetroit.com: Accommodating tastes from punk to rock, funk to rap, or whatever other sound Motown shoppers seek, Showtime can outfit customers for daytime and nighttime escapades. Mounds of color, sparkle and texture beg you to paw through them.
Slows to Go 4107 Cass Ave.; 877-569-7246: Where you can get Slows’ nationally famous low-and-slow barbecue without the two-hour wait.
Sole Sisters 87 E. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-831-9013: Whether it’s riding boots you’ll wear with skirts all winter, strappy colorful sandals for spring weddings or animal-print clogs to throw on with jeans, the Sole Sisters have them.
Spiral Collective 4201 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-832-1155: A collective housing three female-owned businesses, including the Source — a nonfiction bookseller specializing in wellness, spirituality, metaphysics and history — the Tulani Rose gift shop, and the Dell Pryor Art Gallery. On the corner down the street from Avalon and Goodwell’s.
Temptations 5260 Anthony Wayne Dr.; 313-832-4449; mitempt.com: Both prices and spices are quite mild at Temptations, clearly targeting Wayne State University students who may be new to Indian fare.
Traffic Jam & Snug 511 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-831-9470; trafficjamdetroit.com: The menu at Traffic Jam is diverse, catering to big meat eaters, vegetarians, drinkers and local flavor seekers. They keep many processes in-house, making their own ice cream, brewing their own beer, baking their own bread.
Union Street 4145 Woodward Ave. Detroit; 313-831-3965; unionstreetdetroit.com: Union Street has been a favorite spot for Wayne State students and staff for years, but the bar-restaurant is more than just a hot college spot. The bar offers 100 different bottled beers from around the world and a collection of quality, affordable wines.
Wasabi 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-638-1272; wasabidetroit.com: This restaurant serves a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Yes, there’s sushi, but also Japanese noodle dishes and proteins, as well as Korean bibimbap.
Woodbridge Pub 5169 Trumbull St.; 313-833-2701: Seasonal fare and inventive burgers, including a half-pound certified Angus and a vegan black-bean patty. Hip setting, friendly service. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day
Wednesday Farmers’ Market Cass Avenue north of Warren Avenue, in front of Prentis Hall: Eating right is tough in college, but the Wayne State Farmers Market brings fresh, locally grown produce to the Wayne State community every Wednesday. Vendors range from urban gardeners to southeastern Michigan farmers, but all merchants raise crops with a special focus on sustainability. Runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 30.
Z’s Villa 42 Piquette St., Detroit; 313-874-2680; zsvilladet.com: A family-owned restaurant in a house that’s more than a century old, serving tavern fare with a full bar and, in good weather, an outdoor patio.
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Baker’s Keyboard Lounge 20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit; 313-345-6300; bakerskeyboardlounge.com: Baker’s was opened in 1934, making it one of the world’s longest-running jazz clubs. They still have live music almost every night. Lunch and dinner are offered at reasonable prices. A must-visit if you’re interested in Detroit’s rich musical history.
China Wok 18670 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-864-8899: China Wok offers UDM students the holy trinity of fast food: reasonable prices, close proximity (you can drive there in the time it takes to cook the order) and ample portions.
Grounds Coffeehaus 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-993-1150; tinyurl.com/274prmf: A couple decades ago, Grounds Coffeehaus — or Rathskeller, as it was known at the time — was one of the most popular places on campus. In those days, the facility had a license to sell alcohol, and never seemed at a loss for customers. No longer a watering hole, Grounds remains the No. 1 spot to grab a cup o’ joe before that dreaded 8:30 a.m. class or to satisfy a late-night caffeine fix. Doors shut at 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday (closes midnight Saturday and 5 p.m. Friday). It’s open weekends, and often hosts poetry readings and other campus events.
The Loft 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-993-1616; udmdining.com: Although dining options inside the McNichols campus are slim, the Loft is like a little food court that has you covered, with a Subway, a Starbucks and a grill. It’s the place to scarf down cheeseburgers and fries or grab an energy drink before your exam. Philly cheese steaks and chicken strips seem to be the most popular items, but they do offer fresh wraps and salads, albeit pre-packaged, for the health-conscious co-ed.
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