Lower East Side
Rose’s Fine Food
10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Lower East Side
Co-owners Molly Mitchell (the chef) and Lucy Carnaghi (front of house) are actually cousins, who became close spending summers on their grandparents' farm in Northern Michigan. Sourcing locally is a big part of their business, and they have a laundry list of local farms, gardens, and other producers that provide ingredients for their seasonally changing menu.
4300 Cadieux Rd., Lower East Side
Right after prohibition and the end of the first world war, this part of Detroit was home to a big Belgian community, and the Cadieux Cafe (which opened in 1933) feels like a relic of that time. The main attraction here is feather bowling, a bocce-like game played with wooden rounds that look like wheels of cheese, which are rolled down a covex court towards a single pigeon feather sticking out of the dirt. Strange as it sounds, it makes a great outing for littles during the day and a surprisingly fun late-night activity for grown-ups, as there's a huge list of beers—including plenty of Belgians—and live music until 2am.