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Five Foods That Pair Well With Concept Cars

(AKA The Auto Show Roundup)

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

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Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

The North American International Auto Show is in town this week, with the public show opening this Saturday, Jan. 17. More than 500 shiny, sleek new cars and trucks will be on display.

We don’t actually know much about cars, all that walking around the show floor just makes us hungry. You could grab a hot dog or slice of pizza at the food court, but we’re in the mood for something more exciting. The classics, upgraded and re-imagined. Just like the cars.

Read on for five of our favorites.

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Lobster Corn Dog at Coach insignia

The lobster corn dog has been a mainstay at Coach for years, with good reason. We love this playful riff on the state fair classic. Tender lobster is batter and perfectly fried, then served with an Asian cabbage slaw and stone ground honey mustard. When you’re ready for your main course, Coach’s luscious root beer braised short ribs are a smart decision. Every seat in the house has a stunning view overlooking the city skyline or the river, where you can watch the sun melt into the sky at the end of the day.

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Meatloaf and Boozy Milkshakes at Firebird Tavern

Perched on the western end of Greektown, Firebird is the perfect mix of casual and trendy. Serving seriously delicious re-imagined comfort foods, this is a great place with a cool vibe to fuel up after an afternoon browsing the latest lineup of supercars. Their meatloaf is a crave-worthy plate of comfort, blending ground beef and pork with caramelized onion, wild mushroom, pancetta, roasted red pepper, green pepper, herbs and spices. It’s served with creamy mashed potatoes. Pair it with a boozy milkshake (your choice of candy cane or Godiva chocolate flavor). Take the People Mover from Cobo over to the Greektown station and you’re less than a block away.

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Salmon Pot Pie at Top of the Pontch

If you’re bringing clients to the auto show, or want someplace special to celebrate after picking out your new wheels, Top of the Pontch is the place to go. Impressive, sweeping views and a beautifully modern dining room set the scene for the upscale yet approachable menu. Try their black pearl salmon pot pie with baby fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots and lemon cream. It has the savory creaminess that smacks of classic comfort food, this dish – from presentation to taste and texture – is nothing like your mom’s pot pie.

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Fried Oreos at Downtown Louie’s Lounge

From the outside, Louie’s looks like a little hole-in-the-wall spot, but it’s gorgeous interior, impressive wine list and scrumptious menu make it a destination. Their burgers and salads are always a hit, but this is also a cool place to stop by for dessert. Their fried oreos are crispy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside nuggets of chocolatey deliciousness. Take the People Mover to the Broadway station and head west on Clifford for 1.5 blocks.

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Parpadelle Bolognese at Angelina Italian Bistro

On a cold winter afternoon, a bowl of Angelina’s classic parpadelle bolognese is a satisfying way to warm up. It’s like the best spaghetti you’ve ever tasted (it’s probably not even fair to compare it to spaghetti, this is in another class all its own). Take the People Mover to the Grand Circus station; Angelina’s is just on the other side of Woodward.

The auto show runs through Jan. 25. For more information, check out their website.

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