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  • Jolly Old Timers
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
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    There is a secret basement bar in Midtown. The only giveaway is a little neon “Open” sign in the first floor window of a two story, red brick townhouse on Forest Ave. There is no other signage. Nothing, really, to indicate that you have arrived at the fabulous Jolly Old Timers (JOT) club. Even with today’s relaxed standards where bars c [...]

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  • POPULUX
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Live Music
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted

    The Detroit music scene is one that is constantly evolving. Our city gave rise to some of the most important contributions to genres like jazz, gospel, R&B, rock, and punk. Techno music was born in Detroit, and has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years. To meet the increasing demand, longstanding rock music venue the Magic Stick rec [...]

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  • Jolly Pumpkin
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted

    Jolly Pumpkin is like the hot girl who doesn’t realize she’s a knockout, and that just makes her even cooler. Although the taps are exciting enough to please serious craft beer enthusiasts, and the space is so gorgeous that we’d almost expect a bit of yea-we’re-pretty-hot snootery, there is none. You don’t have to be a craft beer exper [...]

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  • Jumbo’s Bar
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    Jumbo’s is one of those classic Detroit dive bars that we love because it never changes. It owns the dive bar title, wears it proudly. Perched onto Third St. in Midtown, it’s a square little box of a building. There’s not much else around the bar, but you’ll know you’re in the right place by the green and white exterior. Jumbo’s i [...]

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  • Cafe 78
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    You might already know that the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) was originally built as an auto dealership. But unless you’re in the loan business, you probably have no clue how that has anything to do with the name of its new restaurant, Cafe 78. The Rule of 78s is a method for calculating loan payments, frequently used by car deal [...]

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  • Falafill
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted

    Apparently, lemon does magical things to French fries. It makes some sense, if you think about it. Vinegar and salt are delicious on fries. Ketchup and salt: classic. But it’s not lemon juice plus salt that makes the house fries at Falafill so yummy. They taste like they have no salt on them, but taste salty. (Something about acid, and wishin [...]

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  • Hop Cat
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Live Music
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted

    You may have already heard a thing or two about the crack fries at Hop Cat. How addictive are they really? For us, the sloppy crack fries are the version that really is dangerously addictive. Delightfully fluffy and crispy fries - herby and salty to taste - are topped with sloppy joe meat, cheese sauce and scallions. The smart thing to do is ord [...]

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  • Whole Foods
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    Every time we shop at Whole Foods, as we round the corner from the dairy section and head toward the checkout lanes, that hot food bar beckons us with a siren call that is almost irresistible. It smells so wonderful. And we are a little hungry. They have a gorgeous salad bar and hot food bar. But if you’re not careful, you can easily spend a fort [...]

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  • Addison Eatery
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    Addison Eatery’s casually elegant interior has high ceilings and big windows that let in tons of natural light during the daytime. Located in the former Atlas Global Bistro space overlooking Woodward Ave., this is going to be a prime parade-watching spot on Thanksgiving. Their scrumptious brunch options make it a wonderful destination any day of [...]

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