Ludwinski’s Recipe for a Perfect Day in Detroit
Start the day with an early breakfast over at Rose’s Fine Food, the best little diner in the Midwest. Order the buckwheat pancakes, plus bacon and an egg on the side.
After you’re fueled up for the morning, head over to Pewabic Pottery right on Jefferson. It’s a nonprofit ceramic studio with a progressive, inclusive mission, and you can buy beautiful custom pieces to take home. Travel farther down Jefferson to Belle Isle, our city’s largest public park. Wander around the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Belle Isle Aquarium before enjoying a long run, walk or bike ride around the island.
» pewabic.org » belleisleconservancy.org
Lunch should happen in Hamtramck, a small city within the city of Detroit, home to a large Polish and Middle Eastern population. Walk around for a while, and then settle in at Sheeba Restaurant for the delicious lamb stew and tandoori bread. Have a little dessert at one of the many Polish bakeries nearby.
Head over to Woodward for an afternoon at your pick of three excellent museums: Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit). Take your curiosity one step further by visiting John K. King Used & Rare Books. It’s an easy place to lose an afternoon. Wander the many shelves and stories. I especially like to page through the old cookbooks. » dia.org
» thewright.org » mocadetroit.org » kingbooksdetroit.com
Dinner should happen in Southwest Detroit, and there are a wealth of delicious Mexican options. A good choice is Taqueria El Rey for a Mexican feast of grilled chicken and beer.
End your evening at a Detroit institution: Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on Livernois for a drink and a jazz show.
» the official bakers keyboardlounge.com