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Polish restaurant & neighborhoods to visit

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Polish restaurant & neighborhoods to visit

A friend and I are headed to the D the first weekend in march. We know we are going to the DIA on Friday, and can hopefully catch a concert at their Friday night Concert series. We are also planning on hitting up the people mover/downtown. But here's the question: My family is from Hamtramck when it was Polish :) , so my love of Polish food runs deep. Last time I was in Detroit, we ate at an amazing Polish restaurant in Southfield. All I remember is that it was near Holy Sepulchure Cemetary on a main road.... Anyone know the name??? Dill pickle soup and pierogi...mmmmm Also, what neighborhoods should we visit for interesting and culturally diverse shopping/browsing and dining? I hear there's some pretty good mexican and arabic areas that are interesting and fairly safe. We will have a car, but are not afraid to walk either. Looking forward to your recommendations!

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There is still some Polish left in Hamtramck. Closest to the DIA and in the old Poletown neighborhood (actually in Detroit) is the Ivanhoe Cafe - Polish Yacht Club. They have been open since 1909 and in the same family most of that time. They are only open for lunch Mon-Thurs and Lunch/Dinner on Friday. They can be packed on Friday's during Lent due to their awesome perch dinners - you might want to get a reservation. They also have kielbasa, pierogi and the other Polish foods, but are not quite as "Polish" as a couple places in Hamtramck. http://ivanhoecafe-pyc.com/ The neighborhood is rather abandoned so it can be a bit intimidating, but it is safe. Just make sure to park your car within view of the security guard.

In Hamtramck, The Polish Village Cafe and Polonia are the two remaining Polish restaurants. Both are on Yemens street, just east of Joseph Campau. I'm not sure that I have ever eaten at Polonia. The Polish Village Cafe is much like eating at parties in my Polish grandmother's basement. You will find all of the foods you expect, including dill pickle soup.

http://www.thepolishvillagecafe.com/

http://www.polonia-restaurant.net/

If you want Polish food to go, Srodek's and The Polish Market are the two local stores to get kielbasa, pierogi and the rest.

Mexicantown is on the Southwest side of Detroit, over towards the Ambassador bridge. I'm not an expert on that neighborhood, but have been there a few times. http://www.yelp.com/biz/mexicantown-detroit

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Thanks for the info! The Polish Village looks like it might be just the ticket...I was cursing the lack of good polish restaurants near me after reading their menu. I'm also open for sugeestions on where to stay! I was looking at the Inn on Ferry St, since it's right next door to the DIA, but since we need a 2 bed room, I'm thinking I'll probably have to look elsewhere.

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If you're interested in staying downtown, you may want to look in to the Marriott at the Ren Cen. It's a short drive to DIA and they sometimes offer packages that include a night's stay and DIA tickets.

The Atheneum in Greektown is also nice, as is Greektown Casino Hotel, but not if you're traveling with children. The Hilton Garden Inn is also downtown and close to many restaurants.

As a suggestion, the Motown Museum is near the DIA and is a great stop while you're in the area.

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About Inn on Ferry St-- I couldn't believe they have no twin-bedded rooms, so I wandered on over there and asked. Indeed they do not, however I was assured both roll-aways and air mattresses are available in case that's a solution for you.

Alternately just the other side of the DIA Alissa's place (via airbnb) has a bed and a fold out couch-- and a cat who is sometimes in residence. Unlike Ferry Street Inn Alissa offers no shuttle service, but the Woodward DDOT bus stop is right there and runs fairly frequently. I take it every once in a while.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/768113

http://goo.gl/GH1Wi

I took your mention of a Polish restaurant in Southfield as a challenge, because I don't know of one. I wonder if you might be thinking of Steve's Three Brothers, which used to be on W Warren at Southfield Rd in Warrendale (Detroit). It's not near the cemetery but might have seemed so (sort of) if traffic on the Southfield Fwy was moving right along.

Does this look familiar?

http://goo.gl/QBT5e

That restaurant closed, reorganized and moved to Plymouth, MI. Here's the current iteration--

yelp.com/biz/three-brothers-restaurant-plymo…

Other Polish restaurants (in Hamtramck and elsewhere), Hamtramck, Mexicantown-SouthWest and Little Beirut all deserve separate posts-- too much info on each one to just tack it on here. Maybe later.

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Take a look at Honor and Folly, in Corktown for a place to stay. It is a bit pricey, but it is a great space and well located.

http://honorandfolly.com/stay/stay.html

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Thank you all for the great comments! I also found it hard to believe they have no twin bedded rooms at the Inn. I'll be looking into the other suggestions given. No kids are coming along, so that's not an issue. And iLornaD, nope that's not it, but I truly appreciate your suggestions. There's nothing more frustrating that eating somewhere great, and then not being able to remember the name later on :)

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7. Re: Polish restaurant & neighborhoods to visit

Good info on Hamtramck tev. We head there a couple times a year for food and to tour my grandmother's old neighborhood on Pulaski St. Still worth visiting. We also like going to New Palace Bakery. You don't find too many places like that.

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