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Best Places To Eat Before The Game In Detroit

July 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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So, you’re in town for a Tigers game. The only question is where you do eat dinner or lunch beforehand? Check out these suggestions to find out.

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Slows Bar-B-Q
2138 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
www.slowsbarbq.com

Slows is the place to go for BBQ in Detroit, and it has the awards and Yelp reviews to prove it. The yardbird, one of its more famous sandwiches, features chicken in mustard sauce with mushrooms, cheddar cheese and bacon, and has also won awards. Make sure to get to the restaurant early, as wait times can range from 30 to 90 minutes or more, but this spot also takes reservations. Slows is about a six-minute drive from Comerica Park or a half-hour walk.

Related: Best BBQ in Detroit

Bucharest Grill
2040 Park Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-3111
www.bucharestgrill.com

Bucharest Grill is a quick five-minute walk to/from Comerica Park, and it offers Middle-Eastern food at great prices. Seating for the restaurant is in the Park Bar adjacent to it, and Bucharest also offers hot dogs and traditional Romanian dishes if Middle-Eastern food isn’t your thing. It even serves vegetarian shawarma, or you can order it with beef or chicken. Bucharest is a great choice if you are looking for a quick meal before or after the game.

Cobo Joe’s Bar
422 W. Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0840
www.cobojoes.com

If you’re in the mood for a burger, check out Cobo Joe’s, an 18-minute walk or six-minute drive from Comerica. It’s located across the street from Cobo and is a five-minute walk to Joe Louis, as well. It’s been in the same location for 25 years and is regarded as a “Detroit landmark,” and it’s known for its burgers, pizza and homemade chips. The bartenders even put on a “fire show” for you if you are ordering drinks.

Related:  Best Burgers in Detroit

Bookies Bar and Grill
2208 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-0319
www.bookiesbar.com

Bookies is an eight-minute walk or three-minute drive away from Comerica Park, and is known for its happy hour and game-day specials, as well as its rooftop patio bar. It also has VIP rooms for corporate or private parties, which would be great to use if you’re taking a big group to the game. It’s known for its sandwiches, including burgers, buffalo chicken wraps and pulled pork. The restaurant also offers free shuttle service to Tigers, Lions and Red Wings games, and the shuttles start running about one hour before game time. They stop running two hours after the game ends.

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-8800
www.vicente.us

Vicente’s is a three-minute drive or nine-minute walk away from the stadium, and should be your pick if you’re in the mood for something a little different. The restaurant opened in 2005 and its recipes have been in the Vazquez family for many, many years. Head chef Roberto Caceres is Chilean and has contributed some recipes as well. It has everything from pollo (chicken) to paella to tapas, if you’re wanting small plates, and the menu is extremely varied, although the paella takes 45 minutes to cook – FYI. Vicente’s also has salsa dancing and lessons on Friday and Saturday nights.

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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