If you're an illustrator heading to Detroit for the first time and need food + drink recommendations, you're in luck! I've been slowly exploring the city since I moved here last year, and I'm here to give you the inside scoop on some of my favorite spots so far. Oh, and I'm vegetarian, so all of these spots are super veg friendly!
Go to New Order Coffee if you want to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in sunny, minimal space. Grab one of their mega rice krispy treats if you're in the mood for a treat (psst...it has Oreos and rainbow sprinkles in it!).
Great Lakes Coffee is a good choice for coffee + snacks if you have a larger group, since it's the biggest of these three. They also have a selection of food, beer & wine!
Grey Ghost is a classy and cozy spot to grab a fancy craft cocktail! They also have delicious food if you get too drunk and need dinner; try the Beet Agnolotti - you won't regret it.
Takoi is a modern Thai restaurant that usually has a really long wait, but it's also a fantastic spot to grab a drink. Enjoy a cocktail inside of a trendy converted shipping container, or grab a seat in their outside patio if the weather is nice.
Ghost Bar is literally the top floor of an old (apparently haunted?) mansion! Go here if you want to feel like you're drinking inside of an old, super rich person's house (because it totally was someone's house).
If you're looking for an Instagram-worthy cocktail shot, the Apparatus Room is the spot. Located inside of the beautiful Detroit Foundation Hotel, it's a good place to get a little dressed up and grab a fancy cocktail.
Trinosophes is great for a mid-day work session + light food and coffee. If you're vegan, you HAVE to get the vegan breakfast sandwich. It's a fucking delight that my friend Rachael of Hazel + Dolly introduced me to.
If you're in a carby mood after a long day of conference, Pie Sci is perfect for a casual dinner. They have both classic AND creative pizzas, and everything can be made vegan if that's your jam.
Feeling slurpy? Go enjoy a hot bowl of udon at the casual but cool spot Ima. I'm a big fan of the curry udon, and I always start with an order of jicama tacos.
I hope this list helps make your Detroit trip even more delicious.
Oh, and if you happen to be staying for the weekend, come visit my studio on Saturday, July 14th! The building is hosting a midsummer market + open studio from 12pm to 6pm. Come to the 2nd floor (near the kitchen) and say hi while I live-draw a chalkboard mural in my studio!