Living in the urban jungle does limit one to fresh fruits and vegetables. Simply put, where do you grow it, if you are surrounded by concrete? But a solution to this problem is a staple in the Detroit community, Eastern Market.
The most notable part of Eastern Market is the market itself. Market has 5 sheds, that range in fresh fruits, vegetables, handmade gifts, coffee, salsa and guacamole, bagels and bread, and even meat. Most famously, they host a flower day, which is the Sunday after mothers day, which leaves shed 5 just with wall to wall flowers. This years flower day is May 21st, so mark your calendars.
Not only does Eastern Market host a farmers market on Saturdays and Sundays, and in the summer Tuesdays, but it also home to cooking classes, and several stores that border the sheds.
In fact, Supino Pizzeria is by far the best pizza I have ever had. They serve the tradition Italian style pizza and have some wacky toppings. My favorite pizza is City Wing Thing, which has roasted turkey, gouda, mozzarella, cherry peppers, and garlic. Moreover, it was recently featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. If you needed a second opinion, Guy really knows food.
Another staple in Eastern Market is Germack Pistachio Company. This company also stocks some of the sporting arenas and stadiums in the city. Here you can buy your own larger bag to take home or they even have nice gift baskets complete with Detroit-made gifts. Germack’s peanuts are an important part to Detroit baseball, they almost go hand-in-hand. It is also a nice reminder of summer for me.
If you venture away from the market area you will come across Detroit City Distillery, which is famous for their vodka, whiskey, and gin. I have only been here once, for a cousin’s birthday, but it was enjoyable to say the least. The drinks were delicious, needless to say, my family is big on Moscow mules, and these were amazing. Occasionally, they feature a take-over night where they have a featured menu, that differs from their normal menu. When I was there is was a Middle-Eastern night, which was a nice change to typical bar food.
If you are in the mood for Italian food, the Roma Cafe has the most authentic Italian food I have had in a while. I highly recommend the baked lasagna. I was there around Christmas time, and the decor of the place really makes you feel like you are in someone’s house. I recently developed an appreciation for these smaller restaurants, I feel they a truer representation of the city versus a big time chain.
The most famous part of Eastern Market is the market itself. Market has 5 sheds, that range in fresh fruits, vegetables, hand made gifts, coffee, salsa and guacamole, bagels and bread, and even meat. Most famously, they host a flower day, which is the Sunday after mothers day, which leaves shed 5 just with wall to wall flowers.
Detroit is a beautiful city, with a lot to offer. Eastern Market is a perfect example. Also as I mentioned last week, it is the start of the Dequindre Cut, a noted walking trail that leads you from Eastern Market to the Detroit Riverfront. They are currently building apartments and lofts that back up to this path, which is an excellent example of the city on a rebound. Moreover, the city is on a 110% occupancy rate, which means they could not build these fast enough.
Some tips for Eastern Market:
Eastern Market is a popular staple in the Detroit community, that being said people from all over the tri-county area attend, so arriving early in the morning ensures that you will get the produce you need.
Have a Game Plan
If you want a certain produce, go purchase that first. You don’t want your needed item to be sold out. Eastern Market is a nice break from the fruit market on the corner, but given it’s location, some items do go quicker than others.
Check Out the Bars and Restaurants
Just because the Market is on Saturday mornings doesn’t mean the whole area shuts down when the market does. There are tons of bars and restaurants, I recommend checking out. Especially if you enjoy a quieter setting, it is definitely a slow pace over here as compared to Campus Martius.
Set a Meet Up Point
If you are coming down with a group of friends, it does get crowded and it will happen fast. I suggest setting a meeting point, just in case you and your friends have separate items to obtain. But, if not it is fun just to hang out and check it out.
Check out the food trucks, they are some of the best food in the city. I highly recommend getting the poutine from the Mac Shack. But the other trucks are good too. It is a nice change of pace from and sit down restaurant and if the weather is nice is gives you to hang outside a little longer.
Always explore Detroit, there is always something new around the corner! See you next week!