I'll be travelling to Indianapolis in August [14-17] to attend G̶e̶e̶k̶ Gen Con. I thought I might spend the entire week on holiday and visit Detroit in the first half of the week. I must admit I'm interested in Detroit for all the suspect reasons: the narrative of decline and the visuals of ruin pr0n. I'm also keen on comparing the dining scenes [and gentrification more generally] in these cities to New York: there's a small part of me that wonders if it would be realistic to return to the Middle West [I spent most of my pre-teen years there].
If any of you have recommendations for Detroit and Indianapolis restaurants, blogs, or other resources, they will be much appreciated. For Indy I've been relying principally on Erin's 'Indianapois Restaurant Scene' and for Motor City 'Eat It Detroit' and 'The Detroit Foodie'. Some places I'm considering visiting:
The Libertine: a cocktail bar, lauded by Esquire, located downtown not too far from our hotel. May also merit investigation as a front for the Cthulhu cult.
Workingman's Friend Tavern: as the name suggests, a working-class bar near the railway tracks west of the city; smashed burgers.
St Elmo's Steak House: old school; there seem to be mixed opinions about their wet-aged steaks, especially given the price.
Napolese: Pizzology in the affluent suburb of Carmel is supposedly better, but Napolese is downtown.
Vinsetta Garage: is this Detroit's future [even if beyond the 8 Mile Road]?
Grand Trunk Pub: located in a former jewelry shop and railway ticket office.
Roast: whilst 'Michael Symon' + '8,000 square feet' sound somewhat worrying, I'm not having much luck finding new, serious restaurants.
Should I bother with a 'Coney' hot dog? Or an 'Italian beef' sandwich? Is Fountain Square truly the the Williamsburg of Indiana? Will I instantly gain/lose d4 Charisma points vis-à-vis the natives when I cross the Appalachians? Must I hire an American car?