naias-patch-logoIf you live in Metro Detroit, then you know the North American International Auto Show is coming to town.  Actually, it’s already here.  Last Sunday marked the kickoff of press days where about 6000 journalists from around the world descended upon Cobo Hall to report the latest and greatest in cars – And, let’s be honest,  the not so greatest.      

I’ve been down at the show since Sunday and while it doesn’t have the glitz and glamor of past shows, there are some great vehicles coming out.  And, it’s a perfect opportunity for you to support the Detroit show and our city.  Come on down to Cobo, check out the show and then hit one of Detroit’s many hot spots.  Here’s a couple places to check out after the show… just jump on the People Mover…  See you down there!

TIP: Ok, here’s my little secret… don’t want to pay for parking, park FREE at the Greektown Casino parking structure and take the People Mover to Cobo.  It’s only 50 cents one way!  Bring some quarters or dollar bills with you!  And, you can jump off at any of the below stops to grap some food.

Cool places to hit after the show:
Angelina’s Bistro
In the mood for Italian?  Share a couple of dishes at Angelino’s Bistro.  People Mover stop: Broadway Station.

The Detroiter Bar – This oldie but goodie serves up burges and gyros.  Good place to grab a beer with friends! People Mover stop: Bricktown station.

Detroit Beer Company – This is a great place to grab a pizza or sandwich and a home-brewed beer. People Mover stop: Broadway Station.

Greektown – My fav for sure!  Greek fare and more. You can go up-scale, mid-scale or hit a hole-in-the-wall in Greektown.  Upscale… Mosaic, Alley Grill & Sweet Georgia Brown’s.  Mid-scale… Pegasus, New Parthenon (Greek), Fish Bones,Pizza Papalis, Locos (Mexican) &,  Jacoby’s (German). Hole in the wall…Plaka Coney Island.  And they have a ton of bars.  Eclispz Lounge in Greektown is snazzy! People Mover Stop: Greektown

MGM Casino and it’s many restaurants and bars Now this is a Vegas-style casino.  For sit down dining  they’ve got Wolfgang Puck, Bourbon Steak and Saltwater.  For bars, the have Ignite (which I love because it’s a plush lounge that makes you feel surrounded by fire), Agua and V. People Mover Stop:  Michigan Station. Please note, you will have to walk two or three blocks…

Roast or Motor Bar in the Book Cadillac Hotel – It’s a bit pricey at Roast, but they serve up some fabulous dishes.  (Plan to drop $150 for two) OR, if you’re just in the mood for drinks and app’s, hit the Motor Bar inside the Book Cadillac.  People Mover Stop: Michigan Station.

Oslo Sushi – Pining for sushi?  You should check out Oslo’s.  It’s quaint and has a New York feel.  I suggest a cucumber saki martini! People Mover stop: Broadway Station. Please note, it’s a two block walk.

Ren Cen – You can find several restaurants in or just across the street from the Ren Cen!  Inside you’ll find Andiamos, Seldom Blues & Coach Insignia.  Right across the street you’ll find Tom’s Oyster Bar and Sweet Lorraines. People Mover stop: Ren Cen.

There are so many more, but there’s a few!

What: North American International Auto Show
Where: Cobo Hall Convention Center
When: Public days kick off on Saturday, Jan. 17.  (If you’re in the industry, you can get a sneek peak on Wednesday, Jan. 14-16.
Price: $12 adult, $6 children 12-6, Free 6 and under.
Discount: Seniors get a discount and I’m pretty sure if you’re a AAA  memmber you get a discount.  (Contact AAA) 
Parking:  Park for free at Greektown Casino and ride the People Mover to Cobo.  Or, park at the nearby garages or lots.
Why: Support the Motor City