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By Meghan McEwen
Eight years ago, when my husband and his brother bought three buildings on a run-down block in Corktown, a mile southwest of downtown Detroit, the structures were such a wreck that you could stand in the basement and see the sky. Today, the entire block is bustling with new businesses. Charming side streets lined with candy-colored Victorians and a vibrant food scene -- including my brother-in-law's Slows Bar B Q and urban farms such as ACRE and Brother Nature -- are drawing a fresh wave of pioneers to the neighborhood, which was first established by Irish immigrants in the 1830s. Last December, I opened a tiny inn above Slows called Honor & Folly. Here, a list of the don't-miss places I share with my guests.
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This ivy-covered deli is known for its monster-size sandwiches. Save room for the homemade bread-pudding waffle topped with apples and a local dairy's horchata ice cream.
1300 Porter Street, mudgiesdeli.com.
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Green Dot Stables
This former cop bar has been reinvented with jockey-themed decor and a menu of unexpected slider variations: pork butt with cabbage and Granny Smith apple, and beef with peanut butter and kimchi.
2200 West Lafayette Boulevard, greendotstables.com.
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Slows Bar B Q
The ribs, brisket, and other smoky fare are stellar, and the patio overlooks Corktown's most photographed landmark: the city's famously beautiful (and long-abandoned) Beaux Arts train station.
2138 Michigan Avenue, slowsbarbq.com.
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Honor & Folly
The inn, housed in a two-bedroom apartment, is small in scale, but its furnishings, sourced from Midwest-based artisans and designers, make a big statement.
From $165 per night, 2132 Michigan Avenue, honorandfolly.com.
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