Andiamos in the Renaissance Center is a good, more upscale italian restaurant. There is also Mario's on Cass Rd in Midtown (about a mile north of your hotel...wouldn't walk that mile in particular but taxis are cheap and the area around it is nice). If you like other Mediterranean food, greektown has a lot of great restaurants and is safe walking distance from your hotel (20 min?). There are a LOT of great restaurants that are around downtown and midtown (university district) if you are interested in anything other than Italian. Have fun and be safe, Detroit is fun and safe in the busier areas but it's got it's reputation for a reason.
You'll be fine. Pizza Papalis is a popular pizza joint down here as well. I've never heard anyone say a bad thing about Slow's BBQ, as mentioned above. If you're into that I'd say go there. I think Slow's is about half a mile further in the opposite direction than PP is, FWIW. Not sure if you're walking or not.
ya im looking at the menu for Slows right now, chili, macaroni, and the chuck norris, mmmmm
anyone get the mac n cheese before? doesnt look very big to me in picture
I'll probably go there though, and it's only like 3 minutes from the hotel
I'm not a mac-n-cheese expert by any means, but Slows' is killer. If you enjoy BBQ then the chances are that you will very much enjoy that place. I've actually never had the Chuck Norris, but i'll give 2 thumbs up to their banana pudding.
If you're looking for another place for a quick snack, check out the famous coney islands, American and Lafayette. They're literally side-by-side so you can get a coney from each and see which one you think is better. They've also been on the food networks before.
Any idea if Detroit Seafood Market's a good place? It sure looks like one. The last time I was in Detroit it was just around the corner. I didn't have time to go there, but it looked like a decent restaurant. Doesn't seem like the cheapest place, but if it's a good one I'll check it out the next time I visit Detroit.