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Dining in the D

There is nothing I love more than eating out at a great restaurant in Detroit! The question is, how do I choose just one fabulous restaurant to review for the thousands of hungry public relations professionals that will be looking for a place to eat at the PRSA 2008 International Conference in Detroit?

From Greek to Cuban to Italian to American, you can find any type of restaurant in the D! They are all just a quick walk, People Mover ride, or taxi away from the Renaissance Center. As a matter of convenience for Conference attendees, I narrowed it down to one of the several amazing restaurants in the Ren Cen. Of those, my favorite is Seldom Blues.

Seldom Blues offers premier cuisine with superb live jazz music and an incredible view of the Detroit River. Located on Level 1 of Tower 400, Seldom Blues is the place to be for fine dining and music lovers!

Before I get into the menu, let me describe the surroundings. The contemporary dining room with high-backed booths complements the large, curved main bar, with picture windows running the entire length of the restaurant. (The bar is a great place to catch up with your colleagues while enjoying a cocktail or glass of wine and appetizers.) Gazing out the windows, you’ll see the new River Walk where hotel guests and Detroiters alike enjoy the outdoors, boats along the river, views of the Windsor, Ontario skyline and the Ambassador Bridge in the distance. (A Detroiter myself, the River Walk is my favorite place to bring out-of-town friends or take a jog.) Be sure to bring your camera!

Now, the food: In one word, absolutely delectable! (Okay, that was two words.) Starting with the signature Seldom Blues “Fire and Ice” appetizers followed by their “Key Note” entrées, you can’t go wrong with any menu choice. My favorite is “Porcher’s Bone-On Ribeye.” (Named after co-owner and former Detroit Lion, Robert Porcher.) Fantastically prepared steak with tasty horseradish whipped potatoes. Yummy! And leave room for a menu of delightful desserts!

I would be remiss to leave out the wonderful live music on stage while enjoying your meal. Seldom Blues hosts both local and national jazz music, with Detroit legendary flutist and co-owner Alexander Zonjic anchoring the musical lineup. Bravo!

No wonder why the Detroit Free Press named Seldom Blues its Restaurant of the Year! And, the restaurant is open for lunch, too, for more casual fare. Check it out when you’re in the D at the PRSA 2008 International Conference!

Robert Doyle is a member of the 2008 PRSA International Conference Host Committee and Marketing & Communications Manager for The Environmental Quality Company (EQ). He received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and has an M.A. in Public Relations from Wayne State University.

Join Doyle at the PRSA 2008 International Conference: The Point of Connection Saturday, October 25–Tuesday, October 28, 2008, in Detroit, Michigan!

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  • These are some great Detroit restaurants. I am going to take notes of these names because I will be visiting the “D” soon. Thanks!

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