500 Griswold St.
MI Greater Detroit Area (313) 9641928 (FAX); (313) Hours: Sun: 7am-6pm, Mon: 7am-6pm, Tue: 7am-6pm, Wed: 7am-6pm, Thu: 7am-6pm, Fri: 7am-6pm, Sat: 10am-6pm, Open 7am-6pm, Monday through Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday.
Sandwiches and coffee at the new Rowland Cafe are first-rate, but of necessity they take a back seat to the setting. The café’s small black tables and chairs sit in the middle of the magnificent arched mezzanine of the 1929 Guardian Building, an Art Deco splendor — and National Historic Landmark — that was re-opened to the public in 2004. The cafe has some of the area’s best artisanal foodmakers as their suppliers, and they're careful to let customers know where each nosh comes from. Beverages, on the other hand, are mostly from Italy, including fancy teas, San Pellegrino limonata and aranciata (fizzy lemon and orange sodas) and Illy coffee.