TOP NEW DINING IN DETROIT
TOP NEW DINING IN DETROIT
Detroit’s restaurant landscape is changing and with that change brings delicious and diverse options, right to the neighborhood. Read on and visit some of our new favorites.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’ve been covering your ears, because Corktown’s Katoi brings Thai-ish Detroit cuisine somewhere different and more fun than ever before. Smoked brisket, Thai fried chicken, curry noodles of all kinds, charred carrots, salads packed with flavor, coconut ice cream, thrice cooked sweet potatoes…the list goes on. Settle into the black booths with bright accent upholstery or take a seat at the bar or community table and dig in.
2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 855-2864
Cured, raw, not meat, meat and sides- this is the way the Grey Ghost menu breaks down. The new spot offers a menu with dishes like Pork Schnitzel, Korean Short Rib, Sweet Potato Agnolotti, Chocolate Doughnut and plenty more. They operate as a neighborhood steakhouse and your favorite cocktail bar. Stop in, listen to some Detroit folklore and try all that this meat-centric spot has to give.
47 E. Watson St., Detroit / (313) 262-6534
The Hamtramck favorite just moved to a bigger and better spot, smack dab in Midtown. The menu still showcases experimental dishes, full of flavor, and the cocktails are something to write home about, too. Try the Ants on a Log, with moss, ants, roasted grapes, peanut butter and more, or go for the classic Poutine dish and add an egg for good measure. There’s also a Surf and Turf dish and a big list of pizzas, including the Green Eggs and Ham. For cocktails, try the Smoke Signals, made with Johnny Walker Black and rhubarb simple syrup, or the Love Interupption, made with Valentine White Blossom vodka, grapefruit juice and honey simple syrup and thyme.
4216 Woodward Ave., Detroit / (313)265-3729
This new concept, brought to Detroit by way of the Detroit Optimist Society, makes sushi more approachable and fun at Cafe 78 inside of MOCAD. Your favorite sushi rolls, spicy tuna dishes, Miso soup, seaweed salad, sakes, beers and teas are available when Cafe 78 is open.
4454 Woodward Ave. / (313) 784-9636
This spot offers tasty American Chinese food, right in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown. The Peterboro is another restaurant by the Detroit Optimist Society and the menu offers Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce, Mongolian Hammer Steak, Shrimp and Soba Noodle Salad and more. Try the Painkiller cocktail, made with rum, coconut, pineapple, orange and lime.
420 Peterboro St., Detroit / (313) 833-1111
Dave Mancini, the man behind the Eastern Market staple Supino Pizzeria, takes Italian cuisine to the next level at the highly anticipated, La Rondinella. The restaurant’s front looks welcoming with blue and white striped awning and the inside looks something like a quaint eatery with no sign of intimidation. The menu is slated to have rustic Italian fare, including homemade sauces, in-house crafted pastas, original recipes and fresh dressings from the heart of Eastern Market itself.
2453 Russell St., Detroit
While Standby is primarily functioning in the Belt as a cocktail spot, don’t underestimate the hearty menu to match the strong cocktails. Chef Brendan Edwards presents a creative menu, full of everything from ‘bar snacks’ to large portion entrees. Trust me, you will not leave hungry, but you will leave satisfied by a great meal!
225 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit / (313) 736-5533
This Birmingham classic brought its flavor to Detroit in the form of hearty burgers, sushi, a special take on dim sum, and of course, the famous build your own salads. Check out the whiskey library, too, since you can have a personal decanter waiting for you with your favorite dark liquor.
500 Woodward Ave., Detroit / (313) 723-1000
It’s a forward thinking kind of eatery with serious flatbreads, sandwiches, salad combinations and American favorites. Try a cocktail, beer or carefully chosen wine while you’re at it.
660 Woodward Ave. #4a, Detroit / (313) 963-9000
As one of the hottest seats to get in town, you better come ready to indulge! With a small plates concept, the goal is to share…but we wouldn’t blame you if you love the food so much, that you want it all for yourself. Share, drink and be jolly.
1500 Woodward Ave. Second Floor, Detroit / (313) 962-7711
Plan ahead, because this top restaurant is Detroit is consistently packed…and with good reason. Described as “new American small plates,” this place has your local flavors and then some. The space is intimate and simple with a changing menu that works with the weather. Make it your new neighborhood favorite with lunch, brunch, dinner or all three.
3921 Second Ave., Detroit / (313) 438-5055
Sit at the chef’s table or try some Padron peppers (cherry tomato, roasted potato, basil). If you’re a meat-lovin’ type, go for the flat iron steak and pair it with any of their recommended wines or gander at the beer list and the full bar.
2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit / (313) 242-0770
Dressed in an Art Deco theme, the environment and food transforms you to a whole new time period. The classy options here include Chilled Melon Soup, a white fish dish, scallops, a rack of lamb and more. The bar team is more than well-versed in all things wine-paired and cocktail conjured.
1428 Gratiot Ave., Detroit / (313) 782-4378
You may or may not have to double take the cinnamon rolls here and you can do so ALL DAY LONG because that’s when breakfast is served. Pastries, hand pies and other baked goods are all made in house, too. The biscuits and gravy will probably entice you too, so come hungry.
1942 Grand River Ave. Detroit / (313) 446-8370
The kitchen here can do anything from a Duck Pastrami Dip to a Chicken Sandwich. The bar knows how to do a cocktail or pour you a helping of that Japanese whiskey you’ve been acting too humble for. Dinner time also offers New York strip steak or a trout dish.
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit / (313) 446-8360
Snack on the Warm Chickpeas or go all in for the Whole Grilled Trout. Maybe try the Royale with Cheese– a• 6oz black angus patty with ginger, bacon, sriracha, Boursin cheese and togarashi fries…drooling yet?
8047 Agnes St., Detroit / (313) 469-0976
The vibe here is as fresh as the food, with suspended plants and walls that look like gardens. The menu and the cocktail list are short and sweet to keep as seasonal and select as possible. Try the Lamb Poke or the Michigan Shrimp as you stare at the beautiful DIA out the window.
15 E Kirby St., Detroit / (313) 818-3915
Huron Room, the newest restaurant on the Detroit dining scene, opened November 16th in Southwest Detroit. Jacques Driscoll of the Green Dot Stables Restaurant Group owns Huron Room with his wife, Christine, and the two plan to bring something new to the area’s restaurant lineup by dishing out all Michigan products, full bar and fresh catches of the day.
2547 Bagley Street, Detroit / 313.265.3325
Your favorite from Dexter and Ann Arbor is now smack-dab in midtown with a variety of pizzas, salads, North Peak and Jolly Pumpkin beers. Sit inside, at the bar or outside and casually dine with friends and family.
441 W Canfield St. #9, Detroit / (313) 262-6115
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