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From Detroit BBQ Company to Esquire, 2014’s Most Popular Eater Detroit Posts

Metro Detroit saw a lot of huge restaurant news in 2014, but what interested Eater readers the most? Here now, Eater Detroit’s top 10 most read posts of the year:

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

10. Esquire Names Detroit Bar City 2014 Cliff_Bell_s_.0.png

Last summer, Esquire Magazine officially named Detroit "Bar City" for 2014. Between the classic sports bars, student bars, and jazz clubs and the new craft cocktail joints, Detroit has a lot of awesome bars, and the rest of the country is apparently starting to celebrate that fact.

Cliff Bell's

9. TAQO Mexican Restaurant's Surprise Downtown Opening


Just like magic TAQO: Taqos & Tequila appeared in June bringing authentic Mexican cuisine and a huge selection of tequila to Grand Circus Park for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. General manager Cesar Ochoa told Eater Detroit that he purposefully kept the news quiet.


8. Detroit's 10 Most Underrated Bars


Detroit (with some help from Metro Detroit) is this year's Bar City according to Esquire, and while there are plenty of places getting attention, there are plenty more that continue serving beer, food, and welcoming customers with a smile every day with no press. Which of these under-the-radar places are deserving of some extra praise? We asked, and you answered. These are the 10 Most Underrated Bars in Detroit and Metro Detroit according to you, our readers.

PJ's Lager House

7. Best Day Ever: Bucharest Grill Opens Corktown Location


Despite all of the trendy new restaurants opening on Michigan Avenue this year, the arrival of a Detroit classic's second location on the major Corktown thoroughfare managed to beat out the rest in terms of hype. We're expecting a similar reaction when the third location is unveiled in 2015.

Bucharest Grill in Corktown.

6.  What to Eat at Comerica Park: Home of the Detroit Tigers


The food at Comerica Park got a huge upgrade this year with fancier hot dogs, better Mexican options, more suite menu choices, and some decent beer. The local restaurants are still just not there, but baby steps are better than no steps, and poutine hot dogs and street tacos are definitely a move in the right direction.

Comerica Park

5. 10 of Detroit's Most Anticipated Restaurants: Mapped


Back in July, the Motor City was still reeling from the big debuts of Wright & Co., Rose's Fine Food, and Antietam (We blinked and it was gone). Rather than taking a breather, then editor, Victoria Trudeau looked ahead to late-Summer/Fall openings.

Selden Standard

4. Meet Detroit's 25 Most Underrated Restaurants


Detroit and Metro Detroit have no shortage of restaurants, but with the shiny new ones popping up more frequently and classics getting a new lease on life, sometimes we ignore the other great places out there. So we decided to ask, what are the area's most underrated restaurants? Comments came in on the site, on Facebook, via email, and anonymously. Nearly 30 restaurants were suggested in a two week span.

Pita Cafe

3. Actor Jason Momoa Buys Former GM Facility, Plans Detroit Brewery


Tragically, this story turned out to be pure rumor, but for a moment it felt like Metro Detroit might be getting a permanent business partner in my sun and stars Game of Thrones actor and future Aquaman, Jason Momoa.

Jason Momoa

2. Detroit BBQ Company Owner Releases an Official Apology to Customers and Police


After a tumultuous 72 hours of bad press following some controversial social media comments that pitted this barbecue truck owner against local police, Tim Idzikowski released a personal apology on December 23.

Detroit BBQ Company

1. Detroit BBQ Company Owner In Hot Water Over Social Media Comments


Tim Idzikowski's Detroit BBQ Company got slammed with negative comments and reviews following his controversial Facebook post regarding the shooting of two New York City cops. One individual allegedly posted Idzikowski's personal phone number to a message board, which resulted in threats and harassing phone calls. The company later responded by taking down their Facebook page. Still it seems the company's image may be permanently tarnished.

Screenshot of Detroit BBQ Company's Facebook page prior to its removal.

Detroit BBQ Company

, Ferndale, MI (586) 855-9012

Southern Fires Restaurant

575 Bellevue St, Detroit, MI 48207 313-393-4930

TAQO Detroit

22 West Adams Street, Detroit, MI 48226 313-962-7701 Visit Website

Bucharest Grill

2684 East Jefferson Avenue, , MI 48207 (313) 965-3111 Visit Website