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Bistro 82’s Norman Fenton Digs Shangri-La’s Dim Sum

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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.

Bistro 82's executive sous chef Norman Fenton has diverse tastes. Ask him where he likes to eat and he'll give you a list that encompasses everything from Iron Horse in Royal Oak to Madison Heights' Fuji Buffet to Selden Standard and Lupita's in Mexicantown. But when it comes to dim sum, Fenton says only Shangri-La will do.

Shangri La is really one of my favorite places because of the dim sum menu. They have the best salt and pepper squid I've ever had. Their spicy quail is like out of this world. But the best thing about that place is I've been going there for a couple of years now so I'm a familiar face to them. One server specifically, I don't know his name, but I just go in and I trust him . . . Me and my buddies will sit there and will start with one round of dim sum and then another round will come and we'll sit there for maybe an hour and a half and just eat, eat, eat and the bill is like $40. You're trying unique things like chicken feet and pork spare ribs with fermented black bean sauce.

Midtown Shangri-La

4710 Cass Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 974-7669 Visit Website