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Corktown Noodle Shop Ima Starts Serving Lunch Next Week

Plus, the New York Times “36 Hours” column drops into Detroit

A bowl of golden curry and rice with bok choy and veggies with a side of edamame.
A rice bowl with edamame at Ima in Corktown.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
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.

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VITAL UPDATES — Corktown noodle shop Ima is increasing its hours. The Michigan Avenue restaurant helmed by chef Mike Ransom will expand its service beginning May 16 with a brand new lunch and extended dinner hours during the Friday and Saturday rush. During the week the restaurant will convert to counter service for speedier service and will switch to table service on the weekends. The updated hours are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Ima’s menu featuring udon noodles and rice bowls will remain the same for the time being with some new items rolling out in the coming months. The owners plan to begin offering lunch specials after the initial launch. [EaterWire]

FOOD MEDIA — The New York Times once again dropped in on Detroit this week for a tour of the many sites and flavors of the Motor City. In its latest addition of the travel section’s “36 Hours” column, the Times bites into a “delectable deep-dish pie” at Buddy’s Pizza on Conant while sipping a Vernor’s float Boston Cooler, drops by Standby for a cocktail, savors Avalon International Breads’ baked goods, and admires a coconut milk yogurt parfait at Parks & Rec Diner. The Huron Room, Taqueria El Rey, Lafayette Coney Island, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, also receive the Grey Lady’s stamp of approval. This is the second time in a week that the major daily has zoomed in on Michigan. On Tuesday the paper complimented Ann Arbor’s grown up food scene. [NYT]

MENU PORN — The Henry Ford has revamped its menu with a more historically authentic feel. Lamy’s Diner, located inside a 1946 train car, now offers a Clovis Lamy’s actual meatloaf recipe alongside New England-style frappes and housemade doughnuts. Mrs. Fisher's Southern Cooking is now actually serving dishes out of Abby Fisher’s cookbook. [Metro Times]

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