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Detroit’s Top Restaurant Standbys of 2018

From noodle bars to souvlaki shops, restaurant writers discuss their mainstays around town

A bowl of golden curry and rice with bok choy and veggies with a side of edamame.
Curry at Ima.
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.

As is tradition at Eater, we closed out 2018 by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below.

Brittany Hutson, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

I couldn’t get enough of Ima this year. There was a point in the middle of the year when I would go there for lunch once a week. When I had out of town visitors, I either personally took them or recommended that they go there. I also went there for two birthday celebrations.

The Dime Store was my favorite place for brunch. I love that I can get the best of both worlds there — my go-to order when I want something sweet is the chef’s french toast special. When I want something healthier, I usually go for the salmon burger or salad. And the salmon is cooked perfectly every time. Of course, having alcohol on the menu is always a plus.

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

I’m eating at Ima just about every chance I can get. Hamido is where I go if I want a big meal with a lot of great leftovers. Tastee’s Burgers for burgers. I would also throw in Detroit Institute of Bagels for quick breakfasts, Taqueria El Rey, Sister Pie, Dessert Oasis Coffee, Chicago’s Pizza (that spicy sauce is really good), and Duly’s.

Dorothy Hernandez, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

New Seoul Garden, Ima in Madison Heights, Folk, El Parian taco truck.

Nick Britsky, Host, Nick Drinks at Night:

Lady of the House, Mabel Gray, Selden Standard.

Serena Maria Daniels, Founder/Editor, Tostada Magazine:

Kresge Court in the DIA.

John Reyes, Ann Arbor Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Miss Kim in Ann Arbor has consistently produced high-quality Korean comfort food with seasonal twists to keep things fresh.

Melody Baetens, Features Reporter, Detroit News:

Ima, Noodletopia (Madison Heights), Avalon, Golden Fleece, Athens Souvlaki, Mabel Gray and — let’s be honest — Jet’s Pizza. Even though it just opened two weeks ago, I’ve been eating at Fort Street Galley a lot and will have probably worked through all four menus by spring. (Thankfully I also started jogging this year.)

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