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Michigan Food Writers Share Their Go-To Restaurants During 2020

Here’s where reporters were ordering takeout and delivery or sitting on the patio this year

A woman in a mask and a furry coat stands and the Mudgie’s walk-up window.
Mudgie’s installed a walk-up window in 2020 and also offered patio seating.
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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.

As is tradition at Eater, we closed out 2020 by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. First up: What were your regular go-to destinations for takeout and delivery or outdoor dining in 2020?

Serena Maria Daniels, Founder and Editor, Tostada Magazine:

I had a few go-to’s for delivery, depending on the circumstance. For special occasions, I’d order from La Noria, which offers just a really outstanding menu — delivery or not — from its decadent pasta to flavorful seafood appetizers. For more routine delivery, Sicily’s is always on rotation. Just the quality of the crust and the gourmet pizza menu (I recommend the Bad Hunter or Garlic Lovers).

Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:

I really tried to spread the love around as much as possible this year but that proved to be quite a challenge while working from home and not circulating much. That said, the patio at Mudgie’s was a go-to for me during nice weather, Voyager’s curbside carryout is always solid, I loved the Como’s BOGO pizza deal, and the burger from Mabel Gray makes me think James Rigato is wasting his talents on this whole daily-changing menu nonsense (this coming from the guy who hates more burgers).

Melody Baetens, Restaurant Critic, The Detroit News:

El Nacimiento, Flavors of Jamaica, New York Bagel, Bunny Bunny, Villa Bakery and Estia Greek Street Food.

Zahir Janmohamed, Co-Founder, Racist Sandwich:

Hamido’s in East Dearborn.

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

I tried to go to a variety of places this year because everyone needed it, but my regular haunts were Pie-Sci, Michigan & Trumbull, Sicily’s, Pizzaplex (you might start to notice a theme), Ima, Folk and Mudgie’s for groceries and food, and Marrow where I went all in on the meat club.

Mickey Lyons, Freelance Writer, Eater:

For a good few weeks there I lived on Rocco’s take-and-bakes and house pasta sauce. Plus, they sold flour when everyone was out of it, for my ill-fated and thankfully short-lived attempts at home baking. I don’t think I’d have made it through the summer without the Skip’s frozen watermelon frosè. And just recently, Oak & Reel’s chef’s boxes are a welcome and indulgent new treat for weekend nights. I can relax and enjoy learning a new cooking technique, like salt-baked branzino, that I never would have tried on my own. I can see this becoming a new ritual.

Stacey Brugeman, culinary columnist and freelance writer, Traverse Magazine and Eater:

Hop Lot in Suttons Bay — a sprawling outdoor beer garden with barbecue, tacos, and more — was almost built for this era. Even with the significant measures they took to keep everyone safe, dining there in 2020 didn’t feel all that different from doing so in 2019.

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Flavors of Jamaica

406 North Telegraph, , MI 48341 (947) 999-0169 Visit Website

Bunny Bunny

1454 Gratiot Avenue, , MI 48207 (313) 974-6122

Oak & Reel

2921 East Grand Boulevard, , MI 48202 (313) 270-9600 Visit Website

La Noria

5517 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI Visit Website

Michigan & Trumbull

1441 West Elizabeth Street, , MI 48216 (313) 637-4992 Visit Website


4458 Vernor Highway, , MI 48209 (313) 757-4992 Visit Website

The Skip

The Belt, , MI 48226 Visit Website


13251 West Warren Avenue, , MI 48126 (313) 582-0660 Visit Website


600 Vester Street, , MI 48220 (248) 658-4999 Visit Website


5163 Trumbull Avenue, , MI 48208 (313) 818-0290 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website


8044 Kercheval Avenue, , MI 48214 (313) 513-0361 Visit Website

Folk Detroit

1701 Trumbull, , MI 48216 (313) 742-2672 Visit Website


4120 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI Visit Website


4870 Cass Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 883-9788 Visit Website