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. Next up: What restaurant or restaurant-related (pop-up, etc.) return or debut are you most excited for in 2021?
Serena Maria Daniels, Founder and Editor, Tostada Magazine:
I really hope to see the Holy Mole contest resume next year. I know that planning events has been crazy in 2020 with endless Zoom sessions, but I was heartened to attend some excellent virtual events that involved high production value. I could see this happening with Holy Mole if in-person gathering hasn’t commenced by next fall. There’s got to be a way to shine a light on the many home cooks who participate in the event each year.
Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:
I never got a chance to make it over to the Coriander Kitchen canalside patio service when they were running it this summer and that’s one of my biggest regrets of 2020. I hope to correct that error in 2021 when they fully open.
Melody Baetens, Restaurant Critic, The Detroit News:
I’m looking forward to seeing Coriander Detroit’s permanent set up. Every time I tried to go this summer it was closed due to weather or some other issue. Also, Baobab Fare!
Zahir Janmohamed, Co-Founder, Racist Sandwich:
Qahwah House is opening up a second location in West Dearborn. It’s stunning inside and I can’t wait to hang out there and drink Adani chai.
Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:
I’m looking forward to Coriander Kitchen and Farm, returning hopefully in 2021, and Baobab Fare, which feels like it’s been teasing Detroiters forever. There are also a lot of places that I’d like to check out that opened this year that I never made it to due to the pandemic.
Mickey Lyons, Freelance Writer, Eater:
As a lover of German beer and Eastern Market, I’m looking forward to checking out Lagerhaus No. 5. By all appearances, they took time and care with the building renovation, and I think it’s a great addition to the market. Eastern Market could become the brewery district it was 150 years ago once again!
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