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The Hottest New Restaurants in Detroit, May 2022

From pambazos to fast-casual biryani, here’s where to eat right now

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Just one of the food offerings available at BasBlue, the women and nonbinary people-centered co-working space and cafe in Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District.
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The flowers are in bloom and the temperatures are picking up in Detroit, the perfect time of year to venture out and dine with friends. Take a look at some of the most recent newcomers in metro Detroit’s dining scene. Among the newer offerings, a torta-centric food truck, a fast-casual option for biryani, and a chef-driven food and drink options at a woman and non-binary person-centered co-working space and cafe.

This month, The Ebenezer, Joe Louis Southern Kitchen, and Supergeil make their exits from the map to make way for Torta Express, Charminar Biryani Express, and BasBlue.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Metropolitan Variety Store + Bar and Kitchen

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8047 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 469-0976
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Chef Brendon Edwards — formerly of Gold Cash Gold, Standby, and others — helms the kitchen at the West Village bar and restaurant located in the former Craft Work space. The menu highlights local Michigan produce with Latin American influences. Expect to find grilled pork collar with a celery-apple-tamarind glaze and plantains with rice, squash with salsa macha and a cashew cream, masa donuts or horchata panna cotta for dessert. On the drinks side, the bar serves cocktails such as the Por Favor Y De Nada with tequila-mezcal-chili and fancy micheladas. The spot also features retail space where folks can pick up wine, beer, and liquor, as well as donuts, cold brew, fresh soups by the pint, chocolate bars, ice cream, and dressing from Michigan and Trumbull, among other pantry selects.

2. Breadless

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2761 E Jefferson Suite A
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 474-2870
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Looking for ways to enjoy a delicious sandwich, without the carbs? Breadless opened its doors in March on East Jefferson Avenue, featuring a line of sandwiches that are wrapped in greens instead of bread. Enjoy sandwiches like the Cloud 9 Pastrami loaded with havarti cheese, shredded cabbage, pickle, red onions, spicy ground mustard, house-made reuben sauce — all in a collard green vessel.

3. Sloppy Crab Restaurant

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519 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 656-4820
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After successfully running Sloppy Chops, a popular fine-dining venue serving lobster macaroni and cheese, bourbon-glazed pork chops, and blackened chicken sandwiches on the west side, Chef Al opened Sloppy Crab in October 2021. Situated in a prime spot on Jefferson, across from the RenCen, Sloppy Crab serves entrees with seafood at the center: blackened salmon, lobster shrimp scampi, and the fried lobster tacos that are popular at Sloppy Chops.

4. The Statler French American Bistro

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313 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 463-7111
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From the folks behind the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, the Statler (named after the historic hotel) is situated on the ground floor of the City Club Apartments CBD in downtown Detroit. The space features European-inspired decor, seating for 165, and ample outdoor patio seating with heaters and fire pits. As for the menu, expect modern twists on French cuisine like steak tartare, foie gras, bouillabaisse Provence, and a fromage du jour tasting with a selection of cheeses served with honeycomb and dried fruit.

5. Momento Gelato Cafe

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2120 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216

Momento Gelato opened on January 5 at 2120 Trumbull, as part of the Elton Park mixed-use development, next door to the longstanding UFO Factory. The Italian-style ice cream parlor specializes in using all natural ingredients and the menu features seasonal flavors, espresso drinks, and a delightful affogato.

The interior of the Momento Gelato cafe in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood with pastel-colored subway tiles and a gelato display case.
The interior pays a subtle homage to the classic ice cream parlor with pastel-colored subway tiles.
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6. Antojitos Southwest

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1975 Sharon St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 854-5239
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Detroit has been a leader in the Midwest birria game for generations, but last year Antojitos Southwest landed what is likely the city’s first birria-centric food truck at the intersection of Sharon and Bagley. Open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the operators focus on birria de res dishes, including quesabirria (with consomme for $1 extra for dipping) and birria ramen, which combines the best of both worlds — a cup of noodles with consomme broth, and birria meat. Carne asada fries and drinks are also available. Be sure to bundle up as the truck often has a long line of fans.

7. Torta Express

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1757 24th St
Detroit, MI 48216

This torta-centric food truck opened briefly on the corner of Vernor Highway and 24th Street in 2019, but the pandemic forced owner Moises Villagomez to cease operations for the past couple of years. He reopened within the last month and, lucky for Detroiters, he offers daily specials on tortas, pambazos (similar to the torta, but with bread dipped in guajillo salsa), mini bolillitos (mini tortas), as well as tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, burritos, and loaded fries. Previous specialities have included tortas with mole, chorizo and potato, the Cubana, and chicharrones with salsa verde. Be sure to check social media for availability.

8. Sakura Hibachi Grill

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3109 Roosevelt St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 912-0023
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Detroit’s entrepreneurial Mexican community has evolved in recent years from focusing primarily on Mexican food to other cuisine. Sakura Hibachi Grill food truck is one such example. Run by a veteran chef at the Dearborn Benihana, this mobile restaurant opened in spring of 2021 and is situated behind a residence at 3109 Roosevelt St. The menu consists of hibachi-style rice and noodle bowls with veggies and choice of steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, and sometimes lobster. The truck is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but be sure to call in orders because they sell out quickly.

9. Ladder 4 Wine Bar

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3396 Vinewood St
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 638-1601
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Set in a historic firehouse in Southwest Detroit, Ladder 4 operates as a bar and retail wine shop, with more than 200 varieties for sale, with a particular focus on natural wines. Co-owner James Cadariu says the space will also host live music events, possible pop-ups, and features a rooftop patio and spacious backyard. Masks and of vaccination is required for entry. Wine Shop hours for February are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, while bar hours for the month are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

A bar with four chair set in front of it with shelving stocked with wine bottles overhead, a black sign with white lettering, and white subway tiles.
The bar area inside Ladder 4, a new wine bar and shop set inside a historic Detroit firehouse in Southwest Detroit.
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10. The Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop

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10405 Ford Rd unit F
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 434-4399
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Dearborn has a new go-to spot for all things luscious lobster. The Black-owned food truck first opened in 2018, to intense fan fare. Now, chef Nick Wilson and his aunt, Kathryn are setting up a permanent camp. At the Lobster Pitstop, you'll find selections like lobster rolls, lobster mac ‘n cheese, and lobster bisque — as well as weekly specials, such as a lobster grilled cheese.

A bun in a hand overflowing with lobster.
A roll from the Lobster Pitstop in Dearborn.
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11. Barda

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4842 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 952-5182
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Argentinian restaurant Barda, from chef Javier Bardauil, features dishes grilled on an open fire and created with ingredients sourced locally, or imported from Argentina. Bardauil (nicknamed Barda), a native of Buenos Aires, and co-owner Ignacio Gerson say the restaurant is the first and only Argentinian-inspired restaurant in the city. Menu items include glazed beets with ajoblanco and raspberries, chorizo Argentino with fennel and lemon, tira de asado short rib with pepper-coriander crust, and carne y hueso with bone marrow, beef tartare and horseradish served with toast.

Glazed beets with ajoblanco and raspberries are in a dish. Emma Sandler

12. Seasons Market & Cafe

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4125 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-2022
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The newly open Seasons Market features the Garden Cafe has sustainability in mind. Built using reclaimed materials, Seasons Market pays the many Michigan-based food vendors fair wages for its products. Guests can select a variety of packaged lunch items like salads, grain bowls, and baked goods, curated from local makers like Yum Village, Avalon Bakery, and Detroit Vegan Soul. Grab some lunch and have a seat upstairs in the market’s loft with near 360-degree views of the surrounding neighborhood. During the warmer months, dine and socialize on the outdoor garden patio.

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The grocery and cafe sections of Seasons Market, a new “good food” grocery and eatery. Guests can grab packaged meals from Yum Village, Avalon Bakery, Detroit Vegan Soul and other local vendors at this new Midtown market.
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13. Super Crisp

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4830 Cass Ave Suite C
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 474-8880
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Ima chef and restaurateur Mike Ransom is building on his success with Asian-inspired sandwiches with his newest venture, Super Crisp, a fast-casual eatery conveniently located next to Ima’s Midtown location. Featuring Ransom’s karaage twice-fried sandwiches (available in chicken, fish, and tofu form), wasabi and kimchi burgers, a curry hot dog, plus miso soups, salads, and snacks, Super Crisp offers a quick fix for the Wayne State folks on the run.

14. Charminar Biryani House - Express

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111 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6236
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Muslims and folks wanting to incorporate more halal food into their eating routines have another fast-casual Indian-style option in Charminar Biryani Express, located across the street from Wayne State University. The restaurant offers a takeout-friendly menu featuring prepared entrees, appetizers, and sides, including butter chicken, chicken 65, and tandoori chicken, as well as a variety of vegan-friendly selections.

15. BasBlue

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110 E Ferry St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 474-1883
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Situated in the city’s Cultural Center Historic District, BasBlue is a women and non-binary person-centered co-working space and cafe, where food and drink offerings are helmed by Backbone Hospitality’s Ping Ho (who also runs Marrow, Mink, and The Royce). On offer are sandwiches and soups featuring ingredients from Marrow’s butcher shop, grab-and-go items, and locally-sourced baked goods. In addition, the space features its monthly Pop-Up for a Purpose, in which local women and non-binary chefs showcase their culinary talents, while donating a portion of proceeds to a charity of their choice.

Charcuterie on a wooden cutting board next to a glass of white wine with a blue-tiled fireplace and white and yellow seating in the background
Some of the food and drink options at BasBlue, a new cafe and work space dedicated to women and nonbinary people in Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District.
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16. Freya

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2929 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 351-5544
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At the recently-opened hot spot in Milwaukee Junction, from Sandy Levine and chef Doug Hewitt of award-winning restaurant Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, operations run a little bit differently than the average Detroit restaurant. According to the team’s reservation site, the tasting menu-only service runs for about two to three hours with five to six rotating courses. However, what separates Freya from other tasting menus of its ilk is that guests must pre-pay for the $75 experience. There are also three versions of set menus, to accommodate for vegan and other dietary styles.

Three dishes set in white shallow bowls, atop a coffee table made of glass and logs.
The plant-forward menu at Freya utilized locally-sourced, seasonal produce whenever possible to create fanciful dishes, as pictured here.
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17. The Detroit Pizza Bar

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7316 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 710-8771

The Detroit Pizza Bar celebrated a grand opening ceremony on April 1, adding to the growing number of dining options in the Live6 district. The Black-owned pizzeria is set inside a newly renovated building on West McNichols that had long been abandoned. The 4,500-square-foot space features wood-fired pizza made with ingredients sourced from local farms, is available for dining in and takeout, and has a rooftop terrace, perfect for the warmer summer months.

18. Bink's Grill

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18455 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 513-2465

Bink’s Grill has been around for some time but in 2021, operators of the popular egg roll business made the transition to full-service brick and mortar when it opened its doors on Livernois. The smartly designed restaurant features a variety of only-in-Detroit egg roll creations, such as the Southwest chicken, stuffed with black beans, jalapeños, red peppers, corn, spinach, and Colby jack cheese.

19. Trap Vegan

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20198 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 340-2988
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Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in November, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus. Owner Jasmine Raiford has developed a menu that will convert any discriminating meat-eater, with a variety of vegan burgers such as the BJ Burger made with grilled barbecue jackfruit and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread, and the spot’s “Trap Sauce” — all served on a grilled brioche bun. Also expect a variety of smoothies, juices, acai bowls, salads, and loaded nachos.

20. Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

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201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 268-3915
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The long-awaited Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen quietly opened its doors in Ferndale in March, ushering in a much-needed boost to Oakland County’s Mexican food world. The bar features 30 different types of agave spirits, while the menu includes an impressive lineup of tacos, including birria, fish, campechano (a blend of chorizo and carne asada), and alambre — with bacon, chorizo, melted cheese, and choice of chicken or steak.

21. Sozai Restaurant

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449 W 14 Mile Rd
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 677-3232
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This new Japanese restaurant focuses on sustainable sushi from Hajime Sato. Moving right down the block from the beloved Noble Fish might be seen as risky but Sato’s former Seattle-based eatery Mashiko “defined the sustainable sushi movement in the city.” Sato recently relocated here and his menu does justice to Great Lakes seafood and sustainability.

22. Bonchon Farmington Hills

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27915 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(947) 366-0002
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As far as chains go, Bonchon arguably fueled the U.S.’s Korean fried chicken craze, with locations across the country. In late 2021, Bonchon added metro Detroit to its roster of locations. Dine-in or takeout a variety of traditional wings, as well as boneless and strips, plus chicken sandwiches.

1. Metropolitan Variety Store + Bar and Kitchen

8047 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214

Chef Brendon Edwards — formerly of Gold Cash Gold, Standby, and others — helms the kitchen at the West Village bar and restaurant located in the former Craft Work space. The menu highlights local Michigan produce with Latin American influences. Expect to find grilled pork collar with a celery-apple-tamarind glaze and plantains with rice, squash with salsa macha and a cashew cream, masa donuts or horchata panna cotta for dessert. On the drinks side, the bar serves cocktails such as the Por Favor Y De Nada with tequila-mezcal-chili and fancy micheladas. The spot also features retail space where folks can pick up wine, beer, and liquor, as well as donuts, cold brew, fresh soups by the pint, chocolate bars, ice cream, and dressing from Michigan and Trumbull, among other pantry selects.

8047 Agnes St
Detroit, MI 48214

2. Breadless

2761 E Jefferson Suite A, Detroit, MI 48207

Looking for ways to enjoy a delicious sandwich, without the carbs? Breadless opened its doors in March on East Jefferson Avenue, featuring a line of sandwiches that are wrapped in greens instead of bread. Enjoy sandwiches like the Cloud 9 Pastrami loaded with havarti cheese, shredded cabbage, pickle, red onions, spicy ground mustard, house-made reuben sauce — all in a collard green vessel.

2761 E Jefferson Suite A
Detroit, MI 48207

3. Sloppy Crab Restaurant

519 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

After successfully running Sloppy Chops, a popular fine-dining venue serving lobster macaroni and cheese, bourbon-glazed pork chops, and blackened chicken sandwiches on the west side, Chef Al opened Sloppy Crab in October 2021. Situated in a prime spot on Jefferson, across from the RenCen, Sloppy Crab serves entrees with seafood at the center: blackened salmon, lobster shrimp scampi, and the fried lobster tacos that are popular at Sloppy Chops.

519 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

4. The Statler French American Bistro

313 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

From the folks behind the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, the Statler (named after the historic hotel) is situated on the ground floor of the City Club Apartments CBD in downtown Detroit. The space features European-inspired decor, seating for 165, and ample outdoor patio seating with heaters and fire pits. As for the menu, expect modern twists on French cuisine like steak tartare, foie gras, bouillabaisse Provence, and a fromage du jour tasting with a selection of cheeses served with honeycomb and dried fruit.

313 Park Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Momento Gelato Cafe

2120 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48216
The interior of the Momento Gelato cafe in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood with pastel-colored subway tiles and a gelato display case.
The interior pays a subtle homage to the classic ice cream parlor with pastel-colored subway tiles.
Gerard + Belevender

Momento Gelato opened on January 5 at 2120 Trumbull, as part of the Elton Park mixed-use development, next door to the longstanding UFO Factory. The Italian-style ice cream parlor specializes in using all natural ingredients and the menu features seasonal flavors, espresso drinks, and a delightful affogato.

2120 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Antojitos Southwest

1975 Sharon St, Detroit, MI 48209

Detroit has been a leader in the Midwest birria game for generations, but last year Antojitos Southwest landed what is likely the city’s first birria-centric food truck at the intersection of Sharon and Bagley. Open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the operators focus on birria de res dishes, including quesabirria (with consomme for $1 extra for dipping) and birria ramen, which combines the best of both worlds — a cup of noodles with consomme broth, and birria meat. Carne asada fries and drinks are also available. Be sure to bundle up as the truck often has a long line of fans.

1975 Sharon St
Detroit, MI 48209

7. Torta Express

1757 24th St, Detroit, MI 48216

This torta-centric food truck opened briefly on the corner of Vernor Highway and 24th Street in 2019, but the pandemic forced owner Moises Villagomez to cease operations for the past couple of years. He reopened within the last month and, lucky for Detroiters, he offers daily specials on tortas, pambazos (similar to the torta, but with bread dipped in guajillo salsa), mini bolillitos (mini tortas), as well as tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, burritos, and loaded fries. Previous specialities have included tortas with mole, chorizo and potato, the Cubana, and chicharrones with salsa verde. Be sure to check social media for availability.

1757 24th St
Detroit, MI 48216

8. Sakura Hibachi Grill

3109 Roosevelt St, Detroit, MI 48216

Detroit’s entrepreneurial Mexican community has evolved in recent years from focusing primarily on Mexican food to other cuisine. Sakura Hibachi Grill food truck is one such example. Run by a veteran chef at the Dearborn Benihana, this mobile restaurant opened in spring of 2021 and is situated behind a residence at 3109 Roosevelt St. The menu consists of hibachi-style rice and noodle bowls with veggies and choice of steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, and sometimes lobster. The truck is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but be sure to call in orders because they sell out quickly.

3109 Roosevelt St
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Ladder 4 Wine Bar

3396 Vinewood St, Detroit, MI 48208
A bar with four chair set in front of it with shelving stocked with wine bottles overhead, a black sign with white lettering, and white subway tiles.
The bar area inside Ladder 4, a new wine bar and shop set inside a historic Detroit firehouse in Southwest Detroit.
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Set in a historic firehouse in Southwest Detroit, Ladder 4 operates as a bar and retail wine shop, with more than 200 varieties for sale, with a particular focus on natural wines. Co-owner James Cadariu says the space will also host live music events, possible pop-ups, and features a rooftop patio and spacious backyard. Masks and of vaccination is required for entry. Wine Shop hours for February are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, while bar hours for the month are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

3396 Vinewood St
Detroit, MI 48208

10. The Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop

10405 Ford Rd unit F, Dearborn, MI 48126
A bun in a hand overflowing with lobster.
A roll from the Lobster Pitstop in Dearborn.
Gerard + Belevender

Dearborn has a new go-to spot for all things luscious lobster. The Black-owned food truck first opened in 2018, to intense fan fare. Now, chef Nick Wilson and his aunt, Kathryn are setting up a permanent camp. At the Lobster Pitstop, you'll find selections like lobster rolls, lobster mac ‘n cheese, and lobster bisque — as well as weekly specials, such as a lobster grilled cheese.

10405 Ford Rd unit F
Dearborn, MI 48126

11. Barda

4842 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208
Glazed beets with ajoblanco and raspberries are in a dish. Emma Sandler

Argentinian restaurant Barda, from chef Javier Bardauil, features dishes grilled on an open fire and created with ingredients sourced locally, or imported from Argentina. Bardauil (nicknamed Barda), a native of Buenos Aires, and co-owner Ignacio Gerson say the restaurant is the first and only Argentinian-inspired restaurant in the city. Menu items include glazed beets with ajoblanco and raspberries, chorizo Argentino with fennel and lemon, tira de asado short rib with pepper-coriander crust, and carne y hueso with bone marrow, beef tartare and horseradish served with toast.

4842 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

12. Seasons Market & Cafe

4125 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
A woman inside a market in front of a fridge below a sign that says farmer’s stand.
The grocery and cafe sections of Seasons Market, a new “good food” grocery and eatery. Guests can grab packaged meals from Yum Village, Avalon Bakery, Detroit Vegan Soul and other local vendors at this new Midtown market.
Gerard + Belevender

The newly open Seasons Market features the Garden Cafe has sustainability in mind. Built using reclaimed materials, Seasons Market pays the many Michigan-based food vendors fair wages for its products. Guests can select a variety of packaged lunch items like salads, grain bowls, and baked goods, curated from local makers like Yum Village, Avalon Bakery, and Detroit Vegan Soul. Grab some lunch and have a seat upstairs in the market’s loft with near 360-degree views of the surrounding neighborhood. During the warmer months, dine and socialize on the outdoor garden patio.

4125 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Super Crisp

4830 Cass Ave Suite C, Detroit, MI 48201

Ima chef and restaurateur Mike Ransom is building on his success with Asian-inspired sandwiches with his newest venture, Super Crisp, a fast-casual eatery conveniently located next to Ima’s Midtown location. Featuring Ransom’s karaage twice-fried sandwiches (available in chicken, fish, and tofu form), wasabi and kimchi burgers, a curry hot dog, plus miso soups, salads, and snacks, Super Crisp offers a quick fix for the Wayne State folks on the run.

4830 Cass Ave Suite C
Detroit, MI 48201

14. Charminar Biryani House - Express

111 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Muslims and folks wanting to incorporate more halal food into their eating routines have another fast-casual Indian-style option in Charminar Biryani Express, located across the street from Wayne State University. The restaurant offers a takeout-friendly menu featuring prepared entrees, appetizers, and sides, including butter chicken, chicken 65, and tandoori chicken, as well as a variety of vegan-friendly selections.

111 W Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

15. BasBlue

110 E Ferry St, Detroit, MI 48202
Charcuterie on a wooden cutting board next to a glass of white wine with a blue-tiled fireplace and white and yellow seating in the background
Some of the food and drink options at BasBlue, a new cafe and work space dedicated to women and nonbinary people in Detroit’s Cultural Center Historic District.
Jessica Malek/Mercenary

Situated in the city’s Cultural Center Historic District, BasBlue is a women and non-binary person-centered co-working space and cafe, where food and drink offerings are helmed by Backbone Hospitality’s Ping Ho (who also runs Marrow, Mink, and The Royce). On offer are sandwiches and soups featuring ingredients from Marrow’s butcher shop, grab-and-go items, and locally-sourced baked goods. In addition, the space features its monthly Pop-Up for a Purpose, in which local women and non-binary chefs showcase their culinary talents, while donating a portion of proceeds to a charity of their choice.

110 E Ferry St
Detroit, MI 48202

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16. Freya

2929 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Three dishes set in white shallow bowls, atop a coffee table made of glass and logs.
The plant-forward menu at Freya utilized locally-sourced, seasonal produce whenever possible to create fanciful dishes, as pictured here.
GB in Detroit

At the recently-opened hot spot in Milwaukee Junction, from Sandy Levine and chef Doug Hewitt of award-winning restaurant Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, operations run a little bit differently than the average Detroit restaurant. According to the team’s reservation site, the tasting menu-only service runs for about two to three hours with five to six rotating courses. However, what separates Freya from other tasting menus of its ilk is that guests must pre-pay for the $75 experience. There are also three versions of set menus, to accommodate for vegan and other dietary styles.

2929 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

17. The Detroit Pizza Bar

7316 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

The Detroit Pizza Bar celebrated a grand opening ceremony on April 1, adding to the growing number of dining options in the Live6 district. The Black-owned pizzeria is set inside a newly renovated building on West McNichols that had long been abandoned. The 4,500-square-foot space features wood-fired pizza made with ingredients sourced from local farms, is available for dining in and takeout, and has a rooftop terrace, perfect for the warmer summer months.

7316 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

18. Bink's Grill

18455 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Bink’s Grill has been around for some time but in 2021, operators of the popular egg roll business made the transition to full-service brick and mortar when it opened its doors on Livernois. The smartly designed restaurant features a variety of only-in-Detroit egg roll creations, such as the Southwest chicken, stuffed with black beans, jalapeños, red peppers, corn, spinach, and Colby jack cheese.

18455 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

19. Trap Vegan

20198 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Trap Vegan made its debut in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood on the west side in November, adding to the city’s offerings of meatless restaurant menus. Owner Jasmine Raiford has developed a menu that will convert any discriminating meat-eater, with a variety of vegan burgers such as the BJ Burger made with grilled barbecue jackfruit and topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, pepper jack cheese, avocado spread, and the spot’s “Trap Sauce” — all served on a grilled brioche bun. Also expect a variety of smoothies, juices, acai bowls, salads, and loaded nachos.

20198 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

20. Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen

201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

The long-awaited Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen quietly opened its doors in Ferndale in March, ushering in a much-needed boost to Oakland County’s Mexican food world. The bar features 30 different types of agave spirits, while the menu includes an impressive lineup of tacos, including birria, fish, campechano (a blend of chorizo and carne asada), and alambre — with bacon, chorizo, melted cheese, and choice of chicken or steak.

201 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

21. Sozai Restaurant

449 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

This new Japanese restaurant focuses on sustainable sushi from Hajime Sato. Moving right down the block from the beloved Noble Fish might be seen as risky but Sato’s former Seattle-based eatery Mashiko “defined the sustainable sushi movement in the city.” Sato recently relocated here and his menu does justice to Great Lakes seafood and sustainability.

449 W 14 Mile Rd
Clawson, MI 48017

22. Bonchon Farmington Hills

27915 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

As far as chains go, Bonchon arguably fueled the U.S.’s Korean fried chicken craze, with locations across the country. In late 2021, Bonchon added metro Detroit to its roster of locations. Dine-in or takeout a variety of traditional wings, as well as boneless and strips, plus chicken sandwiches.

27915 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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