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The Hottest New Restaurants in Detroit, January 2022

The restaurants making a splash in the new year are serving wasabi burgers, Korean fried chicken, Southern brunch, and fancy micheladas

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A lobster roll from Lobster Pitstop.
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New year, new restaurants. While metro Detroit lost the beloved Michael Symon’s Roast abruptly this year, several eateries have also opened, promising great start to 2022. The restaurant industry continues to navigate uncertain times, but these new restaurants are taking it with stride. Below, is a guide to some of the most impressive newcomers of the year thus far in metro Detroit’s dining scene, featuring wasabi burgers, Korean fried chicken, micheladas, and more.

The spike in omicron variant cases have caused many restaurants to have to close temporarily or make adjustments in their operating hours. Be sure to check ahead when making dining plans and, please, be kind to restaurant workers.

This month, Detroit Beer Exchange, Motor City Brewing Works-Livernois, Union Assembly, and Mister Dips, depart the map to make way for Super Crisp, Statler French-American Bistro, Kimchi Box, Metropolitan Variety Store, and Trap Vegan.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. 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.

2. Imaginate Restaurant

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401 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 633-8899
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Chef Omar Mitchell returns to the fine-dining scene after the closing of his short-lived but much-loved Table No. 2 restaurant on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Now, he’s in Royal Oak with another fine-dining spot that employs theatrical 3-D projection mapping at the 14-seat chef’s table. The result: Diners will see a thumb-size chef rustle up virtual steaks right on their plates. Besides steak, the menu features caviar, duck, and grouper.

3. Pink Garlic Indian Cuisine

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26661 Coolidge Hwy
Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 808-6495
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At this new Indian restaurant that opened earlier in the fall, you’ll find a menu with a whopping 100 options. Here, at the popular Oak Park spot, chef Kamrul Islam offers soups and salads, Tandoori, lamb and goat dishes, biryani, as well as Indo-Chinese specialties. There’s something for folks of all dietary restrictions, too.

4. 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.

5. Sylvan Table

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1819 Inverness St
Sylvan Lake, MI 48320
(248) 369-3360
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Sylvan Table opened in a 300-year-old Maine barn, serving rustic, elevated, multicultural cuisine (fish, rabbit, goat) made from seasonal ingredients sourced from its backyard and local partners. The farm-to-fork restaurant looks to source from what’s on its three surrounding acres: Rows of growing table grapes are outside the property, as are beehive boxes; a chicken coop; apple, pear, plum, and Michigan kiwi fruit trees; and greenhouse growing green vegetables.

6. 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.

7. The Ebenezer

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305 Fleet St
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 404-5552
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A new speakeasy style cocktail lounge has made its way to downtown Plymouth with the opening of the Ebenezer. The bar sits in the former First National Bank of Plymouth (named in homage to the bank’s first president, Ebenezer J. Penniman). The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, small plates offerings include charcuterie, parmesan fries, and more.

8. Dave’s Hot Chicken

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22208 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

The line at Dave’s Hot Chicken, the scrappy late-night LA pop-up turned mega-hit hot chicken spot, was more than an hour long on opening day in late October. Besides hot tenders and sliders, the celebrity-backed spot serves sides of house-made kale slaw, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and crispy seasoned French fries. The chicken spiciness is adjusted to the customer’s taste, starting at “no spice” and cranking up to the ominous-sounding “reaper” (which requires a signed waiver for those who dare).

Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac & cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken. Dave’s Hot Chicken/Instagram

9. 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.

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A roll from the Lobster Pitstop in Dearborn.
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10. The Goblin Detroit

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2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 502-5788
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Two buddies from Seoul are now serving up excellent sushi and affordable rice balls in Detroit after success in the suburbs for the last few years. The bright-and-colorful new location, which resembles its sister restaurant in Clinton Township, is reminiscent of a South Korean coffee house. Those who can’t go in can catch a live stream of activity in the kitchen and dining room.

11. Supergeil

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2442 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 462-4133
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Supergeil, which recently landed in Corktown, specializes in Berlin-style döner kebabs and tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels). It’s owned by David Landrum of Two James Spirits, which has a distillery and tasting room across the street, so unsurprisingly, cocktails also are a draw. The two-page drink menu includes ciders, wine and beer along with a list of gin and tonics that can be enjoyed at its 4 p.m. happy hour.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Mom's Spaghetti

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2131 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 888-8388
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There have been lines out the door since the opening of Mom’s Spaghetti, Eminem’s District Detroit restaurant that serves, well, spaghetti. The name for the restaurant, of course, comes from the unforgettable opening lines of Em’s “Lose Yourself” — “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.”

15. 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.

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16. 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.

17. 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.

18. Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

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6549 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 788-8338
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Named for the famous late Detroit boxer, this restaurant by his namesake serves all-day brunch seven days. The menu features southern favorites, including cinnamon roll flapjacks, bananas foster French toast, bread pudding, key lime pie flapjacks, shrimp and grits, and Joe Louis’s favorite, country fried steak cheese grits.

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19. 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.

20. Mumma Maria's House

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8122 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(586) 222-4754
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Throughout their 30 years of marriage, Sunday dinner was always a passion of Maria and Carl Giordano and their six children. After Maria passed in 2018, Carl wanted to keep her spirit alive and continue sharing the food with friends and family in this house-turned-restaurant in Detroit’s West Village. Try his famous meatballs, Maria’s ammoglio sauce, ribs, or the homemade pasta and meat sauce. It’s all magical. Please call ahead.

1. 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

2. Imaginate Restaurant

401 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Chef Omar Mitchell returns to the fine-dining scene after the closing of his short-lived but much-loved Table No. 2 restaurant on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Now, he’s in Royal Oak with another fine-dining spot that employs theatrical 3-D projection mapping at the 14-seat chef’s table. The result: Diners will see a thumb-size chef rustle up virtual steaks right on their plates. Besides steak, the menu features caviar, duck, and grouper.

401 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

3. Pink Garlic Indian Cuisine

26661 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park, MI 48237

At this new Indian restaurant that opened earlier in the fall, you’ll find a menu with a whopping 100 options. Here, at the popular Oak Park spot, chef Kamrul Islam offers soups and salads, Tandoori, lamb and goat dishes, biryani, as well as Indo-Chinese specialties. There’s something for folks of all dietary restrictions, too.

26661 Coolidge Hwy
Oak Park, MI 48237

4. 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

5. Sylvan Table

1819 Inverness St, Sylvan Lake, MI 48320

Sylvan Table opened in a 300-year-old Maine barn, serving rustic, elevated, multicultural cuisine (fish, rabbit, goat) made from seasonal ingredients sourced from its backyard and local partners. The farm-to-fork restaurant looks to source from what’s on its three surrounding acres: Rows of growing table grapes are outside the property, as are beehive boxes; a chicken coop; apple, pear, plum, and Michigan kiwi fruit trees; and greenhouse growing green vegetables.

1819 Inverness St
Sylvan Lake, MI 48320

6. 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

7. The Ebenezer

305 Fleet St, Plymouth, MI 48170

A new speakeasy style cocktail lounge has made its way to downtown Plymouth with the opening of the Ebenezer. The bar sits in the former First National Bank of Plymouth (named in homage to the bank’s first president, Ebenezer J. Penniman). The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, small plates offerings include charcuterie, parmesan fries, and more.

305 Fleet St
Plymouth, MI 48170

8. Dave’s Hot Chicken

22208 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
Hot chicken tenders and sliders, plus fries and mac & cheese sides from Dave’s Hot Chicken. Dave’s Hot Chicken/Instagram

The line at Dave’s Hot Chicken, the scrappy late-night LA pop-up turned mega-hit hot chicken spot, was more than an hour long on opening day in late October. Besides hot tenders and sliders, the celebrity-backed spot serves sides of house-made kale slaw, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and crispy seasoned French fries. The chicken spiciness is adjusted to the customer’s taste, starting at “no spice” and cranking up to the ominous-sounding “reaper” (which requires a signed waiver for those who dare).

22208 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

9. 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.
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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.

10405 Ford Rd unit F
Dearborn, MI 48126

10. The Goblin Detroit

2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

Two buddies from Seoul are now serving up excellent sushi and affordable rice balls in Detroit after success in the suburbs for the last few years. The bright-and-colorful new location, which resembles its sister restaurant in Clinton Township, is reminiscent of a South Korean coffee house. Those who can’t go in can catch a live stream of activity in the kitchen and dining room.

2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Supergeil

2442 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Supergeil, which recently landed in Corktown, specializes in Berlin-style döner kebabs and tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels). It’s owned by David Landrum of Two James Spirits, which has a distillery and tasting room across the street, so unsurprisingly, cocktails also are a draw. The two-page drink menu includes ciders, wine and beer along with a list of gin and tonics that can be enjoyed at its 4 p.m. happy hour.

2442 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

12. 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

13. 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

14. Mom's Spaghetti

2131 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

There have been lines out the door since the opening of Mom’s Spaghetti, Eminem’s District Detroit restaurant that serves, well, spaghetti. The name for the restaurant, of course, comes from the unforgettable opening lines of Em’s “Lose Yourself” — “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti.”

2131 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

15. 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

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16. 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

17. Freya

2929 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

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

18. Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

6549 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Two slices of French toast, halved, topped with peaches and accompanied by whipped cream dollops
Peach cobbler French toast
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen courtesy photo

Named for the famous late Detroit boxer, this restaurant by his namesake serves all-day brunch seven days. The menu features southern favorites, including cinnamon roll flapjacks, bananas foster French toast, bread pudding, key lime pie flapjacks, shrimp and grits, and Joe Louis’s favorite, country fried steak cheese grits.

6549 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

19. 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

20. Mumma Maria's House

8122 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

Throughout their 30 years of marriage, Sunday dinner was always a passion of Maria and Carl Giordano and their six children. After Maria passed in 2018, Carl wanted to keep her spirit alive and continue sharing the food with friends and family in this house-turned-restaurant in Detroit’s West Village. Try his famous meatballs, Maria’s ammoglio sauce, ribs, or the homemade pasta and meat sauce. It’s all magical. Please call ahead.

8122 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

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