Before the pandemic, the Eater 38 was an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It was a curated list covering metro Detroit, spanning myriad cuisines and price points. While the premise behind the list remains intact, the ongoing health crisis has shifted priorities for restaurants now tackling the extraordinary service and financial challenges created by the health crisis. In the last year, restaurants have established in-house delivery services, installed takeout windows, and expanded into online ordering.
With these factors in mind, we’ve updated the Eater 38 to include longtime Detroit staples, restaurants with loyal followings, and those creatively stepping up to the challenges of serving during a health crisis. Some restaurants have been added to reflect the changes the pandemic has created. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return, but allows for new entries, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive, and representative list.
Above all, no matter how normal it may feel to go out and eat again, dining right now is still not the same. This is a tough time for the restaurant industry and its staff, too, so please, if you choose to go out to grab a bite, be kind and remember to tip well.
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