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Here’s our pick for the best places to eat and drink in Motor City.
March 29, 2018
Start your night at Standby in Belt Alley with a cocktail that'll take a few minutes to make, or come later for some late-night gnocchi.
When you want to convince your coworker that tofu is delicious, or when you just want an excuse to eat some vegetables, check out Detroit Vegan Soul.
Ima is a casual Japanese noodle shop in Corktown that serves traditional udon and rice bowls, and has one of the city’s best sake selections.
Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown looks like a yoga studio, but serves some of the best bagels in town - proof that life is all about balance.
Taqueria El Rey in Mexicantown is the first place to go for tacos in Detroit. Get the grilled chicken, some al pastor, and a beer. Repeated as needed.
Johnny Noodle King is where to go on West Fort for ramen - from classic tantanmen to gourmet "dorm room ramen" - and plenty of sake.
If you’re with a group and everyone wants something different, go to Craft Work in West Village for everything from oysters to curry lamb and pot pie.
Rose’s Fine Foods is the diner you wish was around the corner from your house. Unless you actually do live that close, and in that case -congrats.
Supino's serves some of the best pizza in Detroit and is a great place to grab a slice when you're trying to decide where to eat at Eastern Market.
Go to Gold Cash Gold in Corktown to feel a little fancy while eating fried chicken, but stay for the patio and great cocktails.
If you want to sit on a big ivy-covered patio, eat lots of pasta, and talk about that trip to Rome you've been "planning," head to La Dolce Vita.
Green Dot Stables is a horse-themed tavern that serves 20+ types of sliders and looks like somewhere your grandpa might've placed race bets.
When you’re hungover and/or sleep deprived on a weekend morning, go to Clique for grilled cinnamon rolls and every other breakfast food imaginable.
Maru is a great downtown sushi option, with specialty rolls, udon, and a late-night menu perfect for when you drank a little too much at Happy Hour.
Gather is a small, seasonal place at Eastern Market with communal tables and minimal design. If you like boozy slushees and shared plates, come here.
With a bright green interior and lots of vegetable dishes, Chartreuse is as close to spring as you can get without leaving Detroit during the winter.
March 28, 2018
If you want to eat meat in its many forms, and drink some good draft cocktails, check out Grey Ghost in Midtown for dinner or brunch.
Takoi is a Thai restaurant in Corktown that looks like where Deckard would’ve taken Rachel on a first date in Blade Runner.
Lady of the House is a seasonal restaurant located inside an old Corktown body shop that you should go to with a group and just order the whole menu.
Flowers of Vietnam serves excellent Vietnamese food and interesting cocktails inside the former Vernor Coney Island space in Mexicantown.