Chef Ian Diam is serving up Japanese Street food at 208 Grand River Ave. near The Belt alley. Grab a Chubby Cone ““ filled with green onions, sesame seeds, daikon, carrots, avocado, cucumber, grilled chicken and hiyashi wakame. It’s everything you love about sushi made portable.
Johnny Noodle King:
This isn’t your basic Ramen. The Japanese-inspired menu at 2601 W. Fort Street ranges from rich broth-based noodle bowls to spicy sauced up dishes and fresh sides. Warm up with a Red Curry bowl overflowing with scallions, watercress, cauliflower and either Pork Belly or Shredded Pork. Fried onions and fish sauce make it really worthwhile. Add a cocktail with Johnny Smoking Gun whisky crafted by Detroit’s Two James Distillery.
Bursting onto the restaurant scene in flashes of light and the most irreverent menu, this Thai-inspired spot at 2520 Michigan Ave. in Corktown has quickly become a food industry favorite. Chef Brad Greenhill is cooking up wildly flavorful dishes from hot pots to full, fried fish. Too long of a wait, you say? Either opt for a cocktail or come back for the late-night eats that include Chickpea Tofu or a Bahn MI of smoked ham, house bologna and chicken liver mousse.
American Chinese Food hardly describes what Chef Brion Wong has ushered into the Historic Chinatown neighborhood at 420 Peterboro. Plates large and small are stocked with flavor. Yes they serve a take on Sweet & Sour Pork and Almond Boneless Chicken, but you’ll also crave Cheeseburger Spring Roll and Soy-Braised Chicken Wings with Michigan honey. Time it right and add a sake tasting.
A trip to Detroit’s Eastern Market offers a barrage of culinary options. All delicious, none will delight the senses as much as a visit to longtime Thai favorite, Sala Thai. Grab a seat at 3400 Russell Street and order anything ““ just be sure to add Kow Pad Subparod, pineapple fried rice.
Say these four words to anyone seeking a more authentic Cantonese option in Detroit. Dim Sum All Day. Shangri-La at 4710 Cass Ave. makes a case for leisurely enjoying every bite. The menu is stocked with great options for those hungry for lettuce wraps, curry, sushi or noodle dishes, too.
Robert Song opened the first Maru Sushi in Okemos and now downtown has its very own, very beautiful location in the Federal Reserve Building. Brand new to the dining scene, Maru opened just last month with a promise to serve the freshest ingredients.
- Chubby Duck
208 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-778-4070 Highlight on map | More Details
- Johnny Noodle King
2601 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48211313-309-7946 Highlight on map | More Details
2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-855-2864 Highlight on map | More Details
- The Peterboro
420 Peterboro St., Detroit, MI 48201313-833-1111 Highlight on map | More Details
- Sala Thai
3400 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-831-1302 Highlight on map | More Details