A Culinary Eruption: New Detroit Restaurants

November 28, 2016  |   Story by Heidi Tiano  

If you’ve been keeping a list of buzzy new Detroit restaurants to try out, it’s probably getting longer every week.

The last few years have seen an explosion of Metro Detroit dining options, from laid-back breakfast to comfort food and craft cocktails. Whatever your tastes or budgets, you’ll find something to suit your appetite.

Here’s a list of some of the newer restaurants the city has to offer:

Best For: Something Hip

Grey Ghost

Probably one of the most talked about openings of 2016, Grey Ghost‘s unique menu is getting plenty of praise – as is its cocktail menu.

Rock City Eatery

The name may not be new (it was quite popular in Hamtramck), but Rock City Eatery‘s location in Midtown with an industrial vibe is. Its brunch is getting great reviews, too.

Maru Sushi

The Michigan-based Maru Sushi chain just opened the doors to its stunning downtown Detroit location inside the Federal Building in November 2016, so it’s as new as they come.


Best For: A Quick-ish Bite


Over-the-counter pizzas and a casual (mostly carryout) atmosphere are proving to be a successful recipe for this pop-up turned permanent Pie-Sci shop near Wayne State University.


Hopes of spotting a famous Wahlberg brother didn’t hurt the popularity when it opened in August 2016, but the Boston-based Wahlburgers is earning its crowds with food and spiked milkshakes.

Atomic Chicken

If there’s such a thing as artisanal fried chicken, Atomic Chicken rightfully claims to be it. Its Clawson location is already a hit and foodies are clamoring for the opening of the Detroit restaurant – any day now.


Best For: Something Different


Founded as a food truck and just recently opened as a Corktown dining room, Takoi‘s flavorful Thai tastes definitely live up to all the almost cult-like hype.

Best For: Drinks

Rusted Crow Detroit

There’s a full menu of casual bar fare at Rusted Crow Detroit, but craft cocktails are the real pride of this distillery with a rustic feel.

That’s our pick of the most recent openings – but there have been loads more in the past few years. Check out the new restaurants in Detroit.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Wahlburgers
    569 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-209-4499 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Takoi
    2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-855-2864 Highlight on map | More Details