Detroit is being heralded as a food mecca, a city bursting with countless new and creative places to eat, drink and socialize.
Dozens of new restaurants, breweries, distilleries and coffee shops have opened in Detroit in the past couple years — from laid-back gastro pubs and fancy bistros to homespun burger bars and eclectic vegan venues. Here’s a rundown of some of the city’s up-and-coming hot spots and newest now-open places to eat, drink and just hang out.
Detroit Shipping Co.
474 Peterboro, Chinatown
A restaurant collective and beer garden offering affordable upscale street food, two full bars, space for start-up retailers, and galleries featuring local artists.
Woodward and Watson between Midtown and Brush Park
This is a Mexican-themed restaurant that will serve up authentic, Mexican street fare and a selection of more than 100 tequilas and American Whiskeys. Scheduled to open early 2017.
Bad Luck Bar
1218 Griswold, Downtown
Longtime Sugar House bartender Yani Frye is spearheading this Detroit Optimist Society project, which promises to be a substantial addition to the downtown bar scene. Partner Dave Kwiatkowski has characterized the “progressive” cocktail lounge as “very high-end, very exclusive,” with “experimental and experiential” elements.
5517 Michigan Ave., southwest Detroit
La Noria is a Mexican-style casual eatery that will offer wood-fired oven pizzas, tacos, tortas and more.
6500 Woodward Ave, downtown
Many describe Atomic as chef-driven with inexpensive ($8 to $10) soul food-style meals such as chicken and waffles and chicken and biscuits. Scheduled to open this fall.
Lafayette Kitchen and Diner
1551 W. Lafayette Blvd., Corktown
Lafayette’s menu will utilize a large amount of local produce and feature plenty of vegan and gluten-free options with a reasonably priced session cocktail program. Plan is to open by June.
Grand Cirque Brasserie
David Whitney Building near Grand Circus Park
French-American style restaurant, the menu will include short rib bourguignon, steak au poivre, lamb cassoulet, swordfish provence, quiche lorraine, duck à l’orange and chicken paillard. Grand Cirque will also feature a U-shaped bar and a full list of spirits, craft cocktails, beer and wine.
Geiger Eat Shop
8044 Kercheval Ave., West Village
The menu will include new American fare with international influences and Michigan products.
7420 W. McNichols Road
A new addition to Northwest Detroit’s Bagley neighborhood, Detroit Sip aims to create a community hub with its cafe offerings on McNichols near the University District. Expect Detroit-made products and local coffee, tea, doughnuts, and pastries. Scheduled to open Winter 2017.
Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique
7981 Kercheval Ave, West Village
A new wine bar and bottle shop will take over a space in a rehabbed bank building.
Lady of the House
2801 14th St., North Corktown
This restaurant will offer rustic food.
660 Woodward, Downtown
Shake Shack burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard. In addition to the Shack classics, the menu will feature location-specific frozen custard concretes. Guests will be able to sit on the patio overlooking Campus Martius Park and sip on a selection of hand-picked wine and local craft beer. Scheduled to open in 2017.
1454 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market
This restaurant promises communal seating and seasonal, market-base fare cooked over a special wood fire grill. Scheduled to open December 2016.
150 W. Congress Street, Downtown
The Penobscot’s historic Caucus Club are finally underway. Chef Rick Hussey (Filippa’s Wine Barrel) has been tapped to head the steak-filled concept and designer Wendy Silverman his helping revamp the interior with Art Deco influences. Still no word on whether the restaurant’s beefy The Bullshot (beef broth, vodka, and spice) cocktail is also making a comeback.
1214 Griswold, Downtown
The menu at the 60-seat space will be the same for lunch and dinner and will be centered on pizza but also offer pastas, salads and other entrees, all following the original Da Eduardo family recipes. Scheduled to open December 2016.
Red Corridor (Opened December 2016)
1830 Michigan Ave., Corktown
Formerly Casey’s, this Corktown pub offers burgers, fried chicken, cocktails and craft beer.
800 Woodward (in Campus Martius), Downtown
Formerly known as the Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius will be relaunched at Parc, a fine-dining concept under new ownership that has given the space a face-lift, added 1,400 square feet and secured a Las Vegas veteran as chef.
160 W. Fort, Downtown
The menu promises to be sushi-focuses with artful presentation, led by co-sushi chefs San Solowy and Ben Wiley, and will also include a selection of Japanese small plates, rice and noodles, grilled items and salads.
Grey Ghost (Opened September 2016)
47 Watson St., Midtown
Plans call for a meat-centric menu and a full cocktail program. Additionally, the partners are launching a pop-up series called Ghost Tour, featuring dishes sourced from different animals.
The Royce Detroit (August 2016)
76 W. Adams Ave., downtown
Located in the ground floor of the Kale’s Building, The Royce features a small wine bar with by-the-glass offerings, charcuterie and cheese plates. Order a pour while browsing the 300+ bottle selection.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (Opened August 2016)
4101 Third St., Cass Corridor
Besides fried chicken, Gus’s will serve southern-style sides like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, greens, beans and potato salad.
Calexico (Opened August 2016)
1040 Woodward Ave, Downtown
Brooklyn-based chain Calexico is slinging tacos and rolled quesadillas in the former Olga’s Kitchen space off Woodward in One Campus Martius.
Wahlburgers (Opened August 2016)––
569 Monroe Street, Greektown
Their chef-inspired menu offers delicious burgers and so much more made with only fresh ground beef, high-quality ingredients and lots of love.
Pie-Sci (Opened July 2016)
5163 Trumbell St., Midtown
Everything is coming up pizza in Detroit right now. Pie-Sci rejoined the ranks of Detroit’s pizzerias in July bringing its unique flavor combinations and focaccia-style crust to a casual Woodbridge brick-and-mortar storefront. Try pizzas stacked with Philly cheesesteak-inspired toppings, pies served with garlic, chicken, and strawberries, or mix and match. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options are available.
Hearth and Soul Café (Opened July 2016)
1049 Woodward Ave, downtown
The venue orders Avalon breads and pastries, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will also be vegan items such as salads and soups among the offerings. It is expected to open in the summer.
Rusted Crow Detroit (Opened July 2016)
76 W. Adams Ave., downtown
Located in the Kales Building and close to the ballpark, Rusted Crow Detroit brings Dearborn Heights distillery Rusted Crow’s spirits downtown with an amped up cocktail program and a full menu. Look out for approachable pub fare including fried mac and cheese burgers, steamed mussels, salads, and beyond.
Chubby Duck (Opened June 2016)
208 E. Grand River Ave, downtown
Located in the heart of the city, Chubby Duck is working to bring the freshest local ingredients together with a little Motown Soul to create a new and sustainable food tradition that everyone can afford to enjoy. The Chubby Duck is a Japanese Izakaya.
Queens (Opened June 2016)
35 Grand River Ave, Downtown
Opened by the folks who brought you the Bronx Bar, Queens Bar (yes, another play on a New York borough) is located in a vaguely Art Deco space that was once home to the Biegas Gallery. A bit sunnier and more stylish than its sister bar in Midtown, Queens is still of the same ethos: unfussy neighborhood spot that serves good beer and burgers.
The Skip (Opened June 2016)
1234 Library St., downtown
A sister bar concept to Standby, also located in The Belt art alley in Gilbertville, The Skip is turning the cocktail bar concept on its head, serving up frozen drinks (think frozen negronis and grown folk margaritas), five different kinds of boilermakers, and an Old Fashioned made with rum. The open-air cocktail bar will eventually also serve Latin American street food, but for right now all we can say is bless you, Joe Robinson, for all that you do.
Dilla’s Delights (Opened May 2016)
242 John R Street, downtown
Many Detroiters may have already tried Dilla’s Delights, but the hip hop-inspired doughnut venture’s fried creations taste all the sweeter in its new flagship shop on the confluence of John R. and Centre Street. The shop opens at 5 a.m. daily with a fresh batch of its organic doughnuts and coffee.
The Fountain Detroit (Opened May 2016)
800 Woodward, Campus Martius Park
Creatively built as a decommissioned 40-foot-long steel-shipping container The Fountain Detroit is now open for full-bar service. The Fountain Detroit also features a carry-out service station for a quick work-time lunch, a snack on the beach, or dinner in the park. Their crafted beverage list includes beach-themed frozen drinks, cocktails, Michigan beers and a wide variety of non-alcoholic choices.
Broderick Grille (Opened March 2016)
1570 Woodward, downtown
Enjoy the view from our second level mezzanine or get cozy at our coffee bar. Our specialty is traditional dishes with modern twists. Wash it down with an ice cold beer from the bar.
The Peterboro (Opened March 2016)
420 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor
Diners can expect cocktails, microbrews and a full dose of steampunk decor from this Asian-fusion restaurant.
Hours: Mon-Thu 4 p.m.-midnight, Fri-Sat 4 p.m.- 2a.m., Sun 4 p.m.- midnight
Katoi (Opened March 2016)
2520 Michigan Ave., Corktown
This Thai-inspired restaurant began as a food truck before opening restaurants in Ann Arbor and now Corktown.
Hours: Mon-Wed 5 p.m.-midnight, Thu-Sat 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Brewz (Opened February 2016)
Wayne State, Midtown
Mac n’ Brewz will offer soups, salads, sandwich wraps and 14 kinds of macaroni and cheese from the original menu. It will feature 12 Detroit- and Michigan-made beers on tap, along with bottled brews, organic coffee by Branding World Beat, local herbal teas and Northwoods Soda made with cane sugar.
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Savannahblue (Opened Feb. 2016)
Upstairs at 1431 Times Square, downtown
Features contemporary northern soul food and tasty cocktails delivered with authentic Detroit style.
Hours: Tue-Thu 4-11 p.m., Fri- Sat 4 p.m.-midnight
Granite City Food & Brewery (Opened Feb. 2016)
Renaissance Center, downtown
A polished casual restaurant with a large selection of signature craft beers.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-midnight (full menu until 11 p.m., lunch menu 11 a.m.-4 p.m., drinks until midnight), Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight (full menu until 11 p.m., drinks until midnight), Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (full menu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., drinks until 10 p.m.), happy hour Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m.
ASHE Supply Co. (Opened Jan. 2016)
1555 Broadway St., downtown
Offers small batch, house-roasted coffee as well as pastries from local vendors and open-faced egg sandwiches. In addition, pour-overs, espresso drinks and other brewing methods, and the team serves cold brew coffee on tap with nitro options.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stache International (Opened Jan. 2016)
1420 E. Fisher, Eastern Market
Bringing more late-night dining options to the neighborhood and area bars that lack kitchens. The menu focuses on sandwiches made with smoked meats and sausages made in-house and drunk food items like gyro corndogs.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Gabriel Hall (Opened Jan. 2016)
8002 Kercheval Ave., West Village
Authentic Creole cuisine, signature cocktails and live entertainment.
Standby (Opened Dec. 2015)
1301 Broadway St., downtown
An upscale restaurant/bar concept in the Belt Alley neighborhood in downtown Detroit. Sip drinks out of giant metal pineapples while snacking on gin-marinated olives.
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Briggs Sports Bar (Opened Nov. 2015)
519 E. Jefferson Ave., downtown
Burgers, patty melts and beer are the specialties of this venue, which is everything that sports fans look for in a sports bar. Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Dilla’s Delights (Opened Fall 2015)
242 John R. St., downtown
The late hip-hop artist had a passion for doughnuts. This bakery opened in his honor.
Vertical Detroit (Opened Oct. 2015)
1538 Centre St., downtown
This classic wine bar/restaurant/retail space provides a relaxed environment for customers to enjoy quality wine, beer and liquor along with delicious plates.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 4-10 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 4 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 4-10 p.m.
Dessert Oasis Coffee (Opened Oct. 2015)
1214 Griswold St., downtown
This coffee shop specializes in meticulously roasted coffee, delightful desserts and mouthwatering sandwiches.
Hours: Sun.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Block Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen (Opened Sept. 2015)
3919 Woodward Ave., Midtown
Caters toward the students and young professionals living and working in the Midtown neighborhood. The menu features Block wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and delicious main courses all for a reasonable price.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 3 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rock City Eatery (Opened Sept. 2015)
4216 Woodward Ave., Midtown
Plates are meant to be shared in this restaurant that spent its early stages as a pie shop in Hamtramck.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-11 p.m., Fri. 4 p.m.-midnight., Sat. 4-10 p.m.
8 Degrees Plato Beer Company (Opened Sept. 2015)
3409 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor
This beer store has a large variety of bottled and canned beer, cider and meads. There are also taps in the store so that customers may enjoy a beer and socialize while shopping for beer.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1300 Porter St., Corktown
This tasty artisan sandwich shop recently opened a new bar and added a fresh selection of choices to the menu.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
3111 Woodward Ave., downtown
This Vietnamese restaurant specializes in summer and spring rolls and Pho, known as Vietnamese comfort food, one of the most popular foods in Vietnam.
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thu., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tue. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m
Bobcat Bonnie’s (Opened Aug. 2015)
1800 Michigan Ave., Corktown
Corktown’s neighborhood gastro pub serving fresh, local food such as seasonal sandwiches, small plates and burgers ground in-house. Plus, craft beer and cocktails. The vegan-friendly bar and grill prides itself on affordability.
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Central Kitchen + Bar (Opened Aug. 2015)
660 Woodward Ave., Suite 4A, downtown
This upscale gastro pub sits in Detroit’s First National Building and serves high-end bar food — and liquid nitrogen ice cream — for lunch and dinner in a reclaimed urban space.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu.-Fri 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Kitchen closes an hour before restaurant closes.)
Parks & Rec Diner (Opened Aug. 2015)
1942 Grand River Ave., downtown
Located in the historic GAR building, this breakfast joint has a classic, old-school diner feel and breakfast staples such as strata, egg-packed menu options and bloody marys.
Hours: Sun.-Sat 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Detroit Water Ice Factory (Opened Aug. 2015)
1014 Woodward Ave., downtown
This dessert shop, founded by Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, serves up tons of water ice flavors including Motown-inspired favorites. Proceeds are donated to his charity, S.A.Y. Detroit.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Le Petit Dejeuner (Opened July 2015)
3411 Brush St., Midtown
Explore this menu of French-style breakfast favorites family-style — meaning you can select multiple items to share for a flat price. Try the crepes and creamy corn pancakes.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Townhouse (Opened July 2015)
500 Woodward Ave., downtown
Located in One Detroit Center, this bistro offers luxurious seating in a greenhouse-like atrium and inventive contemporary American cuisine along with an extensive menu of craft cocktails, wines, beers and other spirits plus al fresco dining.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
The Whisky Parlor (Opened July 2015)
608 Woodward Ave., Floor 2, downtown
This bar’s menu features more than 80 whiskeys and their accompanying cocktails and flights, plus a menu of small plates and wine flights. The uniquely decorated bar sits above Grand Trunk Pub and hosts live jazz and DJ events.
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 5 p.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails (Opened May 2015)
15 E. Kirby, Suite D, Midtown
This sunny, botanical bistro provides a rustic atmosphere, a small plates menu made from fresh ingredients and classic spirits. Enjoy the floral mural, “living wall” and dried flower installation.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 5-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10:30 p.m.
The Corner Tap Room (Opened May 2015)
2100 Woodward Ave., Foxtown
Located in the former Leo’s Coney Island inside Comerica Park, this restaurant honors Tiger Stadium through memorabilia, replicas and displays. The menu includes urban bistro dishes unique to the park and Michigan craft beer. Open for lunch and dinner on game days.
Jolly Pumpkin (Opened April 2015)
441 W. Canfield, Midtown
Artisanal draft brews and gourmet casual fare, including brick-oven pizza and truffle fries. Distilled spirits and wine also available in the rustic-chic brewery.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bumbo’s (Opened March 2015)
3001 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck
Winner of the 2014 Hatch Spot Grant, this bar and restaurant features a fresh take on Polish fare with plenty of vegetarian options. Great place to grab a beer during happy hour and watch the game, too.
Hours: Sun.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Chateau Detroit (Opened Feb. 2015)
24B W. Adams, downtown
This nightclub overlooks Grand Circus Park and offers an extensive VIP bottle service list, an array of appetizers and classic cocktails. The club hosts a variety of themed parties and music ranging from Motown to electro swing.
Hours: Sat. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Republic (Opened Feb. 2015)
1942 Grand River Ave., downtown
Chef Kate Williams creates unique, upscale meat-centric and rustic dishes at this Grand Army of the Republic Building restaurant.
Hours: (dinner only) Sun., Tue., Thu. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Café 78 (Opened Feb. 2015)
4454 Woodward Ave., Midtown
Located in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), this café and bar serves everything from Zingerman’s pastries and Anthology coffee for breakfast to soups, salads, sandwiches and Sugar House cocktails in the evening.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Brew Detroit (Opened Feb. 2015)
1401 Abbott St., Corktown
This tap room offers seasonal local beer from 10 rotating taps in the raw, industrial setting of their beloved Detroit brewery and welcomes you to bring your own food or order from a delivery menu.
Hours: Tue.- Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Batch Brewing Co. (Opened Feb. 2015)
1400 Porter St., Corktown
Detroit’s first nanobrewery produces small-batch handcrafted beer and brew-inspired food in an intimate environment (no TVs, just conversation) with a focus on natural products and a sense of community.
Hours: Sun.- Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight
Falafill (Opened Jan. 2015)
4206 Woodward Ave., Midtown
Award-winning Middle Eastern food on a quick-service platform. A Chicago original, Falafill is a from-scratch kitchen serving bowls, wraps and pitas.
Hours: Sun.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
POP (Opened Jan. 2015)
124 Cadillac Square, downtown
Located in an old private events space above Checker Bar, this pop-up features a weekly rotation of chefs and menus.
Hours: Thu. 7-11 p.m.
Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles (Opened Jan. 2015)
1935 Livernois Ave., Northwest Detroit
Get your classic chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, lemonade and Kool-Aid here. Former NFL cornerback Ron Bartell opened this southern comfort food joint to help revamp the Livernois Avenue of Fashion.
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cornerstone Barrel House (Opened Jan. 2015)
1456 Woodward Ave., downtown
This fresh food restaurant and whiskey bar has a vast selection of spirits and rustic feel. The Whiskey Disco, an underground cocktail lounge, features local musicians Thursdays through Saturdays as well.
Hours: 7 days a week 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Gold Cash Gold (Opened Dec. 2014)
2100 Michigan Ave., Corktown
Seasonal, farmstead cuisine made from the best of what’s around and rooted in Southern tradition, this cookery offers a unique menu of carefully crafted dishes.
Hours: Dinner: Tue.-Thu., Sun. 5-11 p.m., Fri., Sat. 5 p.m.-midnight. Lunch: Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Bar: Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-close
HopCat (Opened Dec. 2014)
4265 Woodward Ave., Midtown
Award-winning beer bar with more than 100 selections from across the street and across the world to drink alongside signature menu items like crack fries, burgers, wraps and big plates
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. (serving brunch)
Punch Bowl Social (Opened Dec. 2014)
1331 Broadway, downtown
Food, drinks, gaming (ping pong, bowling, arcade games and more) plus an absolutely astonishing interior makes this massive restaurant a must-visit for an unforgettable social and dining experience.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. (family friendly until 10 p.m.)
Johnny Noodle King (Opened Nov. 2014)
2601 W. Fort St., Corktown
The craft ramen dishes at this Japanese-inspired restaurant, created by three chefs from different parts of the world, pay homage to different cultures while remaining creative and delicious.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-10 p.m.
Selden Standard (Opened Nov. 2014)
3921 2nd Ave., Midtown
Rustic, casual and creative, this American small plates-style cuisine culminates from a seasonal menu of fresh, local ingredients and a carefully crafted bar.
Hours: Dinner: 5-10 p.m. every day. Bar: 4:30-11 p.m. every day. Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., brunch: 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Antietam (Re-opened Nov. 2014)
1428 Gratiot, Eastern Market
High-end dining with an intimate atmosphere and unique, flavorful menu hailing from classic French tastes. Enjoy the magnificent art deco interior.
Hours: (kitchen) Mon.-Sat. 6 p.m.-midnight, (bar) Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Top of the Pontch (Opened Sept. 2014)
2 Washington Blvd., downtown
Located in the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, this elegant restaurant provides an ever-changing menu featuring seasonal, Michigan-made spirits, craft beer and international wines designed to pair with innovative, creative dinner dishes.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.
Detroit City Distillery (Opened Sept. 2014)
2462 Riopelle St., Eastern Market
Small batch and locally sourced whiskey, gin and vodka makes this distillery worth the visit. Stop in the tasting room at Eastern Market for a made-from-scratch cocktail and small plates menu.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m.
The Red Hook (Opened Sept. 2014)
8025 Agnes St., West Village
This small, owner-operated café serves brewed, hand-poured, espresso and cold pressed iced coffee along with Guernsey dairy products and pastries and bread from Pinwheel Bakery and Zingerman’s Bakehouse.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Freshii (Opened Sept. 2014)
1001 Woodward Ave., #105, downtown
Fresh, nutritious and energizing deli for people on the go. Freshii is an up-and-coming restaurant founded by Undercover Boss’s youngest CEO, Matthew Corrin.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
7 Greens Detroit Salad Co. (Opened Aug. 2014)
1222 Library St., downtown
With no freezer in house, 7 Greens’ fresh, locally sourced ingredients are healthful, fun and fast. Try one of their classic salads or create your own including fun sauces and granola options.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Our Detroit Vodka (Opened Aug. 2014)
2545 Bagley St., Corktown
Two women bring authentic Detroit flavor to the global Our/Vodka brand while strengthening community engagement and celebration, making it the second locally sourced city on the brand and the first micro-distillery in the U.S.
Tasting room hours: Wed.-Thu. 4-11 p.m., Fri. 4 p.m.–midnight, Sat. 1 p.m.–midnight.
Ottava Via (Opened Aug. 2014)
1400 Michigan Ave., Corktown
This is your classic Italian restaurant, stone oven pizza and all. Ottava Via features cuisine and full bar, including an extensive wine list.
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Dime Store (Opened Aug. 2014)
719 Griswold St., Suite 180, downtown
This American brunch bar specializes in breakfast, lunch and booze. Enjoy distinct dishes from the freshest ingredients in this casual, friendly environment.
Hours: Mon. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Tue.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m.)
Campau Tower (Opened Aug. 2014)
10337 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck
American (new and traditional) food, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches with vegan and vegetarian options.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
Wright & Co. (Opened July 2014)
1500 Woodward Ave., second floor, downtown
Self-proclaimed purveyors of fine food and drink, Wright & Co. is a new vintage-style eatery in the historic Schwankovsky building. The menu is full of upscale and unique dishes.
Hours: Mon.-Wed. 4 p.m.-midnight, Thu.-Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Rose’s Fine Food (Opened May 2014)
10551 E. Jefferson Ave., Rivertown
Serving food from scratch with local, high-quality ingredients, Rose’s is an old-fashion joint offering breakfast and lunch. Servers are paid a living wage and any gratuity left is donated to a staff-picked local charity.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown Louie’s Lounge (Opened April 2014)
30 Clifford, downtown
This classic restaurant menu has all the basics — apps, burgers, big plates, salads and wraps in generous portions. Located in a rehabbed building, Louie’s lofted ceiling and wood accents accompany an extensive bar.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Mike’s Kabob Grille (Opened Feb. 2014)
719 Griswold St., downtown
Tastes range from traditional Lebanese dishes to Middle Eastern cuisine, but all of it is original and handmade. Mike’s offers breakfast and lunch menus.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (breakfast 8-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Craft Work (Opened Jan. 2014)
8047 Agnes St., West Village
This restaurant and bar serves high-quality New American-style food and a sushi happy hour Mon.-Thu. 10 p.m.-midnight. Reservations are available.
Hours: Mon.-Tue. 4-11 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 4 p.m.-midnight, Sun. (brunch) 11 a.m.-3 p.m., happy hour (weekdays) 4-6 p.m.
Drive (Opened Jan. 2014)
645 Griswold, Suite #144, downtown
This entertainment venue contains a full-service bar, café and five Olympic-quality table tennis courts. Enjoy a round of pong with apps, soups, salads, sides, sandwiches or gourmet hot dogs.
Hour: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sat. 2 p.m.-midnight, happy hour: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Bagels (Opened Nov. 2013)
1236 Michigan Ave., Corktown
Corktown’s home for bagel-master Ben Newman’s bagel sandwiches. The restaurant offers 10 types of bagels, sandwiches, Anthology coffee roasted in Corktown and Wi-Fi.
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar (Opened Nov. 2013)
1408 E Fisher Service Drive, downtown
Every sport. Every game. Every fight. This Eastern Market whiskey bar prides itself on cold beer, great whiskey and the No. 1 spot for sports. It’s a crowd favorite.
Hours: Mon. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Tue.-Fri. 1 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-midnight
La Feria (Opened Oct. 2013)
4130 Cass Ave., Midtown
This authentic Spanish restaurant created by three friends and specializing in tapas, offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes as well. La Feria is equipped with a full bar and a carry-out lunch menu.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.), Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.)
Mo’ Better Blues (Opened Sept. 2013)
546 E. Larned St., downtown
Expect jazz, blues, chicken and waffles, catfish and a full bar inside.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun. closed.
Two James Whiskey (Opened Sept. 2013)
2445 Michigan Ave., Corktown
The first licensed distillery in Detroit since prohibition, Two James commemorates the lives of two great men by producing the highest quality handmade spirits with local agricultural products.
Hours: Tue.-Wed. 1-11 p.m., Thu. 1 p.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 1 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 1-8 p.m.
Café con Leche Nord (Opened Dec. 2014)
4200 W Vernor St., Southwest Detroit
A coffee shop with a cozy living room feel, Café con Leche Nord spotlights Latin American flavors making it “stronger, sweeter and more daring.” Keep an eye out for an upcoming location in New Center on 2990 W. Grand Blvd.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Huron Room (Opened Nov. 2015)
2547 Bagley St., Southwest Detroit
This seafood restaurant named after Lake Huron offers a variety of fish including smelt, perch, trout, walleye and whitefish.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-10 p.m.
Note: This restaurant recently changed its name to Fist of Curry.
4114 W. Vernor Hwy, Mexican town
El Club is equal parts concert venue, restaurant, and bar. Hosting events like the Trip Metal Fest to the Gories, and serving up its own Italian pizza, don’t be surprised if the crowd du jour consists of a mix of hard partiers, as well as diners who simply want a relaxed night sipping margaritas on the patio.
Flowers of Vietnam (Opened September 2016)
4430 Vernor Hwy West, Mexicantown
Chef George Azar’s exceptionally popular Vietnamese pop-up delayed its summer construction hiatus, much to the delight of fans. They offer moderately priced fare from Korean fried wings to whole fried fish, pho, and coffee with egg cream. Keep an eye out for featured bartenders.
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