The Definitive Guide to New Restaurants in Detroit

July 17, 2018  |   Story by Biba Adams  |   Photos by Lady of the House by Monica Casillas-Rios; Eatori Market courtesy of Eatori Market; Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique by Bill Bowen

It seems as though a new restaurant pops up in Detroit every few days. Well, that’s basically correct. In the past year or so, The D has gained Italian delis, sports bars, shipping container food halls, bakeries, James Beard-nominated chefs and everything in between. Here is the definitive list of all the new restaurants in Detroit, and the ones we’re keeping on our radar (fingers crossed that they open soon). Print this off and use it as your Detroit restaurant bucket list. And check back here every few months–we’ll keep this list up-to-date.

Confirmed Open

Eatori Market (Fall 2017)

American Fare & Market

1215 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

A stylish option for prepared food and specialty groceries, along with a bar for cocktails and global bites, Eatori Market is a cool new spot in Capitol Park. With its white marble-topped bar and well-stocked market, downtown dwellers have fallen in love with this low-key spot.

AK Takeaway (Summer 2018)

Middle Eastern Fare

150 W Jefferson Ave., Downtown

Tasty, traditional Lebanese favorites with a light, airy atmosphere. Reviewers recommend the lamb chops and unique pita pizza offerings, as well as delicious craft cocktails.

Le Petit Zinc (Winter 2018)

French

70 W Alexandrine St., Midtown

Since its founding in 2009 at the former Corktown location, Le Petit Zinc (French for ‘the little bar’) has been serving up delicious crepes. Their signature ratatouille is a delicious vegetable stew that can be ordered with or without chicken. The new midtown location is complete with an art mural painted by the proprietor herself, Karima Sorel.

Bangkok 96 Street Food (Summer 2018)

Thai

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

A taste of Thailand in Dearborn, Bangkok 96 is the result of the culinary dreams of Genevieve Vang who turned to food to create happy memories. She later honed her skills in France before immigrating to the United States. Vang credits food for keeping her strong, vibrant, and healthy and that is what her food aims to do for her customers. Be sure to try any of Bangkok 96’s delectable appetizers or the Bangkok Duck, a crispy half duck with a tasty brown sauce.

-320º Coffee & Creamery (Summer 2018)

Ice Cream & Coffee

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

Hop on one of the coolest dessert trends and try nitrogen ice cream at this Detroit Shipping Co. tenant. This creamy dessert can be ordered along with espresso and cold brew coffee.

Empire Kitchen and Cocktails (Spring 2018)

American Food and Spirits

3148 Woodward Ave., Brush Park

An approachable menu which features American cuisine with an emphasis on delicious side dishes, Empire Kitchen and Cocktails places heavy emphasis on the “cocktails.” The expertly mixed signature drinks and inviting atmosphere make Empire a great place to meet up.

Brujo Tacos and Tapas (Summer 2018)

Tacos

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

Brujo is serving whimsy along with their delicious small plates. Their menu is paired with classic songs that inspired the menu offering. The steak taco is matched with Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” while the octopus is paired with “Octopus’s Garden,” from The Beatles classic, Abbey Road. Their website even features a Spotify playlist.

Urban Ramen (Summer 2018)

Japanese

4206 Woodward Ave., Midtown

A Los Angeles-export, Urban Ramen is owned by Kohei Robert—a restauranteur with a background in fashion design. The best ramen starts with amazing broth. At Urban Ramen, they cook their broth for over 16 hours allowing the flavors to develop deeply. Urban Ramen also features tasty poke and rice bowls.

Rocco’s Italian Deli (Spring 2018)

Sandwich Shop and Market

3267 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor

With a bright and lofty feel, Rocco’s combines the idea for an old world Italian neighborhood deli with a modern-inspired feel. Offering sandwiches as well as meats and cheeses by the pound, Rocco’s serves delicious twists on Italian sandwich faves. Try Tio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef, a roast beef sandwich piled high and topped with provolone cheese and giardiniera.

Kiesling Bar (Spring 2018)

Bar

449 E. Milwaukee., Milwaukee Junction

Reviving a historic bar that had been sitting empty for nearly three decades is a historic feat. But, for Detroit-native Carlo Liburdi, it was a feat worth accomplishing. The simple drink offerings keep Kiesling feeling like a neighborhood bar. The food menu is even more simple with one item: grilled cheese.

Fantastic Subs (Winter 2018)

Sandwiches and Middle Eastern

9335 Conant St., Hamtramck,

Filling the void left by the former Mocha Café in Hamtramck, Fantastic Subs will offer American and Mediterranean food items like burgers and shawarma, as well as variety of sweets. With only minor changes to the interior, the new Fantastic Subs hopes to become as much of a fan favorite as its predecessor.

Wahlburgers (Spring 2018)

Burgers

21200 Penn St., Taylor

The brainchild of actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers was the subject of a successful reality show and their entry to Detroit was supported by the actor who fell in love with the city while filming in our fair city. Reviewers love the onion rings and sweet potato tots, while their signature burger, “Our Burger,” is a new classic slathered in brother Paul’s signature sauce.

New Order Coffee (Summer 2017)

Coffee and Light Bites

3100 Woodward Ave., Brush Park

With the aim “to delight and energize your everyday life,” New Order Coffee’s Midtown location was designed to be swathed with natural light and pure energy. Their beans are roasted on site in an electric fluid-bed air roaster custom designed to create an aromatic cup. If tasty sweet drinks are your speed, order the Double Stuf Latte made with Double Stuf Oreo cookies.

Honey (Winter 2017)

American Fare

20342 W. Grand River Ave., North Rosedale Park

A family-owned and operated restaurant on the west side of the city, Honey’s is committed to made-to-order meals with fresh ingredients and fair prices. Called a “real diamond in the rough” by Yelp reviewers, the chicken alfredo is a popular dish. Honey’s slogan gets straight to the point, “We make it, you taste it, and it’s good.”

Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar (Spring 2018)

Pastries & Sandwiches

2998 W Grand Blvd., New Center

Fans of Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar say that it’s like “Cheers in a way that everybody knows your name.” Making great food with 100% organic flour, Avalon is dedicated to being more than a restaurant, but a community. The story of the founding, staffing, and management of Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar has made it a Detroit food fan favorite whose greatest aspiration is to be an inspiration.

Le Detroit Macaron (Fall 2017)

French Pastries

2756 Evaline St., Hamtramck

Bringing French flavor to Hamtramck, Patty Corkery has turned her sideline passion into a full retail hit. Le Detroit Macaron serves up a seemingly infinite variety of the meringue-based cookie sandwiches. The colorful treats are sold in single servings or in boxes. Stop by Le Detroit Macaron for a taste of France and a cup of coffee.

California Burgerz (Winter 2018)

American Burgers

12045 Conant St., Hamtramck

Modeled after the popular In-N-Out Burgers, California Burgerz is serving up tasty meat treats in Hamtramck. The Gorilla Burger features Angus beef on a pretzel bun with caramelized onions, cheese, lettuce and tomato. California Burgerz is a cool burger spot for residents of The Ham to hang out over a great meal at a great price.

City Bakery (Summer 2017)

Coffee & Pastries

3011 West Grand Blvd., Suite 115, New Center

It’s a New York City staple. With delicious hot chocolate and signature hybrid, the pretzel croissant, City Bakery has locations in NYC, Japan and now Detroit. Open in the Fisher Building, the bakery features unique interior décor and all of the signature menu items offering breakfast, lunch, and even catering services.

Giordano’s (Fall 2017)

Pizza & Italian

1224 Randolph St., Greektown

Other cities have definitely caught on to the fact that Detroit is a hot spot with a lot to offer. Our Midwest neighbor, Chicago has imported their style of deep dish pizza with Giordano’s now open downtown. The tasty, extra cheesy pies are well-known for their variety of toppings and deep red sauce.

For the Love of Sugar (Winter 2018)

Desserts

100 Erskine St., Brush Park

For the Love of Sugar began as a hobby for Manal Hussein. She has since translated her Marketing Management degree into a successful bakeshop in the Cass Corridor. The bakery features delicious signature cakes including Knafeh Cake, a staple Mediterranean dessert of yellow cake filled with a sweet ricotta buttercream, shredded phyllo and pistachios. Colorful offerings include a rainbow cake and tie-dye macarons.

Founders (Winter 2018)

Brewery & Light Bites

456 Charlotte St., Cass Corridor

This local taproom is excited to be a part of Detroit’s forward movement, so Founders came down from Grand Rapids and opened in the Cass Corridor. Featuring a brewery and deli menu, both of which are handcrafted. All sandwiches come hot and toasted and the salads are popular as well. Sit out on the patio in the evening, when bonfires are blazing.

Red Dunn Kitchen (Fall 2017)

American

1331 Trumbull Ave., Suite 100, Corktown

Billing itself as a “one-of-a-kind urban restaurant that reveres authenticity, creativity, and perseverance,” Red Dunn Kitchen is located in Trumbull & Porter hotel. Red Dunn features bold-spirited appetizers, mouth-watering entrees, and handcrafted pastries with a focus on poultry in a unique and inspired interior.

Amore da Roma (Winter 2018)

Italian

3401 Riopelle St., Eastern Market

The Roma Café building was built by the Marazza family in 1888 serving the vendors and farmers of Eastern Market. It has had a few iterations, but one thing remains the same—delicious Italian-inspired cuisine. Amore da Roma (formerly Roma Café) has so much to offer including an amazing lunch and dinner menu, a Monday night buffet, and a Sunday Brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

Brix Wine Bar & Charcuterie Boutique (Fall 2017)

Wine and Charcuterie

7968 Kercheval Ave., West Village

Brix Wine Bar is becoming well-known as a popular gathering spot, often featuring great guest DJ’s and tasting events. Brix is a wine bar and retail boutique dedicated to moderately priced wines and charcuterie that will make you smile, laugh, live out loud and create lasting memories one sip at a time.

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Mutiny Bar (Fall 2017)

Bar

4654 Vernor Hwy., Mexicantown

This tiki-inspired dive bar has opened to fanfare in Southwest Detroit. The interior is irresistibly fun and eclectic, while the menu features reasonably priced, unique cocktails. Monkey Punch tops the menu made with Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Flor de Cana Rum, passion fruit, lime, and grapefruit. A series of menus from some of Detroit’s previous tiki bars, like Trader Vic’s and Chin Tiki, adorn the wall for nostalgia’s sake.

Lumen Detroit (Spring 2018)

American & Fusion

1903 Grand River Ave., Beacon Park

One of the more exciting new restaurant designs in the city, Lumen seats over 100 at walnut table tops surrounded by banquettes and a bar area in Beacon Park. The large sliding glass windows allow for a semi-outdoor feel. Try the Michigan Pork Chop with schnitzel, red cabbage, new potatoes and whole grain mustard.

La Noria Bistro (Spring 2018)

Mexican & Italian

5517 Michigan Ave., Mexicantown

Who knew that Italian and Mexican food go so well together? Chef Norberto Garita. His new casual alternative, La Noria is the sibling to his first restaurant, El Barzon. Serving tacos, pizza, sandwiches, and offering a full bar. Try the tequila paired with a tasty open-faced taco, many of which start out at only $2.50.

The Grille Room at the Detroit Club (Spring 2018)

Fine Dining

712 Cass Ave., Downtown

For the first time, the Detroit Club has opened dining to the public. With a business casual dress code and a pricey, but tasty menu, The Grille Room is manned by Chef Kirk McKinney serving up delicious seafood and steaks. An enticing menu item is the Seafood Plateau, a loaded platter of shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab claw, with a tarragon aioli to share.

Lovers Only (Spring 2018)

Sandwiches & Burgers

34 Grand River Ave., Capitol Park

Purveyors of grass-fed, grain-finished, pasture-raised Michigan beef, Lovers Only offers up delicious burgers and sandwiches in Capitol Park. The popular, quirky restaurant features a cool interior that is a big part of its draw. But, it’s the amazing food that keeps fans coming back. Try the Classic Smash with its thin burger patty, the Impossible burger for vegetarians, and don’t forget one of the house made sodas.

Dos Los Tacos (Spring 2018)

Mexican

10337 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

Hamtramck is becoming a truly great option for quality food. Dos Los Tacos aims to provide quality flavor, the best tunes on their vintage stereo, and a smiling face behind every counter. Serving a refined selection of Mexican and South American cuisine, Dos Los Tacos has something to offer even the most discriminating palette. Try the house made carne asada with marinated skirt steak, crumbled cojita cheese, fresh cilantro, onions, radish and lime.

Folk (Spring 2018)

Farm-to-Table

1701 Trumbull Ave., Suite B, Corktown

An artisanal café in Corktown, Folk specializes in seasonal, made-from-scratch, comfort foods and healthful beverages that are inspired by the global and cultural backgrounds and travels of the owner-operators, Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes. An extension of The Farmer’s Hand, a gourmet grocery and takeout counter, Folk uses fresh ingredients to try on a small audience. Their bowls are a delight like the Hashew Bowl with spiced beef and almonds, golden hummus and yogurt.

Doug’s Delight (Spring 2018)

American Casual

24110 John R Rd., Hazel Park

Serving up what they call “bowling alley chic,” Doug’s Delight is a revival of the hot dog and ice cream shop that formerly stood in its place. True to its nostalgic feel, the shop features items served in white takeout boats and old school Solo cups. Try the savory Frito nachos followed by one of their signature cookie or brownie desserts.

River Bistro (Spring 2018)

Caribbean Fusion

18456 Grand River Ave., Rosedale Park

River Bistro a restaurant inspired by low country, Caribbean, and African cuisine.  Chef Max has curated a menu of love using recipes from his grandmother’s kitchen who’s had the privilege to cook for some of Motown’s favorite artists.  Try the favorites like the Honey Lime Wings.

Prime + Proper (Winter 2018)

Fine Dining & Steakhouse

1145 Griswold St., Capitol Park

An exciting new steakhouse experience in Capitol Park, the name Prime + Proper is Inspired by the mannerisms of someone who is ‘prim and proper’, meaning formal, respectful and distinguished. Prime + Proper artfully combines bold with refined sophistication through impeccable attention to details. While the menu prices are high-end, the experience and tastes are memorable and classic.

Brome Modern Eatery + Balance Juice Bar (Spring 2018)

American

607 Shelby St. Suite 100, Downtown

Brome serves meat from organic cattle that are sourced from fully verified, independent ranchers. They pledge ingredients that are non-GMO certified. Their beliefs extend to their sustainable business practices that increase efficiency and reduce waste. With burgers, salads, fries, and shakes, food from Brome is guilt-free tasty food that helps you feel good too.

Maty’s African Cuisine (Spring 2017)

African

21611 Grand River Ave., Old Redford

Lovely storefront shops are popping up amid the new development of the classic Old Redford neighborhood. Maty’s has become a cult favorite serving flavors from Senegal never before available in Detroit. Their whole chicken has become popular among social media users as a must-have. The fish, served fried and whole, is also popular and saturated in a tasty mustard-onion sauce.

Narrow Way Café (Summer 2017)

Coffee & Bakery

19331 Livernois Ave., Avenue of Fashion

With the mission to serve people, to love people, and always be there for people, Narrow Way Café is already becoming a staple of the burgeoning Liv-6 neighborhood. Narrow Way strives to care about their community and offers high quality coffee and baked goods in a stress-free environment.

Lady of the House (Fall 2017)

American & Irish Fusion

1426 Bagley St., Corktown

Lady of the House is a Modern American restaurant and bar by James Beard-nominated chef Kate Williams. The Lady of the House menu demonstrates a passion for knowledge and technique, with special emphasis on freshness and creativity, also reflecting a strong commitment to community sourcing and support of Michigan farms.  Try the oysters served with green peppercorn and hot sauce.

Apparatus Room/Chef’s Table (Fall 2017)

New American

Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St., Downtown

Located inside the Detroit Foundation Hotel, The Apparatus Room bridges the old and the new, offering iconic New American cuisine rooted in Midwestern ingredients, as well as thoughtful cocktails crafted by accomplished mixologists. Reservations are strongly suggested to get a taste of this menu crafted by Detroit native and two-Michelin-star-rated chef Thomas Lent. Try the communal dining experience Chef’s Table on Friday and Saturday night.

Willis Show Bar (Summer 2018)

Cabaret & Cocktails

4156 3rd Ave., Midtown

Reborn as an upscale cabaret and cocktail bar, Willis Show Bar has been revived from its early “Show Bar” era. The unique main stage is still behind the bar and will feature live music along with cabaret performers, burlesque dancers, deejays and comedians. Willis Show Bar features unique private booths that can accommodate up to 20 and an array of fantastic cocktails.

Asaysia (Spring 2018)

Wine & Shared Plates

1452 Brush St., Brush Park

When you visit Asaysia Plates to Share, you’ll be greeted with the history and style of Detroit in a way that’s not often seen around town. The concept is a true celebration of Motor City, featuring framed and autographed photos of famous Detroiters as well as murals highlighting the prowess of our industry by renowned artist Diego Rivera. All of this serves as the backdrop for an open kitchen serving scratch-made pizza and small plates meant to be shared.

Castalia (Spring 2018)

Themed Cocktails

3980 2nd Ave., Suite E, Midtown

Fragrance store by day, and cocktail bar by night, Castalia serves craft cocktails based on Sfumato’s fragrances. Cocktails at Castalia are carefully paired with lovely scents, and even your napkin is lightly sprayed. The ambiance is beautiful with a polished bar and a lighting from local artisans.

Candy Bar (Spring 2018)

Bar & Light Snacks

The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Downtown

Serving up old Hollywood beauty inside the new Siren Hotel, the Candy Bar is a full pink velvet lounge. The highlight of Candy Bar is the exquisite 670-piece, disco-ball chandelier which hangs over the curved marble bar top. The bar features light snacks and custom, creative cocktails. Try the Bubble Rum featuring lemon sherbet, extra dry rum, bitters, and bubble gum syrup.

Populace Coffee (Spring 2018)

Coffee

The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Downtown

There are no shortages of great offerings inside the new Siren Hotel. Populace Coffee is a Bay Area import bringing some of its Northern California flavor to Downtown Detroit. Populace Coffee is roasted in their Bay City roasting plant and shipped to the Motor City.

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar (Summer 2018)

Italian

438 Selden St., Midtown

Led by Chef Anthony Lombardo, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar is contemporary Italian cuisine that is inspired by Old Rome. SheWolf is the only restaurant in Michigan that is milling its own flour on-site which is then used in their pasta and bread. The result is pasta so fresh and delicious with nutrients intact.

The Greek (Fall 2017)

Greek

535 Monroe Ave., Greektown

The Greek is serving delicious contemporary Greek food, cooked with exceptional ingredients. Located where Plaka used to be and with the same ownership, The Greek features delicious Greek cuisine in a finer, more upscale environment. Reviews rave about the excellent service, high quality food, and of course, some of the region’s best saganaki.

American Burger Bar (Spring 2018)

Burgers

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Located inside Greektown Casino, American Burger Bar is dishing up Detroit faves like Coney dogs, as well as hot, juicy burgers, and even vegan Impossible burgers. Located in Monroe Mall, the new food hall inside the casino, this burger joint will also offer all-day breakfast sandwiches made with all-natural eggs and served on a glazed donut or warm brioche bun.

Basil Leaf (Spring 2018)

Italian

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Basil Leaf is a rustic Italian eatery focused on made-to-order Neapolitan pizzas that combine international flavors with local ingredients. Each hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza will be baked and ready in under three minutes using a 7,000-pound, 900-degree stone oven.

Josephine Bakery (Spring 2018)

Bakery

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Josephine Bakery is a charming bake shop named after a team member who has worked at the casino for 17 years and embodies the progressive spirit of Detroit. This artisanal bakery will feature an assortment of tasty treats including croissants, macaroons, and pies in addition to freshly-churned Italian gelato, specialty coffee beverages and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

Pit Boss (Spring 2018)

Barbecue

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Housed in a sleek Airstream-style trailer, Pit Boss will offer classic barbecue favorites including pulled pork, chicken, brisket, ribs, and polish sausage. The uniquely-designed barbecue joint will also dish up flavorful sides including creamy coleslaw, potato salad, sweet cornbread muffins, and burnt end pit beans.

Southern Fry (Spring 2018)

Southern

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Southern Fry is where Detroit meets the South. This comfort food spot will specialize in mouth-watering, crispy fried chicken and serve up soul food favorites such as collard greens, baked mac and cheese, biscuits with honey, and delicious sweet potato pie for desert.

Tia Loca (Spring 2018)

Mexican

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Tia Loca, which translates to crazy aunt, will offer authentic Mexican street fare. Guests will be able to customize tacos, burritos, salads, and bowls or choose from one of the signature dishes, including carnitas tacos, fajita chicken salad and a spicy hellfire burrito. Tia Loca will also have plenty of sides such as house-fried chips, five fresh varieties of salsa that range from mild to spicy, cilantro lime white rice, brown rice, black beans and pinto beans.

Noodle Art (Spring 2018)

Ramen

Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown

Serving up traditional Japanese ramen with a Detroit twist in a glass-enclosed space that features pop-culture décor. Diners order their food at touch-screen kiosks or via a cell phone app. Reviewers love the flavorful broth, and the steak tataki appetizers are almost as popular as the mango mochi dessert.

The Press Room (Spring 2017)

American Casual

615-799 W Lafayette Blvd., Downtown

The Press Room Café and Market is a fast casual, upscale dining experience located in the old Detroit News building at 615 Lafayette in downtown Detroit. All dishes are prepared in Mercato’s scratch kitchen, with demand for fresh, quick service in mind. This place gets busy at lunch time, as it’s a favorite among downtown workers.

Mike’s Pizza Bar (Fall 2017)

Pizza

2515 Woodward Ave., The District Detroit

Mike’s Pizza Bar exhibits passion for its city through its signature artisanal pizzas and celebratory sports atmosphere. With heavy influence of Mike Ilitch’s deep roots for Detroit sports, this one-of-a-kind pizza bar is the perfect place to eat, drink, laugh, and love sports. Mike’s Pizza Bar serves great craft beers, has a diverse wine selection and creates hand-crafted pizzas for all to enjoy.

Sports & Social (Fall 2017)

American

28 Henry St., The District Detroit

Voted Best Sports Bar & Best New Bar 2018 by Hour Magazine, Sports & Social Detroit is a one-of-a-kind sports bar and social lounge located at the Comerica Entry at the Little Caesars Arena. The two-level venue features a multi-screen media wall, and has an eclectic menu with plates for sharing, beer, wine, and a well-appointed cocktail menu. Try the nachos loaded with queso, pico de gallo, black beans and fresh jalapeno.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit (Fall 2017)

American

2645 Woodward Ave., The District Detroit

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant reflects the musician himself. The menu is a mix of classic Detroit and Southern-influenced dishes, along with traditional comfort foods and bar fare. Several dishes were developed from the Kid Rock family recipe book having been delivered and handwritten by Mrs. Ritchie herself. The grilled cheese is a hit with a combination of Havarti, American, and gruyere cheeses with bacon, tomato, and fresh farm bread.

Culantro (Spring 2018)

Peruvian

3249 Twelve Mile Rd., Berkley

Offering one of the first tastes of Peruvian cuisine in Metro Detroit, Culantro’s star is the rotisserie chicken. Named after the herb featured in many of the dishes, the restaurant is owned by Peruvian native, Betty Shuell. Try the lomo saltado, the traditional dish is made up of marinated beef tenderloin stir-fried with tomatoes and onions.

Livernois Tap (Summer 2017)

Beer & European Fusion

567 Livernois Ave., Ferndale

Axle’s Livernois Tap is a modern American interpretation of a classic European beer hall, inspired by contemporary breweries and urban parks. The family-friendly communal gathering space is perfect to enjoy craft beer, cider and food inspired by the taste of beer.

168 KTV Bistro (Summer 2017)

Chinese

32415 John R Road, Madison Heights

Michigan’s only full-service karaoke bar serving Asian cuisine daily, 168 KTV Bistro has private rooms for karaoke fun. The rooms include large sectional couches, glowy tables, and keyboards to play around with. With the push of a button, a waiter appears to take food and drink orders. There is a vast seafood menu as well as a number of other traditional Chinese dishes.

M Cantina (Spring 2018)

Mexican

13214 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

One of metro Detroit’s finest new Mexican restaurants. With light and airy tortilla chips, and an array of salsas, the palette is delighted before the entrée is served. Reviewers love the duck carnitas tacos, shrimp tacos, and chicken tinga with a delightful veggie salad.

Voyager (Spring 2017)

Seafood

600 Vester St., Ferndale

Coastal American favorites made with sustainable, wild caught and responsibly farmed fish & seafood. The ambition at Voyager is to be at once classic and original, approachable and boundary-pushing, comforting and refined. With a delicious seafood menu, one of their most popular dishes is “Bread and Butter” a delicious serving of island creek caviar.

Edo Ramen House (Winter 2018)

Japanese

4313 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak

This Japanese menu is varied and delicious. Reviewers love the kimchi beef fries and sausages on the Balayan plate. The traditional Japanese street food features a light ball with a small piece of squid inside. The sushi at Edo is praised almost as much as the tasty ramen bowls.

POP + Offworld (Fall 2017)

Pizza

128 Cadillac Square, Downtown

This eclectic spot features creative New York-style pizza, a full bar and an immersive arcade experience seven day a week. POP started as a pop-up venue for culinary events, live music, theatrical performances and more. Combined with Offworld Arcade with 30+ games from the 70s and forward, the two serve up fun and great pizza.

Applebee’s + IHOP (Summer 2018)

American

555 Brush St, Downtown

A mashup of two of America’s favorite spots, this is the first hybrid of its kind and it’s open right here in Detroit. Located inside the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Downtown Detroit, the mashup will be an interesting combination of two popular tastes. The Applebee’s menu will be available from 11am to Midnight, while the IHOP menu is available 24/7.

The Corner Grill Bar & Detroit Axe (Winter 2017)

American Casual

344 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

Boasting a full bar and game lounge, The Corner is a great hangout with a cool vibe. The dining room has seating for nearly 30 people as well as an outdoor space, and a casual menu with sandwiches and number of shared plates. Plus, it’s connected to Detroit Axe, an axe throwing venue that’s perfect for a night out.

Frame (Summer 2017)

Pop Up

23839 John R Road #2, Hazel Park

Tucked quietly behind Joebar, Frame is a revolving creative hub, home to carefully curated programs of chef residencies and awesome experiences. From chef residencies to rap battles, there is no telling what you will find at Frame. With seating for up to 80 guests, there is always fresh seasonal, locally-sourced food to enjoy and no two days are alike. Joining Frame’s mailing list is a great way to stay in the loop.

Eastern Market Brewing Co.

Brewery

2515 Riopelle St., Eastern Market

Eastern Market Brewing Co. is a classic beer hall tucked down one of the side streets near Eastern Market. Serving homemade brews using interesting ingredients such as lime zest, golden raisins, lavender and roasted chocolate malts, this brewery is perfect for a fun night out with friends.

Bread Meats Bread (Summer 2018)

Sandwiches

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

A Windsor staple, Bread Meets Bread will join several other restaurants in the new Detroit Shipping Co. Food Hall. With expressive culinary sandwiches, Bread Meets Bread is also known for unique small plates and beers, as well as for choosing high-quality, local, and sustainable ingredients. A favorite sandwich will be the Steel Curtain, which features slow roasted beef, pickled mustard, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.

 

Coming Soon

Poppies (Fall 2018)

Polish

1400 Van Dyke, West Village

A Polish-inspired bakery and restaurant, Poppie’s is owned and operated by Molly Mitchell. Her second venture, Poppies, will feature pierogi, pickles, and sausages as well as fresh breads and pastries with help from lead baker, Eggy Ding.

Cork and Gabel (Fall 2018)

Irish, Italian, German Fusion

2415 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Locally-sourced sausage is one of the standout features of the Cork and Gabel menu. The “bangers and brats” are served on a freshly-baked pretzel hoagie. Heavy on fresh meats and potatoes, the menu has unique items that are reminiscent of traditional Irish, Italian, and German home-cooking.

Drifter Coffee (Fall 2018)

Coffee and Light Food

780 Woodward Heights, Ferndale

After starting out as a mobile coffee trailer, Drifter Coffee has found a brick-and-mortar home in Ferndale. With the coffee bar on the first floor, the second floor will have a cozy seating area. The menu will feature espresso beverages and light food fare.

Simply Breakfast (Winter 2019)

Breakfast Fare

7526 W. McNichols Rd., Northwest Detroit

With made from scratch breakfast food, Simply Breakfast is sure to become a staple of Detroit’s Northwest side. Owner Ken Brown was a recipient of a Motor City Match grant which helped bring his dream to reality. The restaurant will also serve food with heart and of its 50-person staff, they will employ at least 15 formerly incarcerated returning citizens.

Jamaican Pot (Winter 2019)

Caribbean

3031 W Grand Blvd., New Center

With a loyal following drawn to the traditional Caribbean flavors at their small carry out restaurant on West 8 Mile Rd., the owners of Jamaican Pot are expanding to a second location. Mama Rose Forrest and husband Bruce Cunningham will still be offering the delicious dishes they are known for like their jerk chicken and stewed cabbage, this time in a larger eat-in location near the city center.

Leila (Fall 2018)

Lebanese

1249 Griswold Street, Capitol Park

Located in the historic Farwell Building, Leila’s is owned and operated by the Eid family who have been serving up Lebanese cuisine at Phoenicia for years. To feature 130 seats, a lounge area, and a private dining space with a mezzanine, Leila’s is sure to be visually stunning. The menu will feature family-style Lebanese classics with a relaxed feel.

Marrow (Fall 2018)

Butcher Shop/Restaurant

8044 Kercheval Ave., Indian Village

With a focus on local and sustainable meat by using old-world butcher practices, Marrow will offer a limited lunch menu and a rotating seasonal dinner menu. On the smaller side, Marrow has seating to accommodate 40-50 diners and a lovely outdoor patio.

White Star Pizza (Fall 2018)

Pizza

2135 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Offering artisanal, Detroit-style pizzas in Corktown, White Star Pizza will also serve vegan-friendly and gluten-free options and other fun, tasty pies. With it’s friendly take on the local “pizza joint,” White Star also features a menu of local craft beers and ciders.

Motorburger (Summer 2018)

Burgers

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

Also a Windsor import to the Detroit Shipping Co., Motorburger offers up high-end burgers and micro brews. With each burger titled as a nod to vintage autos, Motorburger’s Deux Chevaux was declared the “Best Burger in Canada” by Thrillist and Reader’s Digest. The sandwich features grilled beef, gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard, baby spinach, and smoked bacon balsamic caramelized onions. Motorburger also offers several tempting vegetarian items for herbivores.

Alma Kitchen (Fall 2018)

American

14300 E Jefferson Ave., Jefferson Chalmers

Inspired by the flavors of the diverse cultures and ideas of modern Detroit, Alma Kitchen has a menu that can’t be labeled as any one thing. Another Motor City Match recipient, owners Gary Mui and Alicia Sanchez are excited to become a staple of their new neighborhood. Alma Kitchen features an exciting lunch and dinner menu, as well as a tantalizing brunch menu which includes an inventive Free Range Chicken Hash of shredded chicken, red potatoes, peppers and onions smothered in an Andouille sausage gravy.

COOP Farm to Table (Summer 2018)

Chicken

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor

At COOP, the specialty of the house is chicken. Not just any chicken, but locally farmed, organic chicken. Marinated for 24 hours with Asian and Caribbean flavors comprised of garlic, ginger, allspice, cilantro, and sour oranges, the kicker is an addition of scotch bonnet pepper, COOP then tops their chicken off with signature sauces. Celebrity Chef Max Hardy is happy to be back in his hometown serving up his favorite flavors.

Cannelle Coffee & Patisserie (Fall 2018)

French Pastries

45 W. Grand River Ave., Capitol Park

The downtown outpost of the popular Birmingham patisserie will feature a menu of delicious, inspired pastries. Customers rave about the plum tart, English cakes, and macarons. Owned by Matt Knio, the new downtown location will also feature a few treats specific to the city. Cannelle will seat 20 patrons indoors and another 20 on its outdoor patio.

Norma G’s (Fall 2018)

Caribbean

14700 East Jefferson Ave., Jefferson Chalmers

After launching a successful Trinidadian-American food truck, Lester Gouvia is opening his full-service casual restaurant near Grosse Pointe Park. With seating for 90 and an outdoor patio, Norma G’s will feature delicious comfort foods like jerk chicken sliders and macaroni and cheese. The menu leans heavily toward seafood, but will also include vegan options.

Albena

American Tasting Table Concept

1509 Broadway St., Downtown

An eight-seat restaurant with a tasting menu only, Albena is the highly-anticipated concept restaurant by Garrett Lipar. Inside the new Siren Hotel, formerly the Wurlitzer Building, Albena is named after Lipar’s grandmother. A James Beard nominated chef, Lipar plans to define Great Lakes cuisine.

Spread Deli & Coffee Shop (Fall 2018)

Sandwiches

4215 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor

Featuring 10 different sandwiches made with Avalon breads and meats, as well as produce and cheese from Eastern Market, Spread Deli & Coffee House boasts an enviable local menu. True to their brand, the shop also has Cadillac Coffee and Detroit Cookie Company cookies. Spread is excited to offer a clean cut, unpretentious but delicious menu.

Second Best Bar (Fall 2018)

Bar & Light Snacks

42 Watson St., Brush Park

The team behind Grey Ghost is opening their new venture in the former headquarters of the Heidelberg Project in Brush Park. Second Best Bar will feature a rotating menu of beer-and-a-shot combos as well as a few sandwiches and bar snacks. A slightly dressed down feel from its big sister, Second Best will also have a rec area with pub games and a shuffleboard table.

Shimmy Shack (Fall 2018)

Vegan

1440 Sheldon Rd., Plymouth

Starting life as a vegan and gluten free food truck, Shimmy Shack is finally opening their first brick and mortar location. Featuring fast food service counters, a vegan and gluten free marketplace, and Sundays reserved for private parties. Try the “Shimmy Coney,” a Lightlife-brand soy dog grilled and topped with their signature vegan chili, mustard, and onions.

Zingerman’s (Winter 2019)

Deli

New Center

An Ann Arbor staple, Zingerman’s is bringing their magic to the New Center area. With big, loaded sandwiches and house-made soups and sides, Zingerman’s is known for fresh, hand-sliced meat and cheese. The Pig Mac, one of their fan faves, with rosemary ham and applewood bacon served with special sauce, romaine lettuce, cheese and spicy pickles is sure to be a hit in their new location.

Barcade (Winter 2019)

American

666 Selden St., Midtown

Combining old-school arcade gaming with craft beer, Barcade is bringing its Williamsburg, Brooklyn funky flavor to Detroit. The location at 666 Selden will be one of the chain’s largest, with more pinball machines than any of their other locations. The Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese is a favorite at the BK location—a chicken breast slathered in cheddar cheese served between two buttermilk waffles.

Gratiot Avenue Provisions (Winter 2019)

American

1528 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Located inside what was formerly the Detroit Candy building, Gratiot Avenue Provisions will be a charcuterie-centered restaurant focused on serving their own line of cured meats. The restaurant will offer dinner, brunch, and to-go items. Gratiot Avenue Provisions will also serve craft beers and a basement wine cellar.

Brudders (Winter 2019)

Pizza

2184 Iroquois Ave., Indian Village

Owned by a member of “a well-known rock band,” Brudders is serving up Italian cuisine including wood-fired pizza. Brudders will also offer up house made pasta and minestrone soup. Also sharing the “Kercheval 3” is Destination 1905, a new bar and Metropolis Cycles—a bike shop.

Magnet (Fall 2018)

Veggie-Centric American

4848 Grand River Ave., Woodbridge

Magnet features a ‘vegetable-centric’ menu in the former Magnet Radiator Works building on Grand River. The 14-foot exposed ceilings and open kitchen are complimented by a park that owner Philip Kafka is developing on the neighboring property. Rotating daily specials or ‘indulgences’ will be added to the vegetable menu and will include pizza and burgers.

Ochre Bakery (Fall 2018)

Baked Goods

4884 Grand River Ave., Woodbridge

From the owners of Astro Coffee comes Ochre Bakery. Known for their hit breads, pastries, and cakes, Jessica Hicks and Dai Hughes will be able to offer a wider selection of tasty treats. Ochre plans to offer naturally leavened bread with grains that are grown and milled as locally as possible. Salads, sandwiches and Australian meat pies will also be on the menu.

Paradise Café + Juice Bar (Winter 2019)

Caribbean

Avenue of Fashion

Coming soon to the flourishing Livernois-area Avenue of Fashion, Paradise Café is a Caribbean-influenced vegan restaurant. The Jamaican Jerk BBQ Burger is a black-eyed pea patty covered in a jerk barbecue sauce. Owner Nezaa Bandele hooked fans on her food through her pop-up shops, her vegan lasagna with sunflower seed cheese is sure to be a new neighborhood favorite.

Chili Mustard Onions (Fall 2018)

Vegan

3411 Brush St., Brush Park

Detroit’s first vegan coney island comes to Detroit and not a moment too soon. As more and more people abandon meat for a more health and environmentally conscious diet, Chili Mustard Onions is a great option for a vegan taste of Detroit. Also on the menu is spinach pie, beet balls, and soft serve vegan ice cream.

 

Can’t get enough of places to eat in Detroit? Here’s everything you need to know about Detroit restaurants.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. New Order Coffee Roasters
    3100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-784-9164 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Avalon Cafe & Biscuit Bar
    2990 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202313-800-5760 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Giordano's Pizza
    1224 Randolph St., Detroit, MI 48226313-752-0441 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Red Dunn Kitchen
    1331 Trumbull Ave., Ste. 100, Detroit, MI 48216313-887-9477 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Prime + Proper
    1145 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226313-636-3100 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Lovers Only Detroit
    34 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Brome Modern Eatery
    607 Shelby St., Detroit, MI 48226313-403-1200 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop
    19331 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221313-397-7727 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Lady of the House
    1426 Bagley St., Detroit, MI 48216313-818-0218 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Apparatus Room
    250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226313-800-5600 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. The Greek
    535 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226313-209-6667 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Greektown Casino-Hotel
    1200 St. Antoine St., Detroit, MI 48226313-223-2999 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Press Room Cafe and Market
    615 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-373-8670 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Mike's Pizza Bar
    Little Caesars Arena, 2515 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-782-4589 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Sports & Social Detroit
    Little Caesars Arena, 28 Henry St., Detroit, MI 48202313-782-4778 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit
    Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-462-8620 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Checker Bar, Pop + Offworld
    124 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226313-961-9249 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Le Petit Zinc
    70 West Alexandrine Street, Detroit, MI, USA313-963-2805 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Detroit Shipping Co.
    474 Peterboro Street, Detroit, MI, USA Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Urban Ramen
    4206 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-550-8199 Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Rocco's Italian Deli
    3267 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-315-3033 Highlight on map | More Details
  22. Kiesling Bar
    449 East Milwaukee Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-638-2169 Highlight on map | More Details
  23. Fantastic Subs
    313-974-6073
  24. Honey
    20342 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-326-6060 Highlight on map | More Details
  25. Le Detroit Macaron
    2756 Evaline St, Hamtramck, MI, USA313-338-8006 Highlight on map | More Details
  26. California Burgerz
    12045 Conant Street, Hamtramck, MI, USA313-703-8000 Highlight on map | More Details
  27. City Bakery
    3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI, USA313-315-3036 Highlight on map | More Details
  28. For the Love of Sugar
    100 Erskine Street, Detroit, MI, USA313-788-7111 Highlight on map | More Details
  29. Founders
    456 Charlotte St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA313-335-3440 Highlight on map | More Details
  30. Amore da Roma
    3401 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA313-831-5940 Highlight on map | More Details
  31. Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique
    7968 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA313-267-4006 Highlight on map | More Details
  32. Mutiny Bar
    4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209, USA313-406-4043 Highlight on map | More Details
  33. Lumen Detroit
    1903 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313-626-5005 Highlight on map | More Details
  34. La Noria Bistro
    5517 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-338-3545 Highlight on map | More Details
  35. The Grille Room at the Detroit Club
    712 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA313-338-3222 Highlight on map | More Details
  36. Dos Los Tacos
    10337 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA313-872-6838 Highlight on map | More Details
  37. Folk
    1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-290-5849 Highlight on map | More Details
  38. Doug's Delight
    24110 John R Road, Hazel Park, MI, USA Highlight on map
  39. River Bistro
    18456 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223, USA313-953-2225 Highlight on map | More Details
  40. Maty's African Cuisine
    21611 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219, USA313-472-5885 Highlight on map | More Details
  41. Willis Show Bar
    4156 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA313-992-7252 Highlight on map | More Details
  42. Asaysia
    1452 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313-656-4550 Highlight on map | More Details
  43. Castalia
    3980 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI, USA313-305-1442 Highlight on map | More Details
  44. Candy Bar
    313-277-4736
  45. Populace Coffee
    1509 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313-277-4736 Highlight on map | More Details
  46. SheWolf Pastificio & Bar
    438 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA313-315-3992 Highlight on map | More Details
  47. Amicci's Gourmet Pizza
    3849 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit MI 48216313-842-7373 Highlight on map | More Details
  48. Culantro
    22939 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA248-632-1055 Highlight on map | More Details
  49. Livernois Tap
    567 Livernois Avenue, Ferndale, MI, USA248-284-2422 Highlight on map | More Details
  50. 168 KTV Bistro
    2415 John R Rd, Troy, MI, USA248-616-0168 Highlight on map | More Details
  51. M Cantina
    13214 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA313-399-9117 Highlight on map | More Details
  52. Voyager
    600 Vester Street, Ferndale, MI, USA248-658-4999 Highlight on map | More Details
  53. Edo Ramen House
    4313 West 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI, USA248-556-5775 Highlight on map | More Details
  54. Applebee's + iHOP
    333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA313-879-5141 Highlight on map