Labeled a “food mecca” and North America’s most unexpected food destination, the city of Detroit isn’t resting on its culinary laurels anytime soon. In the past year, the Motor City has opened establishments from barcades to Caribbean comfort food restaurants to German-style breweries to dive Tiki bars. Take a look below at just a couple dozen food and drink spots established in 2017.
- PizzaPlex – Southwest
- Mutiny Bar – Southwest
“Dive tiki” bar part of the Detroit Optimist Society family (The Sugar House, The Peterboro, Honest John’s, Bad Luck Bar, and more). Variety of tropical cocktails, shareable cocktails, beer, and slushies.
- Lady of the House – Corktown
Chef Kate Williams’ nod to Irish hospitality sources from local farms and businesses. Hearty portions, diverse bar, with brunch and outdoor dining soon to come.
- Takoi – Corktown
Reopening of James Beard nominated Northern Thai restaurant Katoi. Outdoor patio with separate food and drink menu accessible by walk-up window.
- Prime and Proper – Downtown
Swanky steakhouse with its own dedicated butcher, wood-fired napa cabbage, caviar, and invite-only subterranean bar. The restaurant on the corner of Griswold and State Street in Capitol Park saw $3 million in renovations and will feature patio seating during warmer months.
- Eatori Market – Downtown
Market in Capitol Park with grocery area as well as a bar and prepared foods counter with a hot menu. Bar open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
- La Dulce – Downtown
The former Royal Oak tapas bar has moved inside the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront Hotel and is now offering a full Spanish menu with items like paella and suckling pig. The fanciful interior contains a 70-seat dining room, 20-seat bar, and 25-seat outdoor patio.
- Offworld Arcade – Downtown
- Ready Player One – Downtown
Another barcade downtown, Ready Player One offers more than 40 arcade games running on tokens distributed with each drink and food item purchased. Rock ‘n’ Rye chicken wings, meatloaf sliders, and video game inspired cocktails.
- El Taco Veloz – Midtown
Expansion by Southwest Detroit taco truck into Cass Corridor’s Marcus Market. Street-style tacos, burritos, quesadillas, horchata, aguas frescas and more priced between $2.50 and $8.
- Alley Taco – Midtown
Formerly located inside Marcus Market, the taco restaurant has moved next to Avalon International Breads in Cass Corridor with an expanded menu including horchata slushies and tortilla soup. Visit on Tuesdays for five tacos for $5.
- Avalon Cafe & Biscuit Bar – New Center location
The newest location of the Midtown-based bakery and cafe. Focus on biscuit sandwiches with ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery.
- Le Detroit Macaron – Hamtramck
A practicing lawyer during the week, owner Patty Corkery sells macarons on Saturdays with unique flavors like pink champagne, Oreo cheesecake, and Fruity Pebbles. Coffee sourced from Great Lakes Coffee.
- Bon Bon Bon – Hamtramck
The internationally known chocolate maker’s new location sextuple’s the previous building size. Offering chocolate-making workshops and bon bon flavors such as paczki, sticky bun, and black truffle.
- New Order Coffee – Brush Park
Cafe and roastery next to Grey Ghost. Offering “a wide range of house-roasted coffees and espresso drinks, cold brew, tea and lattes flavored with cereal-infused milk, M&M chocolate ganache, and marshmallows.”
- Eastern Market Brewing Co. – Eastern Market
Two story brewery housed in a former meat packing facility offering German-style beers as well as Eastern Market inspired brews. A complimentary on-site food truck is also in the works.
- Ashe Supply Co. – Rivertown-Warehouse District
The downtown coffee shop has expanded to a second location in the Rivertown Warehouse District next to Atwater Brewery. Same offerings as the downtown location as well as nitro coffee and baked goods from Avalon International Breads, Sister Pie, and Detroit Institute of Bagels.
- Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique – West Village
Chic bar in a former bank offering exactly as its name suggests: wine and charcuterie boards. Around 40 seats with plans to add a 50 to 100 seat patio in the future.
- River Bistro – Rosedale Park
A mixture of Caribbean and Southern comfort food targeted at carryout and delivery services. Interior filled with personal effects from chef Maxcel Hardy’s life and travels.
- Detroit Vegan Soul – Grandmont-Rosedale
West Village vegan hotspot has opened its second location in Grandmont Rosedale. The 36-seater offers a slightly different menu from its east side counterpart but retains classics like its “catfish” tofu and seitan pepper steak.
- Narrow Way Cafe – Sherwood Forest
Coffee shop on the Avenue of Fashion in the north of the city. Thirty seat space serving “Zingerman’s coffee, smoothies, and baked goods from Avalon International Breads.”
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group