Best Of 2015

1777 Third St., Detroit; 877-888-2121;

It's not hard to see why our readers would vote MGM Grand Detroit the best casino the city has to offer. After all, this place has so much more than just gaming — great restaurants like TAP, a sexy nightclub called V, AXIS, a brand-new music venue that's open to the gaming floor, a swanky hotel, and an even swankier luxury spa.

35 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-340-2941;

This dispensary's reputation as a comfortable environment where patients get plenty of individual attention is likely what led to earning top marks from our readers. Customers have been known to come from near and far for this dispenary's services, which include certification, medicine, edibles, and paraphernalia.

2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 866-782-9622;

Want sushi? Roast beef? Stir-fry made right before your eyes? Perhaps you're hungry for Italian? Maybe some pizza? Or maybe you just love to pile your plate high with pie, ice cream, bread pudding, and cookies? Motor City Casino's Assembly Line has it all. The worst part comes when you're too full to belly up to the buffet one last time.

2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-6732;

Casino dining is synonymous with sumptuousness and extravagance, and the moment diners enter Iridescence's shimmering interior, with its hip-to-ceiling windows affording views of the city below. But the restaurant doesn't just look rich, the kitchen's modern American cuisine lives up to the dramatic design, featuring 4-diamond fare and a Wine Spectator Award-winning list. Such dishes as Black Angus beef, Thai-style cioppino, and South African lobster tail, and togarashi-dusted Alaskan grilled halibut cement Iridescence's reputation for decadence.

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7778;

It's no wonder our readers picked Fountain Bistro as the best place for people watching, considering this restaurant is smack dab in the middle of Campus Martius Park. Here you'll catch a gander of folks from the straight-laced to the more unseemly trotting down Woodward Avenue during all months of the year, plus you'll be noshing on some delicious fare while you're at it.

Back in 2012, the beautiful Best won best female bartender in Real Detroit Weekly's Best of Detroit polling. Back then the cocktail maker was working at Pontiac's long-standing nightclub, Tonic. Now, the beloved bar's doors have been shuddered, but Best isn't out of work — she's heading up the bar at Royal Oak's swanky Sabrage.

Ever since St. Louis won a Manhattan-making contest, everyone has been in love with this Detroit bartender. We know it took St. Louis a long time to get to the top, including some jobs at crappy corporate restaurants. Now, though, he's whipping up creative (and tasty) cocktails at Greektown's Firebird Tavern. We're particularly fans of the hot buttered rum.

377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;

Since the dawn of the first die, humans have been rollin' dem bones. And Caesars Windsor is where the high rollers are, literally, as the casino has the highest posted limits in the Detroit area and all of Ontario — highest of all at the craps tables, at $50,000. But don't be intimidated by those zeroes — even a modest wager can be exciting.


He's "America's winningest lawyer" according to his website. And, judging by the votes, Fieger has won our readers' hearts as well. He's been a candidate for governor of Michigan as well as Jack Kevorkian's lawyer. Now, he's Best of Detroit's best attorney.

555 E. Lafayette Ave., Detroit; 313-223-2999;

Expect scads of plasma TVs, free snacks and drinks, and a dozen poker tables featuring such games as Limit Texas Hold 'Em, No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, Pot Limit Round X Round Half Omaha/Half, and more.