December 18, 2020

40 restaurants that opened in metro Detroit suburbs this year

It's been a tough year for the restaurant industry. Due to the pandemic, more than one-third of Michigan restaurants may not be able to keep their doors or kitchens open. But there are those who, pandemic be damned, managed to make their restaurant dreams come true by opening new eateries, bakeries, coffee shops, and gastropubs despite a crisis, many of which are in the suburbs. Some opened just before COVID-19 hit, others forged ahead with impossible timelines, and some said, fuck it — build it and feed the people and they will come. The only way these new ballsy businesses will thrive in 2021 is if we give them a shot via their curbside, takeout, and delivery options. Who knows, your new favorite restaurant might just be nestled in this list of all the restaurants (that we know of) that opened in metro Detroit suburbs in 2020.

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Bucharest Grill Express
30955 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 313-965-3111; bucharestgrill.com
Popular shawarma chain Bucharest Grill opened in Royal Oak after months of delays, marking the fast-casual restaurant’s first location outside of Detroit. 
Photo by Lee DeVito

Bucharest Grill Express

30955 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 313-965-3111; bucharestgrill.com
Popular shawarma chain Bucharest Grill opened in Royal Oak after months of delays, marking the fast-casual restaurant’s first location outside of Detroit.

Photo by Lee DeVito
Oak Park Social
14691 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-808-6365; oakparksocial.com
New American eatery and Bar, Oak Park Social opened for takeout and delivery in December, offering classic takes on American favorites like hand battered chicken tenders, tenderloin tips, fried bologna sandwiches, and baked flatbreads. 
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Oak Park Social

14691 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-808-6365; oakparksocial.com
New American eatery and Bar, Oak Park Social opened for takeout and delivery in December, offering classic takes on American favorites like hand battered chicken tenders, tenderloin tips, fried bologna sandwiches, and baked flatbreads.

Photo via Google Maps
Alma Kitchen
15402 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-771-0771; mialmakitchen.com
This highly anticipated Mexican and Chinese-influenced eatery opened for takeout in Grosse Pointe Park offering unique American-fusion dishes such as honey tamarind chicken lollipops, pepper beef lomo saltado, crab rangoons, and Michigan cherry BBQ pulled pork. 
Photo via Alma Kitchen/Facebook

Alma Kitchen

15402 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-771-0771; mialmakitchen.com
This highly anticipated Mexican and Chinese-influenced eatery opened for takeout in Grosse Pointe Park offering unique American-fusion dishes such as honey tamarind chicken lollipops, pepper beef lomo saltado, crab rangoons, and Michigan cherry BBQ pulled pork.

Photo via Alma Kitchen/Facebook
H2O Seafood
3233 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-556-3202; facebook.com/H20Seafood
Mac n’ cheese, fish and chips, and Maui shrimp are on the menu at Wyandotte’s newest seafood spot via H20 Seafood, which opened in November. 
Photo via H20 Seafood/Facebook

H2O Seafood

3233 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-556-3202; facebook.com/H20Seafood
Mac n’ cheese, fish and chips, and Maui shrimp are on the menu at Wyandotte’s newest seafood spot via H20 Seafood, which opened in November.

Photo via H20 Seafood/Facebook
Mad Crab
13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-965-2120; madcraboakparkmi.com
Seafood boil places are cropping up all over metro Detroit like, well, mad crabs, which is exactly what Mad Crab is all about. Opened in September, Oak Park’s Mad Crab invites seafood lovers to combine their choice of seafood (lobster, snow crab, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and more) with Cajun spices, garlic butter, and lemon pepper. 
Photo via Mad Crab/Facebook

Mad Crab

13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-965-2120; madcraboakparkmi.com
Seafood boil places are cropping up all over metro Detroit like, well, mad crabs, which is exactly what Mad Crab is all about. Opened in September, Oak Park’s Mad Crab invites seafood lovers to combine their choice of seafood (lobster, snow crab, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and more) with Cajun spices, garlic butter, and lemon pepper.

Photo via Mad Crab/Facebook
Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries
23631 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-285-9000; motownphillys.com
No need to head to the City of Brotherly Love to get your cheesesteak fix. Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries opened in August with a selection of made-to-order seasoned steak, grilled onions, and cheese. Oh, and fries. Don’t forget the fries. 
Photo via Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries/Facebook

Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries

23631 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-285-9000; motownphillys.com
No need to head to the City of Brotherly Love to get your cheesesteak fix. Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries opened in August with a selection of made-to-order seasoned steak, grilled onions, and cheese. Oh, and fries. Don’t forget the fries.

Photo via Motown Philly Cheesesteaks and Fries/Facebook
Pumachug
1 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-632-1117; pumachug.com
Taking over the former Black Lotus Brewing Company building in Clawson, casual gastropub Pumachug is slinging pulled pork poutine, French Dip sandwiches pizzas, and mains, like pasta primavera, sirloin steak, and rice bowls. They’ve got vegan options, too, and massive desserts. 
Photo via Pumachug/Facebook

Pumachug

1 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-632-1117; pumachug.com
Taking over the former Black Lotus Brewing Company building in Clawson, casual gastropub Pumachug is slinging pulled pork poutine, French Dip sandwiches pizzas, and mains, like pasta primavera, sirloin steak, and rice bowls. They’ve got vegan options, too, and massive desserts.

Photo via Pumachug/Facebook
Whiskey Taco Foxtrot 
28 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-629-7067; whiskeytacofoxtrotclawson.com
No, Whiskey Taco Foxtrot is not a Wilco album. It’s a new spot in Clawson that serves craft cocktails and unique tacos, including the WTF Taco of the Week, Chimichurri steak, Cajun shrimp, fried avocado, and roasted poblano pepper, as well as burritos, botana nachos, enchiladas, and, for dessert, an apple pie taco. 
Photo via Whiskey Taco Foxtrot/Facebook

Whiskey Taco Foxtrot

28 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-629-7067; whiskeytacofoxtrotclawson.com
No, Whiskey Taco Foxtrot is not a Wilco album. It’s a new spot in Clawson that serves craft cocktails and unique tacos, including the WTF Taco of the Week, Chimichurri steak, Cajun shrimp, fried avocado, and roasted poblano pepper, as well as burritos, botana nachos, enchiladas, and, for dessert, an apple pie taco.

Photo via Whiskey Taco Foxtrot/Facebook
Fresh Collective
2752 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley; 248-907-0767; freshcollectivekitchen.com
Part market, part grab-and-go food spot, Fresh Collective in Berkley offers sandwiches, soups, quiches, and other bites for those with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free needs. 
Photo via Fresh Collective/Facebook

Fresh Collective

2752 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley; 248-907-0767; freshcollectivekitchen.com
Part market, part grab-and-go food spot, Fresh Collective in Berkley offers sandwiches, soups, quiches, and other bites for those with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free needs.

Photo via Fresh Collective/Facebook
Starters Bar & Grille
25242 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-281-4538; facebook.com/startersbarandgrill.com
Billed as Detroit’s original steakhouse and bar,family-owned Starters Bar & Grille opened the doors to their Southfield outpost in December, offering their massive meat-heavy menu to the suburbs. 
Photo by Lee DeVito

Starters Bar & Grille

25242 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-281-4538; facebook.com/startersbarandgrill.com
Billed as Detroit’s original steakhouse and bar,family-owned Starters Bar & Grille opened the doors to their Southfield outpost in December, offering their massive meat-heavy menu to the suburbs.

Photo by Lee DeVito