January 04, 2017

Food trends we hope to see (and not see) in Detroit during 2017

With 2016 behind us, we have another year to look forward to - especially in our food scene. While we've made some important improvements in our local restaurants, there are some things we'd rather leave behind, and some trends that have either yet make a splash here or that just need to be addressed ASAP. Here are our picks for what's hot and what's not in 2017. --By Serena Maria Daniels

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Hot: Smoothie bowls.
This is one of those viral trends that we really wouldn't mind seeing more of in Detroit. We've already got an abundance of greasy Coney Island fare available for breakfast. Wouldn't it be nice to see more healthy options dot the corners of the city?
Photos via @cafesucco
Hot: Smoothie bowls.
This is one of those viral trends that we really wouldn't mind seeing more of in Detroit. We've already got an abundance of greasy Coney Island fare available for breakfast. Wouldn't it be nice to see more healthy options dot the corners of the city?
Photos via @cafesucco
Smoothie bowls
Smoothie bowls
Not: Sushi burrito
Then again, we've seen other food trends that simply had a hard time executing around here. Case in point, the sushi burrito. We're not particularly known for sushi anyway. Why not get that part right, before attempting at this hybrid?
Photo via @tanlikesfood
Not: Sushi burrito
Then again, we've seen other food trends that simply had a hard time executing around here. Case in point, the sushi burrito. We're not particularly known for sushi anyway. Why not get that part right, before attempting at this hybrid?
Photo via @tanlikesfood
Sushi burrito
Photo by Scott Spellman.
Sushi burrito
Photo by Scott Spellman.
Hot: Better service
With all the hype of new menus attracting folks into the city, isn't it about time restaurants worked hard to improve the front of the house? A spot can have the best food in town, but if a server is rude or unattentive, how is someone supposed to enjoy it?
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Hot: Better service
With all the hype of new menus attracting folks into the city, isn't it about time restaurants worked hard to improve the front of the house? A spot can have the best food in town, but if a server is rude or unattentive, how is someone supposed to enjoy it?
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Better service
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Better service
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Not: Serving food on a cutting board
Less focus on trying to hip or ironic, and more on the food itself and the quality of the service (see previous).
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Not:
Serving food on a cutting board Less focus on trying to hip or ironic, and more on the food itself and the quality of the service (see previous).
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More cutting boards
Photo by Scott Spellman
More cutting boards
Photo by Scott Spellman
Hot: Better food trucks
In cities like LA, DC, and Portland, the street food scene is on point. Food truck businesses in these locales serve up dishes inspired around the globe in a fast and affordable fashion. Let's up our food truck game beyond the usual mac 'n cheese and overpriced tacos.
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Hot: Better food trucks
In cities like LA, DC, and Portland, the street food scene is on point. Food truck businesses in these locales serve up dishes inspired around the globe in a fast and affordable fashion. Let's up our food truck game beyond the usual mac 'n cheese and overpriced tacos.
Photo via Shutterstock
Not: Chain restaurants
2016 seemed to be the year of the chain for downtown, with the addition of Wahlburgers and Calexico, and announcements that Shake Shack and the world's first IHOP/Applebee's would enter the scene. How about, no, and instead find ways to get more interesting, local concepts into these prime spaces?
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Not: Chain restaurants
2016 seemed to be the year of the chain for downtown, with the addition of Wahlburgers and Calexico, and announcements that Shake Shack and the world's first IHOP/Applebee's would enter the scene. How about, no, and instead find ways to get more interesting, local concepts into these prime spaces?
Photo via Shutterstock