Hidden gem restaurants only found in Detroit strip malls

Sometimes the best restaurants are found where you least expect — even at your local strip mall. These easy-to-miss Detroit-area restaurants are cooking up something truly special, so whether you're craving burgers, Indian food, or udon noodles, don't miss out on these hidden gems.

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Noble Fish45 E. 14 Mile Rd., ClawsonThe shop, which is considered one of metro Detroit's best for sushi, recently expanded its cramped corner to a comfortable eating space within the Noble Fish Japanese market. They offer a wide range of classic rolls, which you can be served or buy pre-made, for a reasonable price.
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Noble Fish

45 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson
The shop, which is considered one of metro Detroit's best for sushi, recently expanded its cramped corner to a comfortable eating space within the Noble Fish Japanese market. They offer a wide range of classic rolls, which you can be served or buy pre-made, for a reasonable price.

Photo via Noble Fish / Facebook
Quan Nem Ngon30701 Dequindre Rd., Madison HeightsThis spot’s well-laid tables with generous cloth napkins and metal chopsticks, the six chandeliers, banquette, the graceful way the food is presented — all lift the heart. Besides Vietnam's famous bánh mì sandwiches, Quán Nem Ngon, which means "delicious small restaurant," offers three ways to order a hefty meal: soups, noodle salads, and protein served with noodles or rice, fried or not.
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Quan Nem Ngon

30701 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights
This spot’s well-laid tables with generous cloth napkins and metal chopsticks, the six chandeliers, banquette, the graceful way the food is presented — all lift the heart. Besides Vietnam's famous bánh mì sandwiches, Quán Nem Ngon, which means "delicious small restaurant," offers three ways to order a hefty meal: soups, noodle salads, and protein served with noodles or rice, fried or not.

Photo via Quan Nem Ngon Vietnamese Bistro / Facebook
Dae Jang Keum2947 E. Big Beaver Rd., TroyThis Korean restaurant offers a vast quantity of meat with a whole lot of side dishes. Your best bet is the all-inclusive meals that comprise of six kinds of meat, at least eight side dishes, and some strong cool cinnamon tea at the end. The small plates or banchan are fun, too.
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Dae Jang Keum

2947 E. Big Beaver Rd., Troy
This Korean restaurant offers a vast quantity of meat with a whole lot of side dishes. Your best bet is the all-inclusive meals that comprise of six kinds of meat, at least eight side dishes, and some strong cool cinnamon tea at the end. The small plates or banchan are fun, too.

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Trizest33170 Dequindre Rd., Sterling HeightsAn Americanized take on Chinese cuisine from Sichuan, Trizest creates a balance of flavors and consideration for textural interplay that makes the cuisine exciting. The dishes, including vegetarian options, are surprisingly light, clean, and bright, with ingredients that are the hallmark of Sichuan's piquant flavor portfolio.
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Trizest

33170 Dequindre Rd., Sterling Heights
An Americanized take on Chinese cuisine from Sichuan, Trizest creates a balance of flavors and consideration for textural interplay that makes the cuisine exciting. The dishes, including vegetarian options, are surprisingly light, clean, and bright, with ingredients that are the hallmark of Sichuan's piquant flavor portfolio.

Photo by Tom Perkins
Thang Long27641 John R Rd., Madison HeightsFresh leafy greens and herbs characterize the Vietnamese food served at Thang Long. Try the fresh and flavorful summer rolls, or do it yourself with an order of Thit Bo, which lets you wrap your own chicken, beef, or pork. Also excellent are the rice noodle soups, which are meals in themselves.
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Thang Long

27641 John R Rd., Madison Heights
Fresh leafy greens and herbs characterize the Vietnamese food served at Thang Long. Try the fresh and flavorful summer rolls, or do it yourself with an order of Thit Bo, which lets you wrap your own chicken, beef, or pork. Also excellent are the rice noodle soups, which are meals in themselves.

Photo by Rob Widdis
Bonoful Sweets & Cafe12085 Conant Ave., HamtramckTucked inside a Hamtramck strip mall, you’ll find this small restaurant which serves affordable Indian, Chinese, and Bangladeshi food. If you decide to eat in, try to snag a booth since they offer a lot of privacy because they have floor to ceiling walls that create little cubbies for your dining experience.
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Bonoful Sweets & Cafe

12085 Conant Ave., Hamtramck
Tucked inside a Hamtramck strip mall, you’ll find this small restaurant which serves affordable Indian, Chinese, and Bangladeshi food. If you decide to eat in, try to snag a booth since they offer a lot of privacy because they have floor to ceiling walls that create little cubbies for your dining experience.

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Christine's Cuisine729 E. 9 Mile Rd., FerndaleFeaturing homemade continental cuisine, including pierogies, beef burgundy, stroganoff, smoked sausage, and kraut, Christine’s versatile range of dishes is sure to make anyone's mouth water. The restaurant also serves fresh sandwiches, entrees, salads and soups.
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Christine's Cuisine

729 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale
Featuring homemade continental cuisine, including pierogies, beef burgundy, stroganoff, smoked sausage, and kraut, Christine’s versatile range of dishes is sure to make anyone's mouth water. The restaurant also serves fresh sandwiches, entrees, salads and soups.

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Chao Zhou31682 John R Rd., Madison HeightsChao Zhou certainly has Americanized Cantonese dishes on its menu — cashew chicken, chow mein — and they are cheaper. But if you turn to the Chef's Special pages at the back, you'll also find more authentic Cantonese food options.
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Chao Zhou

31682 John R Rd., Madison Heights
Chao Zhou certainly has Americanized Cantonese dishes on its menu — cashew chicken, chow mein — and they are cheaper. But if you turn to the Chef's Special pages at the back, you'll also find more authentic Cantonese food options.

Photo by Tom Perkins
Asian Corned Beef14820 W. Seven Mile Rd., DetroitThe most popular menu item is the corned beef egg roll, which is exactly what it sounds like. The egg roll wrappers are folded around a pile of razor-thin corned beef, and the package is dipped into a deep fryer until it is crisp. In its original form, the cured meat is accompanied by gooey, white cheese like mozzarella or Swiss.
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Asian Corned Beef

14820 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit
The most popular menu item is the corned beef egg roll, which is exactly what it sounds like. The egg roll wrappers are folded around a pile of razor-thin corned beef, and the package is dipped into a deep fryer until it is crisp. In its original form, the cured meat is accompanied by gooey, white cheese like mozzarella or Swiss.

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Butcher’s Grille22713 Michigan Ave., DearbornLebanese chef Samer Saad is a master with meat, as is evidenced in not only his burgers, but Butcher's Grille's shawarma egg rolls, raw meat menu, kebabs, whole chickens, and everything else that lands on his open flame, wood-burning grill. The only thing he adds to the patties is salt — they're otherwise carried by the freshness and open flame. Less is more when it comes to the city's best burgers.
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Butcher’s Grille

22713 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
Lebanese chef Samer Saad is a master with meat, as is evidenced in not only his burgers, but Butcher's Grille's shawarma egg rolls, raw meat menu, kebabs, whole chickens, and everything else that lands on his open flame, wood-burning grill. The only thing he adds to the patties is salt — they're otherwise carried by the freshness and open flame. Less is more when it comes to the city's best burgers.

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