April 12, 2019

The 10 best new Detroit restaurants to open so far in 2019


April showers may bring May flowers, but spring in metro Detroit means a lush list of new restaurant offerings. We might be just four months into 2019, but these 10 restaurants boast some stiff competition. Already, Metro Times has reviewed three Japanese gastropubs, whimsical upscale fare, and something called a "Shower Burger" — all of which add serious color and flavor to metro Detroit's dining scene. While we await others to open their doors (and indulge in some return visits to those that are already open), include these spots in your next "where do you want to eat" date-night debate or solo-tasting adventure.

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Sea scallops.
Sea scallops.
Besa 
600 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-315-3000; besadetroit.com; Entress $17-$52
11-3 p.m. daily; 4p.m.-10p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri., Sat.; Closed on Sun.
Photo courtesy of Besa Facebook
Besa 600 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 313-315-3000; besadetroit.com; Entress $17-$52
11-3 p.m. daily; 4p.m.-10p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4-11 p.m. Fri., Sat.; Closed on Sun.
Photo courtesy of Besa Facebook
Katsu 
The latest addition to metro Detroit’s blossoming Japanese cuisine landscape is that of Katsu. Nestled in Woodbridge, Katsu is a izakaya, or a Japanese gastropub. Though Katsu lends itself to an intimate and casual dining experience, the menu is lengthy and could appear daunting, and surprisingly does not offer any raw fish. Instead, a selection of hot and cold small plated, grilled skewers, Katsu shines with its Japanese omelets, noodles, ramen, karaage (fried chicken), and grilled meats prepared on a yakitori grill. Among the menu’s notable dishes is the kakuni, braised pork belly laced with flavorful pig fat served in a pool of soy and sake and is flavored with ginger and green onions. The oroshi mentaiko is also a must-try, a small sausage of cod roe charred slightly and has a bold spice and salt profile. Katsu’s tamagoyaki are also highlights. Billed as a Japanese “egg roll,” they're more literal than the Chinese counterpart as they are rolled omelets filled with meat or cream cheese.
Katsu
The latest addition to metro Detroit’s blossoming Japanese cuisine landscape is that of Katsu. Nestled in Woodbridge, Katsu is a izakaya, or a Japanese gastropub. Though Katsu lends itself to an intimate and casual dining experience, the menu is lengthy and could appear daunting, and surprisingly does not offer any raw fish. Instead, a selection of hot and cold small plated, grilled skewers, Katsu shines with its Japanese omelets, noodles, ramen, karaage (fried chicken), and grilled meats prepared on a yakitori grill. Among the menu’s notable dishes is the kakuni, braised pork belly laced with flavorful pig fat served in a pool of soy and sake and is flavored with ginger and green onions. The oroshi mentaiko is also a must-try, a small sausage of cod roe charred slightly and has a bold spice and salt profile. Katsu’s tamagoyaki are also highlights. Billed as a Japanese “egg roll,” they're more literal than the Chinese counterpart as they are rolled omelets filled with meat or cream cheese.
Katsu 
5069 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-788-7205; $2-$18.
5 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday
Photo courtesy of Katsu Detroit Facebook
Katsu 5069 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; 313-788-7205; $2-$18.
5 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday

Photo courtesy of Katsu Detroit Facebook
Cannelle
One of metro Detroit’s best French pastry chefs comes in Matt Knio, who opened a second Cannelle location in Detroit’s Capitol Park (across from Lovers Only) earlier this year. A sister shop to Knio’s Birmingham spot, Cannelle seats about 25 and has a stunning array of macarons, cookies, eclairs, cakes, croissants, danish, bread — all of which are Instagram-worthy. Not just a sweet shop, Canelle serves coffee, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Cannelle

One of metro Detroit’s best French pastry chefs comes in Matt Knio, who opened a second Cannelle location in Detroit’s Capitol Park (across from Lovers Only) earlier this year. A sister shop to Knio’s Birmingham spot, Cannelle seats about 25 and has a stunning array of macarons, cookies, eclairs, cakes, croissants, danish, bread — all of which are Instagram-worthy. Not just a sweet shop, Canelle serves coffee, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Cannelle
45 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-694-9767; $1-$10. 
Tuesday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday
Photo courtesy of Canelle Detroit Facebook
Cannelle
45 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-694-9767; $1-$10. Tuesday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Monday

Photo courtesy of Canelle Detroit Facebook
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Grandma Bob’s
42135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com. Pizzas are $11-$16. 
Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight.
Photo courtesy of Grandma Bob’s Facebook
Grandma Bob’s
42135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com. Pizzas are $11-$16. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight.

Photo courtesy of Grandma Bob’s Facebook