February 08, 2020

The 20 hottest restaurants in the Detroit area right at this moment

The restaurant scene in the Detroit area is hotter than hot, and all the options might make you dizzy. To help you decide where to dine, we've put together a list of the hottest spots right at this moment. These are eateries that have opened recently, moved locations, changed their menus, etc. Bon appétit!

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Leila
1249 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-816-8100; leiladetroit.com
With 4,500-square-feet, Leila has the space to serve family-style Lebanese dishes. Classic fare includes dry-rubbed pork, grilled meat dishes called mashawi, and a selection of seafood.
Photo via Leila / Facebook

Leila

1249 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-816-8100; leiladetroit.com
With 4,500-square-feet, Leila has the space to serve family-style Lebanese dishes. Classic fare includes dry-rubbed pork, grilled meat dishes called mashawi, and a selection of seafood.

Photo via Leila / Facebook
Smith & Co.
644 Selden St., Detroit; 313-974-7100; smithandcodetroit.com
A New American restaurant and beer hall, Smith & Co. features dishes like chorizo empanadas, corned beef sandwiches, and seared trout. In addition, the restaurant serves a variety of craft beers and cocktails.
Photo via Smith & Co. / Facebook

Smith & Co.

644 Selden St., Detroit; 313-974-7100; smithandcodetroit.com
A New American restaurant and beer hall, Smith & Co. features dishes like chorizo empanadas, corned beef sandwiches, and seared trout. In addition, the restaurant serves a variety of craft beers and cocktails.

Photo via Smith & Co. / Facebook
Besa
600 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3000; besadetroit.com
In October 2019, Besa brought in a new chef, Nick Geftos, and recreated their menu. 
Photo via BESA Detroit / Facebook

Besa

600 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3000; besadetroit.com
In October 2019, Besa brought in a new chef, Nick Geftos, and recreated their menu.

Photo via BESA Detroit / Facebook
Frita Batidos Detroit 
66 W. Columbia St., Detroit; 313-725-4100;  fritabatidos.com 
Ann Arbor's Cuban/Miami inspired restaurant opened another location in downtown Detroit in October 2019. 
Photo via  Frita Batidos / Facebook

Frita Batidos Detroit

66 W. Columbia St., Detroit; 313-725-4100; fritabatidos.com
Ann Arbor's Cuban/Miami inspired restaurant opened another location in downtown Detroit in October 2019.

Photo via Frita Batidos / Facebook
Michigan & Trumbull
1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit; michiganandtrumbull.pizza
Opened by Detroit-area natives Kristen Calverley and Nate Peck, the restaurant features Detroit-style pizza and more.
Photo via Michigan & Trumbull / Facebook

Michigan & Trumbull

1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit; michiganandtrumbull.pizza
Opened by Detroit-area natives Kristen Calverley and Nate Peck, the restaurant features Detroit-style pizza and more.

Photo via Michigan & Trumbull / Facebook
Bangkok 96
2450 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn; 313-730-816; 474 Peterboro, Detroit
bangkok96.com
This Dearborn gem now serves new corned beef egg roll.  
Photo by Jay Jurma

Bangkok 96

2450 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn; 313-730-816; 474 Peterboro, Detroit bangkok96.com
This Dearborn gem now serves new corned beef egg roll.

Photo by Jay Jurma
Hazel, Ravines & Downtown
34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-671-1714; hrd.kitchen
Taken over by a seafood and wine menu for limited time, this restaurant has been rebranded as "Hazel's Crab Trap" until Feb 16.  
Photo from Hazel, Ravines & Downtown / Facebook

Hazel, Ravines & Downtown


34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-671-1714; hrd.kitchen
Taken over by a seafood and wine menu for limited time, this restaurant has been rebranded as "Hazel's Crab Trap" until Feb 16.

Photo from Hazel, Ravines & Downtown / Facebook
Ima
2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-502-5959; imanoodles.com
When you're in the mood for food that's comforting any time of year, Ima should definitely be at the top of your list. In Corktown, Ima's spicy chicken sandwich has been the center of conversation.  Ima's tiny dining room and heated patio with communal seating means you might be elbow-to-elbow with other Detroit foodies, but honestly, that's OK with us.
Photo by Tom Perkins

Ima

2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-502-5959; imanoodles.com
When you're in the mood for food that's comforting any time of year, Ima should definitely be at the top of your list. In Corktown, Ima's spicy chicken sandwich has been the center of conversation. Ima's tiny dining room and heated patio with communal seating means you might be elbow-to-elbow with other Detroit foodies, but honestly, that's OK with us.

Photo by Tom Perkins
Buddy's
1565 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-334-5276; buddyspizza.com
Despite the fact that the chain started in the Motor City in 1946 and is widely credited as the originator of Detroit-style pizza, this is the company's first downtown location and only its second in Detroit. The restaurant opened in the former Angelina Italian Bistro. In addition to sit-down tables, the new space caters to the downtown lunchtime crowd with a to-go counter that sells pizza by the slice, as well as a new menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastas.
Photo via Franco PR

Buddy's

1565 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-334-5276; buddyspizza.com
Despite the fact that the chain started in the Motor City in 1946 and is widely credited as the originator of Detroit-style pizza, this is the company's first downtown location and only its second in Detroit. The restaurant opened in the former Angelina Italian Bistro. In addition to sit-down tables, the new space caters to the downtown lunchtime crowd with a to-go counter that sells pizza by the slice, as well as a new menu of sandwiches, salads, and pastas.

Photo via Franco PR
Pietrzyk Pierogi
1429 Gratiot Ave. Suite 109, Detroit; 313-614-9393; pietrzykpierogi.com
Known for its thriving Polish community, Detroit is a destination for authentic Polish street food and pierogi. This former pop-up is now a favorite at Eastern Market where it produces delicious, traditional Polish food. 
Photo via Pietrzyk Pierogi / Facebook

Pietrzyk Pierogi

1429 Gratiot Ave. Suite 109, Detroit; 313-614-9393; pietrzykpierogi.com
Known for its thriving Polish community, Detroit is a destination for authentic Polish street food and pierogi. This former pop-up is now a favorite at Eastern Market where it produces delicious, traditional Polish food.

Photo via Pietrzyk Pierogi / Facebook