20 restaurants that have opened in the Detroit area so far in 2022

Many restaurants are still reeling from the pandemic, as made evident by the amount of restaurants we lost in 2021. Things seem…

By Metro Times Staff

Charminar Biryani
111 W. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-974-6236; charminarmi.com
Charminar Biryani Express opened in Detroit  early this spring bringing Indian cuisine right across the street from Wayne State University.
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20 essential Detroit area ice cream shops you should have tried by now

There’s nothing better than a hot summer day and frozen treat to cool you down. While there are some great chain places,…

By Metro Times Staff

Jim’s Frostie Treats
    1528 E. Eleven Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-399-7919; jimsfrostietreats.com
Jim’s Frostie Treats has been a Royal Oak favorite since 1969, serving traditional soft-serve flavors, shakes, Dole whip, and more.
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The essential Downriver restaurants that you should have tried by now

When it comes to local dining scenes, Downriver isn’t necessarily the first area that comes to mind. However, the group of cities…

By Metro Times Staff

Hops & Barley Bar & Grill
18561 Allen Rd., Melvindale; 313-586-3125; hopsandbarleybar.com

If you’re looking for a great dive bar, with great food, good drinks and better people, look no further than this Melvindale neighborhood bar.
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35 essential Detroit area patios that are perfect for warm weather

Warmer weather is finally on its way to Michigan, and we’re ready to head outdoors to celebrate. What better way than lounging…

By Metro Times Staff

La Dolce Vita
    17546 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-865-0331; ldvrestaurant.net
    Looking for an outdoor Italian restaurant to impress a date? Or just looking to treat yourself? La Dolce Vita's beautiful courtyard patio along historic Woodward Avenue is what you've been missing.
     
    Photo via La Dolce Vita/Facebook
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The essential restaurants in Southwest Detroit you should have tried by now

Southwest Detroit might be known for its Mexican food choices, but the food scene is quite varied in this neighborhood. Cuisine from…

By Metro Times Staff

Los Altos
7056 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-841-3109

Los Altos serves authentic Mexican flavors, right on Vernor. Have a picky eater for a kid? No worries, they have chicken nuggets on their kid’s menu.
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20 Detroit area restaurants that taste amazing when you’re high

When talking about iconic combinations, most people might start with a classic like peanut butter and jelly or popcorn and a movie.…

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Sweetwater Tavern
    400 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-962-2210; sweetwatertavern.net
    
    Sweetwater marinates their wings for 24 hours, giving your munchies monster a full dose of flavor.
    Photo via Google Maps
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30 essential Detroit area brunches you should have tried by now

Nothing says spring has sprung quite like brunch. Sure, you can technically brunch in the fall and winter, but it’s just something…

By Metro Times Staff

Social Kitchen
225 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-594-4200; socialkitchenandbar.com

Chicken and waffles are a brunch favorite, but at Social Kitchen, it’s more than a brunchtime entree — it’s also a cocktail. Social takes what we know about a typical old fashioned and elevates it by adding crispy fried chicken and a waffle biscuit.

Photo via Google Maps
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Here’s all the people (and the bourbon) we saw on day one of the Detroit Bourbon Fest

Friday evening was the first night of the second annual Detroit Bourbon Fest. Though originally scheduled to be held at the Belle…

By Metro Times Staff

Here's all the people (and the bourbon) we saw on day one of the Detroit Bourbon Fest
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These before and after photos show how metro Detroit’s restaurants have changed over the last decade

Detroit is a city that is used to change. We're a city currently in the thick of a massive renaissance. One that…

By Metro Times Staff

These before and after photos show how Detroit’s restaurants have changed over the last decade
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20 sports bars in the Detroit area to catch a big game

If you ask someone to name a holiday in the spring, the average person might say Easter. If you ask a Detroiter…

By Metro Times Staff

Nemo's

1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3180; nemosdetroit.com

For years, our readers voted Nemo's as the best bar to go to before a Lions game. Honestly, it doesn't matter who's playing, Nemo's is the ultimate Detroit game day hotspot.
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20 small town Michigan restaurants worth a drive

Major Michigan cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids might be known for their rapidly growing dining and craft beer options, but Michigan's…

By Metro Times Staff

The Cove
    11 W. River St., Leland, 231-256-9834, thecoveleland.com
    
    The Cove overlooks Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands in Leland’s Historic Fishtown. Their motto is “fresh fish, cold beer,” but they also serve a drink called a “Chubby Mary” — a bloody mary with a smoked chub fish in it.
    
    
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The 20 best places to get cocktails in Detroit area, according to Yelp

Let’s be real, we’re all over the weather giving us hope one day and sorrow the next day. Seasonal depression is real,…

By Metro Times Staff

The 20 best places to get cocktails in Detroit area, according to Yelp
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20 Detroit area Irish pubs and bars to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a traditionally a religious holiday that is celebrated in Irish culture. Though the Irish might attend a church…

By Metro Times Staff

Old Shillelagh
    349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007; oldshillelagh.com
    
    For many Detroiters, Old Shillelagh was the bar of choice for their first St. Paddy’s Day celebration. The pub has been a Detroit staple since 1975.
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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25 places to buy delicious paczki for Fat Tuesday in the Detroit area

The hedonistic holiday of Fat Tuesday in Detroit is one filled with tradition and glazed with Polish heritage: it's the time to…

By Metro Times Staff

 New Palace Bakery
    9833 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-875-1334; newpalacebakery.com 
    New Palace Bakery might be one of Detroit's most beloved bakeries for all things packzi. If you want an authentic Detroit packzi experience, it's best to get in line here early—very early.
    
    Photo via New Palace Bakery/Facebook
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20 Detroit-area plant-centric restaurants that we love

As you’ll learn in this week’s cover story, eating less meat can help cool the planet. But helping to save the environment…

By Metro Times Staff

Chili Mustard Onions
    3411 Brush St., Detroit; 313-462-4949; 
    detroitcmo.com
    Welcome to Detroit’s first vegan coney island, where you can get a vegan take on Detroit’s signature dish made with a Smart Dog, house-made-chili, mustard, and onions. You can also get vegan versions of coney classics like gyros, chili cheese fries, and nachos.
    
    Photo by Michelle Gerard
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Detroit's Black-owned restaurants everyone should've tried by now

Detroit is a city with a rich culture, a whole lot of soul, and great food. It's also one of the Blackest…

By Metro Times Staff

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
    3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com
    
    Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.
    
    Photo via   Joe Louis Southern Kitchen/Facebook
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The 20 most romantic date night restaurants in metro Detroit according to Yelp

Throughout the pandemic, many of our date nights have involved a great takeout order and a binge-worthy TV show. While there’s nothing…

By Metro Times Staff

The 20 most romantic date night restaurants in metro Detroit according to Yelp
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The 20 best Italian restaurants in metro Detroit according to Yelp

Italian cuisine goes beyond pizza and spaghetti and some of the best Italian restaurants are found throughout the metro Detroit area. We…

By Metro Times Staff

9. L.A. Bistro Canton
    44314 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton; 734-392-7028
    
    “L.A. Bistro was a great experience.  The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating.  When we arrived on Friday at 6:30 pm there was no wait.  The only thing to improve my experience would have been a glass of wine with my Italian entree (L.A. Bistro is alcohol free).” - Walter J.
    
    Photo via Facebook/L.A. Bistro Canton
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20 lounges, speakeasies, and hidden bars in metro Detroit and how to find them all

Think you’re the hippest barfly in Detroit? How many of these hidden, low-key, blink-and-you-miss-them, and underground bars have you visited?

By Metro Times Staff

Bad Luck Bar
    1218 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-657-9177; badluckbar.com
    Tucked away down an alley near Capitol Park, Bad Luck Bar is an experimental craft cocktail bar with an inventive selection of mixed drinks. The menu includes fanciful, imaginatively-named concoctions such as Downward Facing Man (rum, cold brew coffee, Zucca rabarbaro liqueur) and The Seer (cognac, royal jelly honey, VEP Yellow Chartreuse, edible gold, lemon twist).
    Photo via @badluckbar / Instagram
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Photos from AlTayeb, metro Detroit's popular Lebanese restaurant

Metro Detroit Lebanese breakfast restaurant AlTayeb became an instant hit after opening locations in Garden City and Dearborn. See this week's cover…

By Metro Times Staff

AlTayeb at 15010 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn.
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The most anticipated new restaurants coming to metro Detroit in 2022

While 2021 was a surprisingly great year for new eats in metro Detroit, it looks like 2022 might just top it. From…

By Metro Times Staff

Sauce
    4120 Second St., Detroit; saucedetroit.com
    
    After a previous target opening of late 2021 passed, it seems likely that this Italian- and SoCal-themed spot will open this year. Sauce is under the Heirloom Hospitality group, helmed by Jeremy Sasson (Prime + Proper, a Detroit and Birmingham’s Townhouse), and will feature a menu by former Otus Supply chef Myles McVay. 
    
    
    Photo by Steve Neavling
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Twitter reacts to Little Caesars raising the price of the Hot-N-Ready pizza

At least once or twice in your life, you've taken a crumpled Lincoln and some change and strolled into Little Caesars to…

By Metro Times Staff

Twitter reacts to Little Caesars raising the price of the Hot-N-Ready pizza
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The best things we ate in metro Detroit in 2021

In a roller coaster ride of a year that hit the restaurant industry particularly hard, all of metro Detroit’s restaurateurs deserve praise…

By Metro Times Staff

‘Birriadillas’ with consomme at Antojitos Southwest
    During the pandemic’s early stages, Gloria Contreras turned a layoff into an opportunity to pursue a dream: opening a restaurant. She and her family launched a birria-centered operation out of their Southwest Detroit home, and word of her incredible “birriadillas” — or birria quesadillas — spread quickly. The Contreras family now runs a popular food truck, delivering birrilla impressive for its depth and richness. Contreras starts with beef that's browned before simmering for hours in its juices, leaving it super tender while building the fatty base for the hearty quesadillas' big flavor. Garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, and a range of other spices and aromatics stew with the meat, while guajillo, a brightening chile, adds a component that's more tangy and fruity than spicy. That’s wrapped in a shell with a handful of mozzarella cheese, then griddle-fried in the beef’s oil to deepen the package with another interesting flavor layer and create a crunchy counterpoint to all the tender meat. The birria juice is again repurposed as a consommé, which allows the diner to ensure that each bite is awash in the rich, high fat broth. Finish it with diced onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime for more flavor and textural depth, and the incredible package is complete. (1975 Sharon St., Detroit; instagram.com/antojitos_southwest)
    —Tom Perkins
    
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Twitter reacts to Kellogg's removing its name from products and its recent food quality

For nearly three months, 1,400 Kellogg workers have been on strike for better wages. The cereal company came under attack when news…

By Metro Times Staff

Twitter reacts to Kellogg's removing its name from products and its recent food quality
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The hottest new metro Detroit restaurants to open in 2021

Despite the pandemic, metro Detroit's dining scene is red hot. Between new restaurants, new locations of existing restaurants, new menus, new concepts,…

By Metro Times Staff

Union Assembly
    2131 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-795-2483; unionassembly.com 
    
    Union Assembly is the latest outpost from Union Joints, the restaurant group behind popular eateries such as Vinsetta Garage (Royal Oak), Union Woodshop (Clarkston), and Gran Castor (Troy). The 500-seat, 14,800 square-foot restaurant with a three-season indoor/outdoor terrace occupies the first and second floors of the Little Caesars corporate headquarters.
    
    Photo courtesy of Union Assembly
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The best metro Detroit restaurants of 2021, according to our readers

Much like their favorite NFL football team, Detroiters will go down giving it all they've got when to comes to their favorite…

By Metro Times Staff

The best metro Detroit restaurants of 2021, according to our readers
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Everyone we saw at Metro Times’ Whiskey in the Winter event at the Detroit Shipping Co.

Metro Times returned to save you from your winter woes with our annual Whiskey in the Winter event, which returned to the…

By Metro Times Staff

Everyone we saw at Metro Times’ Whiskey in the Winter event at the Detroit Shipping Co.
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The Detroit area restaurants that have closed in 2021

We all know the pandemic wasn’t kind to the restaurant and hospitality industry. Restaurateurs faced many challenges including staff shortages, delivery delays,…

By Metro Times Staff

Dutch Girl Donuts
    19000 Woodward Ave., Detroit
    
    Dutch Girl Donuts is a Detroit staple for all things glazed. The doughnut shop temporarily shuttered in September, but the death of the shop’s longtime owner later that months put the future of the business in jeapordy. .
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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20 restaurants and bars to take out-of-towners that show the real Detroit

Cooler weather means one thing — the holiday season is near. As domestic and international travel resumes, many of us are preparing…

By Metro Times Staff

Golden Fleece
    525 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-7093; goldenfleecedetroit.com
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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Photos of Sylvan Table restaurant, which brings a new meaning to ‘farm to table’

Sylvan Table is a new restaurant that sits on five acres of land just off Orchard Lake Road, which also includes its…

By Metro Times Staff

Photos of Sylvan Table restaurant, which brings a new meaning to ‘farm to table’
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